Assistant Director, Undergraduate Research (Regular, Full-Time, Market Range 09)
Office of Undergraduate Research & Fellowships
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications for the new position of Assistant Director for Undergraduate Research in the Office of Undergraduate Research & Fellowships. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is the state's flagship, land-grant university and a Carnegie doctoral research (R1) university housing 11 colleges and 900+ programs of study, with an enrollment of 30,000 students. As an office within the Division of Student Success, Undergraduate Research & Fellowships approaches its work with a deep commitment to: diversity, equity, and inclusion; collaboration across the division and university and with external partners; and working closely with students to identify and develop their distinctive strengths through advising and engagement in high-impact educational practices.
The Assistant Director for Undergraduate Research (UGR-AD) is a new position in OURF and will interact routinely with diverse students, faculty, and staff across the university and beyond to support and promote high-quality, accessible undergraduate research programs and experiences. With guidance from the Director, Faculty Director, and Undergraduate Research Advisory Council, and in collaboration with the Program Coordinator and Graduate Assistant, the UGR-AD will manage UT's centralized internal undergraduate research programs, awards programs, seminar series, and campus research exhibitions; liaise with campus and external partners; and work with the Program Coordinator and Assistant Director for Fellowships to advise undergraduate research-focused student organizations and initiatives. The UGR-AD will also support ongoing assessment and refining of existing programs and the strategic proposal and development of new programs in support of office, division, and institutional goals. Related to this responsibility is the support of faculty and graduate student undergraduate research mentors, including those researchers hosting visiting undergraduate researchers, such as through REUs. In addition, the UGR-AD will explore and develop techniques for collaboration across OURF's functional areas. The principal goals of such collaboration will be to build upon UT's success in recent years in the nationally competitive awards space (e.g., consistent Fulbright Student Top-Producer) and from there expand and diversify the pool of undergraduate fellowships candidates and more robustly, directly, and strategically support diverse undergraduates seeking not only internal, but also external research funding and experiences.
More specifically, the UGR-AD will:
manage and refine semester and summer undergraduate research assistantship/internship programs; international research programs; enrichment programming; multiple campus research exhibitions; and conference travel grants program
support Director and Faculty Director by making substantial contributions in the areas of undergraduate research program assessment, annual reporting, identifying budget priorities, and new program proposals and development
present on undergraduate research opportunities to classes, departments, offices, and student groups; at campus events/programs; and at OURF-led seminars, workshops, and info sessions
work with office leadership, Program Coordinator, Graduate Assistant, and division communications staff on communications planning and execution
manage the redevelopment and implementation of a robust Peer Mentors Program
liaise with Undergraduate Research Advisory Council (URAC) and represent office as needed
co-advise undergraduate research-focused student organizations and initiatives, such as the Undergraduate Research Students Association and TEDxUTK
supervise Program Coordinator
participate in initiatives and committees across the division
serve on a limited basis on fellowships campus review processes/committees, as needed
explore and develop opportunities/techniques for collaboration across OURF's functional areas
Internal Number: 217938
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