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On behalf of the Search Committee, I am pleased to announce the campus visit of the 2nd finalist for the position of Assistant Provost for Research and Graduate Studies.

Paul Kingsbury will visit the campus on February 2-3.  Kingsbury is currently the Director of Sponsored Programs at the University of South Dakota.   After growing up in his father’s chemistry laboratory at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he made a sudden switch to linguistics his senior year of high school and made that the core of his education thereafter.    He graduated summa cum laude from the Ohio State University with a BA in linguistics, one class short of a minor in classics.  He attended graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed both a MS in Engineering (Computer Science) and a PhD in Linguistics.   The topic of his dissertation was determining empirical measures for the chronology of the early Buddhist canon.  He also held a postdoctoral position at Penn, funded by the Director of Central Intelligence, to develop a lexicon for automated semantic parsing of English text.

The DCI postdoc led to a successful recruitment to become a science and technology advisor to the federal government.  He worked for three years as an advisor to IARPA, the grant-making wing of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and coordinated with other agencies such as DARPA, In-Q-Tel, and the National Science Foundation.   At the University of South Dakota he has grown the number of sponsored programs, increased the number and quality of proposals, and improved the business practices of the sponsored programs office.   In this position, his primary goal has been to assist faculty, staff, and students in locating and successfully obtaining external funding for their research and creative activities.

Outside of work, Paul is an avid musician and dancer.  He plays in handbell ensembles in Sioux Falls and Vermillion, and is a member of the University of South Dakota gamelan ensemble housed at the National Music Museum.  He has done contra dance for about 15 years, and last year taught a ballroom dance class at USD.

He will present an open session on “Enhancing Undergraduate and Graduate Research: Strategies, Challenges, and Opportunities” on Thursday, February 2nd – 3:00- 4:00 p.m. in Klingenstein Lounge.  The session will be open to the entire campus community.

The complete c.v. for each finalist has been posted on the Provost’s website.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Lisabeth Chabot at or (607) 274-3182. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

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