The Honors College at West Virginia University invites applications for the position of Director for the Office of Undergraduate Research. The position is responsible for leading the Office of Undergraduate Research in maintaining, developing, and growing undergraduate research-related programming and initiatives.
The Director will be the point person for undergraduate research activities supported by the University and other units, as appropriate. The Director will lead the development and maintenance of sustainable undergraduate research programs indicative of the institution's commitment to raising awareness about undergraduate research across disciplines, facilitating research experiences for undergraduates, and celebrating research achievements of both students and their mentors. The Director will facilitate and communicate the centralized activities in the Office for Undergraduate Research. The Director must have an innovative vision for resource access and utilization strategies for operating the Office for Undergraduate Research. The Director will report to the Dean of the Honors College. The ability to contribute to the College's commitment to a diverse culture through teaching, research and service is highly desirable.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Oversee the operation of the University's Office of Undergraduate Research (UGR) including managing staff, their professional development, and overseeing budget for the unit
Chair an Undergraduate Research Advisory Council. Serve on committees relevant to the University's research infrastructure
Work with faculty, students, and administrators to promote, facilitate, monitor, document, and/or evaluate undergraduate research across the university; maintain and update current inventory of undergraduate research on a regular basis; track students engaged in research to determine lasting influence of undergraduate research engagement; increase student engagement in undergraduate research with emphasis on traditionally underrepresented students; assess UGR programming and use assessment data to improve UGR programming
Create and maintain opportunities for experiential learning - research internships
Collaborate with units on and off campus (e.g. career services, industry, corporate entities, educational institutions, and national organizations) to cultivate meaningful placements for students
Establish and/or assist with the coordination and planning of summer research program for undergraduate students; Assist faculty member overseeing Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE); coordinate summer workshop series in conjunction with the SURE director and directors of other programs
Plan and oversee, when appropriate, campus-wide summer, fall, and spring undergraduate research events
Collaborate with state and national organizations in the dissemination of undergraduate research
Coordinate and promote efforts with other organizations/offices with interests related to undergraduate research
Work with UGR staff and University Relations or other media to develop suitable newsletter, media, publicity events, publications, and web content to publicize and promote undergraduate research efforts and achievements
Seek, apply, and secure grants to support undergraduate research activities in the university; collaborate with faculty and administration to seek internal and external funding to support undergraduate research
Engage with the Council for Undergraduate Research; attend and present at national and regional conferences; remain well-informed of national trends related to undergraduate research to inform undergraduate research programming at WVU.
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship, offers high quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU is located in Morgantown, West Virginia, has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America, with divisional campuses in Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg, and Montgomery. WVU is a Research University (Highest Research Activity) and ranks among the top 100 public universities in the nation, including a top 15 ranking in most affordable tuition for out-of-state students. WVU offers 184 degrees throughout the 15 colleges and schools within the university. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy, and forensics. There are more than 32,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide who are pioneering, passionate, innovative, tireless and caring.