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School of Labor and Employment Relations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Nell Madigan

Associate Dean

149A LER Building, 504 E. Armory Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820


MS, Advertising, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1995
BS, Speech Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1992


Madigan has been at LER since 2001 and is the primary contact for corporate relations and all career-related activities. She advises LER students on matters related to career development and job placement, holds primary responsibility for building relationships with new corporate partners, and manages ongoing relationships with long-time partners across a variety of industries, including Boeing, Cummins, ExxonMobil, PepsiCo, and General Mills.

She serves as the Chief Communications Officer for the School, overseeing the coordination of electronic and print communications as well as marketing efforts.  Madigan is also the facilities manager for all building renovations and additions. She coordinates group activities with faculty and staff, ensures the efficient operation of the School and daily administrative functions, including the content and maintenance of the LER Web site, and serves as the advisor for the  student SHRM chapter.

In addition to her School responsibilities she serves on the campus-wide Career Services Council (Chair, 2004-05), the CSC Steering Committee and Chief Communications Officer’s committee. She played a key role in establishing the ongoing Hire Illini marketing campaign, targeting employers for enhanced recruiting relationships with the University, and is involved in activities to enhance the campaign.

Nell has presented at NACE, Midwest ACE and Illinois ACE on a variety of topics ranging from ethics to etiquette. She has held a variety of leadership positions with the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers, serving on the assembly from 2006-2008 and the executive board from 2009 – 2016. She received the 2010 Midwest ACE President’s Award for meritorious leadership, the 2015 JW Paquette Superior Leadership award, and the 2017 Founders Distinguished Service Award.

She regularly gives presentations on etiquette to students and professionals across her campus and community, in addition to a variety of presentations on networking and personal branding. In addition to other professional activities, she served on the Board of Directors for JB Training Solutions and Recsolu (dba Yello).


1999-2001, Assistant to the Director, University of Illinois Online/Illinois Virtual Campus
1995-1999, Assistant to the Director & Precollege Coordinator, Office of Admissions and Records, University of Illinois