Janice Kaushal New Dean of Business and Applied Technology

By: Brian Kleemann

Janice Kaushal standing in a hallway

Janice Kaushal brings with her a wealth of knowledge and more than 30 years of experience in higher education to her new role as the Dean of Business and Applied Technology at College of DuPage. She has served in multiple positions within various academic institutions as an educator and an administrator.

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The Aurora resident will oversee a myriad of programs in a division that prepares students with the skills needed for immediate job market success and a solid academic base for transfer to four-year institutions.

“I have a history in higher education of working with multiple programs, including trade, business and IT,” she said. “I saw this opportunity at COD and knew I could bring something positive to it.”

College of DuPage President Dr. Brian Caputo was impressed with Kaushal’s extensive educational background that includes positions at two-year and four-year institutions.

“Dr. Kaushal’s work as a faculty member demonstrates her knowledge of the classroom setting, while her roles as an administrator show her ability to provide leadership in multiple facets,” he said. “Her experience will benefit both faculty and students.”

Kaushal earned a Doctor of Philosophy, Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education from Cardinal Stritch University. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communication from Columbia College Chicago. 

As an administrator, Kaushal held program director, director of administration and director of education positions at Robert Morris University before being named Dean of Robert Morris’ Institute of Arts & Design. Most recently, she served as Dean of Career and Technical Education at Prairie State College.

Her teaching experience includes faculty positions at Robert Morris and North Park universities, most recently as an adjunct faculty member at North Park teaching film studies.

In her new role at COD, Kaushal will oversee programs that span several industries, including accounting, architecture, IT and welding. She looks forward to working closely with the faculty and discovering what they need to be successful in the classroom.

“It is important to have an open door and keep the communication process well-honed so I can be a go-between for the faculty and higher administration, which is a two-way street,” she said. “The bottom line is that everyone is here for the betterment of our students. I look forward to the fall term starting and seeing the excitement of our students on campus.”