Associate Director & Teaching Professor/Tenure or Tenure-Track Faculty

Position Overview

University Honors Program, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The University Honors Program is seeking a KU faculty member to hold a 50% appointment as an associate director to support faculty engagement in the program. This position will serve as part of the honors leadership team and contribute to the development of strategic goals to deepen student engagement through exceptional faculty teaching and mentoring. The associate director will enhance program efforts to secure faculty involvement, build community among honors faculty, and develop innovative approaches to supporting honors students through teaching and experiential learning activities. Through these activities, the program seeks to increase students’ successful completion of honors program requirements.

The ideal candidate will hold a record of teaching activities that advance equity and inclusion, as well as support the social justice initiatives within the program.

The selected candidate will continue to have 0.5 FTE in a faculty position in an academic unit or department. Specific allocation of duties may be discussed and/or negotiated at the time of appointment in discussion with the dean, chair, and director of the Honors Program. This is a 9-month, 0.5/0.5 split with academic department, position. 3-year appointment with possibility of reappointment. This position will require limited engagement for specific summer activities.

Job Description

Associate Director, University Honors Program (0.5 FTE), responsibilities:

25% Administration
  • Serve as a member of the honors leadership team and advise on matters of faculty engagement.
  • Provide leadership for the honors seminar program including securing faculty participation, providing training for new and returning faculty, and building community within the teaching cohort.
  • Support the development and implementation of an assessment plan for HNRS courses, particularly the honors seminar.

15% Academic program development
  • Contribute to the development of a second-year experience that facilitates connections between students and faculty.
  • Build structures to assess and expand existing faculty mentoring activities.

10% Teaching
  • Teach one section of HNRS 190 or 195 (1-credit hour) per academic year.
  • Contribute to experiential learning activities that align with the Enhanced Learning Experience (ELE curriculum), for example, Common Cause.
Current faculty position (0.5 FTE): (duties will continue to be at the .5 FTE level in the school/department the faculty appointment is currently in).

Required Qualifications

This position is open only to KU Employees.
  1. Faculty status - teaching professor (any rank), professor of the practice (any rank), or tenured or tenure-track faculty - in any academic department or program at the University of Kansas.
  2. One-year involvement with programs that promote excellence in undergraduate education such as teaching innovations, DEI initiatives, scholarship programs, leadership development, and/or university or departmental honors.
  3. Experience with project or program management in an academic setting.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Prior teaching or mentoring for the University Honors Program.
  2. One-year experience with learning outcomes assessment or program evaluation.
  3. Strong collaborative skills in working with all levels of the university as demonstrated by application materials and interview.
  4. Successful record of grant funding or fundraising for academic program development.
  5. Faculty appointment in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Additional Candidate Instructions

This position will be available beginning August 18, 2023.

A complete application package will include a curriculum vita; a statement of interest addressing the position qualifications; and the names, email address and phone numbers of three references.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application:
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
The first review of applications will be May 30, 2023 and will continue until a pool of qualified applications has been obtained.

Contact Information to Applicants

Sarah Crawford-Parker

Advertised Salary Range

Will receive $10,000 summer salary for duties as well as $3000 in annual travel/research funds

Application Review Begins

Tuesday May 30, 2023

Anticipated Start Date

Friday August 18, 2023

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  25118BR
  • Department:  College of Liberal Arts & Sci
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Reg/Temp:  Regular
  • Employee Class:  F-Faculty
  • Review Begins:  30-May-2023

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