North Central College, founded in 1861, is a selective comprehensive liberal arts college of 3000 students located 28 miles west of Chicago in Naperville, IL. The College is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse community of faculty of outstanding caliber, recognizing excellence in teaching and scholarship within a department and division structure along with opportunity for integrative and collaborative work in such areas as general education, interdisciplinary majors and minors, the honors programs, international short term and term-length study away curricular programs, and undergraduate research. Faculty are supported by
- an ambitious faculty development program, including a range of internal summer funding opportunities
- a grant writer and support services for locating and submitting external grants,
- a generous travel fund to support conference travel, and
- such enhancement programs as the Faculty Enhancement Program for early career professional activity, the professional term (modified sabbatical) every four years following tenure; the annual Dissinger faculty awards for teaching and research; the Ruge Fellows program that recognizes sustained excellence in teaching; and the Endowed Chairs initiative that currently supports 13 distinguished faculty.
North Central College faculty exercise leadership in their professional associations, higher education, and within the community. The College is a founding member of the AAC&U and the NAC&U (New American Colleges and Universities) and has received multiple recognitions as one of America’s “Best Colleges,” “Top Colleges,” “Best in the Midwest,” “Green Colleges,” and “Great Colleges to Work For.”
North Central College, an active partner in a community of 140,000, is within walking distance of a vibrant downtown area that has been nationally recognized for its public schools, library, cultural life and other amenities within a region that includes a network of local and regional corporate, high tech and internationally recognized scientific facilities. Easy access to Chicago by train or car provides many additional residential options and ties to our Chicago partners in higher education, international affairs, social services, the arts, and business.