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Search Underway for AVC for Research; Marty Dunn to Serve in Interim Capacity

July 20, 2021

Dear Lynx Community,

I’m writing to provide you an update about the progress we are making on the research leadership front. 

As we announced back in March, Bob Damrauer, a long-standing CU Denver professor and current associate vice chancellor for research and creative activities and special assistant to the provost, is returning home to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) in a new position as director of collaborative research. We are all grateful to Bob for his impact on the Office of Research Services (ORS) since 2013 and his more than 50-year career at CU Denver, and I am confident that he will continue to make meaningful contributions in mentoring faculty and encouraging interdisciplinary work.

We have launched the search for CU Denver’s new associate vice chancellor for research after having collected community feedback on the position and its key characteristics this spring. I’m grateful to our two search committee co-chairs, Professor Laura Argys from the CLAS and Associate Professor Chris Yakacki from the College of Engineering, Design, and Computing (CEDC), for agreeing to chair the search. Given the timing of the academic year, we have intentionally paced the interviewing of candidates to begin in the fall when we will have the benefit of our full community back on campus. Our goal is to complete interviews by late fall and fill the position permanently by the start of the spring semester. 

As Bob transitions into his new role, I have appointed CEDC Dean Marty Dunn to serve in a temporary capacity for the next few months as chief research officer. Marty will continue to lead CEDC as dean during his interim research appointment. Marty was the founding associate provost for research at the Singapore University of Technology and Design and the associate dean of research in the College of Engineering & Applied Science at CU Boulder. As a former program director at the National Science Foundation, he understands the national R&D landscape and is skilled at seeking federal research dollars, an expertise that will prove valuable for us.

In the months and years ahead, we want to make sure we maximize our research potential, particularly with our emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) status providing more opportunities for research funding. And as we state in our newly released strategic plan, we want to elevate CU Denver to national recognition as a leading public urban research university. Our research plays a big role in this effort. We’ll continue to push boundaries by developing new ideas, conducting high-quality research, and supporting all students, faculty, and staff on their way to creating a better world. 

Michelle Marks