SUNY Buffalo State invites applications for the Director of the Honors College. Buffalo State is the largest comprehensive college in the State University of New York system. As a civic, urban, and engaged campus community, we pride ourselves as having small college learning environments coupled with large university opportunities. We are a diverse and inclusive college committed to the intellectual, personal, and professional growth of its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Our mission is to transform lives, to empower students to succeed and to inspire a lifelong passion for learning. Buffalo State is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, service, scholarship, creative activity, and cultural enrichment. Situated in Buffalo’s cultural corridor, Buffalo State serves more than 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Buffalo State’s honors programs are academically challenging opportunities for gifted and intellectual committed undergraduate students. Student scholars enjoy an exhilarating academic journey of shared intellectual and creative pursuits, scholarship, and service learning, both in and outside of the classroom. The designated residence hall for honors students just went through a $16 million renovation. The honors programs include Kenzie Scholars, Dean’s Honors Program, and Muriel A. Howard Scholarship Program. Graduates of the honors programs are recipients of the President’s Medal and the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Faculty/Professional: Faculty

Department: Muriel A. Howard Honors Program

Budget Title: Associate Professor 12 Months

Local Title: Director, Honors Program

Rank: B4

Line Number: 20078

Salary Range: Competitive

FTE: Full-Time

Negotiating Unit: UUP

FLSA: Exempt

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Brief Job Description

Job Description

The Director of the Honors College provides leadership, strategic vision, and oversight of all aspects of the Honors College. The candidate must possess a terminal degree and record of scholarly work sufficient to qualify for appointment in a department at the rank of Associate Professor at Buffalo State.

Position Description

The ideal candidate is an innovative, impassioned individual who will transform disparate college-wide honors programs into an Honors College. The Honors College is housed in Academic Affairs. This twelve-month faculty position reports to the Associate Provost. The Director is expected to teach one course per semester. The Director works with senior leadership to develop and support curricular, recruitment, and external relationship efforts. Duties include:

Program and curricular management:

  • Develops, supports, and maintains, in collaboration and consultation with the faculty, the overall design of a challenging, innovative, and creative curriculum for the Honors College and its learning goals, as well as the individual components of that curriculum.
  • Performs ongoing program assessments to evaluate success in the achievement of the Honors College’s goals, including the ongoing evaluation and review of course evaluations.
  • Coordinates faculty and staff resources to ensure strong partnerships/collaborative relationships with academic programs to support high-achieving students.
  • Presents Honor College teaching opportunities to associate deans, and department chairs.
  • Develops and manages in consultation with the Provost’s Office, the Honors College budget, personnel, and policies, ensuring sound management of all Honors College resources.
  • Maintains Honors College policies and Honors College Student Handbook.

Student recruitment:

  • Develops and implements, in consultation with the appropriate offices of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, both the recruitment of appropriate students to the Honors College and the maintenance of records of their progress.
  • Initiates opportunities for fruitful relationships with high schools and community colleges to build a pipeline of potential students.
  • Attends and actively engages with Admissions-related activities, such as Open House, where potential students and their parents can learn about the opportunities within the Honors College.
  • Develops and maintains best practices especially those focused on recruiting and retaining exceptional, diverse undergraduate students, and high impact practices such as integrative courses, service learning, and undergraduate research.

External Relations:

  • Participates as necessary with Institutional Advancement to cultivate and steward donors to the Honors College.
  • In partnership with university leaders, promotes the Honors College to external audiences to increase awareness of the college

Required Qualifications

  • Previous experience leading an honors college or honors program.
  • Terminal degree and record of teaching, scholarship and publication, and professional service commensurate with appointment in an academic department at the rank of associate professor or full professor at Buffalo State.
  • Progressively demonstrated experience in an academic department or program that displays successful partnerships with faculty, staff, and students to plan and accomplish set objectives.
  • A record of commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written, verbal, and technical communication skills.
  • High degree of personal integrity and standards.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proven track record of mentoring and advising honor students.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public/urban education.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Demonstrated ability to be an effective consensus builder who can communicate with multiple constituencies and enable partnerships with other colleges and universities, government agencies, stakeholders and corporations
  • Aptitude and enthusiasm for developing external funding through grants and other activities

Anticipated Date of Hire: 07/01/2019

Contact Person:

Jean Salisbury

Contact Email: salisbjm@buffalostate.edu

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Buffalo State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution that subscribes to all federal, state, and SUNY legal requirements and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees on the basis of race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or marital or veteran status (Nondiscrimination Notice). Any violation of this policy should be reported to the Equity and Diversity Office, Cleveland Hall 415, (716) 878-6210. Buffalo State is a VEVRAAFederal Contractor. If you have any questions, please contact Lydia Kawaler at kawalel@buffalostate.edu or call (716) 878-4822.

Background Investigation Statement

All applicants are subject to a pre-employment background investigation. Our Pre-Employment Background Screening Policy is available at http://hr.buffalostate.edu/pre-employment-background-screening.

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