The Dean and Associate/Assistant Deans
Dean McCord is the senior administrator of the college. He deals with officers of the university and of other college to represent the interests of liberal arts and sciences. A multi-layered staff working in conjunction with the Dean makes successful management of the College possible.
The college's two deans, associate dean David Ballantine and assistant dean Stephanie DeCicco support the Dean and supervise in matters of curriculum and undergraduate advising, graduate research and facilities, and budget and personnel.
Additional support is provided by the dean’s assistant, the college business manager and staff, the college communication office, a team of undergraduate advisors, the office of external programming, and clerical staff.
Nearly 400 regular faculty members make up the professoriate of the college. Seventy-five percent of our faculty are tenured. Another 100 positions are held by non-tenure track faculty. Nearly eighty-five percent of NIU’s Presidential Research Professorships have been awarded to College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty.
In addition, the vibrancy of NIU’s research community has brought national and international recognition to College scholars in anthropology, biology, chemistry and biochemistry, history, mathematics, geology and environmental geosciences, political science, public administration, psychology, and physics. NIU is a member of the Universities Research Association, a prestigious consortium of universities across the country that supports the work of important national laboratories such as Fermilab and Argonne National Laboratory in partnership with the Department of Physics.
NIU’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies is part of the College and is a world-class resource on Southeast Asia; the Center recently received a four-year Title VI Award and accolades from the U.S. Department of Education for its exceptionally strong ties with institutions in Southeast Asia and innovative language teaching.
Other College faculty are involved in diverse ground-breaking research projects such as the sub-Antarctic investigation of causes of global warming; the development of hydrogen-powered earth and space vehicles; automated online testing for reading comprehension; and exploration of the subatomic universe.
The College faculty is also recognized for its outstanding teaching achievements. Excellence in research supports excellence in teaching, in which research-active scholars across all disciplines come together with students in the classroom, from freshman through senior and graduate courses. Forty percent of the university’s Presidential Teaching Professorships at NIU have been awarded to College faculty.
A substantial portion of the faculty’s teaching responsibility is at the undergraduate level. CLAS generates just under 60 percent of all undergraduate credit hours at NIU, and undergraduates majoring in CLAS subjects represent approximately 35 percent of all undergraduate majors in the University. Because CLAS has a good completion rate and attracts some students from other colleges, forty-three percent of all NIU baccalaureate degrees are awarded to students majoring in the liberal arts and sciences. At the graduate level, students working on CLAS subjects account for 19 percent of degree recipients.