National Louis University seeks a Dean of the National
College of Education
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The next Dean of the
National College of Education will join a college that is poised to
innovate to advance student learning and community impact. The Dean
will need to be a bold visionary prepared to lead the College
towards an innovative digital future, expanding on the development
of centers of excellence including the emergent Institute for Early
Childhood, organizing literacy and reading programs into a cohesive
body of work and contributions, developing faculty capacity and
talent to deliver learning outcomes through different instructional
delivery models, and continuing to advance National Louis
University’s commitment to ensure that every child has an excellent
teacher regardless of zip code. The Dean must be willing to
challenge the status quo internally and externally on behalf of
children and amplify the university voice on policy issues. The
next Dean must possess a data informed orientation and have a track
record of executing necessary change to advance the reputation and
contributions of the College.
The Dean reports to the Provost and works directly with the
President and Provost on strategic matters. The successful
candidate will be a strategic, innovative, and results-oriented
leader with a track record of success – setting clear expectations,
inspiring people, collaborating across the institution, and
managing effectively. This individual must show evidence of a deep
appreciation for teaching, learning, and scholarship along with a
passion for serving Pre-K-12 education in addition to a strong
understanding of the internal economics of the academic enterprise
and the current challenges facing higher education.
National Louis University (NLU) is a leader in teacher
preparation and an influential resource for Illinois’ educational
practitioners. The Dean will celebrate the College’s rich history
and founding ideals while defining a bold new future and building
on its strong brand as a national destination institution. The Dean
will work collaboratively with marketing and enrollment to
highlight the breadth and depth of programs. The Dean will foster
the development of new ground-breaking programs with the potential
for great impact in the field. The Dean will ensure that all
programming offered within the College is relevant to students’
needs, current with community expectations, and meets or exceeds
the College's internal academic and external accreditation
standards. The Dean will support the University’s goal of playing a
thought-leadership role in the field and support faculty efforts
related to scholarship and advancement of professional practice.
The Dean is also the face of the College and represents the College
with alumni, donors, and partners, advancing policy at the state
and federal level to shape educator policies and standards.
Candidates must demonstrate the ability to advance excellence and
innovation in curriculum development and educational quality in
collaboration with the faculty and community
The successful candidate must establish a vision in alignment
with the University Strategic Plan that advances NCE’s role as a
national leader in educator preparation. The Dean must build upon
areas of excellence including early childhood, literacy and
reading, and leadership.
- Provide vision and leadership for the College.
- Develop and manage the budget and allocate resources
appropriately to achieve strategic goals.
- Partner with the Provost to develop and implement action plans
for the College aligned with the University's strategic plan.
- Utilize external and institutional data in decision
- Be an active participant in national and state-level
discussions about policy and legislative debates and serve as a
tireless advocate for Pre-K-12 schools.
- Continue to forge partnerships nationally and locally between
the University, the Chicago Public School system, school districts,
community colleges, and other universities to better address the
needs of the schools and prepare the next generation of
- Collaborate with the Executive Director of the Florida Campus
to ensure alignment between Illinois and Florida programs while
exploring opportunities for new programs.
- Work closely with the Vice President of Marketing and
Enrollment to support marketing and enrollment initiatives, and to
foster the recognition and growth of the College.
- Collaborate with community partners to identify existing and
emerging market needs for new programs and/or the transformation of
existing programs. Develop and implement appropriate strategies to
bring such opportunities to fruition.
- Work with Student Affairs and Academic Support teams to ensure
an effective and seamless student experience.
- Work closely with the University’s Advancement team to increase
external funding to the College through philanthropy, partnerships,
grants, and research funding.
- Maintain a regular presence on campus and work with all
stakeholders to advance the organizational culture of the College,
which is based on student-centeredness, accountability, and
- Mentor, supervise, and evaluate the work of Program Directors
- Attract, hire, develop, and retain faculty talent.
- Lead professional development efforts.
- Work with faculty to create an environment conducive to
learning and service that will lead to intellectual vitality and
- Support the various instructional modalities offered at the
University and elevate the use of technology to increase
flexibility of program offerings.
- Identify areas of engaged research in the College, build teams
of faculty and partners to pursue external funding, and play a
thought leadership role in the field of education.
- Manage personnel matters related to faculty and staff in the
- Work with Program Directors and Provost Office to complete
annual program assessment and accreditation requirements.
- Supervise the Centers of Excellence associated with the College
working with the directors to increase the collaboration between
the Centers and the affiliated academic programs. Align the work of
the Centers with the University’s strategic initiatives.
- Utilize the professional networks of the Centers to advance the
University’s brand and strengthen the College’s engagement with the
schools and community.
- An earned doctorate in education with a track record of
increasing leadership achievement in complex educational
- Demonstrated capacity for strategic leadership; the ability to
move an organization forward.
- A record of academic achievements including teaching and/or
- Strong financial acumen and the ability to utilize data in
- Experience in business planning, project and change management,
and financial and budget management.
- Experience implementing strategic plans, including performance
management goals and objectives, proven human resource management,
and supervisory experience.
- A collaborative management style that includes building strong
teams within, between, and across organizations.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and
- Demonstrated written, verbal, and interpersonal communication
- Active engagement with national professional education
- Experience with effective educational accountability systems
and a commitment to improving outcomes for PreK – 12 students.
- Experience in developing community partnerships and strong
relationships, especially with K-12 school districts.
- Familiarity with online education, technology, and its impact
- An appetite for fundraising; willingness and ability to raise
About the National College of
National College of Education (NCE) has a
long-standing reputation of distinction for its education programs
and has been an innovative leader in early childhood, elementary,
and secondary education since it started in 1886. Since its
inception, NCE has been a pioneer in education advancing the
kindergarten movement in the US, establishing the National Congress
of Mothers as the first Parent Teacher Association, fostering the
Head Start movement, and providing the first elementary education
degree program in Illinois. In April of 2020, NCE completed its
reaccreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Education
Preparation (CAEP) and was awarded 7 years of
Even throughout the pandemic, NCE demonstrated unprecedented
leadership training to teachers and leaders across the community to
deliver education remotely, building support networks to solve
emergent problems of practice, and rapidly pivoting to continue its
own educational programs remotely. The result was a college that
thrived despite the pandemic and has emerged more focused than ever
on preparing educators and leaders for a post-pandemic
NLU ranks among the top institutions in the country in its
enrollment and graduation of minority educators. Roughly 10 percent
of NCE alumni are teachers or administrative leaders in the Chicago
Public School System and NCE has the largest number of graduates
who are National Board-Certified teachers in Chicago.
NCE has more than 60 faculty on two tracks offered at the
University, the Tenure Track and the Professional Practice Track.
In addition to being outstanding teachers, NCE faculty are engaged
in research and scholarship and regularly publish their research
and present at national and local conferences. A number of faculty
collaborate on grants, with colleagues and professionals in the
schools, to advance the needs of the field of education.
The National College of
Education comprises a diverse set of academic programs at the
graduate level offered using various innovative instructional
technologies including On-campus, Virtual-Campus, Online,
Low Residency and In-School Residency with 12 fully digital
degrees, endorsement and certificate programs. NLU also
offers multiple undergraduate education programs housed in the
Undergraduate College in coordination with NCE.
NCE served 3,486 students last year of whom 2,819 are
degree-seeking. The College offers six doctoral (Ed.D.) programs,
including Curriculum, Advocacy, and Policy; Disability and Equity
in Education; Educational Leadership; Higher Education Leadership;
Post-Secondary Teaching and Instruction; and Reading, Language, and
Literacy with a total enrollment of 270. NCE also offers eight
Education Specialist (Ed.S.) programs in Curriculum and Instruction
with Advanced Specializations, Education Leadership, Higher
Education Leadership, Learning Sciences Education, School
Psychology, Reading and Language, Teacher Leadership, and Teaching
and Learning. NCE offers 15 degree programs at the master’s levels
in addition to non-degree certificate and endorsement programs. In
addition to its core programs, NCE provides innovative pathways
into teaching, including residency and alternative licensure
Field experiences and
clinical practice are key areas of focus and are found throughout
NCE in licensure and advanced programs. From its origins in 1886
when NLU’s founder, Elizabeth Harrison, worked closely with Jane
Addams in the Chicago area, the College has partnered with local
schools and community groups to ensure candidates achieve the
knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions that are essential
to the intellectual, social, and emotional development of students.
Within the College, advisory boards provide direct feedback to
specific programs about their needs within the community. The
National College of Education has had a tradition of supporting
practice-focused educator preparation approaches. NCE currently
partners with the Chicago Public Schools, as well as other school
districts and organizations in Illinois to deliver place-based
residency models that serve as exemplary teacher preparation
programs. These highly regarded programs serve as pipelines of
teachers to meet the state’s growing demand for
Centers of Excellence and Community
- The McCormick Center for Early Childhood
Leadership is dedicated to building the leadership
potential of early childhood educators through professional
development, evaluation, research, and public awareness.
- The Illinois Reading Recovery Center for
Literacy supports Reading Recovery, an early intervention
program for first graders experiencing extreme difficulty learning
to read and write, through a progress monitoring system, continuing
education for Reading Recovery teachers, and research and
- The Reading Center provides student
instruction; professional development; district, school, and
classroom consultation and research. The Center functions as a
training site for graduate students in the Reading Specialist
program, as well as for a selected group of undergraduate trainees.
The Reading Center also houses a reading curriculum center as well
as a collection of children's literature used for instruction.
- The Center for Teaching through Children’s
Books advocates excellence in teaching with quality
literature for children and adolescents, encompassing multicultural
voices, social justice issues, outreach activities, digital books
and resources, and partnerships with schools, libraries, and other
Golden Apple Awards
Every year the
Chicago-based Golden Apple Foundation recognizes ten educators from
over 600 nominees. As of this year, more than 75 of National Louis
University’s alumni—nearly 25 percent of all the recipients—have
received the Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award since its
inception in 1986. Dominic Belmonte, president and CEO of the
Golden Apple Foundation, said about National Louis University:
"It's become no surprise to me that invariably each year a Golden
Apple recipient is discovered to have a National Louis heritage.
While the process we employ towards championing the excellence we
seek does not focus on where the degree was obtained, time and
again we discover to our delight that the path the excellent
teachers we honor take passes through NLU."
To learn more about the National College of Education's impact,
please see the
2019 NCE Impact Report.
About National Louis
National Louis University
(NLU) is looking to honor its past while defining a bold
new future as a contemporary comprehensive university dedicated to
preparing diverse students for sustained professional success. NLU
is keen on providing a career-building, life-changing education
that is accessible to all students. The University offers more than
70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through five academic
units: the Undergraduate College, Kendall College of Culinary Arts
and Hospitality Management, the College of Psychology and
Behavioral Sciences, the National College of Education, and the
School of Business and Information Technology. NLU is one of the
most diverse universities in the Midwest, helping students of all
ages and backgrounds achieve their personal and professional
NLU is a teaching-focused and student-centered university
committed to providing access to a far-reaching exceptional
education that is market-aligned and cost-effective. The University
offers programs at multiple locations and through various
modalities including face-to-face, online, synchronous and remote
learning in which courses can be supplemented with well-planned and
meaningful on-campus experiences. The University has experienced
unprecedented growth and currently serves approximately 10,000
students at four locations in Illinois and Florida.
Founded in 1886, National Louis University is a private
not-for-profit university offering programs through the doctoral
level. NLU is classified as an Engaged Institution by
the Carnegie Foundation and has been named as a top ten
institution by Money Magazine where its alumni believe they are
making the world “a better place.” The University has had more
Golden Apple Award winners among its graduates in teacher
preparation than any institution across the state. Graduates from
NLU enter the workforce earning an estimated $43,000 per year after
graduation, ranking NLU among the top five of all Illinois
post-secondary schools. The University has received more than $100
million in funding for applied research projects in urban
development, childhood development, school improvement, and teacher
preparation. NLU is recognized as a national leader in closing the
post-secondary completion gap through its innovative approach to
Located in the center of Chicago’s downtown loop, across the
street from the Art Institute, NLU is in an area that has been
recognized as America’s largest campus with over 25 institutions
and 50,000 students attending a college across the city. To learn
more about National Louis University visit http://www.nl.edu.
President Nivine Megahed became
the eleventh president of National Louis University in March of
2010. Dr. Megahed has over 30 years of experience making higher
education more accessible for students of all backgrounds.
Under her leadership, the University has undergone a major
transformation. Building on the success of the past decade, NLU
recently completed its 2030 strategic
plan. The plan continues to take the University on a bold path
of innovation on behalf of its students and is built around five
pillars with a central focus on advancing a diverse and equitable
community with a culture of inclusion.
In the last 10 years, the University has undergone a significant
transition, becoming increasingly data-informed, and efficient in
its delivery of programming and services. New programs in high
demand fields have been developed that have fueled enrollment
growth. The University has re-envisioned undergraduate education
and is committed to leading the effort to close the bachelor’s
degree attainment gap and serve all students affordably with
quality programming. Blended and online modalities have been built
to better serve adult students' needs for flexibility. The
University completed the acquisition of Kendall College expanding
its program offerings to include culinary and hospitality education
and added new programs in the field of psychology and behavioral
sciences over the last few years. It is now positioned to expand
its impact with practitioner-focused programs.
Progress has been made in diversifying its faculty and staff.
The University has also served as a catalyst for community
transformation through its students and alumni focused on
addressing some of the most pressing social issues such as violence
prevention and prevention of human trafficking. The University set
aggressive goals in improving student success, continuing
enrollment growth, improving career readiness and employment
outcomes, expanding its program portfolio, nurturing and retaining
talent, and promoting positive community change and educational
Today, NLU is viewed as one of the most innovative institutions
in the country and has been dubbed as a model of the “new urban
university” by the Gates Foundation. Committed to improving social
mobility and economic opportunity, the University utilizes
technology and innovation to continuously improve learning and
outcomes for its students.
Confidential review of
applications will begin immediately. The position is open until
filled. For full consideration submit an application by
January 24, 2022. Please submit a PDF version of your CV
and a letter of interest explaining your interest in and
suitability for this position. To apply online, go to https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=su277
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opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the
achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and