Nicholas Wigginton

Associate Vice President for Research – Strategic Initiatives


Phone: 734-764-1185

Office of the Vice President for Research
1109 Geddes Ave., 1350 Ruthven Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079

Assistant: Angela Snow, senior executive assistant,    734-764-7516,  

As associate vice president for research – strategic initiatives, Dr. Wigginton works with faculty and staff to support the U-M research community in a number of ways. He works across campus to identify strategic opportunities, administer programs, develop and implement policies, and increase research competitiveness. Wigginton currently oversees units focusing on public engagement and research impact, strategic foundation partnerships, faculty honorifics, limited submissions, and research intelligence. He also leads the university’s research data stewardship initiative. 

Wigginton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in geosciences from Virginia Tech. He was a postdoctoral scholar at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland and a visiting researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. Before joining U-M, Wigginton was a senior editor at Science, one of the world’s premier scientific journals, which is published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2019-2020, Wigginton was selected to participate in the American Council of Education (ACE) Fellows Program. He served his fellowship at Stanford University, working on projects related to strategic planning, global engagement, and university and national laboratory organizational structures.

U-M Publications

N. Wigginton, J. Johnston, and T. Chavous (2021) Managing internal nomination and peer review processes to reduce bias.

Lumeng, J.C., Chavous, T.M., Lok, A.S., Sen, S., Wigginton, N.S., Cunningham, R.M. (2020) Opinion: A risk–benefit framework for human research during the COVID-19 pandemic.(link is external) Proceed. Nat. Acad. Sci. U.S.A, 10.1073/pnas.2020507117.

Wigginton, N.S., Cunningham R.M., Katz R.H., Lidstrom M.E., Moler, K.A., Wirtz, D., Zuber, M.T., (2020) Moving academic research forward during COVID-19(link is external)Science, 368, 1190-1192.

Jasny B., Wigginton N.S., McNutt M., Bubela T., Buck S., Cook-Deegan R., Gardner T., Hanson B., Hustad C., Kiermer V., Lazer D., Lupia A., Manrai A., McConnell L., Noonan K., Phimister E., Simon B., Strandburg K., Summers Z., Watts D. (2017) Fostering reproducibility in industry-academia research(link is external)Science, 357, 759-761.