Dean of the College of Business

Concordia University Chicago
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 18, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Concordia University Chicago (CUC) invites applications for the Dean of the College of Business. The Dean of the College of Business ("College') is the senior executive of the College and reports to the University Provost, in this role the Dean is responsible for oversight and leadership of the College.

Dr. Russell Dawn was appointed president of CUC in 2019. Under his leadership CUC has launched Focusing Our Future 2025, a five-year strategic plan based on the core vision of CUC. The plan lays out thirty specific initiatives that touch nearly every aspect of the life of CUC. Academically this includes "Investing in Missional, Market-Focused Programs" and forming "Partnerships for Mission and Excellence." The new Dean of the College of Business will be a key figure in these efforts.


Development of new vision and strategic plan for the College. Upon taking on the position the successful candidate will be charged with the development of a new and distinctive academic vision for the College ("New Vision") consistent with Focusing Our Future 2025. This will include imagining, articulating, and leading a vision that prioritizes the intersection of the College's programs and the Christian faith as confessed by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod ("LCMS"). Once the vision is developed, the successful candidate will be responsible for creating a strategic plan consistent with the New Vision and provide innovative and strategic leadership in the College to implement the new strategic plan.

Member of CUC Leadership Team. The Dean is a member of the cross-institutional leadership team that develops strategic academic initiatives for CUC. The Dean employs best practices, as he or she leads a team of faculty and staff, collaborates with other Colleges, develops external partnerships, pursues grants, and maintains a data-informed, results-oriented culture.

Strategic Leadership Responsibilities and Duties. The Successful Candidate will be expected to contribute to CUC carrying out its mission and vision by:

  • Demonstrating and communicating a high level of personal and professional commitment, enthusiasm, integrity, and pride in CUC's mission, vision, and values.
  • Empowering faculty and staff to achieve performance goals and objectives, modeling creativity, innovation, risk-taking, and professional excellence. This includes building and managing high-performing and diverse cross-functional teams.
  • Implementing strategies aimed at achieving CUC's mission, vision, and values, including efforts aimed at hiring for mission and forming faculty for mission.
  • Providing leadership in advancing excellence in teaching, learning, research, and service.
  • Prioritizing a commitment to the principles of free enterprise in the work of the College and providing executive oversight for the College's Center for Free Enterprise.
  • Establishing the College as the home of "high impact practices" in education.
  • Pursuing market-informed programmatic and curricular innovation to meet student needs and enrollment goals consistent with the Vision of CUC.
  • Working together with the College's Advisory Board increasing the College's engagement with various external constituencies, including community and civic leaders, regional employers, foundations, corporate partners, the LCMS and alumni.
  • Collaborating with the University Foundation to identify and develop financial resources.
  • Exhibiting "systems thinking" that is indicative of an institutional perspective and executive leadership.
  • Serving as a tenured member of the College's faculty.
  • Other responsibilities as recommended or assigned.

Management Responsibilities. This Successful Candidate will also be expected to lead the College by:

  • Promoting a culture of faithfulness to mission, academic excellence, and continuous improvement by elevating the recruiting, developing, and retaining of chairs, administrators, faculty, and staff of the College.
  • Effectively managing staffing needs, along with reviewing and assessing the performance of faculty.
  • Employing a systematic review of progress toward goals and objectives.
  • Overseeing development and effective utilization of financial resources (including grants for the College), human resources, and physical infrastructure of the College.
  • Leading the College's Advisory Board.
  • Serving as an ex officio member of the College's Policy and Assessment Committee, as well as other CUC and College committees as needed and as time permits.
  • Serving as a member of the Provost's Cabinet to coordinate the policies and practices of the College with other colleges and offices within CUC, representing the needs of the College to CUC and representing the needs of CUC to the College.
  • Serving as administrator of record for all programs of the College.
  • Candidates must be committed to the mission and identity of Concordia University Chicago.

Skill Sets:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills across institutional units with faculty, staff, and senior leaders.
  • A record of successful organization and execution of a program-level or (preferred) an institutional-level regional accreditation process, or a major organizational role under the leadership of another.
  • The ability to challenge, motivate and manage faculty and professional staff to high levels of performance and collaboration.
  • Working familiarity with higher education finance, budgets, and cost analytics.
  • Working familiarity with the structure of private, faith-based higher education in general and the educational institutions and doctrinal positions of LCMS preferred.
  • A record of contributing to programmatic and enrollment growth.

Education Requirements:

An earned doctorate in a business-related field from a regionally accredited institution with a successful and innovative record of teaching and scholarship which meet the qualification for a tenure-track faculty appointment, commensurate with present rank and experience.

Current faculty rank at Associate Professor or above is required.

Undergraduate certification or colloquy completion as a professional church worker in one of the education-related ministries of LCMS and eligibility for a Divine Call as a Commissioned Minister of LCMS is preferred.

Compensation and Benefits:

Starting range and faculty rank is dependent upon individual qualifications and experience. Concordia University Chicago benefit options include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and/or Health Savings Account (HAS)
  • Disability and Survivor Plan
  • Retirement Pension Plan
  • Retirement 403(b) Savings Plan
  • Basic Life and Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Coverage
  • Critical Illness and Accident Insurance
  • Tuition benefits (available for employees and their qualified dependents)

Application Information:

Interested individuals should include the following in their online application:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. A response to the following:
    1. In a brief essay (less than 500 words), explain your understanding of the relationship among your discipline, the Christian faith, and Concordia University Chicago's mission.
    2. In a brief essay (less than 500 words), explain how your professional and personal experiences have prepared you to live out the vocation of faculty member at a Lutheran university.
    3. *In your responses, please address Concordia University Chicago's mission, vision, and values specifically.
  4. Copies of post-secondary academic transcripts that reflect completion of advanced degree(s) (Official transcripts will be required upon hiring of successful candidates.)
  5. Names and phone numbers of three references

* Only applicants submitting all required documentation above will be considered.

Concordia does not discriminate in the employment of individuals on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex or age. As an institution of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, however, and to the extent allowed by law, Concordia University reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religious affiliation.

Concordia University Chicago does not generally sponsor for employment visas except for positions that oversee, teach or support our international programs.

About Concordia University Chicago:

Concordia University Chicago is a liberal arts-based Christian university founded in the Lutheran tradition. Through its College of Theology, Arts & Humanities, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Health, Science & Technology, Concordia-Chicago offers more than 160 areas of study in small classes taught by professors who are passionate about teaching and student success. All undergraduate and graduate degrees are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Concordia University Chicago has been recognized as a College of Distinction since 2010, and is consistently ranked among the Best Regional Universities-Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. For more than a decade, combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment has exceeded 5,000 students. Concordia University Chicago is located in River Forest, 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. Learn more about our commitment to higher education, rooted in the Gospel, at

Steadfast in Jesus Christ as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, Concordia University Chicago promotes academic rigor in its liberal arts and professional programs; grounds students in objective truth, integrity, and excellence; and practices faithfulness to the Confessional teachings of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, as it forms students for vocations in church, family, and the world.

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