The University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of The Burnett Honors College. This position reports to the Provost and Executive Vice President.

Located in Orlando, UCF is one of the nation’s most dynamic metropolitan research universities. It is now seeking a leader for The Burnett Honors College to fully integrate the college’s strengths both internally and externally and lead the broader UCF community to new levels of achievement, recognition and impact.

UCF and its 13 colleges provide opportunities to more than 63,000 students, offering 177 bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral programs. Students come from all 50 states and over 150 counties. A priority on diversity and inclusiveness led UCF to co-found the University Innovation Alliance, a consortium of large public research universities committed to better serving first-generation, low-income students. U.S. News & World Reports ranked UCF the 13th “Most Innovative School” in its Best Colleges 2016 report. Additionally, UCF is one of only 25 public universities with the Carnegie Foundation’s highest designation in two categories: community engagement and very high research activity. As one of the largest universities in the country, UCF is committed to innovative community partnerships, world-class research with local impact, and the integration of technology and learning. For additional information about the University of Central Florida, please visit

The Burnett Honors College provides approximately 2,000 students an opportunity to be a part of a learning community that fosters the pursuit of excellence, a sense of social and civic responsibility, and a passion for life-long learning. The Burnett Honors College attracts and challenges students who demonstrate an ability to achieve academic excellence. Honors students receive an education that prepares them to enter the best graduate and professional schools, as well as obtain distinguished careers in business and public service. The Burnett Honors College offers two distinct programs of study, University Honors and Honors in the Major. University Honors provides a special four year course of study to the most promising undergraduate students at the university. Honors in the Major is a two-semester program where high achieving junior and senior students undertake original and independent research in their major field under the supervision of a faculty committee. This research culminates in a thesis or creative project. Because of the diversity of student interests, academic departments supervise Honors in the Major course work.

The University Honors Committee approves Honors seminars and selects recipients for Honors awards. This is a Faculty Senate Reporting Committee consisting of representatives from each academic unit, Honors students, and chaired by the dean of the college.

Position Responsibilities

The Dean of The Burnett Honors College will lead UCF 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’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: fiscal management, strategic planning, and academic programs. Ultimately, the Dean will work to provide a nurturing and transformative environment that is committed to excellence in Honors education.

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
  • A commitment to preparing students to be successful global citizens
  • An appreciation for the mission of UCF and the University’s demonstrated commitment to diversity and access 
  • A proven ability to work effectively to secure support in a resource limited environment
  • Experience working with donors and a comfortability with sharing the fundraising vision of the College (in partnership with the Development Director) to external constituents Effective communication skills and the ability to engage all Honors constituents (students, faculty, administrators, and community partners)

Required Qualifications Include:

  • A terminal degree with the qualifications to hold tenure and the rank of full professor in a department at UCF
  • At least three years of university administrative experience

Search Process

The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (with a letter of interest, a complete CV, and a list of at least five references that includes contact information), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting UCF. Review of materials will begin immediately. Please submit nominations and applications by August 24, 2017. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Jaleesa Rhoden, Associate
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328
Tel: 770-804-1996 ext. 109 || Fax: 770-804-1917 ||

UCF 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. As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

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