Dominican University — Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dominican University (River Forest, IL), one of the nation’s most distinctive Dominican Catholic institutions, invites applications, expressions of interest and nominations of candidates in its search for the University’s next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  

Dominican University is a diverse, relationship-centered community rooted in a vibrant liberal arts and sciences education, offering rigorous, integrative, and innovative undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. At the heart of the University is its Catholic, Dominican tradition, grounded in the compatibility of faith and reason, which affirms the dignity of the human person and concern for the common good. The University’s curricula, research and campus life demonstrate a commitment to ethics, community service, social justice and global citizenship. Dominican University educates one student at a time in the company of others, engaging a multiplicity of cultural, religious and secular worldviews, transforming students, faculty and staff into agents of positive change. 

Located on a 37-acre wooded campus in suburban River Forest, Illinois, and just 10 miles west of downtown Chicago, Dominican University provides students and alumnae/i a welcoming location and superb access to a wealth of career, intellectual and cultural opportunities. Small by design, Dominican is rich in opportunity. The University has an enrollment of about 3000 students (2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students). The average class size is 15, the student-faculty ratio is 10 to 1. The University motto of Caritas Veritas, meaning Love and Truth, is a living reality on a campus where collegiality, collaboration and respect define relationships among faculty, students and staff members.

Dominican’s student body is diverse. Nearly 50 percent of students are Latine, seven percent are African American, three percent are Asian, and 32 percent are white. Dominican has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the Department of Education since 2011. A significant portion of the student population has high financial need. Nearly 50 percent are Pell eligible. Currently, 37 percent are the first in their family to attend college. About 80 percent are commuters. By their senior year, 75 percent of Dominican students report working off campus and about half say they are balancing academic demands with providing care for dependent family members. Those numbers are significantly higher than those at Dominican’s peer institutions, reflecting Dominican’s success in empowering students to persist and graduate with purpose. Dominican’s first-year retention rate averages 80 percent, and the six-year graduate rate averages 60 percent.

Dominican University is organized into the following colleges and schools: Rosary College of Arts and Sciences, the Brennan School of Business, the Borra College of Health Sciences, the College of Applied Social Sciences, the School of Education, the School of Information Studies, the School of Social Work, and the Elizabeth T. MacNeil School of Nursing. Dominican offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, 18 master’s programs and one doctoral degree. Undergraduate students also have the option to pursue accelerated bachelor’s-to-master’s programs allowing them to earn an advanced degree with one additional year of study. Around 15 percent of Dominican’s graduate students also earned their bachelor’s degree at Dominican. 

Dominican seeks a strategic, collaborative and inspiring leader who will bring both academic vision and operational savvy to the role of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Provost will have the opportunity to lead and empower a community of dedicated faculty and to develop transformative programs and experiences for a talented and diverse student body. Reporting directly to President Glena Temple, who joined Dominican in August 2021, the Provost serves on the President’s Cabinet and is the University’s chief academic officer. As such, the Provost will be the leading voice and advocate among the executive leadership for the academic mission of the University. The Provost oversees 432 full and part-time faculty members, a budget of $30 million, a staff of 125 dedicated professionals, including 13 direct reports. 

Detailed information about the position, leadership agenda, and application process are available in the search profile here. A doctorate or appropriate terminal degree plus academic credentials that merit an appointment with tenure at the rank of full Professor in one of the University’s colleges is required.

The new Provost is expected to begin work in July 2022, though a later start date is negotiable. Applications will be reviewed as received, but for full consideration, applicants should submit materials by April 15. Applications should include a letter of candidacy that responds to the agenda for leadership and the desired attributes a complete résumé or vita. All application materials will be considered in full confidence.

Please send all nominations, confidential inquiries, and applications to:

Julie E. Tea, Partner
Julie Williams-Krishnan, Senior Associate

For more information, please visit Dominican University’s home page at   

Dominican University is an equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We look forward to a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.