Dean - Honors College

Arlington , TX

University of Texas at Arlington

A diverse, campus-wide, search committee, chaired by the Dean of the School of Social Work, is recruiting The University of Texas at Arlington's (UTA) next dean of the Honors College. UTA is one of the nation’s fastest-growing public research universities with nearly 60,000 students walking our campus or engaging in online coursework each year. Located in the center of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, home to a large international airport and a number of Fortune 500 companies, Arlington is close to a wide variety of civic and cultural activities.

The Honors College is home to the undergraduate honors program and the interdisciplinary studies degree program. The Honors College is a distinctive community of faculty and student scholars within the larger university community. The Honors College stresses academics, research, service, and individual development; our mission is to lead students to academic and professional success as well as personal fulfillment. The Honors curriculum is designed to offer a special interdisciplinary emphasis at each level of the student's academic career and is one of only six such institutions in the state of Texas. Follow the links for The Honors College and The Interdisciplinary Studies Program (INTS) for additional information.

Primary Responsibilities:

The dean of the Honors College will be a dynamic leader responsible for the operations, development and growth of the college, and establishment of close partnerships with other colleges and schools.

  • Provide forward-thinking leadership to expand enrollment and enhance scholarship of the Honors College based on recent development of college-specific honors program and interdisciplinary studies aligned with institutional strategic themes.
  • Collaborate with the University’s academic deans to expand college-specific honors programs.
  • Expand the interdisciplinary studies degree program consistent with the University’s priorities.
  • Work collaboratively with Enrollment Management and other colleges/schools to use the Honors College to attract and retain high-quality and diverse undergraduate students.
  • Foster a collegial work environment consistent with the University's Principles of Community characterized by fairness, professionalism, and transparency.
  • Assist with fundraising and development activities to provide scholarships, grants, and program support.
  • Reports to the Provost and is a member of the Council of Deans.

Professional Experience, Qualifications, and Leadership Characteristics:

  • A Ph.D. or terminal degree in the candidate's respective field.
  • A record of scholarships and research appropriate for a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor.
  • A proven track record of partnering with academic colleagues to develop and grow multi-disciplinary programs.
  • Exemplary interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to successfully engage with diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong leadership skills demonstrated in a large, complex, multi-faceted organization.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity.
  • The ability to lead the educational, research and outreach activities of the college, with demonstrated experience related to each of these key components of the college’s mission.
  • Commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence especially undergraduate scholarship.
  • Unquestioned integrity and a commitment to leading a highly ethical enterprise.
  • The ability to make complex decisions in a timely manner, while listening to and incorporating the input of key constituents.
  • The ability to recruit and support a skilled and highly competent administrative team.
  • An attitude that embraces change and the ability to be forward-looking in the development of the strategic direction for the Honors College consistent with the University’s strategic plan.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; although applications received by February 14, 2020 will be given priority. Applicants should upload the following information using the following website link:

  • Letter of interest highlighting preferred qualifications and experiences;
  • Recent curriculum vita;
  • Full contact information for three professional references; and
  • A statement either giving or not giving the search committee permission to contact persons in addition to those listed as references.

Should you have any questions, please contact:

Edith L. Reed

Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Personnel


UTA is a Carnegie Research-1: Doctoral Universities - “Very High Research Activity” institution. Guided by its Strategic Plan Bold Solutions | Global Impact, UTA fosters interdisciplinary research and teaching to enable the sustainable megacity of the future within four broad themes: health and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact, and data-driven discovery. UTA was cited by U.S. News & World Report as having the second lowest average student debt among U.S. universities in 2017. U.S. News & World Report also ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate ethnic diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and ranked as the top four-year college in Texas and seventh in the nation for veterans on Military Times’ 2019 Best for Vets list. UTA conferred more bachelor's and master's degrees to African-American students than any other college in Texas in 2018, according to a report in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. UTA also ranks No. 22 in the country for master's degrees awarded to all minority students.


UTA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. The UTA is a tobacco free campus.



Posted: 01/06/2020