Brad Shelton was appointed Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation on May 28, 2014. Shelton is responsible for 20 research centers and institutes and 9 core research facilities, ranging from the physical and life sciences (e.g., molecular biology, marine biology, neuroscience, materials science, optics, nanoscience, cognitive science) to the social sciences and humanities disciplines (e.g., humanities center, women's studies center, Asian studies center, center on diversity and community, center on second language studies, prevention science center, and the community service center).
As UO's Chief Research Officer, Shelton oversees sponsored research, research compliance, technology transfer, the Research Advisory Board, and the Riverfront Research Park. Shelton also represents the UO in national organizations such as the AAU (Chief Research Officers) and the APLU (Research Policy).
A professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Oregon, Shelton has been with the UO since 1985. Prior to serving as the Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation, Shelton was appointed Vice Provost for Budget and Planning—a position he continues to hold during the transition—and was the head of the mathematics department from 2001 to 2008. An active researcher, his most recent projects are in the theory of Koszul algebras, generalized Koszul algebras and connections between noncommutative rings and combinatorial algebraic topology.
A Wayne Westling awardee for University Leadership and Service in 2009, Shelton has served the university through membership and leadership on the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee, the Faculty Advisory Council, and the Faculty Personnel Committee. As the Vice Provost for Budget and Planning, Shelton designed, implemented and managed the Oregon Budget Model and the Integrated Data and Reporting Project.
Shelton earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Washington. Prior to joining the UO in 1985, Shelton was the S.E. Warshawski Research Assistant Professor at the University of California in San Diego and a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow.