Thiel College is pleased to announce a search for the Director and Endowed Chair of the Kenneth & Marianna Brown Dietrich Honors Institute (DHI).
The successful candidate will be a dynamic leader with a record of teaching excellence eager to strengthen the DHI as a signature program at Thiel. Established in 2013, the DHI provides a dynamic learning community for motivated and creative students at Thiel, a selective liberal arts college in northwestern Pennsylvania. Sponsored through annual endowment gifts from The Dietrich Foundation, the DHI endeavors to nurture students to become full human beings whose breadth of knowledge, strength of character and thoughtfulness of action make them natural leaders in the world. The DHI has excelled in preparing students for outstanding career opportunities and admission to graduate programs at highly selective institutions, including Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Pittsburgh. Committed to both access and excellence, the DHI provide provides merit scholarships, support for undergraduate research, opportunities for study abroad, and enriching educational activities to the 150 students engaged as Dietrich Scholars.
The Director will lead all aspects of the program, including coordination of the faculty teaching in the program, advising and mentoring students, particularly in preparation for the senior project, and oversight of travel and other co-curricular programs and activities. In collaboration with Admissions, the Director will advance strategies to attract academically motivated students who will be successful in the DHI and at the College. Through outreach to high school honors programs, academic competitions, and national honors societies, the Director will enlarge the reach of the DHI and attract a wide-range of students to the program. The Director will also foster engagement with organizations of collegiate honors programs to open opportunities for DHI students and professional development opportunities for faculty teaching in the DHI.
A joint- appointment to the DHI and an academic department, the Director will teach in honors seminars and discipline-based courses. Teaching expectations will be balanced against the Director’s leadership and administrative responsibilities. While Thiel College gives highest priority to teaching effectiveness, the successful candidate should demonstrate a record of professional or scholarly engagement and the potential to remain engaged as a teacher-scholar and/or a leader in Honors education. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a keen interest in being an active member of the campus community, attending campus events and participating in faculty governance.
Appointment would be effective August 1. Three or more year leading or teaching in an honors program is expected. A doctorate or other terminal degree is expected. Academic specialization is open. Candidates in the social sciences and humanities are especially encouraged to apply. Academic rank and salary will be commensurate with academic credentials and professional experience.
Applicants should send a cover letter stating interest in the position and a current curriculum vitae or resume with references to firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred), or to Jennifer Clark, Director of Human Resources, Thiel College, 75 College Avenue, Greenville, PA 16125.
Review of applications will begin March 11, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.
Thiel College is committed to attracting a culturally and professionally diverse faculty and staff who engage our students by providing a rich and fulfilling curricular and co-curricular experience.