Jared Deane joins College of DuPage as new dean of nursing and health sciences
With extensive leadership experience overseeing and teaching health education programs, Jared Deane is well-suited to serve as the new Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences at College of DuPage.
Prior to his appointment, Deane served as Associate Dean of Health Science and Career Programs at Malcolm X College in Chicago, where he oversaw the admission process, curriculum planning, and evaluation and assessment of student outcomes. He also has been an adjunct professor in health education for nearly 13 years at City Colleges of Chicago, Robert Morris University and Olivet Nazarene University.
His wealth of experience will allow him to lead program approvals and accreditation processes, evaluate program goals and outcomes, and oversee curriculum at COD.
"I love working with students," Deane said. "As someone who is a self-proclaimed bridge builder, I like to help students reach their personal and academic goals."
COD President Dr. Brian Caputo said Deane brings many strengths and a range of experiences in health education that will help advance COD's commitment to student-centered learning and success.
"We are pleased to have Dr. Deane leading COD's Nursing and Health Sciences Division as we grow our offerings and provide new opportunities for students," he said. "His unifying vision for the division, impressive accomplishments and leadership qualities make him poised for success."
Deane holds a doctorate in health services research and a master's degree in systems engineering, both from University of Florida. He started his career as a workforce development consultant working on projects for Medicare and pharmaceutical companies, where he quickly became interested in health science education.
"I gradually started transitioning to the educational world and began teaching as an adjunct instructor," he said. "When I began working in higher education, I realized I enjoyed helping students reach their goals to support themselves and their families."
As Deane continues to meet with faculty to review the current curriculum, he wants to focus his efforts on recruiting and retention as well as on individual student success.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has shined an even greater light on the serious shortage of health care providers in Illinois and across the nation," he said. "COD offers high-caliber education and an affordable cost, and I want to ensure students are aware of the numerous opportunities available to them."