Assistant Dean, Office of Undergraduate Research

Position Information

General Information

Position Number 003492
Working Title Assistant Dean, Office of Undergraduate Research
Classification Title Assistant Academic Dean
College University College (Adm)
Department Office of Undergraduate Education
Position Designation Faculty
Employment Type Permanent - Full-time
Months per year 12
Primary Purpose of Department

The division of Academic Affairs, through the Office of Undergraduate Education, is consolidating a range of existing undergraduate education research programs by creating the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR). OUR will seek to enhance and maximize efforts to engage more undergraduate students in research, scholarship, and creative performance; provide opportunities for greater levels of program coordination; and enhance the visibility of undergraduate research. OUR will also facilitate the identification of funding opportunities and assist faculty in applying for external funding to support undergraduate research, such as NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU’s). By creating this new office, UNC Charlotte aspires to substantially increase the scale and scope of undergraduate research opportunities available to students at all levels and in all majors.

The goals of the Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR) are to continue to expand the opportunities for undergraduates to engage in authentic research, mentored scholarship, and creative performance at UNC Charlotte. Inquiry and research are distinctive features of the undergraduate educational experience for all students. The activities of this office help prepare undergraduates for post-graduate fellowships. More broadly, the OUR prepares students to address future unsolved problems with confidence and embrace their roles as enlightened citizens and leaders in a complex society.

Vacancy Open to All Candidates
Description of Work

Assists Associate Dean or Dean in department operations. Supervises and coordinates various department activities. Serves as a resource and referral source for students seeking various types of assistance. Serves on University councils, committees, work groups, and other bodies. Works as a liaison for the local community and especially local bodies of higher education. Develops and implements strategic planning specific to programs within the department including marketing and staffing. Collaborates with the Dean and other department entities to oversee the academic program and ensure quality faculty and student support services. Provides direction and assistance in preparation of budget requests; monitors budgeting expenditures at all levels.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Duties & Responsiblities:

The Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Research has primary responsibility for the development, implementation, management, and evaluation of undergraduate research opportunities offered by the OUR. These include the Charlotte Research Scholars, the Charlotte Community Scholars, SPIDUR (Summer Program to Increase Diversity in Undergraduate Research), and the Undergraduate Research Conference. In time, the Assistant Dean is expected to develop new undergraduate research experiences and programs. The Assistant Dean will also support efforts by faculty to secure new external funding to support undergraduate research from programs like NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) by assisting with applications and providing campus infrastructure for undergraduate research programs. The Assistant Dean will work closely with a group of faculty Executive Fellows who will provide guidance for OUR programs and will lead initiatives to embed undergraduate research into the curriculum. The Assistant Dean reports directly to the Associate Dean for Curriculum within the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Summary of Position & Responsibilities:

Leadership & Vision
• Establish and promote the vision and goals for the University’s undergraduate research program.
• Promote the implementation of best practices in undergraduate research opportunities by colleges, departments, and faculty.

Faculty Support
• Proactively support faculty, departments, and colleges in seeking external funding for undergraduate research – includes proactively identifying funding opportunities, assisting with the application process, and providing an undergraduate research infrastructure that can support successful applications and allow faculty to focus on the research program. OUR will undertake this work in collaboration with College and University grants offices.
• Encourage and support departments and faculty in their efforts to embed undergraduate research into the curriculum – includes identifying curriculum models, assisting in the curriculum development process, and leveraging OUR resources and expertise to build the necessary infrastructure. OUR will undertake this work in collaboration with college and departmental leadership.
• Support, as appropriate, faculty’s efforts to encourage and enable their students to participate in external undergraduate or post-graduate research experiences. Offer faculty opportunities for mentor training.

Program Development and Implementation
• Provide leadership and coordination for what are currently the University’s signature undergraduate research programs: Charlotte Research Scholars, Charlotte Community Scholars, SPIDUR, and the Undergraduate Research Conference.
• Develop as time, opportunities, and resources allow, new programs and approaches that will enable more undergraduate students to participate in undergraduate research. Develop and implement professional development workshops for students in Charlotte Research Scholars, Charlotte Community Scholars, and REU programs across the university.

General Administrative
• Establish the reputation of OUR through publications, website, and other venues.
• Manage the OUR budget and personnel.
• Provide Academic Affairs and the Colleges with data on undergraduate research activities and participation.
• Fulfill the appropriate service obligations both within Undergraduate Education and the University as a whole.
• Other duties may be assigned.

Program Evaluation
• Develop an assessment program to measure the success and effectiveness of undergraduate research programs.
• Collect, analyze and report longitudinal student data.
• Develop and implement methods to track and report post-graduate plans and experiences of undergraduate research participants.

Minimum Experience/Education

UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned doctorate or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience

• Ph.D. or terminal degree in a field of expertise.
• Experience with undergraduate research.
• A record that demonstrates the potential for leadership.

• A record of leadership demonstrating:
– The ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of students, faculty, and administrators.
– The capacity to independently manage and coordinate activities in a complex environment.
– The ability to think critically and creatively to engage individuals from multiple disciplines and perspectives.
• Strong interpersonal, organizational, management and communication skills.
• Experience with standard Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, and basic statistical analysis.
• Experience leading undergraduate research efforts.
• Experience at a research university.
• Experience with securing external funding.
• Experience with program assessment.
• Experience with REUs or other similar programs.

Necessary Licenses/Certifications
Special Notes to Applicants

Applications must be made electronically at (position number 003492) and must include:

1. Letter of Interest as it relates to the position description
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Contact information for three references. Note: References will not be contacted without permission of the applicant.


• This is a full time administrative position; research is not expected, but accomplishments in this area will be taken into consideration during the annual evaluation process.
• The position is open until filled, but applications must be received before 2/9/18 to guarantee full consideration. Review of applications will begin on 2/9/2018.
• The start-date is negotiable, in particular to allow the selected candidate to fulfill teaching and service obligations during the 2017-18 academic year.
• Salary is competitive based on experience and qualifications

The selected candidate may be subject to a criminal background check. As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina encourages applications from all underrepresented groups.

The candidate chosen for this position will be required to provide an official transcript of their highest earned degree.

The candidate chosen for this position will be subject to a criminal background check.

Job Open Date 01/08/2018
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Date Review of Applications will Begin 02/09/2018
Proposed Hire Date 04/09/2018
If time-limited, please indicate appointment end date
Contact Information

Dr. Coral Wayland

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter / Letter of Interest
  2. Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  3. Contact Information for References
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