Honors Program

Search for Director of the Honors Program at UAF

The Honors Faculty Advisory Council and Vice Provost Alexandra Fitts are accepting applications for the position of Director of the Honors Program.  The position is available beginning January 1, 2014 but the exact start date is negotiable.  The director is responsible for a selective student program that serves highly achieving students through small classes and engaging activities.  This position is typically based upon a faculty workload assignment (usually 49% paid by the Honors budget) and may offer a partial summer contract extension.  The precise terms of the contract must be negotiated with the Vice Provost and relevant Dean.  The workload assignment will be for a three-year period with renewal possible.   For more information about the program or the position, please contact Vice Provost Alex Fitts at 474-6253 or affitts@alaska.edu or Honors Program Administrative Assistant Kerrie Dufseth at 474-6612 or kkdufseth@alaska.edu. More information is on the Honors Program website at: http://www.uaf.edu/honors/.
The letter of interest must describe the candidate’s vision for the future of the Honors Program at UAF. It should also emphasize experience in, vision of and commitment to undergraduate advising, fundraising, international programs and undergraduate participation in creative scholarly activity, research and service learning. The letter of interest should describe how the candidate’s current workload distribution would change were s/he to serve as Honors Director and briefly describe any continuing commitments that may impact his/her service, for example, existing or proposed grant activities or professional/public service commitments.
Minimum qualifications: The successful candidate will have earned a terminal degree in an academic discipline; achieved the rank of associate or full professor at UA with a record of excellence in teaching, scholarship and professional service; have recent experience advising undergraduate students and guiding undergraduate researchers; have knowledge of UAF’s core curriculum and admission and registration procedures; and have demonstrated leadership experience.
Other expectations: The ideal candidate enjoys interacting with students; demonstrates a successful record of research, scholarship, or creative activity; possesses excellent communication skills in listening, speaking and writing; maintains a cohesive work team; completes duties/projects in a timely manner; understands institutional policies and procedures; and demonstrates the ability to recognize, understand, accept and appreciate the value of workplace diversity.
Preferred qualifications: The ideal candidate will have experience or expressed interest in teaching in an Honors Program; experience in curricular development; experience as a department chair or program coordinator; experience mentoring undergraduate researchers; and/or experience with external funding through donor contact and/or proposal writing and administration.

Review of applications begins November 1, 2013.

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