Associate Dean, Academic Programs

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Position Title Associate Dean, Academic Programs Who we are:

National Louis is a 130+ year old university that has been grounded in the values of innovation, access, and excellence from its inception. As an institution we believe in providing access to educational opportunity and that education is our greatest lever for social and economic mobility. We are a student focused community that is committed to continuous improvement and asks how do we become more “student ready” so that we may better serve our students. We believe that through education we are able to empower change and build healthy communities. Our community works hard in the service of students and supports one another like a family.

What we offer:

At National Louis University we offer our employees an innovative environment to work together and inspire the ideas that will make an impact. As our external environment changes, our employees are provided the opportunities and tools needed to grow both personally and professionally to remain successful. NLU employees and dependents are offered a wide range of benefits, including but not limited to, Health Insurance benefits, Retirement benefits, Paid Time Off and Educational Benefits.

Campus Other If other, please specify

Position will be based out of our Wheeling or Chicago campus but will require some travel to all NLU Campuses.

Position Status Full Time If part time, hours per week What you will do:

The National College of Education is seeking a dynamic, highly-qualified education leader to serve as Associate Dean for Academic Programs. A successful candidate will help shepherd the College from its long history of innovation and excellence, to a future state of programmatic excellence in preparation and development of educators. The Associate Dean is responsible for overseeing program development, continuous improvement and quality initiatives, including accreditation and assessment. He/she joins a leadership team of administrators and faculty committed to the growth and distinction of the National College of Education as a recognized voice in achieving excellence and equity for all students.


We Are: NLU’s National College of Education pioneered the kindergarten movement in the 1880s and has been an innovator in preparing educators ever since. The College houses the School of Teacher Preparation and School of Advanced Professional Studies, and offers a full array of degrees (MAT, MED, EDS, EDD), endorsements and certificates to meet the needs of today’s new and seasoned education professionals. Our courses and programs are delivered in several formats included blended and online. We understand that teaching and supporting the needs of diverse learners is a calling, a commitment, and a career. Our unique style of partnership with students at all levels—from new teacher preparation to advanced professional programs to doctoral degrees—guides all we do as we create today’s teachers and tomorrow’s leaders. Our programs are designed with the needs of our students in mind. Graduates frequently cite the National College of Education’s top quality professors, convenient locations, flexible course offerings and affordability. Most of all, the commitment to “real world” practice-based, research driven and technology enabled education is unparalleled. NCE graduates make a difference. Our educators are found in 40% of Illinois public schools and 75% of Chicago Public Schools, collectively impacting the lives of 60,000 students each year. We are seeking to expand statewide, outside of Illinois, and internationally.
At NCE, our commitment is through the entire career cycle of an educator. We have offer over 20 graduate programs, from MAT through EDD, to more appropriately address the needs of today’s educators.

You are: A proven education leader
You have developed a sophisticated understanding of the needs of PreK-12 educators, and of higher education institutions, and are equipped to work with faculty, staff, students and external stakeholders to implement high quality programs. With strong project management acumen, you are a collaborator who pulls diverse perspectives together around common purpose. You understand the program and course development process, the effective use of data, and the elements of outstanding instructional practice with a penchant towards continuous improvement. You are an experienced leader and team player who is adept at coaching, mentoring, problem-solving, and career development. You are a constructive partner to colleagues across the institution, and have the experience to manage a complex program portfolio in a challenging external environment. You are deeply motivated by a desire to work in a learning community that is preparing the next generation of life-changing teachers and education leaders. You are familiar with the best practices in a wide variety of teaching modalities.

You will: Build capacity and ensure excellence of an exciting portfolio of education programs. The Associate Dean is a senior administrative position with coterminous academic appointment, with oversight for academic quality across the College. This entails working closely with unit directors, program chairs, faculty and staff to ensure programs and courses are innovative, reflect best practice in every delivery modality and have market relevance. Meet regulatory/policy requirements and student needs. Ensuring timeliness and quality is the dual purpose.

You are ready to: Make an impact
Each and every day, teachers change lives. And equipping educators at all levels to meet the needs of today’s students is at the core of effective education, teaching and learning. You want to be a part of that meaningful innovation, and can combine big ideas with practical implementation.

Your Competencies:

•Leads the development and implementation of the NCE program portfolio across all program areas in consultation with University and College leadership, faculty and staff, to implement the College strategic plan and expand enrollment opportunities for educators in IL and beyond
•Leads, in collaboration with faculty and staff, the development and implementation of the College’s academic quality assurance systems and continuous improvement efforts
-Leads in the design of an assessment system that meets the requirements of accrediting and licensing agencies. Assures the effective collection, analysis and use of data to inform and document program and initiate (drive) performance improvement efforts. This includes assessment and re-accreditation processes to ensure CAEP accreditation, SPA and other national recognition, and compliance with relevant federal, state and local regulatory requirements and policies
-Fosters the active participation of faculty in academic affairs of College
-Develops guidance for, and collaborates closely with, faculty and staff regarding program excellence, the curriculum and program development process, and other aspects of academic performance
•Provides management and professional development planning and diagnosis for faculty and staff in support of instructional and student support goals
•Participates broadly in the representation of the College:
-Serves as advocate for diversity in recruiting and retention, curriculum development and instructional practice
-Works with and represents College with external stakeholders in IL and nationally to advance NLU interests and incorporate best practices into College operations
-Contributes to the leadership of the College and University through participation in bodies such as University and College Assessment Committees, Curriculum Committees, and other working groups
-Engages in the learning-community life of National Louis University and in collaborative projects with faculty and staff

The successful candidate will bring robust understanding of the mission of Colleges of Education and of the pedagogy and technical aspects of program design and implementation. Working with assessment and data analytics staff, the Associate Dean will lead the effort to renew and maintain national accreditation and recognition.
This position could begin work as early summer 2019 and will be based at either our Chicago or Wheeling campus, with flexibility to visit other Chicagoland campuses as needed.
Your Competencies:
Qualified applicants for the Associate Dean must possess an earned doctorate in an Education discipline or related field, as well as at least 10 years of relevant higher education and/or education research/policy/practice experience.
•Demonstrated experience in higher education and/or PK-12 leadership capacity
•Knowledge of PK-12 education and higher education institutional role in preparing educators at all levels.
•Demonstrated leadership experience in complex organizational settings and ability to set direction/goals and implement them.
•Experience in strategic and innovative program design, and delivery of instruction in blended and online modalities.
•Ability to work across organizational boundaries to carry out University and College strategic goals.
•Experience with College level and discipline-specific accreditation, measurement and assessment, as well as significant leadership experiences in educational settings.
•Advanced proficiency in the integration and utilization of technology and data systems,
•Strong written and oral communications skills.
This is a concurrent faculty appointment. Subject area expertise in fields such as the learning sciences, technology utilization, practice based teaching, or other areas that contribute to the accomplishment of the College of Education mission are of interest as well.

Applicants submitted by March 31, 2019 will receive full consideration.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number STA593 Number of Vacancies 1 Open Until Filled Special Instructions Summary Supplemental Questions

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Posted: 3/8/2019
Application Due: 3/29/2019
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