University of Illinois Springfield — Dean of Public Affairs & Administration

The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) is one of three universities of the world-class University of Illinois system. Ranked by US News & World Report as one of the top 10 regional public universities in the Midwest, UIS is home to four colleges (Business and Management; Education and Human Services; Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Public Affairs and Administration) and offers 30 bachelor’s degree programs, 21 master’s programs, and 1 doctoral program. We seek an outstanding new Dean for our College of Public Affairs & Administration. The dean will assume a leadership role in maintaining program excellence and advancing the College to reach its full potential.

Located in the state capital, UIS has established a reputation for Leadership lived, based upon four core strengths: the educational richness of its teaching-focused academic experience; the exceptional internship and fieldwork opportunities that allow students to collaborate with faculty and gain practical experience through institutional partners; the right-sized supportive community it offers; and its tradition of educating public servants and leaders in private and public sectors. UIS is a community-engaged campus whose students contribute over 66,000 hours of community service each year. The campus is also a major economic driver in the Central Illinois region, generating more than $176 million in income for the local economy annually.

Our diverse student body reflects the ethnic, racial, and international composition of our world, and we serve multiple populations of students, including freshmen and transfer students at the undergraduate level, and both traditionally aged and working professional populations at the graduate level. Faculty members are accomplished teacher-scholars, and the campus has a national reputation for innovation in teaching and excellence in online education. UIS students have the flexibility of choosing courses delivered on-campus and/or online, which promotes progress toward timely degree completion, and many of UIS’ degree programs are offered fully online as well as on campus.

The College of Public Affairs & Administration has been preparing leaders in government, politics, and public service since UIS’ founding. Faculty members are engaged with practitioner colleagues in government and support agencies, and they make significant contributions to the design and dissemination of best practices in government and policy. UIS’ location in the state capital and proximity to headquarters of state agencies, associations, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library provide students, staff, and faculty with a rich array of opportunities for civic engagement and public service. The College offers the campus’ only doctoral program, the Doctorate of Public Administration, in addition to degree programs in Criminology & Criminal Justice, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Legal Studies, Political Science, Public Policy, Public Administration, Public Affairs Reporting, and Public Health. Our academic programs provide the education and professional experiences needed for careers in a number of fields that are vital to the region’s economic and employment base.

The ideal candidate will be a creative, inspiring, and energetic leader who can advance the College’s mission; a skilled administrator who values collaborative governance and student-centeredness; and a visionary who is well-informed about emerging trends in the College’s fields. He/She will have experience in leading academic departments, personnel management, enrollment management, data-driven resource allocation models, faculty development, academic program planning, and development of relationships with external constituents and external funding sources. The successful candidate must hold an earned doctorate (Ph.D. or D.P.A. preferred) in his/her field and from an accredited institution, be eligible for the rank of tenured full professor within the College, and have a minimum of five years of academic administrative experience.

Additional information, including a Leadership Profile, can be found at

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and 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, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via email to the University of Illinois Springfield consultant, Mercedes Vance, at The consultant can be reached by telephone through Crystal McClain at 630-575-6948.

UIS is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive campus community. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.