Director, University Honors Program

California State University at Long Beach
Long Beach, California
Jan 11, 2021
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California State University at Long Beach

Director, University Honors Program

California State University at Long Beach (CSULB) invites nominations and applications for the position of Director, University Honors Program. The successful candidate in this national search will set a strategic vision to expand the Honors Program to insure it will deliver upon its distinctive educational practices that will serve a broad segment of CSULB’s undergraduate students. 

The California State University (CSU) System is the nation’s largest four-year public university with 482,000 students on 23 campuses across the state. CSU promotes student success thought opportunity and high-quality education that prepares students to become leaders in the changing workforce, making the CSU System a vital economic engine for California.

CSULB is a diverse, student-centered, globally engaged public university, a Hispanic-Serving and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution committed to providing highly valued undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities through superior teaching, research, creative activity and service for the people of California and the world. CSULB is committed to equity in student experiences, curriculum, and professional opportunities and is dedicated to changing institutional structures to meet this goal. CSULB aims to change lives by expanding educational opportunities, championing creativity, and preparing leaders for a changing world. Building on six decades of success, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) is repeatedly recognized as a high quality and best-value institution and “One of the Top Public Comprehensive Universities in the Western United States” by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges Guide. CSULB prides itself on its diverse and students-first campus culture. The commitment to providing a transformative education experience is demonstrated by Education Reform now, a national think tank and advocacy organization for the American Public education System, ranking CSULB number one in the nation for its impact in driving social mobility. 

In Fall 2019, there are a total of 32,784 undergraduate and 5,290 graduate students attending CSULB. In September 2020, the Wall Street journal/Times Higher Education ranked CSULB 4th in the nation for Campus Diversity. Of CSULB’s over 32,000 students, 45% identify at Hispanic/Latino, 21% as Asian-American, 17% as White/Caucasian, 9% identifying as two or more races or race unknown 7% as non-resident aliens, 4% as African American, and approximately 1% as American Indian/Alaska Native/ Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. In addition,58% of CSULB students are women, 55% of CSULB students are first-generation students, and 45% of students are Pell Grant-eligible.

The University Honors Program (UHP) at CSULB is committed to providing an academically enriching, community-minded, and culturally diverse environment for highly qualified students. This program is designed to offer students, particularly those students from historically underrepresented populations, the best of a thriving liberal arts college experience alongside the opportunities afforded by a comprehensive university setting. The program strives to provide opportunities to mentor students in a range of leadership opportunities, foster student-led civic engagement experiences, and support students to engage in global studies. Students in the honors program have access to a curriculum designed to prepare students for the rigor of graduate school, scholarship opportunities, personalized advising and smaller class sizes, use of honors facilities, and leadership and professional development opportunities. The honors program currently includes tracks in Engineering, Business, and Global Emphasis. There are approximately 1,000 students in the Honors Program at CSULB.

UHP is committed to offering a curriculum that centers social justice and inclusive excellence, defined by the Honors Program as access, student success, and high-quality learning.  It also aims to ensure that UHP student demographics reflect the student demographics of CSULB at large, particularly when it comes to recruiting students of color. It will be essential that the UHP Director embrace these core values and have a record of achievement in working with students of color, and integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into a program or curriculum. The UHP Director is also responsible for administering the President’s Scholarship at CSULB. The Director of the Honors Program is a 12-month faculty position with university-wide administrative responsibilities.

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 insure it will deliver unique, high impact educational practices that will engage students. The goals of the Honors Director will be to enhance recruiting of talented students, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds and who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community; to create a unique curriculum that builds upon our multicultural setting in Long Beach; to support CSULB’s students’ exceptional educational experiences; and to nurture their talents leading to their futures as leaders and engaged community and global citizens.


  • 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., which 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 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 by 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.

The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Priority consideration will be given to materials received by March 3, 2021. Recruitment #2367.

To apply a candidate should submit: 1) a letter of intent addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements; 2) a current CV/ resume; 3) An Equity and Diversity Statement that addresses the candidate’s teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (maximum two pages - Click here for further information and guidelines); and 4) contact information for at least five professional references, including email addresses and a brief note of the candidate’s working relationship with each. References will not be contacted without the prior knowledge and approval of the candidate and at a later stage in the search. If you have any questions or if you have a disability and need accommodation with pre-employment processes (applications, interviews, etc.), please email [email protected].

For full consideration, inquiries, nominations, and applications (PDF preferred) should be sent in confidence to: [email protected]

Nominators and prospective candidates may arrange a confidential conversation about this opportunity with the partner or senior associate, leading this search: 

Steve Leo, Partner

Brian Bustin, Senior Associate

Storbeck Search


[email protected]  


Conflict of Interest

The duties of this position will include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent.  Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interests on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and take this training every other year thereafter.

Background Check

A background check (including a criminal records check and telephone reference check with most recent employer) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. 

General Information

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment. All management and executive employees shall be required to provide a written statement to the appropriate administrator of any and all outside employment at the time of hire or appointment and annually thereafter. Employees shall also provide a written statement of outside employment if a written request by an administrator is made.

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity in education and employment, to affirmative action, and to the protection of civil rights. It is the policy of CSULB to provide programs, services, and benefits, including employment, without regard to race, religion, color, ancestry, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, and protected veteran status. This policy shall apply to all employment actions, including, but not limited, to recruitment, hiring, education, upgrading, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and selection for training, including apprenticeship.

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