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Deans Review Process


In 2019, the Office of the Provost implemented a review process for deans at Northwestern University with the goal of ensuring that school strategies are aligned to University priorities and carried out effectively to further enhance Northwestern’s growing prominence and impact. The process will take place during the penultimate year of each dean’s five-year term and provides a high-level assessment of a dean's leadership to inform the Provost's decision on whether to reappoint a dean. 


The Provost appoints a small faculty ad hoc work group to lead community engagement in their school and to provide the Provost with advisory input regarding the dean’s performance. Guided by criteria provided by the Office of the Provost, the work group gathers perspectives on the dean's performance. The ad hoc work group conducts a focused set of meetings with dean’s staff, department chairs and program directors, and representative student leaders. Perspectives from the broader school community are also gathered through a survey of faculty and staff. 

Current Review

Dean David Figlio in the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) will be reviewed through this process during Winter and Spring 2021. Provost Kathleen Hagerty has appointed a three-person faculty ad hoc review group to lead the engagement process and provide advisory input. 

The following faculty members are part of this ad hoc review group for SESP:

If you have any questions or input on the dean review, please email