Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

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Northwestern University, School of Professional Studies

Chicago, Illinois | Evanston, Illinois

Northwestern University (Northwestern), one of the world’s leading private research universities, seeks an Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the School of Professional Studies (SPS).  SPS is entrepreneurial, innovative, and one of the premier schools of professional studies in the country.  One of the 12 colleges and schools of the University, SPS and adult learning have been a core part of Northwestern’s mission for more than 80 years. 

As a close partner and a direct report to the Dean, the Associate Dean provides vision and leadership in the development, delivery, and management of undergraduate and graduate degrees, international and professional development programs, and summer session programs.  S/he will discerningly examine the pedagogy of continuing, adult, and distance learning.  This is a visible, key leadership position that collaborates actively within SPS, across Northwestern schools, and with additional stakeholders throughout the University.  S/he leads curriculum and faculty development efforts, ensuring superior quality and integrity of the academic experience.

SPS seeks candidates who are deeply committed to SPS’s mission of access and have a firm belief in, and experience working with, online education.  The Associate Dean will be a strategic thinker with a solid record of identifying market trends and opportunities leading to the creation of high quality, rigorous, and innovative educational programs.

The successful candidate will be a seasoned administrator who has demonstrated experience with academic programs and faculty, a commitment to student success, and a record of developing healthy, vibrant online communities.  Creativity and a collaborative management style are essential to effectively interface with the broad set of internal and external constituencies.  The Associate Dean must hold his or her doctoral degree and show outstanding leadership.

Nominations, applications, and inquiries are being accepted for the position.  Consideration of candidates will continue until the position is filled.  Candidates must submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter.  All candidate information will be held in strict confidence.  Electronic submission is strongly encouraged.  Northwestern SPS is assisted in this search by Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm.  Full details of the position can be found on Isaacson, Miller’s website. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed to the firm via:

Jacqueline Mildner, Principal

Anna Graulich, Associate

Isaacson Miller, Inc.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.  Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.