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Vice President for Research Search

Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs

Kent State University invites applications and nominations for the position of vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs. Reporting to the provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, the vice president serves as the senior administrative official responsible for the university's research activities, providing leadership and support in a manner consistent with the university's mission. The vice president heads the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs, providing leadership in guiding institutional strategic planning for research, outreach and sponsored program development, with a full-time staff of 19 and an operating budget of $2.6 million. Units reporting to the vice president include the world-renowned Liquid Crystal Institute (LCI), the Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development (OTTED) and the Office of Research and Safety Compliance (ORSC).

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Search Committee

Committee Chair Stanley Wearden is the dean of the College of Communication and Information. He came to Kent State in 1984 as assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In 2002, he received a Distinguished Teaching Award. He was named interim director of the School of Communication Studies in 2004, and became director in 2005.



Deborah R. Barnbaum is an associate professor and health care ethics coordinator in the Department of Philosophy. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Barnbaum's research interests include biomedical ethics, ethical theory and research ethics.


James L. Blank is chairperson and professor for the Department of Biological Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University. Dr. Blank's research interests include male reproductive physiology, physiological ecology, neuroendocrinology and behavioral neuroendocrinology.


Thomas W. Brewer is an associate professor of social and behavioral science in the College of Public Health. He received his Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of Albany. Dr. Brewer's research interests include violence, public health surveillance and firearms.


Alfreda Brown is the vice president for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Her wide range of responsibilities includes diversity research, diversity assessment management and faculty, staff and student diversity relative to recruitment, retention and success. Dr. Brown came to Kent State in 2009 from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she most recently served as interim chief diversity officer.


Dr. Pratim Datta is an assistant professor of information systems in the College of Business Administration. He received his Ph.D. in information systems and decision sciences from Louisiana State University. Dr. Datta's research includes the adoption and deployment of telemedicine infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa, the reengineering of knowledge and software or business-technology fit and emergent issues in information systems security.


Claire Draucker is a distinguished professor in the College of Nursing and director of the Graduate Program in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing . She received her Ph.D. from Kent State University. Dr. Draucker's research includes counseling adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and violence against women.


Richard Ferdig is the RCET research professor and professor of instructional technology at Kent State. He earned his Ph.D. in educational psychology from Michigan State University. Dr. Ferdig's research interests include online education and educational games and simulation.

Owen C. Lovejoy

C. Owen Lovejoy is a university professor in the Department of Anthropology. He earned his Ph.D. in biological anthropology from Case Western Reserve University. His research interests include human evolution, biomechanics, skeletal biology, physical anthropology and forensics.


 Martin Tim

Timothy Martin is the associate vice president for academic budget and resource management at Kent State University. He earned his Master of Business Administration from The University of Akron. As associate vice president, he works with academic administrators on the Academic Affairs' RCM budget and forecast, business plans for new programs and facilities, Academic Affairs' support units' budgets and special projects.


Carey McDougall is an assistant professor of art at Kent State University at Stark. She earned her Master of Arts in liberal studies from Wesleyan University and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut. Professor McDougall teaches sculpture, drawing and performance art. Her sculptures engage with feminist theory to explore the potential of individuals whose boundaries are unusually strong or unusually blurred.

Katherine Rawson 

Katherine Rawson is an assistant professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. Dr. Rawson's research investigates text comprehension, how reading processes become automatic and how to improve student learning and metacognition.

Hiroshi Yokoyama 

Hiroshi Yokoyama is an Ohio Research Scholar and professor of chemical physics for the Liquid Crystal Institute and Chemical Physics Program. He received his Doctor of Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Dr. Yokoyama is a world expert in the field of liquid crystal physics with a focus on surface properties.