Director, University Honors Program
Posted on Apr 5, 2021 by California State University
The Director of the University Honors Program will provide leadership and vision for the Honors Program at CSULB. The main charge for the Director will be to grow and expand the Program and ensure that it delivers unique, high-impact educational practices that engage students. The goals of the Honors Director will be to: enhance recruiting of talented students, especially students of color, first-generation college attendees, undocumented students, LGBTQIA students, students from low-income backgrounds, and other historically underserved populations; create a unique curriculum that builds upon CSULB's multicultural setting in Long Beach; support CSULB's students' exceptional educational experiences; and nurture students' talents leading to their futures as leaders and engaged citizens of the community and the globe. The Director of the Honors Program is a 12-month faculty position with university-wide administrative responsibilities.
The Honors Director will lead the charge on this vision, undertaking the following:
Collaborate with the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost to nurture, sustain and implement the vision of an excellent honors program.
Strategically plan for the growth of a thriving and evolving honors program.
Convene and lead key stakeholders to draft a UHP planning document for further consultation with key campus stakeholders including: Honors Council representatives, University Housing and Residential Life, Division of Administration and Finance, University Relations and Development, President's Office, Academic Senate, and Enrollment Services.
Pursue and increase funding opportunities in partnership with University Relations and Development.
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
Vision and leadership - The essential charge for the UHP Director will be to provide a vision toward growing and expanding the Honors Program at CSULB. To accomplish this goal, the Director will need to be a collaborative leader with the ability to work across the University to grow the program. The Director should be an engaged leader who can capitalize on the strengths of the Honors Program while empowering their team to bring new ideas and high-impact practices to the table. The Director should be a strong relationship-builder who can bring people together from across the University to support UHP programs and initiatives focused on developing students into leaders.
Collaboration - The new Director will work with constituents internal and external to the University, including academic leadership, faculty, and staff, to develop an innovative curriculum focused on: access, student success, and high-quality learning; racial and ethnic diversity; service learning; and social justice. The Director will put diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives into practice and interweave these values into the Honors Program. Externally, the Director will seek to build partnerships with industries and organizations in the region to support programming and initiatives and will work with University Advancement to advocate for the Honors Program.
Student recruitment and scholarships - Working closely with Admissions and other offices across the University, and with the Honors Transfer Council of California (HTCC), the new Director will actively recruit honors candidates and identify future sources of scholarship funding. In doing so, the Director will fully embrace the mission-driven and transformative nature of the Honors Program at CSULB, increasing the distinction of the Honors Program in the future.
Student-centered ethos - CSULB is distinguished for its focus on equitable access and student success. The Honors Program provides a wealth of support and service to ensure a rigorous and exciting learning experience. The Director will play a central role in enhancing and shaping the students participating in the program and the Honors curriculum, as well as facilitating opportunities for students to attend various cultural, professional, and research opportunities in Long Beach, Los Angeles, and beyond.
Build community and diversity - The new Director will be integral in maintaining an inclusive learning environment where Honors students from diverse backgrounds feel welcomed. The Director will be charged with ensuring that the Honors Program represents CSULB demographics and that of CSULB's service area/region, particularly when it comes to race, and ethnic representation, gender, and sexual orientation. Further, the Director will be responsible for identifying course offerings that center questions of racial and social justice to ensure honors students have access to a racially inclusive curriculum. The Director will further the Honors Program's strong commitment to community and the importance of a holistic education in alignment with the values of CSULB and the CSU System. The position will inspire a tight-knit community bound by a mutual respect and the desire to represent the best of CSULB both on campus and within the larger community.
An earned doctoral degree from an accredited institution.
A record of university teaching, scholarly and creative activity that satisfies eligibility of appointment to the rank of tenured Associate or Full professor in an academic program in one of the disciplines offered at the University.
Demonstrated success as a collaborative leader with the ability to work across the University.
Experience coordinating multidimensional academic programs such as honors programs, undergraduate or graduate programs, undergraduate research, learning communities, study abroad, etc., that required working with constituents internal and external to the University including academic leadership, faculty, and staff.
Ability to develop and build partnerships with industries and organizations in the region to support programming and initiatives.
Ability to provide leadership and support for innovative Honors curriculum development, as well as facilitating opportunities for students to participate in co-curricular activities.
Demonstrated experience interweaving CSULB's core values of social justice, social mobility, and inclusivity into a curriculum or program.
A record of working successfully with a diverse student population and serving students of color and other historically underrepresented students.
Successful leadership experience with an honors program.
Experience in assessment, development, and/or restructuring curricula/programming.
Successful experience leading or administrating scholarship programs.
Demonstrated involvement in initiatives directed at new faculty, senior level faculty, and award-winning faculty.
Understanding of effective strategies in recruiting and retaining historically underserved students.
Experience in promotion of an honors program and education, including public recognition of honors faculty.
Ability to design and promote a structured process for early identification and cultivation of students for prestigious external and/or national scholarships and awards.
Ability to serve as the lead advocate of the Honors Program at CSULB when forming relationships with donors, community leaders, and industry partners.
Maintain access, student success, and high-quality learning and increase racial and gender equity in Honors education at CSULB via recruitment and retention of highly qualified undergraduate students.
Lead Program administration, including staff supervision and support, professional development, strategic planning, and advising (academic, pre-graduate, pre-professional).
Expand the visibility and strengthen the reputation of Honors students and faculty across the campus and beyond.
Provide leadership over the scholarship process in the Honors Program.
Assess, develop, and/or restructure existing Honors curricula/programming to allow for growth and flexibility in Honors educational opportunities.
Build networks and sustain relationships with faculty, department chairs, associate deans, and deans to expand opportunities for students to participate in Honors education.
Incentivize Honors faculty through initiatives directed at new faculty, senior level faculty, and award-winning faculty.
Partner with University Relations and Development and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to identify fundraising, scholarship, grant, and advancement opportunities for the Honors Program.
Support and promote Honors faculty through identification and promotion of Honors education in the tenure and promotion process, public recognition of Honors faculty, and enhancement of Honors faculty presence on web and promotional materials.
Manage the President's Scholarship program in addition to designing and promoting a structured process for early identification and cultivation of students for prestigious external and/or national scholarships and awards.
Chair the Honors Advisory Council to broaden creative and cross-disciplinary collaboration; seek input into recruitment, curricular, and programmatic design.
Expand and coordinate global learning opportunities, including promoting study abroad opportunities for all Honors students.
Enhance and maintain a robust web and social media presence for the Program.
Serve as Lead advocate for University administration of Honors.
Represent University Honors at University events and raise the Program's external profile.