Dear Members of the UO Research Community,
As you know, since February 1, 2017 Dr. Cassandra Moseley has fulfilled many of the duties of Chief of Staff on an interim basis while continuing her role as Associate Vice President for Research.
This interim period has provided me the opportunity to rethink the senior administrative structure of the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI). I became convinced that the UO needs a strong Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation, someone with experience as a member of the faculty, as a PI on grants, and as an administrator. This person would work closely with me and the OVPRI executive team in overseeing the research operations of the campus, including research centers and institutes, core facilities, and administrative offices. Moreover, as the Knight Campus comes to fruition, the services provided by OVPRI will need to evolve and expand to incorporate a broader portfolio of facilities, external sponsors, and innovation and technology transfer opportunities. To fully capitalize on our momentum, we need a full time Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation with the authority to serve as second in command and represent OVPRI both internally and externally.
I am very pleased to inform you that Cass has agreed to accept this newly defined role on a permanent basis. We are lucky to have someone with her level of experience and enthusiasm take on this new role. Cass received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University and her B.A. in Mathematics and Government from Cornell University. Prior to joining UO in 2001, she was an assistant professor of political science at the University of Florida. She is a Research Professor in the Institute for a Sustainable Environment (ISE), Affiliate Faculty for the Environmental Studies Program, and a member of the graduate faculty in Political Science. Within the ISE, she directs the Ecosystem Workforce Program, and she studies natural resource governance and rural economic development. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, USDA Agriculture and Food Research Institute, USDI Joint Fire Sciences Program, and the Ford Foundation, among others. She a past chair of the USDA Forestry Research Advisory Council and has testified before Congress multiple times about rural green jobs, rural development, and the working conditions of forest workers. Additionally, she has participated in dozens of briefings and presentations to congressional and presidential administration officials, including the White House Economic Council. She has been working in the research office part time in various capacities over the past four and a half years.
Please join me in congratulating Cass!
David O. Conover, PhD
Vice President for Research and Innovation
Professor of Biology
1266 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1266