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The Director of the Honors program provides leadership for the program structure, curriculum, and associated activities. The Director collaborates with the Associate Directors and the Associate Vice President for Academic and Civic Collaboration in this regard. The MSU Denver Honors program is multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary. The vision is to serve the needs of the diverse array of MSU Denver students while encouraging them to challenge themselves intellectually and academically. The Director plays an integral role in facilitating conversations regarding program quality and the implementation of the Honors Program Strategic Plan and works to identify synergies in and beyond the Academic and Civic Collaboration area.
The Director teaches from between 1 to 4 credit hours per semester, including at a minimum the 1-credit hour Honors Thesis Seminar.
The Director position is filled on a 12-month administrator contract.
The Director will assume duties and responsibilities in the following categories:
20% Curriculum and co-curriculum management/assessment: Provide oversight of course offerings, including hiring affiliate faculty as necessary; plan and implement sessions training new Honors faculty in the curriculum and requirements for Honors syllabi, Honors Student Learning Objectives, and Honors-level work; plan and direct co-curricular activities that enhance Honors students’ educational experiences; lead program assessment activities.
35% Student outreach and recruitment: Design, lead, and implement recruitment practices to increase enrollments in the Honors Program; plan and lead new Honors student orientation(s); provide advising and ongoing mentoring to students in the program and provide oversight of student theses; collaborate with Associate Directors, Honors Council members, Program Coordinator, and AVP of Academic and Civic Collaboration in planning and implementing above student outreach/mentoring activities.
20% Internal and external outreach/collaboration: Oversee MSU Denver Honors Program involvement in regional and national Honors associations, e.g. Western Regional Honors Council; facilitate meetings of the Honors Council; interact with Deans, Department Chairs, and faculty related to current and future Honors Program activities; collaborate with staff in Admissions, New Student Orientation, thesis advisors, and others to facilitate communication about the Honors Program to various groups of students.
5% Strategic planning: Implement the strategic plan for the program within the framework of the overall University plan; benchmark and monitor progress toward meeting strategic planning goals. Lead efforts to review and revise Honors Program strategic plan as appropriate.
10% Budget and management: Monitor the Honors Program budget; supervise the Associate Directors (faculty on reassigned time) and Honors Program staff, which currently consists of one full-time Program Coordinator.
10% Teaching: Teach courses that will meet Honors Program curricular needs, including at a minimum the 1-credit hour Honors Thesis Seminar. Additional teaching to be determined in consultation with the AVP for Academic and Civic Collaboration and not to exceed a total of 4 credit hours in a term.
Doctorate degree required. Five years’ experience working in higher education. Equivalent of two years’ experience as Director and/or Associate Director in an Honors Program. Evidence of teaching excellence. Candidates must be eligible for tenure in an MSU Denver academic department.
Demonstrated commitment to outreach and recruitment and retention of students of color and other diverse urban and non-traditional student populations. Experience in recruitment, mentoring, and advising of students. Demonstrated experience collaborating with diverse campus groups and constituents. Demonstrated experience to interdisciplinarity, to internationalization of curricular or co-curricular learning experiences, and to community engagement.
Evidence of teaching excellence.
IMPORTANT: In order to be considered as an applicant you must apply via the online application system, www.msudenverjobs.com.
Official Transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.
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