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Assistant or Associate Dean and University Honors Director (Honors Program)

Florida State University
Florida, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Apr 28, 2022

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Florida State University seeks nominations and applications for Assistant/Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and University Honors Program Director.

The Honors Program Director works alongside a dynamic team in the Division of Undergraduate Studies, nationally regarded for their work in student success. The university's four-year graduation rates are among the top in the nation for public universities and disparities in graduation rates among Florida State’s diverse student body have been virtually eliminated. The university’s work in elevating undergraduate education has catalyzed its rising national profile, a top 20 public university ranking, and growth to nearly 80,000 first-year student applications for admission. The Honors Program plays a key role in attracting a diverse and talented group of students from the nation and providing them a world-class learning experience.

The Honors Program Director will continue the work of building one of the nation’s top honors programs. The program serves talented and motivated students in all disciplines, admitting students as they matriculate at the university and engaging upper-division students in completing Honors in the Major. The Program benefits from endowment support. The Honors Program is based in FSU's Honors, Scholars, Fellows House, a modern space at the center of campus that is designed to foster intellectual exchange and build a strong sense of academic community.

The program is in a period of tremendous growth following three years of significant program development including the creation of a new interdisciplinary, inquiry-based curriculum, an enriched co-curricular program, and a significant revision of the honors colloquium. Together, these enriched opportunities for academic growth also cultivate a strong sense of belonging and community among honors students. Providing further momentum for the program is the substantial addition of new staff and faculty positions, graduate assistants, peer educators, and peer mentors who will be hired over the next two years. When this expansion is complete, the program will have nearly doubled, allowing us to offer these transformational experiences to a greater number of highly motivated students.

More information about FSU’s Honors Program can be found at

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This position will act as the chief academic and administrative officer for the Honors Program, reporting to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and holding a faculty position. The Director will be responsible for working with the Florida State University faculty and administration to foster excellence in research, educational, and outreach programs for Honors students while strengthening the core role of the Program within the Division and the University.

The successful candidate will have a strong vision for a leading honors program and be able to demonstrate the commitment, ability, and experience necessary to enhance the recognition and impact of the Program. The successful candidate will also provide creative and innovative leadership in guiding the ongoing transformation of the undergraduate experience and ensuring the Program's ability to foster a transformational education for Florida State University's most academically talented students.

The Director will be working in conjunction with the Faculty Senate’s Honors Program Policy Committee to develop strategic initiatives regarding academic programs and opportunities, enrollment, and program evaluation. The Director will work closely with the Office of National Fellowships, Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement, as well as the Presidential Scholars Program to develop an engaged support system for students across campus. The Director will work with the Dean of Undergraduate Studies to foster strong working relationships with alumni and donors and will serve as the primary advocate of the Program, both internally and externally. The Director will also work closely with the Graduate School, other partners across the campus, and community leaders to prepare students for academic and post-graduate success.

As a University leader, the Director will actively participate in University planning, implementation, and assessment efforts while promoting diversity of faculty, students, and staff within the Program. Most importantly, the Director will have a commitment to excellence in Honors education and a clear vision of the role and significance of an honors program within a large public research University.

  • Academic doctorate or highest-level terminal degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate field of specialization or equivalent qualifications based on professional experience and otherwise qualified to perform assigned duties.
  • Minimum of three years experience in course development.
  • Demonstrated record of achievement in teaching with a minimum of five years teaching experience.
  • Previous experience in honors administration, teaching, and curriculum development is strongly preferred.
  • Previous experience supervising both faculty and staff.
  • Experience working with multiple colleges and departments.
  • Experience with student recruitment and retention.
Contact Info

For questions regarding this position, please contact the Chair of the Selection Committee, Craig Filar, or 850-644-7596. If you are experiencing technical difficulties with the application process, please contact HR Representative Heather Rushing at 

University Information

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is a community steeped in tradition that fosters research, encourages creativity, and embraces diversity. At FSU, there’s the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrow’s news!

Learn more about our university and campuses.

Pay Plan

This is a Faculty position.

This  position has the potential of tenure upon appointment based on the qualifications of the candidate. Incubment will hold either a specialized or tenured faculty position. 

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Criminal Background Check

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check. The background check will be conducted as authorized and in accordance with University Policy 4-OP-C-7-B11.

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific Faculty job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application and must include a statement of interest, current CV,  and contact information for three professional references. 


Tobacco Free Campus

Effective January 1, 2014, tobacco use, including simulated tobacco use, is prohibited on property, interior and exterior, owned or managed by Florida State University. This policy applies to all Florida State University students, employees, consultants, contractors, visitors, and external individuals.

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