Candidates for Assistant Director, the Honors College

Auburn University ( is seeking candidates for the non-tenure track faculty position of Assistant Director, Honors College, with an employment start date of May 16, 2014.

The Assistant Director, Honors College reports directly to the Director of the Honors College and will work with the Associate Director of Academic Services to create and sustain Honors-level courses and work with the Associate Director of National Prestigious Scholarships (NPS) to expand the program to better serve the Auburn University undergraduates.

The appointee will teach Honors courses; prepare college assessments, faculty rosters, and surveys; assist with NPS applications, programming, and communication; coordinate Honors College study abroad trips; develop academic programming; represent the college on the AU Research Week committee; coordinate the Honors College Professional Mentor Program; and, serve as Faculty advisor for the student organization, Diversity in Honors.

A premier comprehensive land grant, sea grant, and space grant institution with a dynamic 150 year history of strong commitment to instruction, research, and outreach, Auburn University is located in the family-friendly town of Auburn, Alabama, with a population of 50,000; a renowned school system; and nationally recognized medical center. Auburn is located approximately 50 miles from Montgomery, the capital of Alabama; and 110 miles from Atlanta, Georgia – geographically providing a moderate climate with easy access to both beach and mountain recreational facilities. The University’s main campus has a 2013-2014 enrollment of 24,864 students and offers degrees in 13 schools and colleges at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. Auburn University is known for its great education programs and also for its $4 billion+ impact on the state of Alabama and its economy. For more detailed information about the Honors College, please see:


Dr. Greta Pennell

Dr. Mark Dalhouse

Dr. Ken Thomas

Justin Melnick

Justin Melnick

Justin Melnick is a 21-year-old undergraduate student with a major in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a minor in Finance. He was a 2012-13 Undergraduate Research Fellow and will graduate from the Honors College in May 2015. In his academic pursuits, employment, and research, he has followed two of his passions: golf and business. He is one of a select few GOLFWEEK course raters in Alabama, active in a social fraternity, and in April was named Auburn’s Cheerleading Mic Man for the 2013-14 school year. In addition to these activities and maintaining a high grade point average, he is an active member of the Air Force ROTC, in which he has held several leadership positions, leading to an invitation to job shadow at the Pentagon last December.

Justin combined his interests in golf and business to create a remarkably interdisciplinary and immersive research project under the mentorship of Dr. Jim Hansen, History. The project was focused on the Vidauban golf course project, a creation of successful and prolific golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The Vidauban project quickly became Jones’ most expensive and challenging project of his career, largely due to the challenges of international politics and construction. Justin began by analyzing several large binders of documents from the Vidauban project and later moved on to interviews with key personnel from the project, including its primary lawyer. He traveled to California for a series of Justin Melnick meetings in the offices of Robert Trent Jones, Jr., including a meeting with Jones, Jr. himself. Justin’s research culminated in an invited visit, which he planned with only five days’ notice, to the Vidauban golf course and community in Nice, France, where he interviewed all remaining key personnel in the development of the club. He has received invitations to present his research at three different conferences and won a 3rd place award for his oral presentation at the AU Research Week 2013. He is pursuing publication of his findings, with the intent to help others in the industry learn from Jones’ capstone project and operate abroad in a more efficient and diplomatic manner.

Justin is completing an internship this summer in the industrial engineering department at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. After completing his undergraduate degree at Auburn, he hopes to return to Disney following service to his country in the United States Air Force.

Most, if not all, of these accomplishments and opportunities were possible because I could introduce myself to contacts as an Auburn University Undergraduate Research Fellow. The program not only provided me with the funding necessary to properly complete the task, but also allowed me to develop a rapport and instant credibility with professionals literally anywhere in the world. -Justin Melnick

Last Updated: April 17, 2014