Honors Program Coordinator

Posting Date: May 18, 2022
Closing Date: June 1, 2022
Apply to: Please submit an updated CV and a statement of interest in the position to Dr. Geraldine de Berly, Vice President for Academic Affairs (gndeberly@stcc.edu).

Job Description

The purpose of the Honors Program at Springfield Technical Community College is to take a leading role in achieving the mission and goals of the whole college. The program strives to meet the needs of academically motivated students by providing resources and options that allow each individual to reach her/his potential in the curriculum of her/his choice.

Goals

  • To build students' self-esteem and self-confidence through their intellectual achievements.
  • To develop students' critical thinking, verbal, visual and writing skills and to nurture their individual uniqueness.
  • To promote students' attitudes toward life-long learning and instill in them an eagerness to continue the pursuit of intellectual challenges.
  • To encourage students to bring their insights to their other classes thereby enriching all learning at Springfield Technical Community College.
  • To stimulate faculty by providing opportunities for instructional experimentation which promotes faculty growth and renewal.
  • To provide service to both the campus and the Greater Springfield Community.

Honors Program Coordination

The Honors Program at Springfield Technical Community College is directly accountable to the Chief Academic Officer of the institution. The Honors Coordinator works closely with an advisory group, The Honors Committee. The Honors Committee is composed of faculty, staff, administrators and student representative(s), and is charged with reviewing new courses proposals, approving independent study applications, reviewing the program requirements, and assisting in the recruitment of faculty and students to the program. The committee membership is subject to approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The STCC Honors Program carries institutional membership in the National Collegiate Honors Council, and students are encouraged to apply for opportunities to present at regional and national conferences sponsored by the NCHC.

The Coordinator of the Honors Program is responsible for administration, curriculum, and recruitment of faculty and students for the Honors Program. The Coordinator serves as chair of the Honors Advisory committee. A designee from the Vice President of Academic Affairs sits on the committee.

Offerings

Honors experiences range from Honors colloquia and/or sections to add-on components to existing courses.

Duties

  • Conduct short-term and long-range planning for the Honors Program.
  • Annual assessments and annual plan submission.
  • Coordinate / prepare Honors Program documents regarding course listings, program description, admissions, etc.
  • Maintain student database.
  • Submit grant requests, as required.
  • Present Honors Committee reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and annually to all faculty.
  • Recruit and mentor faculty participating in the program.
  • Communicates with internal and external communities about Honors Program activities, achievements, and opportunities.
  • Works with the Admissions Office on the recruitment and admission of students into the Honors Program.
  • Coordinates co-curricular and extracurricular experiences that will nurture the talents and academic well-being of high achieving students.
  • Provides leadership in orienting and advising Honors students, monitoring their adherence to basic requirements and their progress towards graduation, arranging for interventions as Develops and implements plans to assess the effectiveness of the Honors Program.
  • Prepares and manages Honors budget, monitoring and approving expenditures.
  • Oversees development and maintenance of Honors Program web site.

Curriculum Development

  • Coordinate curriculum design in consultation with the Advisory Committee and the Vice President for Academic Affairs or designee.
  • Establish priorities and focus of Honors programming in consultation with the Advisory Committee and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  • Organize, schedule and implement Honors colloquia.
  • Solicit new Honors courses.
  • Orient Honors faculty.
  • Establish / monitor teaching / learning requirements for the program, including assessment and reporting.
  • Coordinate with Deans to evaluate transfer-credit Honor courses.

Requirements

  • The Coordinator will be a full-time member of the faculty.
  • The Coordinator will hold a two-year term, renewable once.
  • The Honors Coordinator reports directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for administrative and budgetary functions.
  • Effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills are required. Organizational ability is required. This position begins in Fall 2022

COVID Vaccination Requirement

Effective January 3, 2022, all Springfield Technical Community College employees will need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, unless granted an accommodation.

Information Awareness Security Training

Candidates for employment should be aware that all STCC employees are required to complete Information Awareness Security Training within thirty days of their orientation date and annually thereafter.

Legal Authorization to Work

All candidates must have legal authorization to work in the United States. Springfield Technical Community College is not sponsoring H1B Visa.

Compensation

The coordinator has a minimum of six (6) credits per semester release time and/or an appropriate stipend in lieu of no more than three credits of release per semester. Provision is made to fund work done by the coordinator outside of the regular academic calendar.

Pre-employment Details

STCC conducts a pre-employment screening. Initial and continued employment is dependent upon meeting National Background Check, Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and/or Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check and if applicable, Physical and Alcohol/Drug Testing requirements. Screening also includes verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and/or verification of work history. Finalist(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment screening as a condition of employment.

Policy Statement on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity & Diversity

The Board of Higher Education and the Boards of Trustees of the Community Colleges maintain and promote a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information maternity leave, military service and national origin ("protected class(s)/classification(s)." Further, this policy prohibits retaliation and incorporates by reference, and where applicable, the requirements of Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1968; Titles I and II of the Civil Rights Act of 1991; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its regulations found at 34 C.F.R. part 106; Equal Pay Act of 1963; Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1988; Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; Section 402 of the Vietnam-era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA); Age Discrimination Act of 1975; Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended; Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993; Federal Executive Order 11246 of 1965, as amended by Executive Order 11375 of 1967; Federal Executive Order 12900 of 1994; Federal Executive Order 13145 of 2000; Federal Executive Order 13160 of 2000; Federal Executive Order 13166 of 2000; Massachusetts Civil Rights Act; Massachusetts General Laws Chapters 151B, 151C, and Chapter 149; directives of the BHE, the Boards of Trustees of the Community Colleges and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and other applicable local, state and federal constitutions, statutes, regulations and executive orders.

Equal Opportunity Statement

STCC's personnel and academic decisions, programs and policies are formulated and conducted in a manner, which will ensure equal access for all people and prevent discrimination. As part of this effort, a College will ensure that employment and academic decisions, programs and policies will be based solely on the individual eligibility, merit or fitness of applicants, employees and students without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, marital status, military service, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation or political or union affiliation.