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Bass, Scott A.

Office of the Provost
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8061

Internal Search for the Half-time Faculty director of the University Honors Program
January 21, 2011
Scott A. Bass, Provost


The Office of the Provost invites nomination and applications for a half-time position as Director of the university honors program to begin on June 1, 2011. The University Honors Program recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary and is dedicated to providing enriched academic and co-Curricular experiences to exceptionally talented and motivated undergraduates in all of AU’s academic units. The intellectual boldness, and close interaction with AU’s top scholar-teachers. Honors advances the strategic goal of providing an unsurpassed undergraduate education through its innovative colloquia, faculty-directed capstone research projects, travel/study programs, individualized academic advising and mentoring, and a robust living-learning community. Recently, the program moved into a new University Honors Center in Hughes, the designated Honors residence hall.

The directorship of University Honors is a significant faculty leadership position and reports to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies. The Director assumes the leadership role to:

  • Collaborate with Admission and the academic units to recruit and convert a diverse pool of high-achieving students to the University Honors Program
  • Work closely with faculty and academic units to develop the University Honors curriculum, including H-version courses, Honors colloquia, and Honors capstone research
  • Collaborate closely with Campus Life and the academic units as relevant to develop the co-curricular Honors programs such as living-learning communities in campus housing, study/travel programs, first semester orientation program (Honors 101), lectures and discussions with faculty and leading professionals, and other events
  • Participate in the Faculty Senate Honors Advisory Committee
  • Oversee the mentorship of Honors students
  • Supervise University Honors staff
  • Provide oversight for the University Honors Program budget

Nominees or candidates for the half-time faculty directorship must be tenured senior faculty in an academic unit at American University. Candidates should possess a record of teaching and mentoring excellence, preferably with experience in the University Honors Program, should demonstrate a strong commitment to interdisciplinary undergraduate education and research and should have effective communication and collaborative skills. The preferred faculty candidates will have prior administrative experience, including supervision of staff and budgetary responsibility.