Chairperson, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Illinois State University invites applications for the position of Chairperson in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS). The Department seeks a dynamic Chair with administrative experience to lead thriving undergraduate and graduate programs, which include: Fashion Design & Merchandising; Food, Nutrition & Dietetics; Human Development & Family Science; Interior Design; and Teacher Education. The Chairperson is responsible for fiscal management, departmental accreditations, long-range planning, curriculum development and review, personnel recruitment, advancement, assessment, and oversight of the teaching and research laboratories. The Chairperson shall encourage high quality teaching, research, and service, and advocate for the resources needed to sustain the Department’s mission and vision. The Chairperson shall develop partnerships within and outside the university, as well as promote the Department’s programs to alumni, businesses, government agencies, and other educational institutions. The preferred start date for this position is July 1, 2020.
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. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and people of color are encouraged to apply.
Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in an area appropriate to FCS, with academic achievement that merits appointment with tenure at the rank of associate or full professor. Applicants must have the ability to work collegially and effectively with faculty, students, staff, administrative colleagues, alumni, and professional communities served by the unit. Applicants should have successful experiences in accreditation, teaching, administration, graduate education, a record of significant accomplishments in research, and demonstrated experience in grant, contract, or project activities. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position.
Salary, Rank, and Tenure: The position is a twelve-month tenure track appointment. The salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience. A competitive comprehensive benefits package is included.
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences:
FCS is one of six Departments and two Schools in the College of Applied Science and Technology (www.cast.illinoisstate.edu). The Department is accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) and offers five professional undergraduate programs as well as an accelerated master’s program (combined bachelor’s and master’s). The Department also offers a two-year comprehensive M.S./M.A. program, including a Dietetic Internship sequence and a Child Life option. The FCS Department houses four accredited programs including: undergraduate interior design (CIDA), undergraduate Teacher Education program (CAEP), undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics (ACEND), and a graduate Dietetic Internship (ACEND). The Human Development and Family Science program is also an approved Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) Program by the National Council on Family Relations. The ISU Child Care Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The Department has approximately 570 undergraduate and 60 graduate students, 20 full-time and 10 part-time faculty, 1 full-time academic advisor, 2 civil service personnel, and 5 administrative professionals at an affiliated Child Care Center.
Illinois State University:
A small-college experience with large-university opportunities. Illinois State University (www.illinoisstate.edu) 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.
Bloomington-Normal Community: Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a population of approximately 167,000 in the greater metro area and conveniently located about three hours from Indianapolis, two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis and an hour from Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, and Springfield, many of which are accessible by Amtrak Train. The community is home to Illinois Wesleyan University, Lincoln College, Heartland Community College, St. Joseph Medical Center, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Country Financial, and State Farm Insurance International Headquarters. 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. Business Insider ranked Normal tenth in Top College Towns in 2017. USA Today named it #3 of the Top 25 Small College Towns in America in 2016. For more information on our community, please visit (http://visitbn.org/).
Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer encouraging diversity. If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law, you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at 309-438-3383 or visit http://equalopportunity.illinoisstate.edu.
Application Procedure: To assure full consideration, please complete an online application for posting number 0712469 at www.Jobs.IllinoisState.edu and attach a cover letter, vita, statement of administrative philosophy, and names of three references (with phone numbers and email addresses) by October 4, 2019. Initial review of applications will begin on October 4, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.