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Northern Illinois University

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DeKalb, Illinois

Northern Illinois University (NIU), a Doctoral/Research-High public university, seeks an energetic and inspiring leader to serve as the next Dean of their College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS). Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Dean will provide leadership and vision to build a distinctive, integrated College that advances teaching, research, and service in the health sciences. 

Founded in 1895, NIU currently enrolls more than 23,000 students in seven colleges. It is an hour from Chicago in north central Illinois, which places it in the nation’s third largest metropolitan area with access to learning, discovery and engagement opportunities in the dynamic Chicagoland region.  

The College of Health and Human Sciences is vibrant and comprehensive, made up of four diverse, interconnected units: the School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders, incorporating programs in Audiology, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Speech-Language Pathology; the School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Science, incorporating programs in Early Childhood Studies, Family and Child Studies, Family Consumer Sciences, Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Administration, and Textiles, Apparel and Merchandising; the School of Nursing and Health Studies, incorporating programs in Nursing, Public Health and Health Education; and the Department of Military Science. Enrollments are rising rapidly and the NIU CHHS is well positioned to be at the forefront of training health care providers, the delivery of care in the region, and scientific advances in important fields of health sciences. 

The next Dean will generate and allocate resources effectively to support education for students and facilitate the research, professional development, and the activities of faculty; recruit and  galvanize strong faculty and foster the development of future CHHS leadership; promote innovation within the College and foster interdisciplinary collaboration both inside the College and throughout the University; build ties with clinical and educational partners in the region; and create a positive atmosphere for academic growth. Serving as the face of the CHHS, the next Dean will be effective and savvy in development activities and establish strong partnerships with key stakeholders internally and externally.

NIU requires an earned research doctorate in a discipline represented in the College, qualifications for a tenured appointment as a full professor in CHHS, a record of securing and/or administratively supporting external funding, previous administrative experience, and a strong commitment to affirmative action and the benefits of diversity. An administrator experienced in strengthening academic programs and enhancing faculty competencies in teaching, research, scholarship, and professional practice is preferred. 

APPLICATIONS: Review of nominations and applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications (including resumes and letters of interest responding to the challenges and objectives outlined in the position’s scoping document, available from search firm) should be sent electronically and in confidence to:

Philip Jaeger or Natalie Leonhard, Isaacson, Miller, email:,
1875 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 710, Washington, DC 20009; Phone 202-682-1504.

To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by Monday, January 30, 2012. 

For more information about the NIU College of Health and Human Sciences, visit

Northern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution


posted january 2012