Dean of the Honors College

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Georgia State University (GSU) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the executive leadership position of Dean of the Honors College. Georgia State is a highly diverse R-1 research university that sits in the heart of downtown Atlanta.  GSU is well known nationally as a key leader in student success for graduating students at the same rate without regard to race, gender, or socioeconomic status.  GSU is highly entrepreneurial in its approach, ranking as the second most innovative university in the country and third in undergraduate teaching by U.S. News & World Report. It ranks among the most diverse universities in the country and draws students from every state and 159 nations. The University offers over 60 undergraduate majors and over 200 distinct academic programs, many of which are nationally ranked.


The Honors College taps into faculty and programmatic resources from across 11 of the University’s academic units to serve the rapidly growing population of high-ability undergraduates, 1,734 of whom are currently members of the four-year seeking students enrolled in the Honors College’s Atlanta Campus. This fall, over 300 new students enrolled into the Honors College with an average SAT score of 1380 and an average high school GPA of 3.91. Additionally, there are 874 two-year honors students enrolled at the Perimeter College across five other campuses outside of Atlanta.


This is a remarkable opportunity for an academic leader, well versed in cutting-edge approaches to pedagogy and scholarship, to build upon the College’s strengths within a university undergoing exciting growth and progress. The new Dean will have the opportunity to build upon pioneering academic and professional initiatives that continue to attract highly motivated students, eager for the preparation that will make them leaders in an increasingly complex, interdisciplinary, and comprehensive world.


The Dean will report directly to the Provost and will be responsible for all aspects of administering the Honors College, including engaging and inspiring affiliated faculty, hiring, curriculum development, programming, advisement, international and interdisciplinary initiatives, and budget. The Dean will oversee a budget of about $2 million and a talented academic team that is comprised of two associate deans and an experienced administrative staff focused on admissions, development, finance and administration, communications, and student and alumni engagement. The Dean will represent the College to various constituencies both within and outside the University and will contribute significantly to recruitment and fundraising efforts in the area.


Georgia State University has retained the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to assist in this critical recruitment. Instructions for inquiring, nominating, and applying for the position can be found at the end of this document.




Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Electronic submissions are strongly preferred and can be made at Inquiries and nominations for this position should be made via the same web address.


Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class