The vision of the University Honors Program (UHP) is to develop students into global citizen scholars who lead innovative efforts toward solving the world’s complex problems. We are committed to offering students an individualized, student-centered approach to a meaningful undergraduate experience. To that end, we are dedicated to:-Promoting activities that lead students to discover their passions and enhance their gifts and talents.-Coaching students to purposefully engage in experiential learning opportunities and reflection to maximize and integrate their learning.-Fostering a community that prioritizes transformational personal development, civic participation, and global responsibility.The UHP comprises students in the top 7% of UC’s undergraduates from across colleges and disciplines. University Honors students are challenged through honors seminars and experiential learning projects focused on the thematic areas of community engagement, creativity, global studies, leadership, and research.
Advisor/Mentor/Coach – 50%
- Serve as an advisor/mentor/coach for University Honors students in specific disciplines. Coach students through the process of crafting an individualized UHP and UC experience that aligns with their personal, academic and professional goals.
- Coach students through the process of identifying their interests and passions and help students consider how to use their gifts and talents while at UC and beyond.
- Connect students with opportunities.
- Provide students with feedback on progress toward their goals and provide students support to begin following internal decision-making formulas.
- Mentor students through the development and completion of experiential learning project proposals, execution of the projects, reflections, and development of an online learning portfolio.
- Facilitate mandatory advising.
- Complete administrative tasks to maintain accurate advising notes in the UHP database and Catalyst.
- Keep detailed records of communication with students.
- Develop relationships with stakeholders from various colleges and units across campus to increase collaboration and enhance the student experience.
- Prepare students to articulate their experiences and goals (written and verbally) for competitive application processes (e.g., graduate school, nationally competitive awards, Teach For America).
- Write letters of recommendation for students applying for scholarships, volunteer placements, prestigious awards, internships and employment.
Teaching – 20%
- Teach Gateway to University Honors course.
- Teach two sections in fall semester; additional sections when needed in fall, spring and/or summer semesters. Each class enrolls approximately 30 students and meets for 55 minutes once-a-week for the entire fall semester. Spring teaching may involve non-traditional work schedules to accommodate evening classes.
- Provide intensive, qualitative feedback on assignments. Coach students to develop reflective writing and integrative thinking skills.
- Develop relationships with individual students in the class as a means to understand their interests, passions and goals. Modify information presented in the class to the students’ interests, passions and goals.
- Participate in weekly instructor meetings to discuss lesson plans, brainstorm ideas, share best practices and engage in an on-going feedback process to evaluate the course objectives.
Oversee Individual Projects– 20%
- Manage short-term and long-term projects, as assigned.
- Each project further advances the UHP mission and vision. Projects require independence, initiative and creativity. The skill sets needed to execute projects include, but are not limited to: strategic thinking, attention to detail, event planning, program development, and developing partnerships with stakeholders across campus and in the community.
Support UHP Initiatives; Participate in Service & Scholarship – 10%
- Support UHP alignment with the university strategic plan. Support initiatives developed by the President and Provost. Participate in programmatic assessment and evaluation.
- Participate in departmental staff meetings, advising team meetings, and Honors Council meetings. Participate in committees related to other UHP processes, as needed (e.g., UHP seminar proposal review committee)
- Support UHP programs and special events. Participate in freshman retreat and stay overnight at retreat facility during retreat. Participate in experiences alongside students (LeaderShape, study tours and alternative break programs, as interested and able).- Assist the Office of Admissions with events and application review, as needed.
- Lead presentations for incoming first-year students during orientation.
- Serve on university-wide committees related to individual project work and/or interest. -
- Engage in local, regional and national conferences and professional organizations
- Master’s degree required.
- Experience working directly with students in a student learning capacity required.
- The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in college student personnel, higher education/student affairs, counseling or related field and three or more years higher education experience.
- Candidates should exhibit strong written and oral communication and coaching skills. Candidates should also exhibit a strong collaborative and team orientation as well as the ability to work productively with those who are different from themselves.
- Candidate must have highly developed organizational skills with the ability to manage a significant workload while juggling multiple tasks and processes.
- Candidates should possess high level critical thinking and decision making skills, be adaptive and flexible, handle ambiguity and change well and possess attention to detail (while able to also see the big picture).
- Additional skills/characteristics include: teaching/training, conflict resolution, time management and ability to use and learn a variety of software products (MS Office, BlackBoard, web-based systems, etc.).