Northern Illinois University College of Law seeks a dynamic academic leader with a deep knowledge of and commitment to legal education for the position of Dean of NIU Law.
Located just over an hour from the city of Chicago, NIU College of Law is a vibrant school focused on the student experience. Offering a full complement of courses of study, extensive experiential learning opportunities, certificate programs, co-curricular experiences and a devotion to diversity and the public interest, NIU College of Law is dedicated to offering a high quality, legal education at an affordable price. Housed in stately Swen Parson Hall, the College offers easily-accessed big city connections in a comfortable, suburban setting. As the only public law school in the Chicago area, the NIU College of Law is particularly proud to have been named a top law school nationally for diversity, value, and careers in public interest and government service. Class sizes are geared to promote closer connections between students, faculty and administrators. The school’s small size also facilitates mentorship and close student connections to alumni and legal practitioners in Illinois and across the nation. More information can be found at and
As a member of the faculty, the successful candidate will possess qualifications appropriate to a tenured professor in the College of Law. Internally, the Dean is expected to provide the open and collaborative leadership necessary to preserve and enhance NIU College of Law’s commitment to scholarship and outstanding, student-centered legal education. Externally, the Dean has major responsibilities for the College of Law’s relationships with alumni, the legal profession, the academy, and the larger public it serves. Creative fund raising, development initiatives, and the enhancement of NIU College of Law’s reputation will be priorities. The University actively encourages applications from and nominations of women, minorities, and candidates with diverse backgrounds.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by February 25, 2016. Nominations, applications, expressions of interest, and requests for the complete leadership profile should be sent electronically to Werner Boel or Sheila Murphy, the Witt/Kieffer consultants for the NIU College of Law Dean search, at A complete application will include a letter of interest, a current curriculum vitae, and contact information for five professional references. All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.
In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues. Pre-employment background check and verification of eligibility to work in the United States is required.

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