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Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at EIU

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is Eastern Illinois University’s largest and most diverse academic unit and central to the undergraduate experience for every enrolled student. The Dean will lead a dynamic, engaged academic college and faculty committed to excellence. The College is comprised of two schools (Communication & Journalism and the Arts) and sixteen academic departments across the arts, sciences, humanities, and social-behavioral disciplines. The Dean will also provide leadership for associated units including the Tarble Arts Center and the Doudna Fine Arts Center.

The successful candidate for this position will have:

  • A terminal degree with a record of teaching, research, and service appropriate for a tenured faculty appointment in the College
  • At least three years prior administrative experience as a chairperson, dean or equivalent
  • Familiarity with and commitment to accreditation
  • A commitment to advancing the mission of the college through fundraising and expanded external relationships with industry partners
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity and advancing inclusive excellence


Dr. Robert Compton

Dr. Barbara Bonnekessen

Dr. Stuart Benkert