April 11, 2019

Open forums for interim vice chancellor for research finalists set

Three internal candidates for the position of interim vice chancellor for research will meet with constituents during a series of forums beginning next week. 

The candidates, in alphabetical order, are: 

Open forums are next week 

During their respective forums, the candidates will discuss their vision for research on campus. The individual forums will each be in Morris Library’s John C. Guyon Auditorium. A Q&A will follow each of the presentations. 

The forums give university students, staff and faculty an opportunity to meet with the candidates and ask questions about their proposed approaches to the position. The open forums are in conjunction with each of the candidates’ interviews. 

The open forum schedule is: 

  • April 17 – 9 a.m. Scott Ishman.
  • April 18 – 9 a.m. David Gibson.
  • April 19 – 9 a.m. Gary Kinsel

The interim vice chancellor for research will report directly to the chancellor.  The vice chancellor for research provides strong and effective leadership, vision and advocacy for research, scholarly, and creative mission of the university, including developing strategic, multidisciplinary and collaborative research initiatives.  The candidate also must have knowledge and understanding of state and federal compliance and legal issues relating to research and grant funding. 

Other responsibilities include:

  • Handling technology transfer matters, and protecting intellectual property and commercialization of research and creative activity where appropriate.
  • Supporting the diverse forms and circumstances of research, scholarship and creative activity, and administering externally supported research, scholarly and creative activities.
  • Serving as the fiscal officer for the vice chancellor of research’s responsibility area.
  • Ensuring faculty, students and staff conduct research or creative activities ethically and responsibly in compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Serve in the role of the federally mandated institutional official for Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Institutional Review Board (IRB). 

Candidates each have long service to campus 

Gibson earned his doctorate in 1985 at the University of Wales, Bangor, United Kingdom. He earned his master's degree in botany in 1981 at the University of Oklahoma and his Bachelor of Science degree in 1979 at the University of Reading, United Kingdom. 

Gibson joined the faculty at SIU Carbondale as an assistant professor in 1992 and became a full professor in 2000. He earned University Distinguished Scholar honors in 2008. Prior to joining SIU, he was an assistant scientist at Kansas State University in 1987 and became an assistant professor at the University of West Florida in 1988. 

Ishman earned his doctorate and master’s degrees, both in geology, in 1990 and 1985 respectively, from The Ohio State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree, also in geology, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1982. 

Ishman joined the faculty at SIU Carbondale as an assistant professor in 1999 and became a full professor in 2009. He has been interim dean in the College of Science since July 2017 and served as associate dean in the college from January 2014 until July 2017. Prior to joining SIU, Ishman was a research geologist in the U.S. Geological Survey’s Division of Geologic Mapping in Reston, Virginia. 

Kinsel earned his doctorate in analytical chemistry at the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1989. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Western Illinois University in 1983. 

Kinsel joined SIU Carbondale as a professor of analytical chemistry in 2005 and served as department chair in chemistry and biochemistry from February 2007 to August 2016. Prior to coming to SIU, Kinsel he was an assistant professor of analytical chemistry and director of the Mass Spectrometry Facility at the University of Texas at Arlington beginning in 1994 and became an associate professor there in 2000. 

The links to the candidates’ full CVs are available here. 

The successful candidate will replace Jim Garvey, who announced earlier this year he was stepping down after nearly six years in the role. Garvey will continue as director of the Center for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences.