Principal administrative officer of a college/library in the Texas Tech University System. The chief responsibility is the development, supervision, and operation of the academic programs of the college or school in accordance with established guidelines, governmental regulations, and the mission of Texas Tech. The dean and staff serve as consultants on all academic matters, such as course changes, choice of major, and degree requirements.
The Office of the Provost of Texas Tech University invites nominations, inquiries and applications for the Dean of the Honors College.
The Dean serves as Chief Academic Officer responsible for executive management of the Honors College and its full range of programs and initiatives. The incoming Dean will possess the requisite professional qualifications, leadership traits and values-driven attributes to lead the College, continuing its tradition of excellence in instruction, research, and service as an integral part of a nationally prominent, student-centered research university and academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Texans and beyond.
Texas Tech University ( TTU ) is a nationally recognized comprehensive research university that retains the sense of a smaller liberal arts institution. Founded in 1923, Texas Tech carries the distinction of being the largest comprehensive higher education institution in the western two-thirds of the state of Texas, the major institution of higher education in a region larger than 46 of the nation’s 50 states, and is the only campus in Texas that is home to a major university, law school and medical school. Although enrollment is over 32,000, Texas Tech students boast of one-on-one interaction with top faculty and an environment that stresses student accomplishment above all else. Texas Tech students come from every county in Texas, all 50 states and more than 90 foreign countries. TTU graduates have governed three states, flown space missions, won Olympic Gold Medals, served as ambassadors to foreign countries, acted on Broadway stages, won Pulitzer Prizes, been educators at prestigious universities and performed heart surgery on prominent celebrities.
• The Office of the Provost of the Provost of Texas Tech University seeks an individual with unquestioned integrity, high energy and demonstrated leadership and administrative abilities. The chosen Dean will be a leader who can shape, articulate, lead and implement the purposeful, engaging, and dynamic mission of the Honors College.
• The Dean provides and encourages excellence in education through teaching, undergraduate research, degree programs, advising, and extra-curricular/co-curricular experiences. Expertise to advance the development of a vision of the Honors College as a hub of innovation in teaching/learning, including service learning, undergraduate research and scholarship, and outreach, including study-abroad.
• The Dean possesses excellent presentation, negotiation, verbal and written communication skills, with proven capacity to clearly and succinctly articulate the College’s mission and vision to internal and external constituencies.
• The Dean will have the skills to plan strategically in regard to student enrollment and retention, with demonstrated accomplishments in overseeing and orchestrating innovative enrollment strategies and growth in academic programs.
• Experience in development, advancement, alumni giving, capital campaigns or other strategies related to developing and obtaining diverse sources of external funding (grants, contracts, sponsored research, fundraising) is desired.
• The Dean will demonstrate commitment to faculty governance.
• Possesses an outstanding reputation for executive-level management and academic administration with documented ability to develop sound strategic plans and lead their execution.
• An earned terminal degree from an accredited institution is required. A full tenured professor, or a very senior associate professor, ideally with outside funding and appropriate administrative experience at a major, top tier research university. National College Honors Council Conference ( NCHC ) or regional honors conference leadership or participation is desirable.
Appropriate terminal degree for the position; in addition, progressively responsible managerial experience.
This is a Security Sensitive Level I Position: Applicants for this position will be subject to a police records check and may be required to be fingerprinted.
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Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
A Curriculum Vitae with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted to DeanHonorsCollege@WhelessPartners.com.
Nominations for this position may be emailed to Mike Wheless at DeanHonorsCollege@WhelessPartners.com.
If you are unable to submit materials electronically, please call Wheless Partners Executive Search at 1.817.236.2207
Contact: Mike “J.R.” Wheless, Senior Partner, Wheless Partners Executive Search, Phone: Stephanie Franklin, Senior Search Consultant, 1.817.236.2207
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The entities of the Texas Tech University System are Equal Opportunity Employers and employ without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran, or other protected classes.