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Dean of the College of Law - DePaul University

DePaul University
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Dean of the College of Law

Founded in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission, DePaul University is the nation’s largest Catholic institution of higher education and also the largest private university in the Midwest. Anchored in the global city of Chicago, the University is committed to outstanding teaching, academic excellence, real- world experience, community engagement, and systemic change. A Carnegie doctoral/research institution, DePaul serves more than 21,000 full- and part-time students. Its 864 full-time and 860 part- time faculty members pursue the preservation, enrichment, and transmission of knowledge and culture across a broad scope of academic disciplines. DePaul’s ten colleges and schools are spread across two major campuses: Lincoln Park Campus and the Loop Campus.

DePaul’s highly regarded College of Law is seeking an experienced and innovative leader as its next dean. Located on the Loop Campus in downtown Chicago, the College of Law maintains deep ties across Chicago’s legal community. The College of Law is committed to improving society by educating purpose- driven lawyers who will serve the profession and the public with integrity and compassion and strives to provide an academically rigorous, experiential, community-engaged education that prepares students to contribute as leaders in the diverse world of legal practice. The community fosters a thriving and open academic culture that embraces a variety of viewpoints and diverse perspectives and is supportive of productive faculty who care deeply about research, teaching, and innovation. Experiential learning is a hallmark of a DePaul legal education, and the College offers a JD, a number of joint degree programs, five Master of Laws programs, and a Master of Legal Studies degree, in addition to certificates in Health Law.

Reporting to Provost Salma Ghanem, the next dean will work closely with roughly 445 day and 140 evening JD students, 36 full-time and 101 non-full-time faculty, and an administrative staff of 11. While overseeing a budget of approximately $14 million, the dean will prioritize fundraising and community engagement, will bring an innovative mindset to program development, and will ensure healthy enrollment numbers and student success outcomes. Furthermore, the dean will have the opportunity to shape and implement the College’s strategic plan and will serve as a collaborative colleague and partner with colleges and administrative units across the University.

For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications (CV/résumé and a letter of interest) to:

Julie E. Tea, Managing Director

Anne E. Koellhoffer, Managing Associate

Storbeck Search


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Enrolling more than 23,000 students, DePaul is the ninth-largest private and largest Catholic university in the country. It offers over 200 graduate and undergraduate degree programs through nine colleges and schools. Nearly one third of DePaul’s students are of color—the most diverse of any private university in Illinois—and about 30 percent of each year’s freshmen class intend to be the first in their families to earn a college degree. DePaul’s success extends beyond recruitment—it is among the nation’s top 100 universities in awarding degrees to students of color.

Educating Chicago’s business leaders, lawyers, judges, teachers, artists and public servants for more than a century, DePaul enjoys an excellent academic reputation. It has earned impressive rankings from U.S. News & World Report for its business and law programs as well as distinctions for diversity and community service. A host of higher education guides have recognized DePaul for everything from its economic value and happy students to its hot and trendy campus and great town-gown relations.

DePaul prides itself on the strength of its academic programs, especially the programs in entrepreneurship, real estate, and the part-time MBA; computer science, network assurance and digital media; psychology and philosophy; music and theater; health and intellectual property law; and adult learning initiatives. Despite its size, the university is committed to providing students with personal attention; the student/faculty ratio is just 16:1. Professors who teach graduate students also teach undergraduates in small-group settings.

DePaul’s goal, expressed in the VISION twenty12 strategic plan, is to become one of the finest urban, Catholic universities in the United States. It is focused on creating nationally recognized, rigorous programs of study; preparing women and men to be at the forefront of their chosen fields as ethical and socially engaged leaders; and further strengthening its financial and operational foundations.

DePaul was founded in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (or Vincentian) religious community, which follows the teachings of 17th century French priest St. Vincent de Paul. Established to provide a high quality education to immigrants and others who were denied access to college, DePaul continues to embrace this mission today, recruiting and graduating significant numbers of students from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups.


Located in Chicago, Illinois, DePaul has two primary campuses and four suburban locations. The Loop Campus is in the heart of the downtown business and cultural district and is home to four of DePaul’s colleges, a theater, a residence hall and most administrative functions. It is separated by a 20-minute trip on Chicago’s “el” train from the Lincoln Park Campus, close to Lake Michigan and Wrigley Field. Considered one of the nation’s most beautiful urban campuses, Lincoln Park is home to five colleges, the main library, numerous residence halls, a student center and the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center, open to employees and students.

Both campuses are located in thriving business and residential districts that are well served by public transportation, providing a full array of housing choices for employees. Chicago boasts six professional sports teams and some of the best theater, music and art venues in the nation. As an international business hub and conference center, Chicago enables employees to build strong professional networks and remain on the leading edge of their fields.

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