Overview of Responsibilities of Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research


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Meet the Vice Provost and Dean of Research

Vice Provost and Dean of Research, Professor Kathryn Ann “Kam” Moler oversees five shared research facilities and Stanford’s 18 independent labs, institutes, and centers, which span the life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, humanities, engineering, and medicine. She also oversees offices that support the research enterprise, including the offices of Environmental Health and Safety, Science Outreach, Research Compliance, International Affairs, Science Outreach, Technology Licensing. In addition she directs the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research and its many functions including the cognizant Dean's Office for the independent labs, institutes and centers, export control, conflicts of interest, and training and communication. 

Vice Provost Moler earned her bachelor’s degree in physics with honors from Stanford in 1988 and her doctorate in physics from Stanford in 1995. After three years as an R. H. Dicke postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University, she became the first female faculty member in Stanford’s Department of Applied Physics in 1998. She conducts research in magnetic imaging, develops tools that measure nanoscale magnetic fields, and studies quantum materials and devices. She has authored or co-authored more than 80 scientific papers. Among other honors, she held a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering and received the William L. McMillan Award “for her fundamental studies of the superconducting pairing state, Josephson vortices, and the role of interlayer coupling in high-temperature superconductors.”

Vice Provost Moler has taught classes ranging from Advanced Topics in Quantum Mechanics to Professional Ethics for Physicists. She participated in Stanford’s Study of Undergraduate Education from 2010 to 2012. She received the American Association of Physics Teachers 2011 Richtmyer Award for Outstanding Leadership in Physics Education. In 2014, Stanford appointed her as the Sapp Family Fellow in Undergraduate Education to honor her sustained commitment to teaching.

From the Stanford News, May 29, 2018

Read more about Vice Provost and Dean of Research, Professor Kathryn Ann “Kam” Moler

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About the VP DoR Staff

The staff of this office perform the following responsibilities.

  • Set and promulgate research policy
  • Review requests for waivers for Indirect Cost Rates and Principal Investigatorship
  • Approve appointments and salaries of the University's 700+ Academic Staff-Research members. See RPH: Policy and Procedures for Appointment and Promotion: Academic Staff - Research
  • Represent Stanford to external R&D funding agencies and sister institutions throughout the world
  • Represent the faculty's broad research interests in interactions with the University's administration and Board of Trustees
  • Promote interest and proficiency in math, science, and engineering through Science Outreach to pre-collegiate students, their science teachers and the general public
  • Establish, maintain, and oversee the Human Research Protection Program
  • Provide oversight to Stanford's panels dealing with protecting the University from research risks (panels include human subjects, laboratory animals, radiation safety and biosafety)
  • Represent Stanford's interests in responding to external legislation and regulations that potentially affect the health of academic research
  • Provide training and communication to the members of the research community
  • Provide conflicts of interest, foreign influence, export control guidance, and support to members of the research community.
  • Serve as cognizant Dean's Office for Independent Labs, Institutes and Centers

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Current and Past Vice Provosts and Dean of Research

Name Start End Academic School
Kathryn (Kam) Moler 2018 current School of Humanities & Sciences
Ann Arvin 2006 2018 School of Medicine
Arthur Bienenstock               2003 2006 School of Humanities & Sciences
Charles Kruger 1992 2003 School of Engineering
Robert Byer 1987 1992 School of Humanities & Sciences
Robert Street 1985 1987 School of Engineering
Gerald Liebermann 1977


School of Engineering & Humanities & Sciences

William Massy

Vice Provost for Research


1971 1977 School of Education

William Miller

Vice President for Research

1970 1971 School of Engineering

Robert Moulton, Jr.

Associate Dean of Research

1967 1970  


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