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Robert Nobles Interim Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement

Robert Nobles, DrPH, MPH, CIP

Interim Vice Chancellor for Research


Robert Nobles serves as the Interim Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement and as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Tennessee where he has a faculty appointment in the Department of Public Health, College of Education, Health, & Human Sciences. In his current capacities, Dr. Nobles is the chief research officer of the university and provides strategic leadership to a team of professionals responsible for research development/funding capture/strategic investments, proposal development, grants/contracts negotiations and support, research communications, core facilities, research informatics, research safety, and research compliance. Dr. Nobles prides himself on enhancing research infrastructures to support individuals in their scholarly pursuit of research answers.

Nobles also serves as the co-investigator on a 5-year $4.9 million NIH award for the Program for Excellence & Equity in Research (PEER). He has worked on multiple grants from DHHS Administration on Children and Families, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Department of Justice, and AETNA Foundation totaling over $6 million that focus on at-risk underrepresented youth. He chairs the University of Tennessee institutional compliance committee and campus safety committee.  

Prior to his appointment at the University of Tennessee, Nobles served as the research compliance officer and public health faculty member at both Texas A&M University and the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston; Public Health Prevention Specialist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and as a Program Manager for the state of Florida’s Department of Public Health. He has taught on the collegiate level since 2001 in the areas of program evaluation, epidemiology, public health policy and administration, responsible conduct of research, public health program development and measures of effectiveness, health policy, healthcare management, healthcare law and ethics, systems in healthcare, healthcare strategies, healthcare finance, public administration, voting and elections, policy making process, anatomy and physiology, biology, and environmental biology. 

Nobles earned his Doctor of Public Health degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston with a triple major that included health policy and management, epidemiology, and health economics; and he received his Master degree in Public Health specializing in epidemiology, and Bachelor of Science in molecular biology from Florida A&M University. 

Robert Nobles Interim Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement

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