DePaul University — Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

DePaul University seeks a collaborative, strategic, and results-oriented academic leader to serve as Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). As a Vincentian and Catholic university — the largest Catholic university in the country – DePaul is a mission-driven institution committed to providing superior higher education to all, especially first-generation college students, immigrants, the poor, and other underserved groups.  Designated a Carnegie doctoral/research university, DePaul serves approximately 22,000 full-and part-time students who are taught by 916 full-time and 1,429 adjunct faculty.  With one campus in the heart of Chicago’s business district and another in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, DePaul offers extensive learning and service opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.  DePaul’s recent strategic plan, “Grounded in Mission,” includes “ensuring a welcoming, engaging, diverse, and inclusive campus environment” as one of its six strategic priorities.

The Associate Provost for DEI is an inaugural position responsible to the Provost for providing vision, leadership, and counsel in the creation of a welcoming and respectful environment that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion as dimensions of academic excellence.  This is an exciting opportunity to shape a proactive leadership role within academic affairs in accordance with national best practices, institutional needs, and changing demographic realities.  The Associate Provost will be joining a vibrant and diverse academic community in which a deep commitment to DEI is part of the institutional fabric and where their efforts can help to ensure the full realization of the university’s expressed mission.

The Associate Provost will work collaboratively with DEI leaders in all the academic colleges and administrative areas to advance DePaul’s Vincentian mission and strategic DEI goals; recruit, develop, and retain a diverse faculty; and explore ways to infuse DEI into the curriculum.  The Associate Provost will be a thought leader and community convener on issues relating to DEI.  DePaul seeks an Associate Provost who brings national involvement and recognition as a leader or scholar of DEI with demonstrated success in strengthening faculty DEI through proactive recruitment, training, change management, and other initiatives to foster a positive academic climate.  While this position is envisioned to be full-time within the university administration, the Associate Provost must have academic credentials and scholarly accomplishments that warrant a tenured appointment at the level of associate or full professor.

DePaul University seeks a thoughtful and energetic leader with a broad vision for the role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in achieving institutional excellence.  The successful candidate will have a mastery of academic DEI issues and an understanding of large and small inequities and systemic practices that have inhibited progress in these areas; demonstrated excellence in administration and strategic planning, with a proven record of providing strategic vision and leadership, and a track record of implementing systemic change and collaboration across multiple departments and units;  strong evidence of success as a collaborator with the ability to bring diverse groups together around a common mission and vision; a strong track record of building coalitions and consensus; demonstrated skills in collecting and using data to assess programs and increase shared accountability; ability to use proven best practices and a commitment to transparency in communicating results.  The Associate Provost must possess a terminal degree from an accredited institution, experience of having successfully gone through a tenure and promotion process, and the ability to work successfully within the framework of a large urban university.  The successful candidate will demonstrate deep passion for the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion; cross-cultural competencies, including strong emotional intelligence, influencing skills, and the ability to engage and build relationships with university constituencies and underrepresented communities. The Associate Provost will have strong communication and conflict-resolution skills needed to navigate politically-charged situations to resolve problems, build consensus, and reconcile competing interests.   

Screening will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. All communications will be treated confidentially. Nominations, inquiries, and applications (including a cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume, and the names of five references) should be directed electronically in confidence to For further information, please contact:

Kim M. Morrisson, Ph.D. Senior Managing Director and Euris Belle, Managing Director
Nancy Helfman, Vice President and Senior Associate
Diversified Search
2005 Market Street, Suite 3300, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.