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In May of 2023, UCF asked Dr. Winston Schoenfeld to continue serving as its long-term Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation after a national search.

UCF’s Office of Research oversees all aspects of research at UCF, and includes offices that support research development, faculty clusters, sponsored programs, research compliance, contract administration, technology transfer, communications, and research infrastructure. The Vice President for Research and Innovation will serve as a key member of and advisor within the President’s cabinet and university’s leadership team to align research with UCF’s overall academic mission.

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Search Committee


Maggy Tomova
Dean, College of Sciences
Mohamed Abdel-Aty
Trustee Chair, Pegasus Professor and Chair, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering

Committee Members

Salvador Almagro-Moreno
Assistant Professor, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences
Shawn Burke
Research Professor and Director, TRACE Lab, Institute for Simulation and Training (IST)
Alison Cares
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Adrienne Dove
Associate Professor, Department of Physics
Grant Hayes
Dean, College of Community Innovation and Education
Jayanta Kapat
Pegasus Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Director, Center for Advanced Turbomachinery and Energy Research (CATER)
Luis Martínez-Fernández
Pegasus Professor, Department of History
Cyndia Morales Muñiz
Director, HSI Initiatives, Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Janet Owen
Vice President, Government and Community Relations
Terry Mohajir
Vice President and Director of Athletics
Griff Parks
Associate Dean for Research and Director, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences
Ron Piccolo
Interim Vice President, UCF Advancement
Rebeca Richards
Senior Assistant Vice President, Budget and Finance, Academic Affairs
Celeste Rivera-Nuñez
Director, Sponsored Programs, Office of Research
Svetlana Shtrom
Director, Office of Technology Transfer
Sandra Sovinski
Deputy General Counsel for Research
Jeffrey Stout
Pegasus Professor and Founding Director, School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy
Damla Turgut
Charles Millican Professor, Department of Computer Science and Resilient, Intelligent and Sustainable Energy Systems (RISES) Cluster

Search Details

For inquiries or to submit nominations, contact UCF’s Executive Search team at

Instructions regarding formal applications via the university’s Workday Enterprise System will be provided to all
confirmed applicants with a preferred application date of November 4, 2022.

Past Meetings

  • Finalist Open Forum: Wednesday, Jan. 18 | 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Finalist Open Forum: Thursday, Jan. 19 | 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Finalist Open Forum: Tuesday, Jan. 17 | 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Finalist Open Forum: Thursday, Jan. 12 | 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 18 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 14 | 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 14 | 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 23
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