Job Announcement: UNC Wilmington Honors College Director/Associate Dean

The search for the new Director of the Honors College and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington has now been posted.

Oversight and overall planning for the Honors program and curriculum and Center for the Support of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CSURF). The Director/Associate Dean is committed to enriching, directing and supporting a growing high-quality Honors program while strengthening and sustaining a diverse Honors community among UNCW’s students, faculty and staff.

With just over 700 students in the College, it is a vibrant and supportive community of scholars that emphasizes applied learning opportunities. (

Job Announcement: Northern Kentucky University Honors College Dean

Northern Kentucky University (NKU) seeks a dynamic academic leader committed to the development and success of undergraduate students to serve as the Founding Dean of the Honors College.

We seek a Dean who will lead the creation and implementation of a unique honors experience, setting a new national model for honors education. The new Dean will join NKU at an exciting moment in its history, as the successful Honors Program becomes the Honors College.

S/he will play an integral role in the academic leadership of the university and its efforts to enhance the undergraduate educational experience.

The successful candidate will serve as the academic leader of the Honors College, guided by best practices in honors education to meet the needs of the Honors College students, faculty and staff. The new Dean will continue the process of transition to the Honors College, including developing the new Honors Council; developing and monitoring completion, in consultation with the Honors Council, of a strategic plan for the Honors College; finalizing curriculum process; revising admission standards; cultivating and strengthening collaborations with departments, faculty, support staff, administration, students, parents, alumni and community members; and developing and carrying out a comprehensive assessment plan (curricular and programmatic).

The Dean will report to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and partner closely with her as a member of the academic leadership team.

The Honors College Director duties include, but are not limited to:

1. Serving as the academic leader of the Honors College, guided by best practices in honors education to meet the needs of the Honors College students, faculty and staff.
2. Representing the Honors College to all campus and community constituencies. Managing alumni and donor relations, including developing and implementing a fundraising plan for the Honors College.
3. Cultivating and strengthening collaborations with departments, faculty, support staff, administration, students, parents, alumni and community members.
4. Overseeing the process for selecting and retaining Honors College students and overseeing their academic progress. This process should strive to reflect the diversity of the larger University community.
5. Establishing and managing the process for selecting and evaluating core and seminar courses and their instructors, who are designated Honors College Faculty, with the advice of the Honors Council.
6. Developing and carrying out comprehensive assessment plans (both curricular and programmatic).
7. Teaching one Honors course per year.
8. Advising the Honor Student Association.
9. Participating in the Academic Affairs Council and the Deans Council.
10. Supervising Honors College staff and managing Honors College program logistics and processes

The Founding Dean of the Honors College:

Must respond to emerging issues, ideas, best practices, and challenges, and think strategically with the provost and other members of the provost’s leadership team about how best to support the high ability student population the Honors College serves. Will join NKU during a period of great activity and growth, serving as the steward of a broad portfolio. Will collaborate with a range of undergraduate serving faculty, staff, and administrators in planning and implementing programs that enhance the academic life of a student, increase retention and persistence rates, lead to timely graduation, and advance the priorities of the university. Is expected to continue the process of transition to the Honors College, including finalizing curriculum processed, revising admission standards, and developing the new Honors Council.

The organizational structure of the Honors College includes the Founding Dean, an Associate Director, a Coordinator of Advising, and an Administrative Coordinator.

The faculty includes Core faculty, Affiliated faculty, and Associate faculty.

NKU seeks a collegial, experienced and responsive leader who will effectively manage an administrative enterprise.

The Founding dean is expected to champion academic excellence, inspire and collaborate with the faculty, staff, deans and other senior leaders to represent NKU, its academic programs, and educational mission to internal and external constituencies.

NKU will search nationally for candidates with an emphasis on faculty or administrators with proven effectiveness in the academic environment.

A terminal degree and a demonstrated record of achievement that merits appointment as a tenured professor at NKU are required.

The successful candidate will possess most, if not all, of the following qualities or experience:
1. Experience with Honors-related work such as: undergraduate teaching, curriculum development, co-curricular activities, study abroad, etc.
2. Demonstrated commitment to promoting inclusive excellence.
3. At least eight years’ experience teaching at the university level.
4. At least three years’ experience in university administration, as a program director, department chair, assistant/associate dean, dean, or similar position.
5. Additional desired qualifications include: a.Experience in fundraising or working with donors b.Mentoring undergraduates in research or creative activity

Minimum Education: Doctorate

Review of applications will commence on October 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. The desired start date is July 1, 2018.

Interested individuals must submit the following:
• Curriculum Vita
• Cover letter addressing qualifications and interest for the position
• List of the names and contact information for at least five references

Nomination letters should include the contact information of the nominee. All nominations and applications will be handled in strict confidence. Letters of nomination should be submitted to Dr. Diana McGill, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, at

Northern Kentucky University embraces inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work and seek excellence through diversity among our students, administrators, faculty, and staff. Application by members of diverse groups is encouraged.

We are an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution.

Job Announcement: Kent State University Dean of the Honors College

Kent State University is currently conducting a search for Dean of the Honors College. Applications will close on January 20, 2017. 


Established in 1933, Kent State University’s Honors College is one of three long-standing programs in the country, boasting the distinction of leading the nation in National Collegiate Honors Council Portz Scholar recipients. The Honors College offers Kent State’s most academically talented students an opportunity for a small, liberal arts experience augmented by numerous resources available at our large public research institution. The college is housed in the heart of campus in the newly renovated Stopher-Johnson complex that serves as the residential and academic home for honors students. More than 1,500 undergraduate students from all academic majors call the Honors College home.


Kent State University is one of 76 public higher-research universities, as categorized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is ranked in the first-tier list of Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report. With eight campuses spanning Northeast Ohio, a College of Podiatric Medicine, a Regional Academic Center, and academic sites in major world capitals such as New York City, Geneva and Florence, Kent State is one of Ohio’s leading public universities and a major educational, economic and cultural resource far beyond the Northeast Ohio region it has served since 1910.  


Additional information and the full position profile at the link:



Job Announcement: Kennesaw State University, Director of University Honors Program

Kennesaw State University, located in suburban metropolitan Atlanta, is now accepting applications for the position of University Honors Program Director, a twelve-month associate professor/professor administrative faculty position in the Honors College which begins July 1, 2017.  The successful candidate will lead a student-centered program of approximately 900 students spanning two campuses in Kennesaw and Marietta, Ga.  The Honors Director provides leadership for the development, enhancement and implementation of recruitment and retention strategies, advising initiatives and academic and student engagement programming.  The Director also serves as an advocate for Honors students and programs on two campuses, as well as the larger community.  The Honors director teaches a reduced load of honors courses and supervises student capstones, represents the Honors College on campus committees, and is expected to participate in state, regional and/or national honors organizations.

An earned doctorate/terminal degree, or the foreign equivalent, or its equivalent in training, ability, and/or experience is required.  Current rank of tenured associate or full professor is required, with a record of teaching, research and professional service that merits appointment as a tenured associate or full professor at KSU.  See KSU’s promotion and tenure guidelines at

The University Honors Program is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary and is housed in the Honors College, created in 2013.  The Honors Director reports directly to the Dean of the Honors College and supervises an associate director on the Marietta campus, an assistant director, an advisor, and an administrative associate.  The Honors College also houses a Director of National and International Scholarships and Fellowships and the Dual Enrollment Honors Program for high school students.  The Honors Program also has dedicated honors residences on both campuses.  See more information at

Candidates should demonstrate a successful history in higher education, including program leadership or administrative roles; a sustained record of teaching, research and professional service; and campus/community engagement.  Prior experience in teaching and/or leadership of an honors program, managing others and creating a positive team environment is required.  Successful candidates will have a demonstrated ability to build relationships and cross-campus collaborations with academic departments, admissions, registrar and other units and to manage budgets.  Evidence of strong organizational skills and initiative, commitment to the principles of student and faculty diversity, and commitment to support of undergraduate research is required.  A record of involvement in collegiate honors organizations and experience mentoring students for prestigious scholarships are desirable.  A record of experience with high impact practices, including but not limited to study abroad programs, experiential learning, learning communities and community engagement is also desirable.

For more than 50 years, Kennesaw State University has been known for its entrepreneurial spirit and sense of community.  Offering campuses in Marietta and Kennesaw, the university is located just north of Atlanta and combines a suburban setting with access to one of the country’s most dynamic cities.  As Georgia third-largest university, Kennesaw State offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a growing doctoral program.  Designated by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia as a comprehensive university, Kennesaw State is committed to becoming a world-class academic institution positioned to broaden its academic and research missions and expand its scope on a local, regional and national level.

Review of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  For full consideration, completed applications should be submitted by February 15, 2017.

For a full description of this position and application procedures, go to

Kennesaw State University, a member of the University System of Georgia, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and/or veteran status. Georgia is an Open Records state.

Job Announcement: James Madison University Director of Prestigious Scholarships

James Madison University seeks a highly-organized, student focused individual for its Director of Prestigious Scholarships position within the JMU Honors College.  This individual will provide leadership for the university’s growing prestigious scholarship program and will help contribute to JMU’s vision of becoming the national model for the engaged university.  The Director will also provide additional advising and student engagement support for the Honors College. 

JMU is located in the heart of Virginia's scenic Shenandoah Valley, an area rich in culture and outdoor recreational opportunities. The mission of the university is to prepare students to become educated and enlightened citizens, and its vision is to become the national model for the engaged university. The university is a selective institution with a national reputation for its strong commitment to teaching and learning both inside and outside the classroom. JMU enrolls over twenty thousand students, 18,400 of whom are undergraduates, and offers 71 undergraduate programs that span the fine and performing arts, humanities, mathematics, natural and applied sciences, social sciences, engineering, business, and numerous pre-professional areas of study. The JMU Honors College is described at  


Duties and Responsibilities:

The position is a twelve-month, administrative and professional faculty appointment, salary commensurate with experience. Preferred start date is 1 July 2017. The Director will report to the Dean of the Honors College, and will be responsible for setting and monitoring the strategic and operational direction of the university-wide Prestigious Scholarship program.  With the other staff members of the Honors College, this position will also provide general support for the Honors College including honors advising, recruiting, orientations and programming.   

This position’s effort is dedicated to the following activities:

·         Serve as the university point-of-contact for specific scholarships; including the Rhodes, Fulbright, Boren, Goldwater, Truman, Marshall, Udall, Gilman, and NSF-GRFP scholarships. 

·         Recruit and assist undergraduate students and recent alumni in the identification of relevant national scholarship and fellowship opportunities.

·         Provide guidance and advising on academic plans, career/internship opportunities, international experiences, writing and presentation skills, and professional/career development to students from all majors and colleges who are preparing to apply for prestigious scholarships and fellowships.

·         Manage a scholarships and fellowships e-Portfolio system, student record database, website, social media messaging, and CRM data inputs and communications.  

·         Assist in developing programs to improve national scholarship awareness, preparation, and advising effectiveness.

·         Track scholarship applications and outcomes, collaborate in evaluating program effectiveness, and manage student-related data.

·         Assist in publicizing and celebrating student achievements through appropriate channels, such as annual recognition events in cooperation with University and Honors College staff.

·         Coordinate application, review, award, disbursement and reporting processes for Honors College-specific scholarships.

·         Assist the Honors College with advising, recruiting, admission and orientation processes as needed.

·         Participate in the Honors College’s teaching mission through the delivery of high-impact learning experiences as time and allocation of duties allows.


Required qualifications include: a Master’s degree (Ph.D. or other terminal degree preferred) and work experience related to the administration of Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships processes.  Candidates must demonstrate a strong understanding of scholarship, a commitment to high quality undergraduate education, experience in the recognition of high academic achievement, and evidence of academic advising and mentoring.  Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills are required, as is the ability to work with a wide range of constituencies; including scholarship and fellowship agencies, faculty groups, administrators, and students.   Demonstrated honors experience, previous experience with the National Association of Fellowships Advisors, and successful advising of one or more competitive fellowships is desired. 

Job Announcement: University of North Florida

The Hicks Honors College at the University of North Florida is searching for its inaugural dean. Please post the following advertisement to the jobs listing:



A significant gift to the University of North Florida from the Hicks Family Foundation in 2015 provided for the creation of the Hicks Honors College from the previously existing Honors Program, and now the university seeks an experienced visionary leader at the decanal level to develop a world-class Hicks Honors College.  The Dean of the Hicks Honors College (position #330610) is a full-time (1.0) appointment and reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

The Dean serves as the academic and administrative head of the Hicks Honors College. The Dean will be responsible for the leadership and administration of all aspects of the Hicks Honors College, including managing the budget, developing the curriculum, organizing co-curricular activities, liaising and articulating with academic colleges and departments, working with Residential Life and Undergraduate Admissions on housing and recruitment issues, and collaborating with University Development and Alumni Engagement to enhance funding for the Hicks Honors College. Priorities include curricular development; recruitment with attention to enrollment growth, diversity and international representation; and enhancement of undergraduate research opportunities, achievements and study abroad programs. Required qualifications include an earned doctorate from an accredited college or university in a discipline eligible for tenure within one of the College’s academic departments/schools, a distinguished record of scholarship and teaching commensurate with appointment at the rank of full professor, and a minimum of three years of experience in academic administrative leadership positions and honors education. 

The successful candidate will provide evidence of the following in his or her application: 

 1. Administrative and organizational skills that demonstrate collaboration with academic deans and chairs, other university administrators, faculty and staff, and effective advocacy both inside and outside the university;

 2. Experience developing an innovative Honors curriculum that integrates and synergizes with the four-year curriculum of the full range of academic programs and colleges at the university and is accessible to both freshmen and transfer students;

 3. An inclusive, participative, collaborative leadership style and the ability to listen, communicate effectively, and innovate while building consensus among colleagues within the Honors College and with the greater campus community; 

 4. Passion and enthusiasm for Honors education, a demonstrated appreciation for general education and liberal arts, and the ability to effectively communicate these to a wide range of internal and external constituencies;

 5. Community engagement and outreach and demonstrated characteristics fundamental to fund raising; 

 6. Experience developing initiatives fostering recruitment, advising, and retention of a strong and diverse student body. 

Additional information about the Hicks Honors College is available at:

Review of applications will begin September 15 and all materials should be received by that date for full consideration. The position is open until filled.  To apply for this position, a candidate must complete a one-page online application in the UNF Human Resource system (OASys) at, and upload a letter of interest articulating a vision for the college and addressing the qualifications mentioned above, and a curriculum vitae including the names, titles, business contact information, and email addresses of five references. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will start no later than July 1, 2017, although a start date as early as January 2, 2017 is possible.

Questions regarding this search should be directed to: Dr. Daniel Moon, Chair of the Search Committee and Interim Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, University of North Florida 1 UNF Drive Jacksonville, FL 32224 (904)

Florida’s “Sunshine Law” requires that all search committee business be open to public review. For more information about the University of North Florida, visit our website at “UNF is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.”

A link to the job posting can be found here:

2017 SRHC Conference in Asheville

The 2017 SRHC Conference will be held in Asheville, North Carolina, March 30-April 1, 2017.  The host institution is UNC Asheville and we are looking forward to another outstanding meeting that showcases the creativity and research of undergraduate honors students in the southeastern United States.  More information including hotel reservations, conference registration, and the call for papers will be posted on the conference page as it becomes available.  In the meantime, mark your calendar for March 30-April 1, 2017.