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Assistant Dean for Academic Integrity

The assistant dean for academic integrity is responsible for adjudicating suspected academic integrity violations by undergraduates in Weinberg College classes (as well as academic work more generally, such as research, internships, etc.); this is a large component of the day-to-day work. This work includes counseling faculty who suspect a violation, undertaking appropriate investigation and consultation, and meeting with students to discuss their cases.  The assistant dean makes decisions on violations and sanctions, subject to appeal. In this role, the assistant dean therefore has the larger responsibility to define, explain and uphold this community’s standards of academic integrity. The assistant dean provides training at orientation for new student, faculty, and on occasion, groups of new parents.   The assistant dean works closely with colleagues in the other Northwestern undergraduate schools, because students from all schools may take classes or do research in the College, and Weinberg College students may take courses in the other schools.  As a result of having significantly more cases of greater variety than the other schools, the Weinberg College assistant dean provides leadership to the university community, helping faculty, students and staff understand the fundamentals of academic integrity.

At Northwestern, faculty members who suspect a violation of the academic integrity policy are required to report the potential violation to the assistant dean for academic integrity.  This guarantees consistency and fairness across cases.  The assistant dean meets directly and alone with the student accused of the violation.  While certainly the assistant dean imposes sanctions on students, this system of adjudication is meant to be a meaningful learning experience.  This includes telling the student in person when found in violation, and counseling the student, and sometimes parents, appropriately.  Cases must be handled with alacrity; the assistant dean must carry out a prompt and thorough investigation.  Students may always appeal a decision to the Weinberg College Committee on Appeals, comprised of faculty and students (selected from the Weinberg College Student Advisory Board).

The assistant dean for academic integrity is a full-time, benefits eligible eleven-month, administrative faculty appointment, with a start date of July 1, 2018.  Applicants should submit a letter of application, CV, and three letters of recommendation electronically.  See instructions below.

Applications received by November 15, 2017, will receive fullest consideration.  Like all members of the Weinberg College Office of Undergraduate Studies and Advising, the assistant dean will be committed to and work in support of University diversity and inclusion initiatives. Please send inquiries to

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Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Instructions:

Please read ALL instructions and make all preparations before proceeding to application page. If you have been asked to submit a letter of recommendation for an applicant, please use the link in your email instructions instead of this page.

• Applications will only be accepted through the online form. Please make sure all documents are prepared in advance, because partial applications will not be accepted and cannot be saved. Also, please be sure all information is entered completely and accurately (especially names and email addresses), as there will be no opportunity for online revision after your application has been accepted.

• All uploaded files should be in Adobe PDF format. Files in another electronic format (e.g., MS Word) should be "saved as" or "printed to" PDF format before uploading. If you only have a paper version of a particular document, you may scan it and save it as a PDF. However, the first method is preferred, because it retains text recognition capabilities.

• Three names and email addresses for external referees are required. (Your references will automatically be emailed instructions for uploading a letter of recommendation if you become a finalist. Once again, please be sure all addresses are entered correctly with no spelling errors; otherwise your referee will not receive the instructions).

• Some things to remember when uploading your application documents:

1. Please note that no document may exceed 7 MB in size, so be sure to minimize the size of any large PDF files before uploading.
2. File names should not contain parentheses, quotation marks, or other such characters; the system will likely not accept such documents.

• When your PDF files and list of references are complete, you may proceed to the Online Application. All required fields must be filled in before you click on the "Submit Application" button. The system will not accept incomplete applications. Applications that are complete by November 15, 2017 will be ensured full consideration. (References will be allowed to arrive for a week or so after the deadline.) You will receive an email confirmation shortly after your application has been received.

If you have any questions about submitting your application, please contact Cindy Pingry at or 847-467-3576.

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