Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students for Campus Life

Student Affairs

Founded in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) is an independent, residential, Liberal Arts University with roughly 1,600 students. Nestled between three metropolitan areas (Chicago, St. Louis, MO, Indianapolis, IN), the Bloomington-Normal community is home to four institutions of higher education, numerous eateries, fun activities, and civic engagement opportunities.  Through the promotion and affirmation of diversity in all its forms, IWU provides an exceptional educational experience while building a campus environment that prepares students for leadership in a global society after graduation.


The University’s Division of Student Affairs invites applications for the full-time position of Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students for Campus Life.  This position provides vision, leadership and direction for a dynamic campus life experience, including supervision of residence life, student activities and leadership programs, fraternity and sorority life and esports. Directs the student conduct program including policy development, judicial boards and administrative hearings. Serves as the Director of First Year Experiences including parent orientation, Turning Titan, and transfer orientation, as well as other comprehensive supports for new students. Staff members within Student Affairs are expected to practice principles of social justice and inclusion in working in an office that serves students from different racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, and who have various sexual orientations, gender identities, and ability statuses. 


  • Leadership and supervision:
    • Recruit, select, train, mentor and evaluate a diverse professional staff in residence life, student activities and leadership programs, fraternity and sorority life and esports.
  • Student conduct:
    • Oversee student conduct including policy development and the Student Code of Conduct.
    • Investigate and adjudicate cases (including Title IX); respond to student, parent and attorney/advocate concerns
    • Train and support the All-University Judicial Committee
  • First Year Experience:
    • Provide leadership, vision and direction for a comprehensive, collaborative first year experience program, including transitioning from depositing to summer orientation/registration through the critical fall semester
    • Develop orientation programs for new students and parents (summer, Turning Titan/Fall, parent/family, and transfer)
    • Work collaboratively with broad constituents to ensure quality transitions for new students; working closely with Academic Affairs
    • Recruit, select, and train orientation peer leaders for summer and fall orientation programs
  • Student support and emergency response/retention:
    • Advocate for and support both the individual student and the broad student experience by providing intervention/support
    • Manage crises involving student and student groups, as needed
    • Serve on the Student Success Team, the Emergency Response Team, and the University Crisis On-call Response Team
  • Community building:
    • Build community through empowering the expression and consideration of diverse voices on campus; develop robust co-curricular programs
  • Administration/Representativeness:
    • Represent the division on a variety of campus initiatives in the absence of the Vice President of Student Affairs
    • Serve on a variety of campus life issue committees 
    • Administrative duties include assessment, annual reports and budget maintenance 



  • A Master's degree is required, preferably in the areas of higher education administration, college student personnel, or college student counseling; PhD/EdD in university administration or related field is preferred.
  • Minimum of eight years related experience in higher education, and a history of progressive leadership experience.
  • Knowledge of higher education, college student development, compliance regarding Title IX and other student conduct policies.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of college student development theories, concepts, and practices and the ability to use in complex, difficult and/or unprecedented situations.


Application Information:

Please submit a cover letter, resume; the names and contact information for three professional references and a one-page diversity statement describing your commitment to and experience with diversity and inclusion in higher educationReview of applications will begin immediately; review will begin January 22 and the position will remain open until filled.  Desired start date is no later than June 1.

Illinois Wesleyan University
Human Resources, Holmes 209
1312 N. Park Street
Bloomington, IL  61701
Fax:  309-556-3411

The final candidate will pass a pre-employment background investigation. 

Illinois Wesleyan University is committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse, inclusive, and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to supporting and further building our community in these dimensions. Illinois Wesleyan University is an EEO Employer.  Illinois Wesleyan University’s sexual misconduct policy may be accessed at  Illinois Wesleyan University is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusive excellence; details at