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
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"
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Candidates must be committed to the mission
and identity of Concordia University Chicago.
- 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
- Working familiarity with higher education finance, budgets, and
- 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
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
Current faculty rank at Associate Professor or above is
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
- 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
Interested individuals should include the following in their
- Cover letter
- A response to the following:
- 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.
- 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.
- *In your responses, please address Concordia
University Chicago's mission, vision, and
- Copies of post-secondary academic transcripts that reflect
completion of advanced degree(s) (Official transcripts will be
required upon hiring of successful candidates.)
- 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 CUChicago.edu.
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