Dean, Clark Honors College

University of Oregon

The University of Oregon seeks a forward-looking, innovative, and engaged leader with a deep commitment to excellence in interdisciplinary undergraduate teaching and research to serve as the next dean of the Clark Honors College. Reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice President, the Dean serves as the principal academic and administrative officer of the college and an institutional leader in advancing the goals of the University of Oregon. Applications, inquiries, and nominations are invited.

Founded in 1876, the University of Oregon is the flagship institution of the state. It brings together more than 23,200 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries and offers 316 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its nine academic units. The UO is a member of the distinguished Association of American Universities and is designated as a Carnegie Tier 1 research institution. The university currently employs 1,992 teaching and research faculty and 3,600 staff. In the fiscal year 2022, UO received $180.2 million in grants, contracts, and competitive awards. The university serves as an integral economic driver for the state, with an estimated $2.6 billion annual economic return to Oregon. The university has an operating budget of $1.3 billion and an endowment of more than $1.4 billion. More than 263,000 Duck alumni live worldwide.

The Robert D. Clark Honors College (CHC) is one of the nation’s oldest and best public honors colleges. Over the years, it has continued to offer distinctive elements of a small liberal arts college experience within a large university context. CHC brings together broad, interdisciplinary liberal arts teaching with cutting-edge research, and the alchemy of great teaching and research is the foundation of all aspects of the College. While the College places emphasis on critical reading, writing, and discussion, it also stresses the centrality of research in the undergraduate experience.

The CHC enrolls students with wide-ranging skills and deep curiosity. Likewise, faculty members of the CHC are distinguished by their interdisciplinary vision, research achievements, and commitment to excellent undergraduate teaching. The central CHC education is composed of three parts: introductory liberal arts courses in the Social Sciences, Arts & Letters, and Natural Sciences; colloquia across all disciplines, including the professional schools; and a thesis students complete in their major discipline. CHC courses stress critical thinking, analytic writing, persuasive argument, discussion-oriented seminar-style communication, and inquiry across traditional disciplinary boundaries. Small, discussion-based class sizes average 15 students, allowing students to develop one-on-one relationships with award-winning faculty members.

The new dean has an exceptional opportunity to have a positive and constructive impact in charting the evolution of CHC, grounded in a commitment to outstanding undergraduate teaching and research in the context of a vibrant liberal arts environment. They will lead the thoughtful growth of the CHC, ensuring an ongoing commitment to an exceptional student experience. Supporting the success of and fostering a sense of belonging among CHC’s students, faculty, and staff must be top priorities. The new dean will continue to build a more inclusive and welcoming community while recruiting and retaining a diverse and talented faculty, staff, and student body. The incoming dean will also work collaboratively with the provost, academic deans, and other University leaders to align CHC’s direction with the university’s goals and aspirations. The incoming dean will build relationships across the campus to promote, advocate for, and expand interdisciplinary undergraduate education and research on behalf of the CHC. Working closely with University Advancement colleagues, the dean will develop, lead, and support the college’s fundraising and external relations activities, and ensure high visibility for CHC.

The next dean must have a record of scholarly achievement appropriate for a tenured appointment at the level of full professor in a department within the University. They must have a steadfast commitment to undergraduate education in the context of an interdisciplinary liberal arts environment and must have a track record of advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The new dean must have a record of administrative leadership and demonstrate the administrative, fiscal, and operational acumen required to manage a distinctive program in the context of a large, complex research institution. The dean should demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities and exceptional interpersonal, collaboration, and communication skills. Additionally, the dean should demonstrate the potential and desire to forge strong relationships and engage donors, alumni, and others in enhancing philanthropic support for the college. The dean will be a highly engaged and accessible leader.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile.

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Oregon in this search. For full consideration, candidate materials should be received by March 29, 2024. Applications, nominations, and inquiries can be directed to Suzanne Teer and Lauren Bruce-Stets at UOClarkHonorsCollege@wittkieffer.com.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

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