Dean Coon and two former deans standing on the football field formidably

Do you have what it takes to join the DEAN TEAM???

Do you have big ideas for the Honors College? Have you ever wanted to see the “inner workings” of higher education administration? Would you like enviable offices, shelves upon shelves of medieval literature, and the title of “head honcho” here in Gearhart Hall? How about a $100 Amazon gift card?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you might have what it takes to be our next Dean for the Day!

Dr. Lynda Coon, Honors College Dean extraordinaire, is seeking one special honors student to be the Honors College Dean for the Day. This lucky student dean will attend a variety of meetings with the TOP campus administrators, hold office hours in Gearhart Hall, visit with honors staff and students, and conduct planning sessions with honors program directors, as well as receive a $100 Amazon gift card as “salary.” This student will have a chance to articulate areas of improvement for the Honors College and speak to student needs and desires. In turn, Dean Coon will experience a day in YOUR shoes by attending some of your classes and meetings and will gain a better understanding of a day in the life of an honors student.

Dean for the Day schedule is as follows:

November 4, 2019, time TBD – Meet with Associate Dean Dr. Jennie Popp to discuss Dean for the Day schedule.

November 5, 2019 – Dean for the Day!

8:30 a.m.                     Meet with Associate Director Jennie Popp to be escorted to the Chancellor’s Office

9:00- 9:30 a.m.             Meet with Chancellor Steinmetz

9:45-10:15 a.m.           Meet with Provost Coleman

10:30-11:30 a.m.         Meet with Honors students in GEAR 130

Noon – 1:00 p.m.        Lunch with Honors College staff in GEAR 129

1:30 – 3:15 p.m.          Hold office hours in GEAR 255, Dean’s Office

Honors staff and faculty will come with questions and concerns!
Student dean is encouraged to schedule meetings during this time should he/she feel it necessary.

3:30-4:00 p.m.          Meet with the directors of the honors programs, GEAR 243

Interested? Apply now:

Submit a Dean for the Day Application.

  1. Submit your daily schedule: all applicants must submit their typical schedule for Tuesday, November 5th, 2019. This schedule will give us a sense of Dean Coon’s potential day in YOUR shoes! If you are selected as Dean for the Day, you must commit to FULL involvement as the student dean- this means getting prior approval for missing courses as well as extracurricular meetings and activities.
  2. Create a minute-long campaign video (slogans encouraged) in which you “pitch” your “candidacy” to the student body. If you are selected as a finalist, students will use this video to vote for you as Dean for the Day. Sell them on why they should choose you! Submit your campaign videos via UARK Box to Your subject line must be LastnameFirstnameIDnumber (for example:DoeJane012345678). Your application will NOT be considered complete until we receive your email.

Deadline: All applications are due by Wednesday, October 23rd. Finalists will be notified via email by October 25, 2019.

Voting: Student voting will take place on Honors College Social Media October 28th through November 1 at 12:59 pm! The final vote will be a combination of response on social media and the verdict of the “star chamber” of voters within the Honors College.

Need some inspiration? Check out campaign videos from our Student Deans Emeriti:

Still looking for inspiration? Here are campaign videos from the University of Montana Business School!

The Fine Print: If selected as Dean for the Day, you will be asked to blog about your experience as our Student Dean.

Questions?Email with any questions, and see you on TOP!