College Leadership


Laurie Elish-Piper, Ph.D., is the dean of the NIU College of Education.  With 20 years of experience at NIU, Elish-Piper is a Presidential Engagement Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Northern Illinois University.

Joining Elish-Piper in the College of Educations’ dean’s office is Todd Gilson, acting associate dean of research, resources and innovation and David Walker, associate dean for Academic Affairs.

The three are award-winning educators with a depth of service in their respective academic fields and years of commitment to education at NIU.  

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Dean's Office
General Information
Phone 815-753-1949
Graham Hall 321

Student Services
Phone 815-753-8352
Gabel Hall 138

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