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Assistant Dean, Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine Program

Job Summary

The Assistant Dean has primary authority and responsibility for the development, operation and evaluation of the Program with regard to its curriculum, personal resources, scheduling and facilities.

The Assistant Dean must be energetically committed to the University’s mission, academic excellence, and the promotion of scholarly and creative activities; be committed to diversity and equality, collaborate actively with faculty and administrators, and be an effective ambassador for the programs of the University.

The Assistant Dean must possess an earned terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution and a strong background in the disciplines represented in chiropractic medicine. Documentation of achievements as a teacher and scholar warranting the rank of assistant professor or higher within the University setting is desirable. He/she will exhibit many of the qualities listed below:


  • Ability to assist the University in realizing its vision of preparing collegial, collaborative, health care providers.
  • Knowledge of continuous quality improvement and accreditation.
  • Ability to build academic systems supportive of student retention and success.
  • Success as an academic administrator in higher education.
  • Ability to foster and sustain a positive, supportive environment for students, teaching, advising, service, scholarship, and administration.
  • Knowledge of current higher education assessment practices, and organizational processes.
  • Record of scholarly activity.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with students, faculty, and staff, including a willingness and ability to listen to divergent points of view.
  • Ability to maintain close relationships with various programs and departments, with internal and external constituents, and with groups or individuals within local, state, or national organizations.
  • Responsible to the Deans of the College of Professional Studies (Illinois and Florida) and Dean of Clinics for the successful operation of the DC program.
  • Contribute to the reputation for academic excellence of the University and the program.
  • Provide academic leadership through personal example, planning, organizing, interpreting and measuring results and reporting those results to the appropriate committees.
  • Work closely with the Chairs of Basic Sciences (Illinois and Florida), Chairs of Clinical Sciences (Illinois and Florida) and the Chair of Clinical Practice to recruit highly competent faculty and recommend their employment to the Deans of the College of Professional Studies (Illinois and Florida) and/or Dean of Clinics.
  • Develop program competencies and related classroom learning objectives and communicate these to the department Chairs in order for the Chairs to deliver suitable course plans to meet these objectives.
  • Work collegially with the Chairs and the Deans to provide excellence in chiropractic medical education.
  • Collect, and review syllabi and work with faculty for the continuing development of their course syllabi, in consultation with the relevant department Chair.
  • Be a member of the faculty with an appropriate teaching load.
  • Foster and sustain a positive, supportive environment for students, teaching, advising, service, scholarship, and administration.
  • Provide input to evaluation of program faculty and staff in conjunction with their direct supervisor.
  • In cooperation with the Dean of Professional Studies and/or Dean of Clinics, provide academic counseling for students.
  • In cooperation with the Dean of Students, provide appropriate non-academic counseling.
  • Develop reports required for good educational management decisions and for planning and self study purposes and reports assigned by the Deans of the College of Professional Studies (Illinois and Florida) or Dean of Clinics.
  • Provide the Chairs with feedback about faculty performance and student learning outcomes.
  • Work with the Assessment Committee and Dean for Institutional Effectiveness to review, renew, organize, manage and evaluate the student evaluation process and procedures.
  • Work with other Programmatic Assistant Deans and Deans to provide for Interprofessional Education and a shared stewardship of one-another’s professions and to develop and sustain a sense of integrative care in the curricula.
  • Develop and sustain a programmatic embodiment of a single DCP curriculum with full coordination across departments and from matriculation to graduation.
  • Work with the Dean of Lincoln College of Post-professional, Graduate and Continuing Education to develop and implement an exemplary program of post-professional education for chiropractic physicians.
  • Develop the DCP assessment processes with the office of Institutional Effectiveness, develop and sustain an ongoing programmatic Self Assessment process.
  • Evaluate the program against the standards of voluntary accreditation agencies, analyze the program’s effectiveness and prepare timely and accurate reports to those agencies.
  • Represent the University and the program at meetings of Accreditation agencies, as well as other professional agencies.
  • Work closely with the Dean of Clinics to create excellent clinical opportunities for interns in the program.
  • Develop and sustain a dynamic Program Advisory Group.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Dean, VP’s, and President or his/her designee.



  • Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine Degree from an accredited institution
  • Must have a license in good standing from a state that issues licenses in chiropractic medicine, Illinois license-able
  • Minimum of five years of practice experience


  • Minimum of two years of experience in higher education administration
  • Minimum of two years of higher education teaching experience
  • Organizational skills
  • Teaching and communication skills
  • Training and/or experience in problem based learning
  • Computer skills, MacIntosh and PC. Excel, Windows, Databases, html, Blackboard, CygNET or similar (intranet for on-line learning)
  • Knowledge of Teams Health Care and Integrative Health Delivery Systems
  • Training or experience in curriculum development and delivery
  • Training or experience in pedagogy

EEO Statement

National University of Health Sciences does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities based on race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.

Application materials should include a complete Curriculum Vitae, unofficial transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a 2-3 page description of current and future goals, including separate sections on teaching goals, and professional contributions to the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion to [email protected]

Requests for more information should be sent to Dr. Sandra Rogers ([email protected]), National University of health Sciences, 200 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard, IL 60148.