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Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) invites nominations, applications and inquiries as it seeks an experienced leader with a deep commitment to access and academic excellence to serve as its next dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) is a diverse community of scholars and students who are actively engaged in acquiring and communicating knowledge across a broad spectrum of disciplines. LAS offers an excellent research-rich undergraduate and graduate education that prepares students to become engaged citizens in a world of multiple cultures, languages and possibilities. Across all of the college’s programs, students are given learning opportunities that incorporate the sciences, social sciences and humanities. The college serves more than 9,400 undergraduate and 1,100 graduate students and employs approximately 350 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 260 nontenure-track faculty and 225 staff.

The next dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences must have an earned terminal degree and must be an accomplished scholar with credentials suitable for a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor in one of the disciplines represented in the college. This individual should have significant leadership experience and a demonstrated ability to work across a variety of academic disciplines.

The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) is Chicago’s only public research university and is a Department of Education-designated Minority-Serving Institution (MSI). It serves as a thriving hub for research, education and innovation, and serves 33,747 undergraduate, graduate and professional students in 16 colleges, including seven health sciences colleges and Chicago’s only public law school. UIC’s FY22 research award portfolio nearing $500 million supports over 3,500 different sponsored research projects and produces drug and technology licensing revenue of more than $35 million. UIC ranks 4th in research expenditures among high Hispanic enrollment institutions in the 2020 NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey.

A detailed leadership profile is available at this link.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile and a CV or resume. WittKieffer is assisting the University of Illinois Chicago in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by December 14, 2022.  Application materials should be submitted to the University of Illinois Chicago through an electronic application. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Ryan Crawford, Alejandra Gillette-Teran and Luis Bertot at

The University of Illinois Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people. We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees and are made contingent upon the candidate’s successful completion of any criminal background checks and other pre-employment assessments that may be required for the position being offered. Additional information regarding such pre-employment checks and assessments may be provided as applicable during the hiring process.

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be up to date with their COVID 19 vaccinations. You are considered up to date with vaccinations when you have followed current recommendations by the CDC, including boosters if/when applicable. An employment offer is contingent on your timely submission of proof of your vaccination being up to date. Individuals who are not able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for medical or religious reasons may request an exemption.