Northern Illinois University (NIU) seeks a dynamic, collaborative academic leader to serve as Dean of the Graduate School & Associate Vice President for International Affairs. NIU is a high research (R2) and Carnegie-engaged institution that enrolls over 16,500 students, approximately 750 international students and 4,500 graduate students. NIU is home to more than 80 graduate degree programs across seven colleges, in addition to a variety of programs that lead to a graduate certificate. The Graduate School is committed to the career success of its students and is proud of its commitment to graduate career and professional development. The Division of International Affairs, which includes the Study Abroad Office, International Student & Scholar Services, and International Training Office works to promote a global perspective on campus and provides oversight of international programs and activities. This division is responsible for recruiting international students to NIU and for providing global educational opportunities for NIU students. Located 65 miles from downtown Chicago, in DeKalb, Illinois, NIU is a thriving community of dedicated faculty, staff, students, alumni, local residents, and friends. Together, we support the goal of providing upward social mobility to our students as well as the opportunity to make an enduring impact on our future. The successful candidate will enhance the university’s growing reputation as a leading public and national research university, build on the institution’s substantial strengths in teaching, research, engagement, and outreach, and importantly, share in NIU’s commitment to creating an equitable and inclusive learning and living environment.
Expectations of Leadership:
The Dean and Associate Vice President (Dean/AVP) is the chief advocate and intellectual leader for the mission and purpose of graduate and global education, both internally and externally, helping define it in a manner that sets NIU apart from other institutions in the state and region. The Dean/AVP is responsible for formulating and implementing a vision for graduate and global education within the framework of the university’s mission, vision and values. This position reports directly to the Executive Vice President and Provost and is a member of the Council of Deans, University Council and the EVPP’s leadership group.
The candidate will be of unimpeachable integrity and superb judgment, exemplified by fairness, flexibility, empathy, responsiveness, and broad and compelling personal and professional experience. Exceptional communications skills are required — especially strong listening skills and an ability to find and form consensus.