Director, University Honors Program
Kansas State University
Kansas State University invites nominations, inquiries, and applications for the position of Director, University Honors Program. Founded in 2006, the University Honors Program serves approximately 300 first-year and 1,000 students in total. Identified as a strategic priority in the University’s K-State 2025 visionary plan and recently restructured to achieve greater focus and consistency, the University Honors Program is poised for significant growth and development.
Founded in 1863, Kansas State University is the nation’s first land-grant university. Classified as a Carnegie Doctoral/Highest Research Activity institution, “K-State” aims to achieve recognition as a top 50 public research university by 2025. Combined enrollment at the Manhattan (main), Polytechnic, Olathe, and Global campuses is nearly 25,000 students, although the University Honors Program serves only the approximately 20,000 undergraduate students enrolled in Manhattan, a traditional college town nestled in the beautiful Flint Hills region of Kansas.
Noted for its long-standing commitment to access and opportunity, Kansas State University has also graduated more Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall scholarship recipients since 1986 than any other public university. The combination of unparalleled accessibility and an equally singular reputation for excellence undergirds the University’s distinctive dynamism.
The Director of the University Honors Program serves full-time with a 12-month contract as the chief academic and administrative officer of the program. The Director is responsible for the usual broad array of day-to-day responsibilities associated with U.S. honors programs and colleges, including especially honors student recruitment, specialized honors curriculum development, specialized academic advising and student-focused programming, fund-raising, and management of University Honors Program budget and staff. Moreover, the Director is also responsible for collaborating with the University’s senior leadership, including the deans of the seven colleges which offer undergraduate programs and the many additional leaders who support the academic mission, to provide visionary leadership for the Program’s development.
The University Honors Program shares space in Fairchild Hall with the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships and the Pre-Law Program, and features such assets as the recently renovated “Honors House” living/learning community, The Honors Advising Link (HAL), priority course registration privileges, and a philanthropically funded Cultural Passport Program. Additional experimentation and growth is welcome, including but not limited to development in the realms of international and intercultural learning, undergraduate research, professional development, leadership and service, and the honors curriculum. Collaboration with the KSU Foundation to cultivate philanthropic support will key the Program’s expansion of resources.
The successful candidate will possess exceptional interpersonal and program management skills, a passion for students and student recruitment, an abiding appreciation for access and diversity and demonstrated capacity to work with diverse students, the capacity to lead in the collaborative development of engaging undergraduate enrichment programs, an interest in fund-raising and experience with shared governance and university administration, and a record of accomplishment as a faculty member appropriate for appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The Honors Program director reports to the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and is eligible for tenure in an academic department.
Candidates should submit a letter of application which addresses their qualifications and outlines their vision for honors education at a Doctoral/Highest Research Activity land-grant university; curriculum vitae; and names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three references with direct knowledge of the applicant’s potential and/or experience. Applicants will need to apply through K-State's website.
Review of candidates will begin on March 15, 2016, and continue until the position is filled.
Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Follow the link below to find out more. "EEO is the Law"Poster. Kansas State University actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community which can be found at https://www.k-state.edu/about/community.html