Vice Chancellor of Research - Aaron Dotson
Vice Chancellor of Research
Office of Research and Graduate Studies
4500 Diplomacy Drive, Suite 10 Anchorage, AK 99508
As associate vice chancellor for research, Dotson’s role is to support research and creative activity at UAA at all levels — from conception to completion and commercialization. To do that, the overarching Office of Research is divided into three functions, starting with the Office of Sponsored Programs, which helps researchers prepare project proposals and secure funding and awards for their work. Next is the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance, which works to maintain safety and ethicality on all projects while adhering to federal guidelines and considerations unique to Alaska. Finally, Seawolf Holdings looks to the future by supporting researchers with the licensing of intellectual property by securing patents and exploring possible commercial applications for their work. Ultimately, all three offices work in harmony to accomplish a single function.
Before formally stepping into his current role in July 2020, Dotson began working in an interim capacity starting July 2019. Even before then, Dotson was a professor and associate dean for research in the College of Engineering. Maintaining his own research portfolio, some of his projects involved wastewater treatment and providing clean water to rural Alaska communities, often collaborating with the State of Alaska, Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Fortunately, Dotson’s new position will still allow him to keep his teaching and researching responsibilities, which will not only help him engage with students, but to better assess the ongoing needs of his fellow researchers.