Loyola University Chicago

Office of the Provost

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Call for Nominations and Applications

Loyola University Chicago (LUC) is seeking nominations for applications from dynamic, qualified candidates internal to the university for the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). Faculty members from all the academic units of the University are invited to apply.

The Dean provides academic, intellectual, and administrative leadership of the CAS, and promotes excellence in every aspect of the mission of the College to nurture the discovery, creation, transmission, and application of knowledge and understanding across the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and computational sciences, as well as the arts in their varied curricula, creative enterprises, and interfaces with the public, including alumni and prospective students. The Dean will lead the ongoing development of the vision and goals of the College, and its diverse departmental units in coordination with and consistent with the mission and strategy of the University, work with other leaders and colleagues across the University to pursue those goals, build research collaborations and interdisciplinary teams to solve social problems, and effectively communicate the vision and goals of the College to constituencies within and outside of LUC.

The successful candidate will be a distinguished scholar, and an innovative academic leader with demonstrated administrative experience and the proven ability to work collaboratively with faculty and senior leadership to advance strategic projects and initiatives. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to liberal arts and sciences education in the Jesuit tradition as well as to issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Furtheremore, the candidate must be committed to and knowledge of the Jesuit Catholic mission of LUC.


  • An earned doctorate, a record of distinguished scholarly accomplishments, and a strong commitment to research, teaching, and service in a field appropriate for appointment as a tenured professor in one of the departments of the CAS or another academic unit within the University.
  • A deep understanding of and commitment to the mission of the University, and its Jesuit Catholic Tradition and Ignatian Heritage.
  • A proven record of accomplishment in administrative experience and academic leadership.
  • Working knowledge of budgeting and experience administering budgets
  • The acumen to appreciate the myriad size, scope, and diversity of disciplines within the College as it relates to the teaching, learning, research, and service enterprises of all units.
  • Demonstrated leadership in fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion within academic settings.
  • Strong capabilities in complex organizational management in an academic setting, including strategic planning, financial stewardship, budget creation, resource allocation, human resource management, risk management, student recruitment, and related decision-making.
  • The ability to articulate a shared and compelling vision for the CAS and to advocate for its importance to the strategic plan of the University.
  • Effective communication skills (verbal and written) as well as the ability to listen closely and empathically to the needs and concerns of faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, and members of broader communities and constituencies.
  • Values and skills to engage actively in and promote shared governance and responsibility with faculty, staff, and University leaders.
  • Interpersonal skills such as self-confidence without self-importance and the ability to work on a team, to take initiative, to make difficult decisions, and to engage in sensitive discussions.
  • Impeccable integrity, transparency, professionalism, sound judgment, and a sense of humor.
  • Skills and fundamental understanding of fundraising, and a commitment to participate in related activities for the CAS and the University.
  • The ability to participate in the implementation of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement and in the negotiation of its next iteration.
  • The aptitude to work with other deans and University administrators to foster collaboration and interdisciplinarity to address the urgent and complex problems that affect society.
  • The capacity to function in an intense and uncertain climate shaped by the pandemic and its manifold consequences (e.g., reduced enrollments, financial entrenchment, and public health considerations).

Candidates for the position are expected to be immediately available to serve a three-year term.

A detailed CV and a letter of interest addressing the elements of the position profile and containing the candidate’s assessment of challenges and opportunities in the College should be sent to:

Goutham Menon, Dean, School of Social Work
Search Committee Chair

Nominations (nominator should confirm willingness of nominee to serve in this role) should be sent to gmenon@luc.edu.

The deadline for submission of the complete packet is Friday, May 8, 2020.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
Loyola University Chicago is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion (except where religion is a bona fide occupational qualification for the job), national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or any other factor protected by law.