Jason Owen-Smith named AVP to lead research intelligence strategy

March 28, 2024

Jason Owen-Smith, a sociologist who launched a national university data consortium designed to understand, explain and improve the public value of research, has been named an associate vice president for research at the University of Michigan.

The Board of Regents approved his three-year appointment as associate vice president for research – institutional capabilities and research intelligence March 28.

Owen-Smith, whose appointment is now effective, will maintain his faculty roles as professor of sociology and of organizational studies in LSA, research professor in the Institute for Social Research’s Survey Research Center, and professor of public policy in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

“U-M researchers do world-class work across essentially the entire scope of human knowledge,” Owen-Smith said. “The university creates and uses vast amounts of data about our own research, scholarship and creative practice activities, and now we are systematically applying it to understand and amplify our scholarship and its impact.

Read more in The University Record.

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