UMBC Honors College Acting Associate Director Position Announcement

Pending budgetary approval, the Honors College at UMBC seeks to appoint an Acting Associate Director. The Honors College offers approximately 500 talented UMBC students an enhanced academic experience through small classes on special topics taught by dedicated faculty. The Honors College welcomes students with interests in all fields, but expects all its members to be curious and competent across the disciplines and beyond the boundaries of the classroom. More information about the Honors College can be found at

Job Description

The Honors College Acting Associate Director plays a central role in the life of the Honors College, advising, teaching and mentoring some of the university’s best students, and will be a member of both a small team in the Honors College and the larger community of the Office of Undergraduate Education. The Associate Director reports directly to the Director of the Honors College, and is extensively involved in most of the critical functions of the Honors College, including:

  • Advising and mentoring;
  • Student recruitment;
  • Admissions decisions;
  • Assessment and strategic planning;
  • Payroll and purchasing supervision;
  • General office supervision;
  • Teaching Honors Forum in the fall semester and two upper level seminars;
  • Service on the Honors College Advisory Board;
  • Oversight of the Honors College’s internship and service learning programs;
  • Co-curricular event planning; and
  • Consultation with the Director of the Honors College about the day-to-day and long-term management of the unit.

Some of these responsibilities (including the teaching load) may be negotiable, depending on the applicant’s existing responsibilities in their home unit.

Pending budgetary approval, this 13-month appointment will begin on July 1, 2011, and will last through August 2012.

Qualifications and Criteria

A Ph.D. (or terminal degree in the applicant’s discipline) is required, with experience in university teaching and/or university advising. This experience will ideally have been in programs for academically talented students. The successful candidate will:

  • Have a strong commitment to student success, achievement and retention;
  • Be able to work collaboratively in a multicultural environment;
  • Provide leadership, support and guidance to the program;
  • Have excellent and effective management and organizational skills;
  • Be an excellent verbal and written communicator; and
  • Have wide teaching experience, ideally with very capable students and in interdisciplinary contexts.

The Acting Associate Director must possess the ability to interact positively and proactively with students, faculty and staff and be able to work a flexible schedule that may include evening and weekend assignments. A strong candidate will also have a record of professional activity within his/her discipline and experience in an Honors College setting.

Application Process

If you wish to apply for this position, submit a letter of interest indicating your interest in and qualifications for this position. Attach a resume that includes employment history (including dates of employment) and three professional references with contact information. Evidence of teaching ability should also be supplied. UMBC-based applicants must have support from the chair or director of their home unit; the search committee will request letters of support from applicants’ chairs/directors prior to the interview process.

Application materials may be sent electronically to the chair of the search committee (Dr. Marie desJardins,, ext. 5-3967) or through the mail to:

Honors College
Attn: Dr. Marie desJardins, AAD Search Chair
Library 216L
University of Maryland Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore MD 21250

Submit all application materials by May 31. (Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.) Questions about the position or application process may be addressed to Dr. desJardins, or to the current associate director, Simon Stacey, at, ext. 5-1962.


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