Academic Affairs, Benedictine University

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Position ID:Benedictine University-Academic Affairs-DEANOFCOLA [#9434]
Position Title: Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
Position Type:Administration
Position Location:Lisle, Illinois 60532, United States [map]
Subject Area: Administrative / Career Advising and Assessment
Appl Deadline:2017/12/31 finished (posted 2017/07/27, finished 2018/03/07, listed until 2017/12/31)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona.


We are Catholic. All are welcome. Benedictine University seeks employees who understand and contribute to the University’s mission and vision. Inspired by our Catholic Benedictine mission and identity, our academic community is committed to inclusion. As an institution, we express our commitment to our identity as a Catholic and Benedictine institution through our values as they are manifested throughout the University. As such, all employees are expected to support the University’s Catholic Benedictine mission and identity and to contribute to its distinctive intellectual life in an effort to help each student and each other to thrive academically, professionally, and personally in our religiously and culturally diverse academic community.


College of Liberal Arts


Benedictine University invites applications for the position of Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.  The position will report to the Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs with a start date of June 1, 2018.


Benedictine University is an inclusive academic community dedicated to teaching and learning, scholarship and service, truth and justice, as inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition, the social teaching of the Church, and the principles of wisdom in the Rule of St. Benedict.  We seek to provide a transformative and integrative educational experience grounded in Benedictine values, helping students shape lives of meaning and purpose as engaged citizens who care for the earth, welcome people of diverse faiths and cultures, and promote the common good.


The College of Liberal Arts is located on Benedictine University’s main campus in Lisle, IL near whiat is considered to be the region’s “technology and research corridor” 20 miles west of Chicago.  The College of Liberal Arts offers over 20 undergraduate programs along with two masters programs in clinical psychology and linguistics.  In addition to the undergraduate and graduate programs, the College of Liberal Arts serves the core of the university’s general education curriculum. 


The College of Liberal Arts seeks a dynamic leader who will support high-quality teaching, active learning, research, and professional development.


The responsibilities of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts include the following:

·        Provide vision and strategic direction to the college consistent with the mission of Benedictine University and its strategic plan.

·        Facilitate faculty and staff development and cooperation among academic units in the college and across the university.

·        Oversee the development and assessment of new and existing programs to ensure academic quality and external recognition.

·        Supervise, evaluate, and develop faculty and staff in collaboration with department and program chairs.

·        Establish external relationships to further program development and recognition, expand the college’s resource base through grants, contracts, and fundraising.

·        Prepare and manage the college budget.

·        Maintain specific accreditations for the college’s programs.   

·        Work collaboratively with the university’s enrollment management along with marketing and communication to ensure program growth in the recruitment of students.

·        Work collaboratively with the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs to enhance operational efficiency and the college’s profile.


·        Earned Ph.D. in a discipline within the college and credentials appropriate to hold the rank of full professor.

·        Preferred five years of demonstrated administrate academic experience in higher education (dean, associate dean, program director, department chair, or equivalent).

·        Experience with multiple learning platforms to include face-to-face, online, and hybrid formats and the emerging educational needs of stakeholders within the liberal arts disciplines.

·        Experience in data-informed decision making to guide program development, implementation, evaluation, and quality improvement.

·        Experience in building external relationships and fundraising.

·        Experience in the supervision, evaluation and professional development of the faculty and staff.

·        Leadership skills rooted in integrity and transparency that embody shared governance and effective decision-making. 

·        Excellent communication skills necessary to promote positive collaborations with multiple disciplines within the college and across the university to include community partners and students.

·        Exhibit a passion for the liberal arts and the ability to articulate the value of a liberal arts education to external constituencies.

·        Experience in budgeting and acquisition of resources, preferably experience in responsibility centered budgeting. 

The starting date for the position is June 1, 2018.  Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Confidential review of applications will begin immediately with applications submitted prior to October 16, 2017 given full consideration.  Applicants must have legal authority to work in the U.S. at the time of appointment.  Please send application materials electronically as Microsoft Word or pdf documents to include a cover letter addressed to Dr. Rita George-Tvrtkovic, Chair of the College of Liberal Arts Dean Search Committee, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of five references through Academic Jobs Online at https:///

Benedictine University does not discriminate in its admissions or educational policies, programs or activities, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other University administered programs or employment practices on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, military or veteran status, marital status, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  The laws applicable to Benedictine University include constitutional and statutory protections of the University’s rights as a religiously sponsored institution. This policy of equal employment opportunity applies to all employment and personnel practices including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, promotion, training and compensation.   In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.  Benedictine University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
5700 College Rd.
Lisle, IL 60532

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