Within the context of a career, Research recognizes work that supports the research, scholarship and creative activity of faculty, staff and students; promotes the integration of research, education and service missions of the university; and facilitates the sharing of knowledge and expertise with the larger society. To succeed in this career field, typical requirements for the Research profession include:

  1. Business Capabilities - Demonstrating a thorough knowledge of the academic mission of the institution including Teaching, Research and Public Service.
  2. State of the Art Research Practices - Demonstrating updated competencies in Research functional areas (Career Bands)
  3. Management of Change - Managing change processes so that Research activities are effectively merged with the multiple needs of student, parents, faculty, staff and the public.

The ability for a Research staff member to integrate these three elements in an academic, research, health system, public service or business environment is essential. By helping their organizations build sustained competitive advantage and by learning to manage many activities well, Research staff members become strategic business partners.

Jobs in this Career Family deal with the conduct of research and the administration of related processes. Typical functions include theoretical and applied research, grants solicitation and administration, human subject compliance, animal care, etc.