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Dean, College of Health & Human Services

Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, Illinois
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The College of Health & Human Services invites applications for the position of Dean. The Dean will lead the academic college and a faculty who are passionate about their students and committed to innovation. The College of Health & Human Services was created in 2018 to house both allied health programs and human services programs across campus. The College is comprised of five departments (Communication Disorders & Sciences; Kinesiology, Sport, & Recreation; Public Health & Nutrition; Human Services; and Military Science) and a School of Nursing. The Dean is expected to balance the need to strategically identify new program opportunities and advocate for continued investment in existing academic programs.

The successful candidate for this position will have:

  • A terminal degree with a record of teaching, research, service, and expertise appropriate for a tenured faculty appointment in an academic department within the College
  • At least five years of increasingly progressive administrative duties including three years as a department chairperson or higher
  • A record of collaboration across academic departments and disciplines  
  • Experience with and commitment to discipline and profession-specific accreditation
  • An appreciation for and understanding of the unique role of a regional comprehensive institution situated in east-central Illinois
  • A commitment to advancing the mission of the college through fundraising and expanded external relationships with community and industry partners
  • A demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence and diversity

Applicants must submit all materials at Questions about the application process should be directed to Mr. Brad Tolppanen, Academic Affairs, 217-581-2121, [email protected].

About EIU

Enrolling more than 8,600 students, Eastern Illinois University is a regional comprehensive institution offering a diverse array of undergraduate degree programs and more than 30 graduate degree programs, as well as ten post-baccalaureate certificate programs. Eastern has consistently been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top regional comprehensive residential campus in Illinois and prepares more undergraduates who go on to earn doctoral degrees than any other master's college/university in Illinois, according to a recent National Science Foundation survey. In addition to ranking first in the state, the NSF surveys ranks EIU in the top 5 percent nationwide.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with priority given to applications received prior to Friday December 17, 2021.


If you talk to faculty students, alumni, and staff of Eastern Illinois University, before long you’ll start to notice a common theme: family. When you attend or work at Eastern, you’re doing more than just going to classes or showing up to a job. You become part of a family that supports each other, in good times and bad.

Panther Pride doesn’t just have to do with athletics or wearing a blue shirt; it has to do with supporting each other – academically, personally, spiritually and sometimes even financially. Our impact can be local or global, but there is no doubt we have reason to be proud of being in this family that has produced some of the most impressive thinkers, workers and leaders the state of Illinois has ever seen.

Strong Academics

  • In U.S. News and World Report’s college rankings, EIU is No. 6 among the Midwest’s top public regional universities. EIU is the highest-ranking public university in Illinois on the list.
  • 98 percent of our classes are taught by faculty, not teaching assistants.
  • EIU is the home of the 2013 & 2011 Illinois Professor of the Year.
  • Our study abroad program is ranked one of the 50 best programs in America by Best College Reviews.
  • EIU’s retention rate, which reflects the percentage of new freshmen who return to EIU for a second year, is 7 percentage points higher than the national average.
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