Assistant/Associate Professor of Agricultural Education/Agricultural Communication & Leadership

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Normal, Illinois

Assistant/Associate Professor of Agricultural Education/Agricultural Communication & Leadership

POSITION: Full-time, nine-month probationary tenure-track position. The Department of Agriculture is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. ISU recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff, and student body enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are especially welcomed to apply. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and people of color are encouraged to apply.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Primary responsibility is teaching undergraduate courses in agricultural education, agricultural communication and leadership, and preparing students for careers as certified teachers of agriculture. The candidate may also teach M.S. graduate courses, supervise graduate students, and advise departmental student organizations. The candidate will be expected to develop a high-quality research program that includes grant writing and publishing within the discipline. Additional responsibilities include participating in appropriate professional and university service.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have a doctorate in agricultural education, agricultural communications, or a closely related area by May 15, 2021. High school teaching experience is desirable but not required. Candidates must be able to demonstrate oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position, as mandated by state law.

POSITION AVAILABLE:  Starting date is August 16, 2020.

Illinois State University: 

A small-college experience with large-university opportunities. Illinois State University ( distinguishes itself from other institutions in the state and the region by providing a unique educational climate that adds a beneficial dimension to the state’s system of higher education. The first public university in Illinois, Illinois State University was founded in 1857. Today, we are a dynamic, fiscally sound university of close to 21,000 students offering more than 160 major/minor options in six colleges. In our most recent strategic plan Educate ∙ Connect ∙ Elevate, we have committed our resources to realizing seven core values: Learning and Scholarship, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect, Collaboration, Individualized Attention, Civic Engagement, and Integrity. By acting on these values, we believe we create a learning environment that results in our University being the first-choice public university in Illinois for high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized educational experience combined with the resources of a large university. For the fourth year in a row, Illinois State University was named one of the “Great Colleges to Work For” according to a survey released by The Chronicle of Higher Education. ISU, the only four-year public university in Illinois to be included on this list, earned the honor in the following categories: collaborative governance; compensation and benefits; confidence in senior leadership; facilities, workspace and security; job satisfaction; professional/career development programs; respect and appreciation; supervisor/department chair relationship; teaching environment, tenure clarity and process; and work/life balance.

THE COLLEGE OF APPLIED SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY and THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE: The College of Applied Science and Technology is home to approximately 4,600 undergraduate and graduate students and 115 tenure-track faculty. The College of Applied Science and Technology includes the Departments of Agriculture, Criminal Justice Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Sciences, Military Science, Technology, and the Schools of Information Technology and Kinesiology and Recreation ( The Department of Agriculture is home to approximately 575 undergraduate students, 15 M.S. graduate students and 11 full-time faculty. Facilities include a 600-acre teaching and research farm with grain and livestock production and a 25-acre horticulture center. Visit our website:

BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL COMMUNITY: Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a population of approximately 167,000 and conveniently located approximately two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis. The community is home to the Illinois Farm Bureau, GROWMARK, Country Financial Insurance, the Illinois Soybean Association, and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board. Many additional agribusinesses operate out of central Illinois. The community also is home to 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. Forbes magazine, in a review of the best places for business, ranked Bloomington-Normal the 15th best place for business out of 168 small metros listed. Bloomington was also recently placed on CNNMoney's list of the 100 Best Places to Live ( 

SALARY: Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Initial review of applications will begin on October 4, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. To assure full consideration, apply online to posting number 0712408 at and include a letter of application, full vitae, transcripts, and contact information for three references by October 4, 2019. Any questions regarding this position may be directed to Mrs. Kathy Scott, Administrative Assistant to the Chair ([email protected]).


Illinois State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.




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Posted: 8/21/2019
Application Due: 10/20/2019
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Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.