FROM: Dean of Library Services and Undergraduate Research
RE: Accepting Applications for Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research-Deadline of Mon. Oct. 21
Sent: 10/9/2019 12:04:50 PM
To: Faculty



Job Description


                     Job Title:    Director – California University Center for Undergraduate Research

                     Division:    Academic Affairs

         Position Status:    Regular faculty

               Supervisor:    Dean of Library Services and Undergraduate Research (Doug Hoover)


Primary Role 

The Director will serve as the faculty lead for the operation of the California University Center for Undergraduate Research.  The Director will be the point person for undergraduate research activities supported by the University.  The Director will oversee the operation of a sustainable undergraduate research program indicative of Cal U’s commitment to raising awareness about undergraduate research across disciplines, facilitating research experiences for undergraduates, and supporting and recognizing research achievements of both students and their mentors.  The Director will facilitate and communicate both the centralized activities in the Center for Undergraduate Research, as well as the decentralized undergraduate research activities that take place across campus in all disciplines, including coordination of research-related activities and endeavors with the three undergraduate colleges and service learning research that may be conducted outside strictly academic endeavors.  The Director must have an innovative vision for resource access and utilization and strategies for developing and operating the Center for Undergraduate Research.  The Director will report to the Dean designated to manage the operation of the Center for Undergraduate Research.


Position Responsibilities

1)          Oversee the operation of the Cal U Center for Undergraduate Research

2)          Chair the Undergraduate Research Advisory Council

3)          Work with faculty, students, and administrators to promote, facilitate, monitor, document, and evaluate undergraduate research across the three undergraduate colleges

4)          Plan and oversee the Strike a Spark Conference and any other campus wide undergraduate research events

5)          Establish a summer research program for undergraduate students

6)          Inventory current undergraduate research and establish systems to update the inventory on a regular basis

7)          Coordinate and promote efforts with the Faculty Professional Development Center and other organizations/offices with interests related to undergraduate research

8)          Work with University Marketing to develop suitable newsletters, media, publicity events, publications, and web content to publicize and promote undergraduate research efforts and achievements

9)          Increase participation in undergraduate research among all student groups with special emphasis on traditionally underrepresented students

10)      Collaborate with faculty and administration to seek external funding to support undergraduate research programs

11)      Serve on committees relevant to the University's research infrastructure

12)      Supervise graduate assistant(s) assigned to the Center and determine the need for support staff


Position Qualifications

a)       Master’s degree required; terminal degree (doctorate or MFA) preferred.  Experience can substitute on a one-to-one basis for education

b)      Strategic planning capabilities and the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines

c)       Ability to navigate the University environment; well-respected by faculty, staff, students, and administration

d)      Excellent communication (oral & written), problem-solving, analytical, organizational, and project management skills

e)       Skills in word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, internet searches, email management, and web-based research administration and research funding software

f)        Ability to work collaboratively with many different groups

g)       Demonstrated research record; preference to experience involving undergraduates in productive research experiences


To Apply

Submit a letter of application and a condensed CV by Monday, October 21 (email:  The letter should be as concise as possible (not to exceed two pages in length) and explain how the applicant meets required expectations for the position by addressing key responsibilities and qualifications outlined above.  The submitted CV should not exceed four pages in length.