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Position Announcement

Faculty Director of Undergraduate Research & Fellowships

October 2020

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, invites nominations and applications from tenured UT faculty for the inaugural Faculty Director of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. The Faculty Director is a 50-percent position that reports to the Associate Vice Provost and Director of Honors and Scholars, and will work with the Director of a new office merging undergraduate research and national scholarships and fellowships. In particular, the Faculty Director will be charged with growing UT’s undergraduate research enterprise and more profoundly embedding research in the UT undergraduate experience. The Faculty Director will play a pivotal role in nurturing a culture of undergraduate research and scholarship that encourages students to value critical inquiry, connect with faculty and their area of study, and expect the best of themselves.

The Faculty Director will focus primarily on undergraduate research activity at UT in the form of expanding opportunities for and engagement with scholarly/creative research across UT’s diverse undergraduate student body; supporting faculty, post-docs, and graduate students in their efforts to foster undergraduate research and support fellowships candidates; and assessing impact. The Faculty Director will be responsible for several functions, including: 1) developing UT’s vision for undergraduate research as a high-impact, student-focused practice; 2) grant-writing and private fundraising to expand opportunities for funded undergraduate research; 3) developing best practices, derived from national standards, in undergraduate research mentoring for UT faculty, post-docs, and graduate students, and liaising with the Office of Research and Engagement to support faculty in their efforts to include undergraduate research in grant applications; 4) coordinating with academic departments to develop research methods courses/training for undergraduates and additional pathways into undergraduate research; 5) contributing to the integration of fellowships and undergraduate research activity and championing the critical importance of undergraduate research and nationally competitive awards among faculty, staff, and students; 6) university service related to undergraduate research, such as chairing the R-designation subcommittee and Undergraduate Research Advisory Council, and assisting with fellowships nominations to national competitions; 7) collaborating with Student Success units, such as First-Year Programs, Honors & Scholars, and Academic Inclusive Initiatives, to develop innovative and inclusive programs supporting undergraduate research and a diverse pool of candidates for nationally competitive awards; and 8) further defining (and refining) data collection regarding undergraduate research metrics.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. or earned terminal degree, tenure, and a rank of Associate Professor or Professor. The candidate will have at least five years of relevant experience in undergraduate teaching and advising, significant experience mentoring undergraduate research, excellent organizational and communication skills, and demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in undergraduate education. Experience writing successful grant applications is required, as is a track record of collaboration across departments and enthusiasm to work with diverse students, staff, and faculty across disciplines and backgrounds.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A record of effective administrative experience with academic programs is desirable. Knowledge of nationally competitive fellowships (e.g., Fulbright, Rhodes) and experience teaching and conducting research abroad is highly desired. The successful candidate should be able to provide evidence of program evaluation and a record of leading complex teams.


HOW TO APPLY:  Applications in electronic format only should include 1) a cover letter of interest addressing qualifications, 2) a comprehensive curriculum vitae, and 3) the names of five current references, including contact information (address, phone, and e-mail address). A review of applications will begin on October 16 and will continue until the position is filled. Electronic applications and nominations should be sent to Claudia Rawn at The anticipated start date for the position is January 2020.


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