Director of Undergraduate Research

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska

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The Director of Undergraduate Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln leads high impact practices designed to engage students in the research mission of the university.  Such work includes oversight of Undergraduate Research and Creative Experiences (UCARE), First Year Research Experiences (FYRE) and Summer Research Opportunities (SROP) which serve over 500 students each year.  We are seeking an energetic and experienced leader who is excited to lead UNL’s undergraduate research programs that support university priorities, aligned with the N2025 vision to increase degree completion, close equity gaps, and build an ecology of validation for UNL’s at-promise scholars.  UNL undergraduate research initiatives exist on a solid foundation, with UCARE providing funded research opportunities to approximately 400 students annually for over 20 years.

The Director of Undergraduate Research collaborates extensively with campus teams (including the Offices of Undergraduate Education, Graduate Studies, and Research and Economic Development) to conceptualize, implement, and deliver robust programming and seminars for undergraduates engaged in UCARE, FYRE and SROP programs and coordinate annual research fairs and other campus-wide undergraduate research events. The Director works with college and department leaders of Undergraduate Education and Graduate Education to develop strategic plans, tools, and structures for assessing the impact of undergraduate research at UNL and serves as UNL’s institutional representative for national organizations (CUR, BTAA, SACNAS, ABRCMS, CDF etc.) which are focused on undergraduate research. The Director is also responsible for coordinating appropriate web design and marketing personnel to develop promotional print and social media materials related to undergraduate research. 

Minimum qualifications include:
Master’s degree plus 3 years of higher education experience supporting student success. Demonstrated experience in successfully supporting first generation, low-income, and/or underrepresented ethnic minority college students. Demonstrated experience with higher education program development, implementation, & assessment necessary. Demonstrated experience in supporting undergraduate research programs. Excellent oral and written communication skills essential. Ability to work effectively and communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds required. Must be able to work independently and collaboratively in a team-focused environment. Ability to utilize diplomacy to build relationships necessary.

Preferred qualifications include:
5 years progressive experience supporting student success and retention. Assessing academic or student service programs desirable. Experience supervising student workers and professional staff, helpful. Experience organizing co-curricular student events (workshops, trainings), desirable. Experience with implementation and assessment of undergraduate research programs (application processes, training, funding, etc.). 

Criminal history background check will be conducted. Excellent benefits including staff/dependent scholarship program. Applicant review begins September 23, 2021. View requisition S_210768 at to apply. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is an EO/AA employer and encourages minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.


Working at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

Diversity and Inclusion
In the spirit of the phrase "Every Interaction Matters", UNL has an enacted commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence for our faculty, staff, and students. On our campus, diversity and inclusion are important priorities. Examples include: Husker Dialogues, which is an event that helps first-year students focus on diversity and inclusion and practice handling difficult conversations around difference; three Chancellor's Diversity Commissions that are charged with informing and advising the Chancellor and addressing issues of constituent campus communities; and the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion whose leader operates at the Vice Chancellor level. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we strive for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions are respectful, protect free speech, and inspire academic freedom.

About Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. The Pinnacle Bank Arena, opened in 2013, routinely hosts major touring acts. A buzzing entertainment district, the Railyard, connects the arena area to the Historic Haymarket. Cuisines from all continents provide the entree to dynamic urban nightlife and a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. Nebraska's City Campus is one with Lincoln's city center, as it has been since the university was founded.Lincoln has more parkland per capita than Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and all but a handful of U.S. cities. The well-manicured Pioneers Park, the native woods of Wilderness Park and the open grassland of Nine-Mile Prairie are each within a 10-minute trip from campus. Connecting many of these parks is an extensive trails network.

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