Dean, Honors College
Eastern Illinois University - Charleston, IL

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Eastern Illinois University invites applications and nominations for a highly motivated and experienced administrator to serve as Dean of the Honors College. The Dean of the Honors College reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and serves as the Executive officer for the internal and external affairs of the college with overall leadership responsibility for undergraduate honors student recruitment, retention and support, as well as honors curricula and their coordination with the academic deans and department chairpersons.

Description of Duties and Responsibilities
Manage the overall quality and future directions of the honors curricula including both the university honors program and departmental honors programs.
• Execute responsible budget planning and management of fiscal and human resources.
• Articulate a clear vision for the college and provide compelling leadership to realize the vision.
• Forge strong partnerships and collaborative relationships with colleague deans and department chairpersons to identify and select honors faculty.
• Work closely with the Director of Admissions to recruit and admit high-profile students to the University and to award merit-based scholarships.
• Participate actively in development activities, including cultivation of former alums of the Honors Programs, and demonstrate creative, sustained, and successful extramural fund-raising efforts for the College.
• Direct the mentoring and advising of continuing students while at the University and in their efforts to secure graduate educational placements.
• Foster diversity among honors faculty and students.
• Promote a climate within the college and the University in which excellence and creativity are fostered and recognized including but not limited to oversight of the University’s support of students in national scholarship programs, undergraduate research projects, and thesis competition.
• Performing other duties as assigned by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Required Qualifications:
An earned doctorate (or appropriate “terminal” degree) with significant experience as a faculty member in a tenured/tenured-track position and a record of academic achievements commensurate with a faculty appointment in one of the academic units of the University.
• A proven commitment to undergraduate honors education and enrichment programs for especially capable students.
• Demonstrated academic leadership and the skills necessary to lead a dynamic honors program.
• Administrative and budgetary experience in a higher education setting.
• Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
• A proven commitment to enhancing diversity and equal opportunity for minorities and women.
Preferred Qualification:
Evidence of creative, sustained, and successful extramural fund-raising efforts.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

A Complete Application Includes

A complete file includes a letter of application that specifically addresses the applicant’s experience relative to the position’s duties and responsibilities, a curriculum vita, and the names and contact information for five references who can provide professional recommendations upon request.


Application materials are to be submitted in Word or PDF format directly Dr. John Best, Assistant Chair and Professor of Psychology, Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920. Electronic submission with materials attached should be sent to Dr. Best at

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2012, and continue until the position is filled.

Start Date

The start date for the position is July 1, 2013.

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