Director of The University Honors Program

New York, United States
Competitive Salary
Feb 10, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Clarkson University invites applications for an energetic, inclusive, collaborative and effective leader to be the next Director of the University Honors Program. The Director will be expected to lead the Honors Program to new levels of excellence in achievement of educational outcomes that synergize with institutional strategic thrusts in teaching, research and experiential learning.  Reporting directly to the Provost and serving as a member of the Provost Council, the Director is responsible for academic administration of the Honors Program; developing and sustaining innovative curricular, extracurricular and co-curricular programming; leading student recruitment and retention efforts within the program; engagement of program stakeholders, and supporting engagement of university stakeholders; and developing and implementing initiatives in support of the University's strategic plan.


The Honors Program is a distinctive community of faculty and student scholars within the larger university community. Focusing on current and emerging problems in science, technology, and society, the Honors Program offers special academic challenges and opportunities for Clarkson University’s most motivated and promising students. Within the context of a small technological university, the program offers a vital community in which its members can take full advantage of their intellectual gifts. The Honors Program offers specially developed classes focused on teamwork and problem-solving skills; cultivates collaborative relationships between students and faculty in research, design, and creative projects; and promotes engagement through leadership and service to the community.


Stressing integration of academics, research and practical experiences, service, and individual development the Honors Program leads students to academic and professional success as well as personal fulfillment. A  Summer Research program and the Honors Thesis help students gain experience on the cutting-edge of science, technology and society. Other requirements help develop leadership skills and a commitment to service, and students are encouraged and supported in seeking out other opportunities to enhance the educational experience. Peer and alumni mentorship programs build social support and professional networks. The Honors curriculum is designed to offer dynamic, responsive, and integrated learning experiences at each level of the student’s academic career serving as a hub of pedagogical innovation for the university. 


Clarkson University Honors Program graduates routinely gain admission to top ranked graduate programs and post baccalaureate professional schools and go on to highly successful careers in academia, medicine, law and industry. At least one Clarkson Honors Program student has received a Goldwater Scholarship for 20 consecutive years. 


A STEM focused university, Clarkson’s main campus is located on 640 wooded acres in Potsdam, New York, adjacent to the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park, with other campuses in the Capital Region of New York (Schenectady), Beacon, Saranac Lake (in partnership with the Trudeau Institute) and Pier 26 in Manhattan. It’s 4300 undergraduate and graduate students hail from 46 states and 52 countries. Clarkson produces remarkably effective and entrepreneurial engineers, scientists, educators, health professionals, business people and creative leaders by creating an exceptionally demanding, boundary-spanning educational experience. Clarkson graduates earn salaries that are among the top three percent in the nation; one in five alumni already leads as a CEO, senior executive or owner of a company.


The Director of the Honors Program will be a dynamic leader responsible for the operations, development and growth of the program, and establishment of close partnerships with other schools and institutes. They will: provide forward-thinking leadership to expand enrollment and enhance scholarship, in its broadest sense, of the Honors Program leveraging institutional strengths in entrepreneurship and innovation and building upon areas of core strength;  collaborate with the University’s academic deans and directors to expand school/institute-specific honors experiences; work collaboratively with Enrollment Management and other schools/institutes to use the Honors Program to attract and retain high-quality and diverse undergraduate students;  foster a collegial work environment consistent with the University’s Values characterized by integrity, teamwork, and caring; assist with fundraising and development activities to provide scholarships, grants, and program support. The Director reports to the Provost and is a member of the Provost’s Council.


Required Qualifications include: an earned Ph.D. or terminal degree in the candidate’s respective field; a record of scholarship and research appropriate for a tenured appointment in one of the academic units of the university; a proven track record of partnering with academic colleagues to develop and grow multidisciplinary undergraduate programs; exemplary interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to successfully engage with diverse stakeholders; strong leadership skills demonstrated in a large, complex, multi-faceted organization; demonstration of a strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging among faculty, staff, and students; the ability to lead the educational, research and outreach activities of the program, with demonstrated experience related to each of these key components of the program’s mission; a commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence,  especially undergraduate research, internships/co-op, and other immersive practical experiences; the ability to make complex decisions in a timely manner, while listening to and incorporating the input of key constituents; the ability to develop and support a skilled and highly competent administrative team; an attitude that embraces change and the ability to be forward-looking in the development of the strategic direction for the Honors Program consistent with the University’s strategic plan.


The Director should demonstrate: an understanding of and commitment to undergraduate honors education; a record of engagement with the National Collegiate Honors Council or similar undergraduate centered academic organization (e.g., NCUR, SENCER, SACNAS); leadership in undergraduate education and experience with development, implementation, and assessment of curricular, co-curricular, and/or experiential learning; experience with holistic advising and student achievement services and support; experience in administration in higher education as program director or above.


To assure full consideration, applications should be received by [date TBD based on date of postings], and include a letter of interest that responds to the director characteristics and duties described, a curriculum vitae and five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers.To submit an application, go to and click “Career Opportunities” on the left hand navigation bar.


Clarkson actively seeks and encourages applications from minorities, women and people with disabilities.

Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal background check.