Faculty in Residence: Call for Applications


The Robert D. Clark Honors College is accepting applications from faculty across campus to become honors college Faculty-in-Residence beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

Changes to the structure of the Clark Honors College have created the opportunity for faculty with a primary affiliation in any of the UO's schools or colleges to move some or all of their teaching and service into the honors college while remaining a part of their existing research home. We invite applications to join a core faculty of accomplished scholars and teachers in a newly renovated Chapman Hall.

The honors college will work directly with department heads to coordinate teaching reassignments as needed if department schedules for the 2018-19 academic year have already been determined. Teaching commitments for incoming Faculty-in-Residence in the honors college can be flexible, especially during the first year as we transition to this new model.

About CHC's Structure

The Clark Honors College directly enrolls incoming first-year students, and the college’s curriculum provides a four-year track that replaces standard UO general education requirements for undergraduates. In fall 2016 the college was ranked one of the top ten public honors colleges in the country by Public University Honors, an independent review organization. Honors college classes are discussion based, with small groups of 15-19 highly motivated students with strong academic skills.

Students come from every undergraduate major across campus, and classes encourage interdisciplinarity while cultivating critical and creative thinking, writing, reading, and discussion skills. The backbone of the Clark Honors College curriculum is a grouping of six classes at the 200-level and a grouping of five classes at the 400-level, with math & natural sciences, social science, and arts & letters represented within each grouping.

Every honors college student must undertake an original research project, and defend their findings to a faculty committee, in the form of a senior thesis. The thesis embodies the defining characteristics of a Clark Honors College education: mental discipline; independence of mind and judgment; capacity to design and execute a complex project; skills of analysis, synthesis, and clear writing. The thesis is also the culmination of work in the student's major - a natural outgrowth from and expression of the ideas, problems, and approaches taught in that discipline. Students work closely with a faculty mentor to present their topic in a clear and effective manner that is accessible to a diverse and non-specialist audience.

A New Faculty Model

For the 2018-19 academic year the Clark Honors College aims to bring in four to six new Faculty-in-Residence from across UO to serve terms of four to eight years in the college, with the opportunity to renew contracts at the end of each agreed-upon term. Faculty will move some or all of their teaching and service into the CHC, participating in the teaching and advising of CHC students as well as recruiting, admissions, and curricular design. Four-year positions are intended to provide flexibility for those who can commit only a fraction of their teaching and service to the college, while eight-year positions are intended for those who will commit most of their teaching and service to the college.

The precise allocation of teaching and service to CHC and the faculty member's research home will be arranged via a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Questions about possible appointment configurations should be directed to Associate Dean Samantha Hopkins (see below). CHC Faculty-in-Residence will continue to be evaluated for merit, promotion and tenure, and post-tenure review in their home departments; they will also be evaluated on teaching and service, following the terms of the MOU, in the honors college.

CHC Faculty Responsibilities

Teaching in the CHC is distinguished by small classes and close interaction between faculty and students. It brings with it significant responsibilities for academic advising, career mentoring, and the guidance of senior theses. All CHC faculty are eligible to participate in college governance. Tenure-track faculty are also expected to meet the research standards of their discipline.

How to Apply

Applications are welcome from all faculty—tenured, tenure-related, and career NTTF—from across all colleges and fields at UO who hold a terminal degree, or have significant teaching experience, in their field of study. We will begin reviewing applications on April 10, 2018, but we will accept applications until the CHC has made all appointments needed for 2018-2019.

We encourage applications from all faculty who will bring diversity, including linguistic diversity. We are particularly interested in applications from the natural sciences, or from disciplines not currently represented among honors college core faculty.

Applications should be submitted online and should include:

  • Academic CV
  • 2-page statement of interest highlighting evidence of teaching excellence and high-impact engagement with students (such as engagement in student research activities, teaching FIG courses, leading study abroad courses, advising/mentoring, etc.)
  • 2-3 peer reviews of your teaching
  • Permission to allow the CHC Appointments Advisory Council access to student evaluations of your prior UO courses
  • Approval from your Department Head and Dean

Appointments Advisory Council

All applications will be reviewed by the Council:

College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Mark Unno*, Associate Professor, Religious Studies
  • Dev Sinha, Associate Professor, Mathematics
  • Nelson Ting, Associate Professor, Anthropology

Professional Schools and Colleges:

  • John Chalmers, Professor of Finance, Lundquist College of Business
  • Kim Sheehan, Professor of Journalism, School of Journalism and Communication
  • Adell Amos, Professor of Law, Knight Law School

Clark Honors College:

  • Melissa Graboyes, Assistant Professor of African and Medical History
  • Samantha Hopkins*, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences & Associate Dean for Faculty
  • Rebecca Lindner, Professor of Practice in Literature & Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Ex Officio:

  • Karen Ford*, Interm Dean, Clark Honors College
  • Lee Rumbarger*, Assistant Vice Provost, Teaching Engagement Program

* Teaching Academy Member


For more information please contact CHC Associate Dean for Faculty Samantha Hopkins (shopkins@uoregon.edu, 541-345-0608).