Northwestern University — Dean, School of Education and Social Policy

Northwestern University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of dean of the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP). The School’s 35 tenure-line faculty, 21 part- and full-time research faculty and professors of instruction, approximately 100 adjunct faculty, and 830 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students form a vibrant community that values a wide range of methodological and theoretical approaches, and fosters particularly strong connections between research and practice. The smallest of Northwestern’s 12 schools and colleges, SESP nonetheless has a very broad scope: the School draws to it those who seek to improve learning and development over the course of the life span, as well as understand and shape social policies that affect learning and development.

The University seeks a new dean to provide visionary leadership to advance the School and to marshal the resources necessary to support the School’s ambitions. Reporting to the provost, the dean is the chief executive and academic officer of the School, collaborating with faculty in overseeing academic programs and policies; fostering a vibrant intellectual community that values strong connections between research and practice, generating a passion among students and faculty for the School’s mission; stewarding the School’s financial, capital, and human resources; and playing a leadership role in fundraising and external relations. Ideal candidates will be prominent scholars whose active and distinguished professional records include a compelling combination of teaching, research, and practice within the fields of study that address learning, development, and/or social policy; who bring vision, a record of improving diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to building community; and who have strong academic leadership and management experience.

Northwestern University is global in its scope, with 12 schools and colleges located on two campuses in Illinois (in Evanston and in Chicago) and one situated in Doha, Qatar. Ranked 12th among national universities by U.S. News and World Report, Northwestern is a multifaceted AAU research university that has a distinguished and distinctive interdisciplinary tradition. Northwestern has approximately 3,344 full-time faculty. The University’s total enrollment is approximately 21,000.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by November 1, 2016. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile available at, and the names and contact information of five references. This search will be conducted with the utmost respect for privacy; references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to Northwestern’s consultants Robin Mamlet, Jean Dowdall, Robert Luke and Alexis von Kunes Newton at email address, The consultants can be reached by telephone through the desk of Leslie Donahue at 630-575-6178.

Northwestern University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.