Assistant or Associate Professor in PK-12 Leadership and Administration (Two openings)

Illinois State University, Normal
Salary is commensurate with rank, experience, and qualifications.
Aug 29, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution




We seek two (2) colleagues to join us in our commitment to educate PK–12 leaders for realizing the democratic ideal through public education.

The Call: Building on our long history of excellence in leadership education, the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations in the College of Education at Illinois State University seeks two experienced, highly motivated, culturally proficient, and effective PK–12 leaders to join us as we embark on the implementation of two newly re-designed graduate programs in PK–12 leadership—the Principalship and the Superintendency.

Responsibilities: The primary responsibility of these practitioner-scholars will be to teach courses in PK–12 leadership and administration to master’s and doctoral students. Faculty members teach on- and off-campus classes. Teaching responsibilities include teaching adult learners, advising doctoral students, serving on dissertation committees, clinical supervision, and collaborative curriculum implementation and development. Commitment as a practitioner-scholar to have an area of interest from which to develop a research agenda is expected, resulting in presentations and publications. Willingness to engage in service and to assume leadership roles in the Department, College, University, state, and the PK–12 profession are expected.

Required Qualifications: The practitioner-scholars we seek will have experience and knowledge as building-level, district-wide, or regional leaders in PK–12 public schools, with specialization in one or more of the following: school transformation, instructional leadership, human resource administration, school–community partnerships, or social-justice-focused leadership, and will have demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching, research, and service. Candidates will have building- or district-level experience working effectively with racially, ethnically, linguistically, and economically diverse students and families. Candidates must have an earned doctorate from an accredited institution in Educational Leadership or a related discipline prior to August 16, 2018. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position.

Preferred Qualifications: We seek candidates whose professional backgrounds include some of the following:

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, anti-racist pedagogy, and democratic public education
  • Demonstrated successful leadership experience working with students, families, and communities; faculty; staff; and board to improve teaching and student learning and outcomes
  • Demonstrated interest and success in partnering with public schools and districts, diverse community stakeholders, and government agencies

Salary: Salary for this nine-month tenure-track position is commensurate with rank, experience, and qualifications.

The Department: Educational Administration and Foundations is an interdisciplinary department comprised of four main areas: PK–12 administration, higher education administration, research methods and evaluation, and educational foundations. Graduate programs serve students on campus and at several off-campus sites. The Department houses the Center for the Study of Education Policy Further information about the EAF Department is available by visiting

The University Community: A Carnegie Doctoral University–Higher Research Activity with over 20,000 students, Illinois State University is Illinois’ first public university, founded in 1857 to educate the state’s teachers. ISU is one of the largest large-model teacher education institutions in the U.S. The University is located in Normal/Bloomington, Illinois, a community of around 130,000 people conveniently located within two to three hours of Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis.

Starting date: August 16, 2018

Application deadline: To ensure full consideration, candidates must complete an online application for posting number 0709807 at and electronically submit the following by October 23, 2017: A letter of application describing interest in and qualifications for the position; curriculum vitae; official graduate transcripts; a list of five academic and professional references with contact information (three of the five referees should be able to speak to the candidate’s academic qualifications); and a sample of scholarly work such as a chapter from the candidate’s dissertation or other academic writing. Review of applications will begin on that date and continue until the positions are filled. Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s teaching and research missions.

Direct all inquiries to:

                                                               ISU PK–12 Search Committee

c/o Carol Pfoff, Assistant to the EAF Chairperson (309) 438-4630; fax (309) 438-8683


Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action university encouraging diversity.