Associate Dean


Associate Dean, Honors College



University of Nevada, Reno - Main Campus

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Job Description

The University of Nevada, Reno, Honors College seeks a visionary and experienced honors leader for the position of Associate Dean.  The Associate Dean works closely with college leaders, serving as a senior advisor to the dean and a member of the executive leadership team that oversees the Honors College. The position reports directly to the dean.


As chief academic officer for the Honors College, the associate dean is responsible for the vision, development, and implementation of the college’s curricular and faculty initiatives and policies.  This includes the development of new honors tracks and courses, honors instructional assessment and development, honors faculty development/hire/evaluation, and the related budgetary and logistical considerations associated with these.  The successful candidate will have a deep knowledge of best practices in honors instructional/pedagogical design, innovative honors curricular models, and visionary honors instructional staffing, funding, and development/evaluation protocols.  


The Associate Dean serves as the dean in her/his absence, plays a substantive role in advancing the college’s strategic plan objectives and goals, and advises the dean with regard to college operational procedures, staffing, and policies.  The successful candidate will have a strong record of involvement with regional and/or national honors entities, especially the National Collegiate Honors Council.  


The position requires deep collaboration with, and, in some cases, leadership of, diverse and extensive institutional constituencies. A sustained history overseeing large-scale and complex cross-institutional initiatives, as well as a proven record of conceiving, implementing, and successfully growing innovative honors curricular programming will be essential characteristics of the associate dean.  


Required Qualifications

Terminal Degree and five (5) years of administrative/managerial experience working in an honors program or college at the post-secondary level

  • Demonstrated history developing and successfully implementing honors curricular models and instructional strategies at the post-secondary level

  • Demonstrated experience developing and successfully implementing honors course assessment and honors faculty development and evaluation programs and protocols

  • Policy-creation and administration of complex initiatives with multiple functions that involve internal and external stakeholders

  • Clear history of effective research and data-informed decision making, as well as experience with data and metric management, collection, and analysis systems

  • Involvement with regional and/or national honors organizations.

  • Experience overseeing financial management functions, especially those related to honors instructional compensation


Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have a record of teaching excellence in honors, strong knowledge of best practices in honors pedagogy and mentorship, and a deep commitment to high-achieving student empathy and welfare, obviated by sustained student engagement, care, and concern.  An ability to create a lasting sense of community among diverse peoples, governance groups, and disciplines, as well as an ability to engender sustained trust at levels below, at, and above the hire’s position will be important. 


A clear knowledge of faculty, chair, and associate-dean level priorities, deadlines, and needs within the context of a four-year comprehensive university will be valuable, along with experience developing, updating, and successfully implementing strategic plan goals and objectives.  Superior, timely, and positive communication skills, as well as a record of successful conflict resolution with students, faculty, administrators, and other stakeholders will be elements of the ideal hire’s skill set. 


The successful hire will ideally have a history building and maintaining effective and cohesive organizational structures that accomplish organizational objectives and will be experienced with HR policies and practices that contribute to successful faculty and staff hiring and development.


Compensation Grade 

Administrative Faculty – E.

The typical salary range for this position is $110,000-120,000.

Salary is based on related education and experience, internal equity and budgets.

To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit: Salary Schedules and select Administrative Faculty by Grade.


Remarkable Retirement

Our retirement plan is beyond compare. Your 15.50% contribution is generously matched by the University.   With the faculty retirement plan, you are 100% vested your first day. Sit back and watch your retirement dollars grow!  All permanent employees on an annual "A" or "B" contract who are employed at least 50% full-time are eligible to participate in the NSHE retirement program unless they are members of PERS of Nevada. 


“I had no idea the values of the faculty retirement plan when I joined UNR. On my first day, I found out I was fully vested in my contributions and the companies 15.5% matching. I have watched my retirement grow over the years, not only in contributions, but with investments.  It is hard to put into words how appreciative I am to feel so secure in my future” – Michelle B.


Perks of working at UNR 

  • Health insurance options including dental and vision - Health Insurance

  • Generous annual and sick leave, life insurance and long-term disability – Faculty Benefits

  • E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers an annual or semester membership and family membership options.  E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center

  • Mountain EAP supports employees (and eligible dependents) through life's difficult moments. Mountain EAP is located in Reno and specializes in counseling and advising services for personal or interpersonal issues.

  • Several Diversity Committees and Affinity Groups focusing on campus-wide diversity initiatives to ensure we are working to create a diverse and welcoming campus climate. Diversity Groups

  • Faculty Senate is the principal representing body for faculty. Its membership includes representatives from each academic and administrative major unit of the University. Faculty Senate

  • No state income tax



The University is proud to provide a reduced-rate tuition benefit to faculty and qualified dependents. Faculty can take up to six credits per semester at a reduced rate. Dependents of faculty have unlimited credits, but in order to be eligible children must be unmarried and under the age of 24 and must receive at least 50% of their financial support from the employee and/or employee’s spouse or domestic partner.  Faculty Grant-in-Aid


Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Assistance Program


Honors College

The University of Nevada, Reno Honors College celebrates 60 years of honors at the university in 2022.  Following a successful program reinvention and strategic planning process in 2019-2020, the UNR honors program became the UNR Honors College on July 1, 2020, following a successful affirmation by the Nevada Board of Regents.  


Since 2019 the Honors College has expanded by nearly 40% and is currently one of the university’s fastest-growing programs.  It is operating under an ambitious growth plan which calls for a doubling in size by end-of-decade.  The Honors College’s student development model is focused on our four core mission pillars of RESILIENCE, INGENUITY, STEWARDSHIP, and EQUITY.  These four pillars guide the recruitment, retention, and support of students, as well as honors coursework.  Students complete one of three different pathways in honors, and the college’s strategic plan calls for innovative curricular and faculty staffing advances which will continue to position the program at the forefront of progressive honors best practices in the United States.


Honors College students have the opportunity to be part of an engaging Living Learning Community, take part in several honors-focused international trips, develop impact potential in dozens of student leadership positions, and serve on Honors College committees.  The Honors College is a leading proponent of the concept of shared governance, with over a dozen standing committees that involve closely internal and external stakeholders in program development and operations.  


Diversity, equity, and inclusion is a core focus of the UNR Honors College and has become an integral element of the college’s staffing, programming, and outreach.  In 2021-2022 the college achieved its highest-ever percentage of underrepresented students (48%) and it continues to advance aggressively to espouse the philosophy of diverse excellence in its reach and support.


Contact Information

Search Chair, Matt Means -







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Required Attachment(s)

Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for the committee to review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at


Attach the following documents to your application 

1) Resume/CV

2) Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for three professional references

4) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.


Full Consideration 

For full consideration, applications must be received by June 17, 2022.


This posting is open until filled

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.



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Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.


HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member’s first day of employment.


References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.


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Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.




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