Search for Dean of the Honors College

University of Illinois at Chicago


The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) seeks an exceptional leader and scholar to serve as the next Dean of the Honors College.  This is an internal search.

The UIC Honors College, founded in 1982, provides opportunities for academic challenge and enrichment to 1,600 undergraduates at UIC.  With over 350 affiliated Faculty Fellows and 15 full-time staff, the UIC Honors College provides its students with an interdisciplinary academic experience, including honors-specific coursework, research and service learning, culminating in an inquiry-based Honors capstone. Recognized as a national leader in integrating diversity into honors education, the UIC Honors College boasts strong student retention and graduation rates for all students. 

The student demographics of the Honors College closely mirror those of the highly diverse UIC undergraduate student body, and the college has achieved equity in student outcomes across demographic lines, with a graduation rate of 84% and a first-year retention rate of 95%. To ensure access to students regardless of socioeconomic status, the college awards over $2.2 million in scholarships and other financial support such as research grants, student engagement seed funds, and Dean’s Emergency grants. Engagement and service are signature components of the Honors College student experience, with 15% of students each year engaged in a service or leadership activity and 35% engaged in undergraduate research.  

The appointment of the Dean of the Honors College is critical to its continuing growth as a national leader in honors education. Candidates for dean must possess an outstanding record of scholarly and educational achievement and the commensurate appointment as a tenured full professor in a UIC department. A successful candidate must be dedicated to student success and mentoring, and embrace UIC’s mission.  Candidates must possess administrative experience and be able to manage a complex organization, wisely deploy resources, effectively engage in fundraising, and build strong relationships with faculty and staff across campus. The ideal candidate will value collegiality, transparency, and shared governance, and will be capable of articulating a vision for the college within a public urban research university. In addition, a successful candidate will be able to model good mentoring and instill in faculty and staff its importance. This position reports to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (organizational structure) and is a member of the UIC Dean’s Council.

Evaluation of applications and nominations will begin immediately. For fullest consideration, please complete an electronic application, including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for a minimum of three references by Wednesday, March 30, 2016 addressed to search committee chair Dr. Karen Colley, Dean of the Graduate College. Please direct nominations and questions or concerns regarding the search and/or application process to Faizan Abid: (312) 996-2706 |

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.