Chair, Department of Philosophy (Associate or Full Professor)

Normal, Illinois
Sep 27, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Illinois State University, Normal/Bloomington

Chair, Department of Philosophy (Associate or Full Professor)

The Department of Philosophy ( invites applications for the position of Department Chair, for a 12-month, 5-year term (renewable), with a preferred start date of 1 July 2018. AOS and AOC: open. The Chair will be expected to provide vision and guidance, to promote innovative teaching and research, and to teach one course per year. The department has a special interest in candidates who can support the core values of both the department and the University, which include shared governance and diversity, and who can support the wide range of research strengths of our current faculty. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in philosophy or closely related field, with a substantial record of research and teaching. A record of institutional service and leadership, strong communication skills, and the ability to manage the administrative needs of a medium-sized Philosophy department are also required. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position.

The department typically has between 50 and 60 majors, participates in teaching a large number of general education courses, and has a significant interdisciplinary profile, with connections to cognitive science, religious studies, biology, environmental studies, and women’s and gender studies.

Please complete an online application for posting number 0709904 (Philosophy Chair) at Applications must include i) a letter of intent articulating relevant qualifications and experience, ii) a statement of administrative approach that includes how that approach coincides with departmental core values, iii) a Curriculum Vitae, and iv) contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on 1 November 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Dr. Rachel Bowden, chair of the search committee at -- please add “Philosophy Chair Search” in the subject line.

Illinois State University:

Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. Illinois State is a coeducational, residential university that emphasizes undergraduate study with almost 21,000 students. Our 34 academic departments in six colleges offer 63 undergraduate programs in more than 160 fields of study. Illinois State University ( is committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities and promoting the highest academic standards in teaching, scholarship, and community service. Illinois State University has been named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.


Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a population of approximately 125,000 and conveniently located approximately two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis. The community is home to GROWMARK, Illinois Farm Bureau, State Farm Insurance International Headquarters, Illinois Wesleyan University, Lincoln College, and Heartland Community College. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and educational attainment, parks and recreation, health care, job growth, economic opportunity, and low crime.

Illinois State is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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