Loyola University Chicago, the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university, with an enrollment of over 16,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, is seeking a dean to lead its School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) to higher visibility and distinction. The dean of SCPS is the chief operating officer of the unit and reports to the Provost. The dean is responsible for coordinating and aligning the educational offerings of SCPS with the University’s strategic goals.
The School of Continuing and Professional Studies is one of 10 schools at the university and offers programs at its three campuses in Chicago. Serving a population of adult students who are seeking to complete baccalaureate degrees or certificate programs, the School is poised to expand rapidly to meet the growing demand. The new leader of the School will have the opportunity to expand enrollments to 2,000 adult students through new programs and distributive learning options. With a goal to become the premier institution for adults who desire a college degree that emphasizes the development of knowledge and skills for today’s professional careers, Loyola delivers on this goal with an education that is infused with Jesuit values. The School offers three B.A. programs: Applied Studies, Management, and Criminal Justice, as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate in Paralegal Studies. The next dean of this school will be expected to develop additional degree programs offered in flexible scheduling formats at its campuses and will provide options for on-line courses and on-line degrees.
The deanship requires a visionary, entrepreneurial, and collaborative leader of people and programs with outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. A record of success in leading academic programs for adult students in a competitive environment is a requirement and familiarity with the Chicago regional market is desirable. Sensitivity and commitment to diversity and equal opportunity in working with internal and external stakeholders is assumed. An advanced degree is required, and an earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree is highly preferred, as is a record of teaching an scholarship sufficient for an appointment to the faculty at the rank of professor or associate professor. Absolutely required are the personal qualities and professional competence necessary for effective internal and external advocacy, including a strong resonance with the Jesuit, Catholic dimension of the institution.
Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications (including a statement of application and curriculum vitae) should be submitted via email to LUCDeanSCPS@wittkieffer.com
. Material that must be mailed may be sent to:
Dean, School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Loyola University Chicago
Attention: Dennis M. Barden
2015 Spring Road, Suite 510
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Confidential inquiries and questions may be directed to the Witt/Kieffer consultant supporting this search, Dennis M. Barden at 630-575-6167.
Loyola University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and promoting diversity. As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seek candidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver a transformative education in the Jesuit tradition. Candidates are encouraged to consult our website to gain a clearer understanding of Loyola’s mission at http://www.luc.edu/mission/index.shtml. Applications from women and minority candidates are especially encouraged.