Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An examination of the role and career paths of chief research administrators in selected major research universities in the United States
by Nash, Julie, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, 2013, 155; 3571433
Abstract (Summary)

The Chief Research Administrator (CRA), also known as the Vice President, Vice Provost, or Vice Chancellor for Research, plays a key role in the research university. It is a position of power and not only affects the mission of the institution, but also controls a very large and vital percentage of external funding. The lack of information on how to prepare for the position makes it difficult to plan a career path for those who aspire to the position. This study was designed to obtain information to define the persona and career path(s) of the CRA at research universities in the United States. Survey data related to career pathways resulted in the emergence of four main pathways; Faculty/Academic, Administrative, Private Industry, and a Combination of the first three pathways. The results indicated that the most highly cited pathway to the position of the CRA was the Faculty/Academic (83%). The least traveled pathway to the position of CRA was found to be Administrative, that is, beginning at the lowest levels of a research office or administrative position and progressing through the ranks of the research office.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wright, Dianne
Commitee: Morris, John D., Shockley, Robert
School: Florida Atlantic University
Department: Educational Leadership and Research Methodology
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 74/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Educational leadership
Keywords: Chief Research Administrators, Research administration, Research universities
Publication Number: 3571433
ISBN: 978-1-303-22805-6
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