The Robert D. Clark Honors College (CHC) is accepting applications from faculty across campus to become Faculty-in-Residence beginning in the 2020-21 academic year.
Changes to the structure of the CHC 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 CHC while retaining their primary connection to their existing research home. The CHC welcomed the first cohort of faculty-in-residence in 2018-19. We invite applications to join a core faculty of accomplished scholars and teachers in newly renovated Chapman Hall.
About CHC's Structure
The CHC directly enrolls incoming first-year students, and the college’s curriculum provides a four-year track that replaces standard UO core education requirements for undergraduates. 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 CHC 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. The CHC is in the process of reinvigorating its curriculum, with a new curriculum planned to launch in 2020-21. In addition to its traditional liberal arts emphasis, the CHC hopes to welcome faculty from the professional schools and colleges.
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 CHC 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 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.
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 core faculty 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 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 December 2, 2019, but we will accept applications until the CHC has concluded the appointment process for 2020-21.
We encourage applications from all faculty who will contribute to our diverse and inclusive workplace. We are particularly interested in applications from disciplines not currently represented among CHC 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 peer reviews of your teaching
- Permission to allow the CHC Dean and Faculty access to student evaluations of your prior UO courses
- Approval from your Department Head and Dean