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Chair of Department of Biological Sciences - Western Illinois University

Oct 19

Written by: SuperUser Account
10/19/2017 6:55 AM 

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT: July 2, 2018


RESPONSIBILITIES: The responsibilities of the department chair include: recruitment and supervision of faculty and support staff; evaluation of faculty for promotion, retention and tenure; long-range and short- term planning; management of the departmental budget; support of faculty development; promotion of excellence in teaching; coordination of efforts to recruit and retain undergraduate and graduate students representing all the diverse segments of the U.S. and international populations; promoting curricular development; maintaining clear and open communication within the Department; successfully mediating student concerns; representing the Department both within and beyond the university; communicating expectations of the university administration to the Department and some teaching of appropriate courses in the Department. This is an 11 month, 100% position.


RANK & SALARY: Full professor rank with commensurate salary.  Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit: http://www.wiu.edu/vpas/human_resources/benefits/


Required qualifications: Ph.D. and rank of Professor in biological sciences. Demonstrated record of excellent teaching, research/scholarship, and service. Experience with curriculum development, budgets and scheduling essential.


Preferred qualifications: The successful applicant should demonstrate: excellence and innovation in teaching at all levels; leadership in new initiatives; a commitment to involvement of undergraduate and graduate students in research; direct experience in managing and directing teams of scholars in both research and educational endeavors.  Preference will be given to candidates with evidence of involvement in successful outreach and recruitment activities, excellent communication skills and experience working with external constituencies (other institutions, funding agencies, state and federal agencies). Experience working with accrediting agencies, such as NCATE, and a readiness to work cooperatively in consultation with faculty and to foster partnerships with other academic units within the University also preferred.


For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body).

About Western Illinois University:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves more than 10,000 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.


Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

Additional Information:

THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Biological Sciences offers majors in Biology (with options in Environmental Biology, Botany, Microbiology, Medical Sciences, Teacher Certification, and Zoology) leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.  There are approximately 424 undergraduate majors.  Minors are also offered in Zoology, and Microbiology.  The Department also offers a Master of Science in Biology and currently has 83 graduate students.  There are 2 post-baccalaureate certificate programs one in Zoo and Aquarium Science and the other in Environmental GIS.  There are 20 full time faculty members and a full time academic advisor.  The Department has a greenhouse, an active herbarium (70,000 specimens), and teaches field classes at the Alice L. Kibbe Life Science Field Station, located 45 miles west of campus on the Mississippi River.  The Biology Department has a variety of molecular/biotech research tools available such as a microarray scanner, Q-RT-PCR, nanodrop, a DNA sequencer, and electron microscopes. For more information about the University and our Department, visit our website at http://www.wiu.edu/biology/.


THE UNIVERSITY: Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review for 13 consecutive years and as one of 37 public universities ranked a top tier "Best Midwestern University" by U.S.News & World Report, Western Illinois University (WIU) serves more than 10,000 students at its traditional residential campus in Macomb and its metropolitan, non-residential location in Moline, Illinois.


The WIU-Macomb and -Quad Cities campuses are comprised of accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities. Western is a comprehensive university offering 66 undergraduate and 38 graduate degree programs, which includes a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental studies. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, the University's 514 full-time faculty members teach 96 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses, in addition to seven pre-professional degree programs and 18 certificate programs.


Western offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 19 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League. WIU is the cultural center of the region. University Libraries house an extensive collection and offer online database access to thousands of academic periodic journals and publications.


 WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 8,943): A traditional, residential four-year campus with select graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago. Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).


 WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 1,430): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental studies, at its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL (population 44,000). The Quad Cities (population 376,000) rests on the banks of the Mississippi River and is comprised of Moline and Rock Island in western Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in eastern Iowa. Moline, Illinois is home to the Quad Cities International Airport.

Application Instructions:

Complete applications include:

1) a letter of application

2) current curriculum vita or resume

3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references

4) copies of unofficial academic transcripts, official transcripts will be required for selected candidate

5) statement of administrative philosophy and goals


Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL http://www.wiu.edu/employment/


**Note** Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size in order to upload.


Screening will begin on November 9, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.


Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Kyle Mayborn, Associate Dean at kr-mayborn@wiu.edu.


For assistance with the online application system call the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309)298-1977.


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