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Searches are underway for the next Executive Director of the Honors College and the next Director of the Gemstone Honors Program. The best consideration deadline for both positions is February 10, 2020.

Executive Director, Honors College

The Honors College is home to seven highly acclaimed living-learning programs for students with exceptional academic talents: Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students, Design Cultures & Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Gemstone, Honors Humanities, Integrated Life Sciences, and University Honors.

The Honors College features small classes taught by outstanding faculty who actively engage students and foster innovative thinking. Each year, approximately 1,000 new undergraduates are welcomed. In addition to the courses offered in the Honors living-learning programs, Honors College students have access to special Honors versions of traditional classes ("H-versions") hosted by academic departments.

Professor Susan Dwyer is returning to the faculty in the Department of Philosophy at the end of her term as Executive Director, having made important strides in leading the Honors College forward, particularly in convening a campus-wide Strategic Vision Committee to establish directions for the future and in undertaking a significant effort to reinvent University Honors, the largest of the living-learning programs in the Honors College, which is currently underway.

The search committee, chaired by Lucy Dalglish, Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, needs input from across the university to identify an Executive Director who can build on the strengths of the Honors College and lead it to even greater success in the future, including forging a stronger connection with Honors-designated activities within academic majors. The Executive Director of the Honors College will establish expectations for intellectual engagement, oversee curricular and co-curricular activities, collaborate with colleges and schools, and maintain regular contact with Honors students. In addition, the Executive Director will represent the Honors College and the university at recruiting events and will be involved in a broad range of university activities.

Candidates interested in the position, or those wishing to make nominations, should feel free to contact the chair of the search committee, Dean Lucy Dalglish at dalglish@umd.edu, or Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies William Cohen at wcohen@umd.edu. Confidential applications will be accepted through eTerp, including a letter, CV, and contact information for three references. Questions about application submission may be directed to Jacqueline Kautzer at kautzer@umd.edu.

Tenure-track faculty members: eTerp application
Professional-track faculty members: eTerp application

Program leadership

  • Provide intellectual and organizational leadership for a strong, compelling vision of Honors education at UMD.
  • Drawing on recommendations from the 2017 Honors College Strategic Vision Committee: Ensure the full roll-out of the newly designed University Honors living-learning program; Refine and implement a comprehensive strategic plan for the Honors College; Collaborate with sponsoring academic units and all Honors College living-learning programs to articulate Honors College mission, values, goals, objectives and plans; Review progress regularly to identify program enhancements and innovations.
  • Develop and deliver effective presentations about the Honors College to prospective students, their parents, University administrators, faculty, professional staff, and other constituents.
  • Work with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the academic colleges, and other campus offices to enhance the university’s recruitment efforts, and enroll a class of exceptionally talented, diverse students each year.
  • Promote the Honors College and University by participating in community, state, and national events or meetings, and by developing partnerships with external organizations and peer institutions.
  • Collaborate with University Relations to develop and implement Honors College fundraising initiatives.
  • Ensure that considerations of diversity, inclusion, and equity inform all aspects of the unit, including management of students, faculty, staff, and programs.
  • Cultivate strong relationships with honors students by working with the Honors College Student Advisory Board, and by holding office hours open to all Honors College students.
  • Work effectively with alumni and donors.

Operations

  • Oversee honors living-learning program directors and professional staff in the Honors College central office.
  • Oversee the recruitment, review and reappointment of living-learning program directors.
  • Oversee the quadrennial review of living-learning programs.
  • Oversee recruitment, selection and admission processes, and participate in finalizing and communicating admissions decisions.

Qualifications

  • A faculty appointment in an academic unit at the University of Maryland, College Park, is required, preferably at the rank of Professor. The successful candidate will have a record of excellence in undergraduate teaching and scholarship as well as administrative experience.
  • The Executive Director of the Honors College is 100%, 12-month position on a five-year term, which reports to the Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies.

Applications are accepted through eTerp.


Director of the Gemstone Honors Program

Gemstone is one of the highly acclaimed living-learning programs that comprise the Honors College at the University of Maryland. It offers a unique interdisciplinary multi-year team research experience for undergraduate students of all majors. Under the guidance of faculty mentors and Gemstone staff, students design, direct and conduct significant research in a wide variety of fields. Students work cooperatively in diverse environments in which they are challenged and supported in the development of their research, teamwork, communication and leadership skills. The program plays an important role in recruiting highly talented students to the university and in providing them closely mentored work with faculty.

Professor Frank Coale is returning to the college of Agriculture and Natural Resources, having served capably as Gemstone director since 2012. The search committee seeks input from across the university to identify a director who can innovate and develop the Gemstone program. The search committee will be chaired by Dr. Ken Kiger, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the A. James Clark School of Engineering. Please consider whether you might be interested in serving in this position, or forward to any committee member the names of individuals you believe would be excellent candidates. We are eager for nominations of women and members of underrepresented groups.

The Gemstone Director is a 50% appointment, reporting to the Executive Director of the Honors College. The Gemstone Director must be a full-time, tenured professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. Candidates should have a record of exemplary undergraduate teaching and be engaged or interested in exploring best practices for designing and delivering substantive undergraduate research experiences. Strong leadership, administrative, interpersonal, and communication skills are required.

Candidates interested in the position, or those wishing to make nominations, should feel free to contact the chair of the search committee, Dr. Ken Kiger, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at kkiger@umd.edu, or Susan Dwyer, Executive Director of the Honors College at dwyer@umd.edu. Applications are accepted through eTerp. Candidates should plan to provide a letter, CV, and contact information for three references. Questions about application submission may be directed to Lambert Aryee at laryee@umd.edu.

Responsibilities

  • Leadership: Provide a compelling vision for leading Gemstone into the future by undertaking assessments aimed at continuous improvement of the program’s curriculum and structure. Be the public face of the program and connect with stakeholders across the university and within the Honors College.
  • Admissions and Recruitment: Working closely with the Associate Director for Admissions and Recruitment in the Honors College, invite students to the Gemstone program once admitted to the Honors College; participate in and present at recruitment events, including Open Houses, Banneker-Key interview days, and summer orientation programs.
  • Supervision: Supervise the Gemstone Associate Director and ensure smooth program operations.
  • Mentors: Recruit 10 to 12 faculty mentors annually; review mentor evaluations; participate in regular mentor lunches and new mentor training.
  • Teaching: In collaboration with Gemstone staff, teach or co-teach at least one GEMS course, annually.
  • Outreach: Conduct outreach to relevant constituents, including, but not limited to: students, mentors, other faculty, alumni, parents, research organizations, foundations, and corporations.
  • Budget: Create and monitor the Program budget; work with Associate Director to ensure accurate personnel and financial records are maintained; and participate in fundraising efforts for the Gemstone Program with the development officers.

Qualifications

  • The Gemstone Program Director must be a full-time, tenured professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. A Ph.D., in any discipline, is required.
  • Candidates should have a record of exemplary undergraduate teaching and be engaged or interested in exploring best practices for designing and delivering substantive undergraduate research experiences.
  • Strong leadership, administrative, interpersonal, and communication skills are required, as the position entails collaborating extensively with students, staff, and faculty within Gemstone and across the Honors College.

The University of Maryland is an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.