New position created to establish NU For Life professional development program for student-athletes
Julie Dunn was elevated in September of 2012 to Assistant A.D. for Career Enhancement & Employer Relations, a new position created to establish NU For Life, a unique program dedicated to the professional development of Northwestern student-athletes.
NU For Life is designed to provide student-athletes the opportunity to explore professional possibilities by capitalizing on the knowledge and network of former student-athletes, friends of Wildcat Athletics and companies looking to invest in the most talented recent graduates.
Dunn is a 2003 graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications with a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism and earned a master's degree in higher education and policy from Northwestern in 2009. Dunn joined NU's athletic communications staff in 2005 after stints at the Big Ten Conference and Teamworks Media in Chicago. She spent seven years as an associate director of athletic communications and publications coordinator prior to taking over the NU For Live initiative.
A Verizon Academic All-American in softball and Syracuse Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, Dunn is active in several organizations, including Best Buddies, NACWAA (National Association of Collegiate Women's Administrators), PCA (Positive Coaches Alliance), Ahead@NU, WISE (Women in Sports and Entertainment) and the Women's Leadership Symposium. Prior to joining Northwestern, Dunn worked in communications for the Big Ten Conference and was a project coordinator for Teamworks Media in Chicago.
She also teaches in Northwestern's MA in sports administration (MSA) program and is a research coach in NU's MA in higher education administration and policy thesis sequence.