University of Alabama — Dean of the Honors College

Dean of the Honors College
The University of Alabama

The University of Alabama (UA) seeks a collaborative and innovative leader with a broad institutional perspective to serve as the next Dean of the Honors College. The Dean will develop a future-oriented vision for continuing the Honors College mission and enhancing the programs that are the hallmark of its nationally recognized undergraduate honors curriculum. The Dean will work across UA to provide leadership on planning, curricular, and budgetary decisions in a student-centered environment in which one-third of freshman students participate in some type of honors programming. The Dean will also engage with alumni, fellow deans, and other internal and external stakeholders to advance the goals of the Honors College and University. The successful candidate must possess a terminal degree and qualify for appointment at the rank of full professor with tenure in one of the University's departments. The candidate must also possess a significant and progressive record of higher education leadership along with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the ability to advance the university's philosophy and practice relative to DEI. Additionally, the ideal candidate will demonstrate a readiness to advance the college by fundraising and building external partnerships.

Located in the heart of Tuscaloosa, The University of Alabama is one of the nation's premier universities, offering bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in nearly 200 fields of study. With more than 1,200 acres of tree-lined campus and state-of-the art facilities, UA has been ranked among the most beautiful and most inspiring college campuses in the state of Alabama, in the South, and in the nation. In Fall 2022, the Capstone set a number of new enrollment records, including record enrollment of national Merit Scholars. As the state's flagship university, UA is also designated among the Carnegie classification's top doctoral research universities. With a growing number of industry and state/federal agency partnerships, UA's research enterprise continues to surge. In fiscal year 2021, 38% of the 2,025 members of UA's faculty engaged in externally funded research, the eighth straight year of increased externally sponsored awards. In the same period, faculty received a record 553 lifetime honorific awards from national and international award granting associations or agencies. In all, sponsored awards brought $171 million to the University in fiscal year 2021, and research and development expenditures, a measure of output on previously funded awards, jumped 36% to $129.5 million. More details about the University, the physical campus and surrounding community are available in the latest Opportunity Profile.

Rather than offering specific degrees, the Honors College enhances UA's undergraduate curriculum. The University of Alabama Honors College offers eight distinctive honors programs and one minor across numerous disciplines. From the establishment of the Honors College in 2003, the College has housed three of these programs: the University Honors Program, the Randall Research Scholars Program, and the University Fellows Experience. The four-year University Honors Program develops students as creative and critical thinkers, ethical and empathetic citizens, and collaborative and inclusive leaders. The Randall Research Scholars Program is a nationally recognized undergraduate research program that pairs exceptional students directly with leading research professors and cutting-edge computing technology to complete scholarly research projects in any field of study. The University Fellows Experience is a community of elite scholars from diverse disciplines who share a similar passion to become change agents through commitment to leadership and service. The Honors College partners with the College of Arts and Sciences on the Blount Scholars Program and the McCollough Institute for Pre-Medical Scholars, with the Culverhouse College of Business on the STEM Path to the MBA and the CREATE Path to the MBA, with the College of Engineering on the EPIC Scholars Program, and with the College of Education on the Educational Studies Minor.

Further information on the Dean search is available on the UA Honors Dean Search website.

Applications should consist of a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted in confidence to: UAHonorsDean@academicsearch.org. Applications submitted by Wednesday, January 11, 2023, will receive full consideration.

Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Ann Die Hasselmo at Ann.Hasselmo@academicsearch.org or Chris Butler at Chris.Butler@academicsearch.org, consultants with Academic Search.

Further information about the University of Alabama is available at https://www.ua.edu/. For more information on the Honors College click here.

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases.

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