Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK), the fastest growing doctoral university in the country, invites nominations and applications for the position Dean of the Honors College. Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean is administratively responsible for developing, managing and advancing the program of the College.
Founded in 1925, TAMUK, a member of the Texas A&M University System, has more than 9,200 students from 35 states and 43 countries. The University is designated a Hispanic Serving Institution due to the fact that 62% of the undergraduate students are Hispanic with most residing in South Texas. The University is located in historic Kingsville, a friendly, safe city of 25,000 and home of the legendary King Ranch. Corpus Christi and its beaches are 40 miles to the northeast and the border with Mexico is 120 miles to the south.
The Honors College was established at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2010.  Prior to its creation with the 2010-2015 University Strategic Plan, an Honors Program existed on campus.  Since the inception of the Honors College, it has grown to include approximately 250 undergraduate students per year.  Students from TAMUK’s five academic colleges take classes within their individual degree plans for Honors credit.  The Honors College is the only TAMUK academic unit located in a residence hall, Mesquite Village West, which also houses the Honors Living Learning Community.
The University seeks a Dean who is a strong visionary leader who will advocate for the College’s program and needs while simultaneously being a contributing leader of the Provost’s leadership team, mindful of the overall institutional perspective.  The Dean should have a vision for collaborative initiatives with the appropriate areas of the University and external community.  It is expected that the Dean will actively seek external grants and private funding to support programs of the College.  It will be important to both understand and relate to the culture of South Texas and the Hispanic needs of the community. A hallmark of TAMUK is the student centered focus. Naturally, this should be a characteristic of the Dean.
Position Responsibilities:
The Dean of the Honors College will lead Texas A&M University-Kingsville honors students in cultivating intellectual inquiry, scholarly and cultural exploration, and creative expression. The Dean is responsible for working with the faculty across all disciplines to foster excellence in research, education, and outreach programs while continuing to reinforce the role of the College within the University. The Dean will foster strong working relationships with alumni and serve as the primary advocate of the College both internally and externally. As the leader of the College, the Dean will be responsible for: fiscal management, strategic planning, and Honors programs. Ultimately, the Dean will work to provide a nurturing and transformative environment that is committed to excellence in Honors education. Classroom teaching may be required.

The successful candidate should have:

  • The ability to engage the entire campus community in maintaining the highest standards of academic excellence
  • An appreciation for Honors education and the distinctive qualities it brings to the university at large
  • A proven track-record of initiative and creativity in the development of new programs
  • Evidence of successful advocacy to garner support for a robust four-year Honors curriculum across all disciplines
  • Passion and values that embrace a holistic and student-centered approach to education
  • An appreciation for the University’s mission of demonstrated commitment to inclusion, diversity, and access
  • Experience in or demonstrable  potential of supporting and developing recruitment of outstanding students to the University, working with academic colleges, departments, and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  • A proven ability to work effectively to secure support in a resource limited environment
  • Experience in or demonstrable potential of actively advancing the mission and vision of the college by working with University Development Office, Alumni Association, and other University entities to secure external gifts, grants, and funding
  • Experience in or demonstrable potential of assisting Honor students and other highly motivated and promising students on campus in preparing and submitting applications for scholarships, graduate fellowships, and other external funding opportunities
  • Experience working with donors (in partnership with the University Development Office) and external constituents
  • Effective communication skills and the ability to engage all Honors  constituents (students, faculty, administrators, and community partners)
  • Willingness and ability to perform other duties as assigned by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in undergraduate honors education and who demonstrate evidence of effective leadership in academic program administration.

Required Qualifications Include:

  • A terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution or university with the qualifications to hold tenure in a department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • At least three to five years of university administrative experience

The Search Committee invites interested individuals to apply online @ http://javjobs.tamuk.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=55615 by submitting the following required documents: letter of interest, full resume/CV, and contact information of at least five references. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred, however, that all applications be submitted prior to February 28, 2017.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability or national origin.