Robert Phillips was named dean of the Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) College of Arts and Sciences. Phillips joined WJU as an instructor of political science in 1998. He has served as curriculum coordinator for the master of science in organizational leadership since 2005 and as chair of the department of social science since 2008.
Phillips began his teaching career in 1985 as a teaching assistant at Northern Illinois University (NIU) and became an instructor of political science at the College of DuPage in 1989. He served as a researcher and speechwriter for the Consulate General of Japan for two years. Phillips returned to NIU as a teaching assistant, research assistant and academic advisor. He has also taught at North Central College and Dominican University. Phillips holds a Ph.D. in political science from NIU.