Dean of the Honors College
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Norman, Oklahoma

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Dean of the Honors College, University of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK) invites applications, letters of nomination, and inquiries for the position of Dean of the Honors College. The dean holds an endowed chair in the Honors College and reports to the Provost and Senior Vice President of the University. The OU Honors College serves approximately 2,500 undergraduate students, providing them with the atmosphere and community of a small liberal arts college with all the opportunities and resources of an R1 university. For more on the Honors College, please see

We seek a creative and visionary leader with wide-ranging intellectual interests who will work with the College's faculty and staff, university administrators, community leaders, and alumni to strengthen and champion our work with outstanding undergraduate students from all majors and programs at the university. The dean of the Honors College is responsible for developing and maintaining innovative and creative initiatives, relationships, and partnerships across the University and with the surrounding community that will provide highly motivated students the best education possible.

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic about collaborating with faculty, staff, and students to develop curricular and extracurricular projects and programs; will embrace transparency in leadership; and will further justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at all levels of the College. An energetic commitment to advancing undergraduate research opportunities across disciplines as well as a demonstrated respect for holistic student development in other arenas are also requisite for this position. The dean must work innovatively and productively with the other members of the University Deans' Council to advocate for the College's interests; with the Office of University Advancement to ensure a stable and sustainable future for the unit; and with the Honors College's dedicated faculty and staff to ensure a productive, respectful, and collegial environment where all can thrive.

The Dean leads a group of accomplished tenured and tenure-track interdisciplinary humanities and social science faculty who teach seminar-style classes in their areas of specialization. College faculty and staff lead the Honors College's signature academic initiatives: the Writing Center, the Medical Humanities Program, and Honors at Oxford. The College also administers the University's nationally competitive scholarship competitions and boasts a strong record of success, particularly with with Rhodes, Marshall, and Goldwater applicants. A thriving Honors Student Association; student-led reading groups and discussions about current events; an undergraduate research journal; and OUtdoor Adventure, a pre-orientation backpacking trip for incoming students - all these exemplify the wide range of opportunities the College offers to its students and the larger OU community.


  • Doctorate or other terminal degree in field of specialization;
  • Record of excellence in teaching, scholarly or creative activity, and service requisite to an appointment as a tenured faculty in the Honors College, preferably at the rank of full professor;
  • Record of effective, visionary leadership, and sound fiscal management at the Chair, Director, or higher level; or equivalent administrative and leadership experience;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute a shared vision for the Honors College;
  • Demonstrated commitment to undergraduate research, teaching, and mentoring;
  • Demonstrated skills and record of achievement as a communicator, planner, collaborator, manager, and fundraiser in an interdisciplinary environment;
  • Demonstrated commitment to transparent leadership and shared governance;
  • Demonstrated experience with diversity, equity, and inclusivity initiatives;
  • Demonstrated ability to foster relationships with the community beyond the university.

The College welcomes candidates from all backgrounds and whose experience has prepared them to support and contribute to our commitment to diversity.

About the University

The University of Oklahoma is a Carnegie-R1, comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, all geared towards our core purpose of "changing lives". It is in the middle of an ambitious expansion to serve its Lead On, University strategic plan, a bold and clear-eyed plan for OU's future. OU serves the educational, cultural, economic, and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and Tulsa Schusterman Center. OU is home to over 31,000 students and more than 3,500 faculty and 8,000 staff across all three campuses and is supported by a $2 billion budget and an endowment of $1.52 billion. In 2014, OU became the first public institution ever to rank #1 nationally in the recruitment of National Merit Scholars. The 277-acre Research Campus in Norman was named the No. 1 research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013.

The central campus and administrative offices of the University of Oklahoma are located in Norman, a city of more than 120,000 residents. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on the "Best Places to Live" rankings. The state capital, Oklahoma City, is located 20 miles to the north. With over 1.35 million residents and a unique central plains heritage, the Oklahoma City metro is home to a diverse and lively array of arts, culture, dining, sports, and entertainment. Visit for more information.

Application Instructions

Nominations and Applications

The university invites letters of nomination, applications, or inquiries about this position. Submit applications (including letter of interest, full CV, and list of references) to Scott Fritzen, Chair of the Search Committee, at:

Nominations, including full contact and email information for the nominee, and inquiries should be directed to Scott Fritzen, Dean of the David L. Boren College of International Studies and Chair of the Search Committee, at

Review of materials will begin on January 18, 2022, and continue until the appointment is made. Applicants will be notified prior to the solicitation of letters of reference.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to: admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.

Diversity Statement

The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable and inclusive university community by recognizing each person's unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma strives to cultivate a sense of belonging and emotional support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission.

Vaccination Statement

The University of Oklahoma complies with the Federal COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all employees. All current and future employees must provide proof of full vaccination or request an accommodation for exemption from the Federal requirement. For detailed information regarding this requirement, visit

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