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Announcing the search for the dean of the UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dear colleagues,

This week, we opened a national search for the next dean of the UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Astrida Tantillo returned to the faculty in August, and Lisa Freeman, professor of English, currently is serving as interim dean.

The university seeks an experienced and strategic leader who will continue to advance the UIC’s largest college’s mission of access, opportunity, academic excellence, community building and public engagement; promote diversity, equity and inclusion regarding faculty and students; uphold the college’s commitment to academic freedom; promote the profile of the school locally and nationally; encourage and foster scholarship efforts by the faculty; recruit and retain exceptional faculty and students; and raise resources to support the school’s work. The dean reports to the provost and is a permanent member of the University Deans Council. Read the full position profile.

We have retained the search firm WittKieffer to assist in recruiting candidates, and the search committee is being chaired by Kathryn Chval, PhD, dean of the College of Education.

Please feel free to share this opportunity widely with your networks and colleagues at other universities. The advertisement for the position and information about the search is available on the search webpage.

For fullest consideration, candidates should submit an electronic application, cover letter and CV/résumé no later than Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Ryan Crawford, Alejandra Gillette-Teran and Luis Bertot at


Karen Colley
Acting Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

For more information, please contact:
Faizan Abid