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39282/Assistant Director/Honors Advisor

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5


University Honors Program


University of Cincinnati

Date Posted:

Sep 11 2019 10:00PM

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Position Description

The University of Cincinnati’s University Honors Program (UHP) is seeking an assistant director/honors advisor to join our team. The vision of the University Honors Program (UHP) is to develop students into global citizen scholars who lead innovative efforts toward solving the world’s complex problems. Honors advisors are key to the realization of this vision. They mentor and coach students through their UC and UHP experience, guiding students in in identifying interests and opportunities, setting goals, reflecting on experiences, and telling their stories. To learn more and apply, visit


For a full description visit Serve as an advisor/mentor/coach for University Honors students in specific disciplines (subject to change based on enrollment). Coach students through crafting individualized experiences by identifying their interests and passions and considering how to align their talents with their personal, academic, and professional goals. Encourage students to consider research, community engagement, creativity, global studies, and leadership opportunities. Mentor students through completing UHP requirements, including planning for honors experiences, development and completion of self-designed honors experience proposals, implementation of the experiences, reflections, and continuous development of an online learning portfolio. Advise students individually as-needed. Facilitate mandatory advising. Develop relationships with stakeholders from colleges and units across campus to increase collaboration and efficiency. Focus on increasing honors opportunities and UHP retention and graduation rates for students in assigned colleges. Notify students of specific honors opportunities related to their colleges/majors. Integrate the Bearcat Promise by coaching students to articulate their goals and tell their story (written and verbally), including for competitive application processes (e.g., graduate school, nationally competitive awards, Teach For America). Teach Gateway to University Honors course. Teach two sections in fall semester; additional sections when needed in fall, spring and/or summer semesters. Each section enrolls approximately 30 students and meets for 55 minutes once-a-week for the entire fall semester (or the equivalent for sprint sections). Spring teaching may involve non-traditional work schedules to accommodate late-afternoon or evening classes. Provide intensive, qualitative feedback on assignments. Coach students to develop reflective writing and integrative thinking skills. Develop relationships with individual students to understand their interests, passions, and goals and modify information presented in class based on findings. Participate in weekly instructor meetings to discuss lesson plans, brainstorm ideas, share best practices, and evaluate progress toward course objectives. Manage short-term and long-term projects, as assigned. The responsibility and time commitment of each project varies based on the nature of the project and the time of the year. Sample individual projects include: managing Biomedical Research and Mentoring Program, managing UHP Discover research program, overseeing UHP Ignite, managing the UHP Welcome Retreat, managing the LeaderShape Institute, and overseeing the Gateway to University Honors class. Support UHP alignment with the university strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Support initiatives developed by the President and Provost. Participate in departmental staff, advising team, and Honors Council meetings. Serve on committees related to other UHP processes, as needed (e.g., UHP seminar proposal review committee). Serve on university-wide committees related to individual project work and/or interest. Support UHP programs and special events. Participate in Welcome Retreat and stay overnight at retreat facility during retreat. Participate in experiences alongside students (LeaderShape, study tours and alternative break programs, as interested and able). Assist with admissions and other recruitment events as needed. R Engage in UC, local, regional and national conferences and professional organizations (presenting at conferences, serving on committees/commissions, writing, and publishing) as budget allows. For a full description visit

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Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required. Experience working directly with students in a student learning capacity required (experiential learning, academic advising, teaching, academic support, or other student affairs or student learning capacity or similar).

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree and three or more years of full-time work experience in higher education or related field(s).