Dean, School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Loyola University Chicago 56 reviews - Chicago, IL

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School Of Professional Studies-02600A

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Loyola University Chicago, the nation's largest Jesuit, Catholic university, with an enrollment of over 16,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, is seeking a dean to lead its School of Continuing and Professional Studies to higher visibility and distinction. Under the leadership of its visionary president, Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, SJ, Loyola University Chicago (LUC) today enjoys robust enrollments, an outstanding reputation for the quality of its teaching, an increasing level of excellence in its research, and recently surpassed a $500 million comprehensive campaign goal. Its strategic plan calls for targeted growth of programs and enrollment, including those that will serve the adult degree-completion market. The new leader of the School will have the opportunity to expand enrollments from 300 to 2,000 adult students through new programs and distributive learning options. The School of Continuing and Professional Studies is one of 10 schools at the university and offers programs at its three campuses in Chicago, and at an academic center in Vernon Hills, IL. Serving a population of adult students who are seeking to complete baccalaureate degrees or certificate programs, the School is poised to expand rapidly to meet the growing demand. With a goal to become the premier institution for adults who desire a college degree that emphasizes the development of knowledge and skills for today's professional careers, Loyola delivers on this goal with an education that is infused with Jesuit values. The School offers three core programs: B.A. in Applied Studies, B.A. in Management, and B.A. in Criminal Justice, as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate in Paralegal Studies. The next dean of this school will be expected to develop five additional degree options in the next three years. Each of the degrees will be offered in flexible scheduling formats at its campuses and will provide options for on-line courses. Additional goals include launching a fully-on-line degree and developing degree programs that will achieve robust enrollments at satellite locations in the Chicago metropolitan area. The School offers academic credit through prior learning assessment for students who have developed learning outside of the traditional college environment. The dean of SCPS is the chief operating officer of the unit, sits on the Council of Deans, and reports to the Provost. The dean is responsible for working collaboratively and effectively with school deans, department chairs, faculty and administrators to assess and to make available courses and programs for non-traditional adult degree completion learners. The dean is also responsible for coordinating and aligning the educational offerings of SCPS with the University's strategic goals and the strategic plans of other schools within the University.

Minimum Education or Experience

The deanship requires a visionary, entrepreneurial, and collaborative leader of people and programs with outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. A proven track record of success in leading academic programs for adult students in a competitive market is a requirement and familiarity with the Chicago regional market is desirable. Sensitivity and commitment to diversity and equal opportunity in working with internal and external stakeholders?including students, faculty, staff and the community?is assumed.

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An advanced degree is required, and an earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree is highly preferred, as is a record of teaching and scholarship sufficient for an appointment to the faculty at the rank of professor or associate professor. Absolutely required are the personal qualities and professional competence necessary for effective internal and external advocacy, including a strong resonance with the Jesuit, Catholic dimension of the institution.

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Open Until Filled

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Application Types Accepted

University Faculty Registration Form

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Special Instructions to Applicants

The position is available January 1, 2013. Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications (including a personal statement of vision for this position, a curriculum vitae, and names, positions and contact information of 5 references) should be submitted via email to: Material that must be mailed may be sent to: Dean, SCPS Search Office of the Provost Loyola University Chicago Lewis Towers Suite 500 820 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 312-915-7585 Loyola University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and promoting diversity. As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seek candidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver a transformative education in the Jesuit tradition. Candidates are encouraged to consult our website to gain a clearer understanding of Loyola's mission at and our focus on transformative education at Applications from women and minority candidates are especially encouraged.

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Shaped by our city and our Jesuit traditions, Loyola University Chicago offers students an educational environment unmatched forits...