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National Louis University seeks Dean of the Undergraduate College
Location:  Located in the center of Chicago’s downtown loop, across the street from the Art Institute, NLU is in an area that has been recognized as America’s largest campus with over 25 institutions and 50,000 students attending a college across the city.
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The Position:
The next Dean of the Undergraduate College (UGC) at National Louis University (NLU) will join a college focused on advancing the mission of driving equity in bachelor’s degree attainment and employment, by providing a student-centered, innovative, professionally-focused, inclusive, and supportive learning experience for NLU undergraduate students. The Dean of the Undergraduate College will need to be an enterprising and bold visionary prepared to explore, develop, and implement innovative approaches to curriculum and instruction, student engagement, student support, career preparation, and faculty and staff development, leading the College to higher and more equitable student outcomes. The Dean must embrace and model a growth mindset and practice that prioritizes career readiness and employment outcomes as the ultimate measure of its graduates. Further, the Dean must be willing to challenge the status quo of current academic and student support models to reduce complexity, increase efficiency and advance strategies and cutting-edge models that lead to the academic, personal, and professional development and success of all students.

The next Dean must possess a data-informed orientation and have a track record of executing necessary change to advance the reputation and contributions of the College. With an eye on the present and an eye toward the future, the Dean should have strong command of and attention to the day-to-day business and academic operations of the College, while also having an ability to think strategically and systematically about priorities and opportunities to scale. The Dean must be a fundraiser and build relationships with partners that will support innovative initiatives within the College. The Dean should also demonstrate external awareness of relevant higher education trends as well as experience in cultivating partnerships to enhance the impact of the College. Overall, NLU seeks a Dean who is passionately relentless about advancing equity in students’ education and workforce outcomes and who will build on the College’s early foundations while also challenging the status quo to lead the College to greater heights.

The Dean reports to the Provost and works directly with the President and Provost on strategic matters. The Dean will be responsible for leading a talented team of approximately 50 full-time faculty, 50 full-time staff, and 250+ adjunct faculty and part-time staff. The successful candidate will be a strategic, innovative, and results-oriented leader with a track record of success – setting clear expectations, inspiring people, collaborating across the institution, cultivating external champions, and managing effectively. This individual must show evidence of a deep appreciation for employing student-centered approaches; prioritizing instructional best practices; gaining internal and external stakeholder buy-in; and, exercising sound fiscal stewardship and decision-making related to the financial operations and goals of the College.

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About the Undergraduate College:
The Undergraduate College (UGC) at NLU is an innovative new and growing college dedicated to the ambitious goal of being a leader in driving equity in bachelor’s degree attainment and sustainable employment - with the ultimate purpose of helping students develop the knowledge and skills to succeed as professionals and engaged citizens, leading to positive outcomes for themselves, their families, and communities. To learn more, visit

About National Louis University:
National Louis University (NLU) is looking to honor its past while defining a bold new future as a contemporary comprehensive university dedicated to preparing diverse students for sustained professional success. NLU is keen on providing a career-building, life-changing education that is accessible to all students. The University offers more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through five academic units: the Undergraduate College, Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, the College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, the National College of Education, and the School of Business and Information Technology. NLU is one of the most diverse universities in the Midwest, helping students of all ages and backgrounds achieve their personal and professional goals. To learn more about National Louis University visit

To Apply:
Confidential review of applications will begin immediately. The position is open until filled. Please submit a PDF version of your CV and a letter of interest explaining your interest in and suitability for this position.

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National Louis University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.

Institution: National Louis University
This is a full time position

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