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Assistant/Associate or Full Professor/Director of the University Honors Program

Clarkson University
Potsdam, NY
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Aug 1, 2021

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Job Title:

Assistant/Associate or Full Professor/Director of the University Honors Program

Posting Number:

Fac 2014000769



Full-time/ Part-time:


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Job Description Summary:

The Director of the University Honors Program is an energetic, inclusive, collaborative and effective leader. The Director is expected to lead the Honors Program to new levels of excellence in achievement of educational outcomes that synergize with institutional strategic thrusts in teaching, research and experiential learning. Reporting directly to the Provost and serving as a member of the Provost Council, the Director is responsible for academic administration of the Honors Program; developing and sustaining innovative curricular, extracurricular and co-curricular programming, including summer programming; leading student recruitment and retention efforts within the program; engagement of program stakeholders, and supporting engagement of university stakeholders; and developing and implementing initiatives in support of the University’s strategic plan.

Responsible for the operations, development and growth of the program, and establishment of close partnerships with other schools and institutes.

Provide forward-thinking leadership to expand enrollment and enhance scholarship, in its broadest sense, of the Honors Program leveraging institutional strengths in entrepreneurship and innovation and building upon areas of core strength.

Collaborate with the University’s academic deans and directors to expand school/institute-specific honors experiences.

Work collaboratively with Enrollment Management and other schools/institutes to use the Honors Program to attract and retain high-quality and diverse undergraduate students.

Foster a collegial work environment consistent with the University’s Values characterized by integrity, teamwork, and caring.

Assist with fundraising and development activities to provide scholarships, grants, and program support.

Reports to the Provost and is a member of the Provost’s Council.

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimal Qualifications:

  • An earned Ph.D. or terminal degree in the candidate’s respective field.
  • A record of scholarship and research appropriate for a tenured appointment in one of the academic units of the University.

Minimal Experience:

  • A proven track record of partnering with academic colleagues to develop and grow multi-disciplinary undergraduate programs.
  • Exemplary interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to successfully engage with diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong leadership skills demonstrated in a large, complex, multi-faceted organization.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging among faculty, staff, and students.
  • The ability to lead the educational, research and outreach activities of the program, with demonstrated experience related to each of these key components of the program’s mission.
  • Commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence especially undergraduate research, internships/co-op, and other immersive practical experiences.
  • Demonstrate commitment to collaboration and fostering a culture of inclusion.
  • The ability to make complex decisions in a timely manner, while listening to and incorporating the input of key constituents.
  • The ability to develop and support a skilled and highly competent administrative team.
  • An attitude that embraces change and the ability to be forward-looking in the development of the strategic direction for the Honors Program consistent with the University’s strategic plan.
  • Leadership in undergraduate education and experience with development, implementation, and assessment of curricular, co-curricular, and/or experiential learning
  • Experience with holistic advising and student achievement services and support
  • Experience in administration in higher education as program director or above

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Experience:

  • Demonstrate understanding of and commitment to undergraduate honors education; a record of leadership and engagement with the National Collegiate Honors Council or similar undergraduate centered academic organization (e.g., NCUR, SENCER, SACNAS).

Physical Demands:

Ability to complete essential classroom functions. Clarkson is committed to complying with the guidelines set forth under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Close Date:


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Special Instructions for this Posting:

Applications received by March 15, 2021 will be given full consideration.

Applicants should arrange for and provide contact information for 3 reference providers. References will be solicited at the campus/virtual campus interview stage of the application process.

An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, Clarkson University actively seeks and encourages applications from minorities, women and people with disabilities.

All offers of employment are subject to the applicant successfully passing a background check (including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal records).

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Working at Clarkson University

As a private, national research university, Clarkson is a leader in technological education and sustainable economic development through teaching, scholarship, research and innovation.   We ignite personal connections across academic fields and industries to create the entrepreneurial mindset, knowledge and intellectual curiosity needed to innovate world-relevant solutions and cultivate the leaders of tomorrow. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the New York Capital Region, Beacon, N.Y., and New York City, Clarkson educates 4,300 students across 95+ rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, the arts, education, sciences and health professions. Clarkson alumni earn salaries that are among the top 2.5% in the nation and realize accelerated career growth.  One in five already leads as a CEO, senior executive or owner of a company. 

Clarkson welcomes scholars and students from all over the world.

Our community and campus settings enhance the quality of student life and afford students access to and interaction with their faculty. We value the diversity of our University community; and we strive to attune ourselves and our programs to our global, pluralistic society. We share the belief that humane and environmentally sound economic and social development derive from the expansion, diffusion and application of knowledge.

Through our Office of Human Resources, we focus on the recruitment, onboarding, training and professional development of our employee community across multiple campuses and learning environments. The goal is a campus community where all are welcomed and valued members who contribute to the development of global citizenship by promoting a diverse and inclusive environment.


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Together we ignite the mindsets and skill sets that are in demand for tomorrow’s best careers . To think, act and lead globally, we span disciplines to find new solutions and deepen our respect for the diversity of our University community.

We develop innovative programs and research portfolios in partnership with business and industry to explore, create and achieve better futures. We invest in people, ideas and our campus’ living. We give our time, resources and goodwill to drive the future.

We are all Golden Knights who commit to living the Clarkson Values and sharing our success as a model of these ideals. Through the legacy of our personal accomplishments and generosity, we ensure the next generation has the same opportunities to create a better world for themselves and society.

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