Northern Illinois University College of Law seeks a proven and dynamic academic leader with a deep knowledge of and commitment to legal education for the position of Dean of NIU Law.

NIU College of Law is dedicated to offering a high quality, legal education at an affordable price. Located just over an hour from the city of Chicago, NIU College of Law is a vibrant school focused on the student experience, experiential education, serving the public interest, diversity, and promoting collegiality within the law school community. Housed in stately Swen Parson Hall in the heart of the NIU campus, the College offers easy access to the Chicago area in a comfortable and tranquil setting for rigorous academic study. 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 traditionally smaller to foster closer connections between students and faculty. The school’s close-knit community and alumni network also connect students to mentors and legal practitioners in Illinois and across the nation. More information can be found at and

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 successful candidate must possess a J.D. or equivalent degree and ordinarily should possess qualifications appropriate to a tenured professor in the College of Law. The University actively encourages applications from and nominations of women, minorities, and candidates with diverse backgrounds.

To Apply
Qualified applicants may apply here: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by November 26, 2018 through Academic Keys. Emailed applications will not be accepted. Nominations and questions should be directed to Valerie Woodruff. All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.

A complete application will include:
• A letter of interest addressing requirements and qualifications
• A current curriculum vitae
• Contact information for five professional references

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 are required.