Faculty mentoring students

Support for New and Continuing Faculty

New and Early Career Faculty

  • Relocation support
  • Start-up funds for new tenure-track faculty
  • New faculty orientations and year-long New Faculty Academy for new full-time faculty
  • Faculty mentoring program 


  • Well-rounded benefits package 
  • TIAA-CREF contributions 
  • Campus wellness, preventative health care, and work/life balance initiatives
  • Fitness facilities
  • Tuition-free North Central College attendance for eligible dependents
  • Tuition Exchange, Inc., a reciprocal program for eligible dependents at 600 colleges and universities

Faculty Leaves

  • Eligibility for a competitive Sabbatical Leave or a Professional Semester Leave after every seven years of full-time service (both programs open to both tenure-line and renewable non-tenure track faculty)
  • Academic Leave for Prestigious Awards and Activities

Travel, Research, and Professional Development Support

  • Travel Fund to support professional activity (up to $1500 per year) 
  • Office of Sponsored Research and Programs supporting external grant-writing and post-award management 
  • Scholarly and Creative Work Grants 
  • Support for undergraduate researchers
  • Broad faculty development programming and services through the Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE)
  • Opportunities to lead study abroad courses


  • Endowed Chairs recognizing outstanding teaching and scholarship 
  • Ruge Fellows program recognizing excellence in teaching
  • Annual faculty awards for distinguished teaching, mentoring of students scholarship and creative work, service, and collaboration