Dean of Commonwealth Honors College

University of Massachusetts Amherst in Massachusetts

Date Posted September 1, 2014

Amherst, MA

Dean of Commonwealth Honors College


The University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of Commonwealth Honors College (CHC), the honorscollege at the university's flagship campus. CHC is recognized as a leader among honors colleges nationwide and has developed and implemented innovative programs that are now being emulated on campuses across the country.

CHC provides a diverse community of approximately 2700 academically talented students with the advantages of a small college combined with all of the resources of a nationally recognized research university. Small honors classes foster intellectual exchange and close interactions with faculty. The honors curriculum promotes education that is both broad and deep. Through honors general education courses, students reach beyond the boundaries of their academic major, while advanced scholarship tracks afford students opportunities to delve deeply into topics of interest and contribute new and original knowledge to their fields of study. In addition, CHC offers an array of leadership development opportunities, community-engaged research, entrepreneurial initiatives, and international programs-all designed to foster global perspectives, diverse viewpoints, dialogue on social justice, and responsible research skills. CHC is housed in a nearly 500,000 square foot complex of residential, classroom, and administrative space, located in the heart of campus and newly opened in 2013.

The Dean of CHC, who reports directly to the Provost, is one of 10 deans at UMass Amherst and a critical leader for the state's signature honors program, one in which the university and legislature have invested significant resources and attention.A substantial leadership and management position, the Dean's direct reports and responsibilities include a dedicated faculty of 30, a staff of 35, and a budget of $4.3 million. The Dean is expected to serve as an advocate nationally and state wide for the importance of public liberal arts education in an honors college, to work collaboratively across campus to further both the college's and the university's strategic goals, and to garner the resources and support that will enable the college to succeed.

Candidates for Dean of CHC are required to have a doctoral degree or equivalent and a record of teaching, scholarship and research sufficient to merit appointment as a tenured (full) professor in one of the academic departments of the university. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate education and research and the leadership, administrative, and relationship building skills to enable the CHC to fulfill its strategic goals and aspirations.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst, the flagship campus of the university system, is home to over 22,000 undergraduate and 6300 graduate students from all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. It boasts a world-class faculty in a community fully committed to performance and growth in scholarship, opportunity, diversity and inclusion. It is a research-extensive, land-grant institution with growing research expenditures currently totaling more than $195 million annually. Further information about the university, its strategic plan, and CHC is available online at,, and

The appointment will be effective on or about July 1, 2015. Review of applications, which should include a curriculum vitae and a cover letter including a statement about the candidate's views on the role of honors in undergraduate education, will begin on November 3, 2014. Acceptance of nominations and applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please send nominations, inquiries and applications to Mary Elizabeth Taylor, the Witt/Kieffer consultant assisting UMass Amherst with this search, at

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.