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Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Commercialization

Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Commercialization

companyKennesaw State University
locationKennesaw, GA, USA
PublishedPublished: 4/30/2024
ExpiresExpires: 6/29/2024
Faculty / Staff
Full Time

Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Commercialization

Office of Research

Kennesaw State University is accepting applications for an accomplished and collaborative faculty member with a record of innovative research productivity, entrepreneurial activity, and substantial network reach as a tenured Associate Professor or tenured Professor and to serve as its Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Commercialization (AVP-IC) with a preferred start date of October 1, 2024. This is a twelve-month contracted position. This position is for work to be performed in the state of Georgia.


· Report to and work closely with the Vice President for Research (VPR).

· Serve as the representative of the Office of Research (OoR) in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology transfer.

· Lead KSU's Innovation & Commercialization Office which has university-wide responsibility for fostering connections between KSU inventors and entrepreneurs with prospective external collaborators, as well as facilitating the transfer of university discoveries to the market.

· Enhance strategic research alliances with private-sector and public-sector partners looking to innovate and enhance knowledge translation that leads to commercialization of faculty discoveries and inventions.

· Play a vital role in KSU's aspirations to grow its impact in the local, regional, and national ecosystem by bolstering research translation and economic impact.

· Work with other offices throughout the University engaged in external relations to further corporate/industry engagement and research-oriented partnerships.

· Function in a highly collaborative fashion, working with college and university leadership to effectively meet the growing needs of KSU's innovation and commercialization programs and activities.

· Oversee intellectual property development, technology licensing, faculty entrepreneurship, and incubation services.

· Coordinate with external affairs, advancement, athletics, and other relevant offices to further holistic industry engagement with the university, emphasizing expansion of research partnerships.

· Develop relevant metrics designed to measure efficiency, effectiveness, and growth, which can be used for reporting and strategic purposes.

· Ensure a responsive and engaging process that links faculty researchers with opportunities and the needs of potential partners in government, industry, national labs and academic sectors.

· Operate effectively with faculty researchers, senior managers, administrators, and research staff members to facilitate communication, resolve problems, and enhance working relationships.

· Ensure the involvement of stakeholders in policy and operational decision making, as influence, not authority, is most frequently required.

· Build strong working relationships with key internal partners through open, direct, and transparent communication.

· Negotiate licensing, contracting, and sponsorship of KSU technology.

· Engage in relevant ecosystem organizations to represent KSU and bring awareness to KSU research, technology, and innovations.

· Support the pursuit of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), and Venture Development funding for KSU faculty and Kennesaw State University Research Foundation (KSURSF) affiliated startups.

· Pursue institutional level funding to support innovation and commercialization activities (e.g. NSF I-Corps).

Teaching assignments will be based on earned degrees and SACSCOC Faculty Credentials Guidelines. Required Qualifications Include

· An earned doctorate, or the foreign equivalent, in any discipline is required with an academic background and appropriate credentials to be a tenured Associate Professor or tenured Professor in a KSU academic department or school.

· Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills needed to partner effectively with university and college leaders, faculty and staff, and numerous external funding partners.

Preferred Qualifications Include

· Prior success in obtaining extramural funding

· Doctorate in a research-intensive, relevant discipline

For a full description of this position, application deadlines, and application procedures, visit https://hr.kennesaw.edu/careers.php. Search for Job ID 271227.

For more than 50 years, Kennesaw State University has been known for its entrepreneurial spirit and sense of community. A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State is located just north of Atlanta, and combines a suburban setting on two metro-Atlanta campuses in Kennesaw and Marietta. As one of Georgia’s largest universities, Kennesaw State offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a growing number of doctoral programs to over 43,000 students. Our high-impact research, and Division I athletics also draw students from throughout the region and across the globe. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2) committed to becoming a world-class academic institution positioned to broaden its academic and research missions and expand its scope on a local, regional, and national level.

Our vibrant culture, career opportunities, mission and values and rich benefits make us an employer of choice. As part of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State exemplifies the power and promise of a student-centered, research-driven university. Our institutional values are student-inspired, promise-fulfilling, elevational, open and impact-generating, and being true to ourselves. In addition, Kennesaw State supports the University of Georgia’s core values of accountability, excellence, integrity, and respect. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. The University is committed to maintaining a fair and respectful environment for living, work and study. To that

end, and in accordance with federal and state law, Board of Regents policy, and University policy, the University prohibits harassment of or discrimination against any person because of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment, pregnancy, and medical conditions related to pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity or national origin, religion, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran or military status by any member of the KSU Community on campus, in connection with a University program or activity, or in a manner that creates a hostile environment for members of the KSU community.

For additional information about this policy or to file a complaint under the provisions of this policy, students, employees, applicants for employment or admission or other third parties should contact the Office of Institutional Equity at English Building, Suite 202, eeo@kennesaw.edu.