The Dean and Associate Deans
Acting Dean Ledgerwood is the senior administrator of the college. She deals with officers of the university and of other colleges 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 three associate deans, David Ballantine, Brian Sandberg and Kirk Miller, 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.
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. At the graduate level, students working on CLAS subjects account for 19 percent of degree recipients.