Call for Applications: Director, University Scholars Program

The University Scholars Program, one of four academic departments in the Honors College, invites applications for Director beginning June 1, 2021. Regular full-time faculty of any rank and discipline may apply for this leadership role. 

Established in 1973, the program provides honors students the freedom to pursue a challenging, interdisciplinary major tailored to their unique interests. Beyond a few prescribed courses shared in common, the degree is organized around concentrations identified in close consultation with faculty advisors. Undergraduate research is emphasized through a required honors thesis. Students in recent years have entered with an average SAT 1480/ACT 34 and graduated with impressive placement rates in top graduate programs, medical and law schools, and places of work.

The new director must have strong academic credentials, including a solid publication record and a demonstrable record of outstanding teaching. He or she should have proven leadership skills, a collegial and adaptive outlook, and a commitment to rigorous undergraduate education. He or she should be able to articulate the value of a liberal arts education and be able to inspire students to get the most out of their undergraduate experience while preparing for significant accomplishment after graduation. He or she will be expected to lead the program in a variety of ways, including supervising two staff members, guiding the efforts of four faculty assistant directors, strengthening curriculum, and recruiting and mentoring students. As leader of a program vitally important for Baylor, the new director should seek broad input and, in consultation with colleagues and higher administration, chart a course in the best interest of the program and the University as a whole.

Joining directors of three other programs within the Honors College (Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, Great Texts, and Honors Program), the UNSC director reports to the Dean of the Honors College. Compensation includes current contract salary, ten-month stipend of $10,000, 10% summer salary, and teaching release to reflect administrative workload.

Applications should include cover letter, c.v., three letters of reference, evidence of teaching ability, and a short sample of published scholarship. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2021 and continue until position is filled. Applications should be addressed to Alden Smith, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Classics, Baylor University, P.O. Box 97352, Waco, TX 76798. Telephone: (254) 710-1399; fax: (254) 710-1367; email: Alden_Smith@baylor.edu.