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Nobles Promoted to Associate Vice Chancellor for Research

Robert NoblesRobert Nobles has been promoted to associate vice chancellor for research in the Office of Research and Engagement.

Nobles has served as the assistant vice chancellor for research since January 2014. He heads the Office of Research Integrity within ORE and also holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Public Health within the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

“Robert has worked tirelessly on many challenging compliance matters and issues related to risk management within the research enterprise; particularly in the last year,” said Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement Taylor Eighmy. “I am grateful for his diligence and leadership as we continue to make progress in these critical areas.”

In his role as associate vice chancellor for research, Nobles leads efforts and oversees research integrity activities related to responsible conduct of research, research with human subjects and animals, work with biological and radiological hazards, research conflicts of interest, export controls, and research misconduct as well as research communications and training. He also serves as the co-investigator on a 5-year $4.9 million NIH award for the Program for Excellence & Equity in Research (PEER); and chairs the UT Institutional Compliance Committee, Campus Safety Committee, and Commission for Blacks.

“I am daily impressed with the collaborative effort put toward a culture of research integrity at UT Knoxville,” said Nobles. “As the university continues on its journey to the Top 25, these efforts will be part of our shared and collective successes. The promotion of research excellence among our faculty and students will continue to be my primary focus going forward.”