Dean, University Honors College

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jan 07, 2021
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the University Honors College. The dean also holds the Bernice L. and Morton S. Lerner Endowed Chair.

The University Honors College provides a variety of interdisciplinary academic and co-curricular engagement and enrichment opportunities to many of the most ambitious undergraduate students at Pitt’s campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Honors College dean works closely with other deans and faculty from across the University, and a dedicated professional staff, to provide enhanced opportunities that broaden and deepen students’ academic and personal development.

The University Honors College serves as a connector and a catalyst to unite students and faculty to extend and escalate their academic experiences. The Honors College offers honors courses, research and creative fellowships, national scholarship advising, advising for the politics and philosophy major, the prestigious Bachelor of Philosophy degree in conjunction with Pitt’s undergraduate schools, multiple pathways for students to graduate from the Honors College, and numerous competitive awards.

Founded in the early 1980s as an entity open to all interested undergraduate students, the Honors College recently added membership designations through direct admission for first-year undergraduates and paths to membership for upper-class and transfer students. The Honors College aims to welcome approximately 600 first-year students annually. While it recently established a formal application and selection process, the Honors College has simultaneously maintained its open structure and welcomes all interested students to participate in its programs. This history of openness, balanced with recently added membership criteria, is a unique duality for the Honors College.

Students and alumni report that their experiences within Pitt’s Honors College shape and transform their academic interests, their personal passions, and their career trajectories. Small, innovative courses draw together diverse students and faculty to create undergraduate learning environments that are atypical for a large research institution. Honors research opportunities allow undergraduate students to delve into projects that are usually reserved for graduate-level study, as well as to engage deeply with faculty mentors. Honors Housing provides living-learning communities for students throughout their academic years.

The dean develops and enhances programs, relationships, and partnerships that contribute to the success of Honors College students. There is wide latitude for creativity in implementing activities and opportunities and developing new programs. The dean must work inclusively and collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to establish and implement a shared vision and to champion initiatives.

The successful dean must be unwaveringly committed to academic excellence and scholastic achievement, and must be able to collaborate successfully with a wide range of faculty and staff partners across campus. They must also have a strong commitment to the development of undergraduate students, a deep appreciation for research and scholarship across disciplines, and an openness to diverse methodological approaches and innovative pedagogies. Students will be best served if the Honors College is a hub for interactions across the campus, the city, and beyond. The incumbent should relish the opportunity to develop synergistic relationships and programs that enhance students’ educational experiences by cutting across traditional boundaries.

Please see the full position profile on the search website ( for additional information about the opportunity and detailed application directions.

Applications received by February 12, 2021, will receive full consideration, although the search committee may, at its discretion, review applications received after that date. Applications should be submitted electronically and include a curriculum vitae and a cover letter as described in the position profile. Applications should be submitted via Pitt’s Talent Center platform (position number 20006602).

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EEO, including disability/vets.

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