UNM Provost Chaouki Abdallah has announced the appointment of Michael Dougher, professor of Psychology and senior vice provost for Academic Affairs, to the position of Vice President for Research and Economic Development. The appointment is effective July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.

In an earlier communication to UNM faculty, Abdallah explained that he consulted extensively with “the search committee, faculty senate leadership, President Robert Frank and many others” before asking Dougher to accept the position as VPR for the upcoming year. He concluded, “As you know, the OVPR is part of the Academic Affairs organization, and I believe the most efficient path forward is to have Mike assume the VPR role."

The appointment comes after the recent hiring search concluded without a new hire. Abdallah reported that “despite the hard work and diligence of the Vice President for Research search committee, we were not able to fill that vacancy. The search committee did a marvelous job in recruiting and vetting the applicants and chose four finalists for our consideration. Unfortunately, we were unable to find a match for UNM.” The search has been closed for this year, but will re-open soon in order to hire for the Fall 2014 semester.

Abdallah also noted Dougher’s extensive experience in research-related positions at UNM, including as the associate vice president in the Office of Research and Economic Development, associate dean of research in the College of Arts and Sciences, and as chief research officer at the Mind Research Network.

In his two years as senior vice provost, Dougher oversaw, along with the provost, the redesign of the promotion and tenure process, the creation of the Honors College, and the ongoing development of interdisciplinary studies at UNM.

Dougher is tenured faculty in the Department of Psychology. He earned a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He joined the faculty at UNM in 1980. Since coming to UNM, Dougher has served as chair of the Department of Psychology; interim director of the Center for Addictions, Substance Abuse and Alcoholism; associate dean of Research in the College of Arts and Sciences; and associate vice president in the Office of Research and Economic Development.

His research has focused primarily on the experimental analysis of complex verbal processes and their role in the development and treatment of clinical disorders. He has supervised 25 Ph.D. dissertations, and has published or co-published more than 100 scientific articles, chapters, and books.

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