Chairperson, Department of Agriculture
Illinois State University invites applications for the position of Department of Agriculture Chairperson. The Department seeks a dynamic, collaborative chairperson to lead undergraduate and graduate programs. The Chairperson is primarily responsible for long-range planning, fiscal management, personnel, faculty and staff advancement, program assessment, curriculum review and development, and oversight of teaching and research laboratories. The Chairperson shall encourage high-quality teaching, research, and service and advocate for resources needed to further advance the Department's mission, with emphasis on student recruitment and retention. The Chairperson shall develop and maintain partnerships within and outside the university, as well as promote departmental programs to campus, alumni, business, governmental, and other educational stakeholders, provide oversight for a teaching and research farm and a horticulture center, advocate for the department to be at the forefront of discussions in Illinois related to agriculture, and provide active leadership for faculty and staff within a university culture of shared governance. Preferred start date is July 1, 2020.
Qualifications: Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in an area appropriate to the Department of Agriculture with academic achievement that merits appointment, with tenure, at the rank of associate or full professor. Applicants must demonstrate an ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, administrative colleagues, alumni, and professional communities served by the department. For full consideration, applicants will have a successful record in teaching, administrative experience, graduate education, and scholarship, including funded research, grant, contract, or project activities. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position.
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, LGBTQ+, and people of color are encouraged to apply.
Salary, Rank, and Tenure: The position is a twelve-month tenured appointment. The salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience. A comprehensive benefits package is included.
The Department of Agriculture:
The Department of Agriculture at Illinois State University has 14 tenured and tenure-track faculty, approximately 500 undergraduate students, and 15 graduate students. The Department offers an undergraduate major in Agriculture with sequences in Agribusiness, Agriculture Communication and Leadership, Agriculture Education, Agronomy Management, Animal Industry Management, Animal Science, Crop and Soil Science, Food Industry Management, Horticulture and Landscape Management, and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. The Department offers a Master of Science in Agriculture with sequences in Agribusiness, Agriculture Education and Leadership, and Agriscience. The Department boasts unique resources to facilitate teaching and research, including a meats laboratory, an agriculture mechanics and technology laboratory, a 25-acre horticulture center, and a 600-acre teaching and research farm with grain and livestock production. The Department of Agriculture (https://agriculture.illinoisstate.edu/) is administratively located within the College of Applied Science and Technology (http://cast.illinoisstate.edu/).
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. ISU currently ranks in the top 100 on U.S. News and World Report's best public national universities list. Additionally, for the fifth 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 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 (http://visitbn.org/).
Required Qualifications 1. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in an area appropriate to the Department of Agriculture with academic achievement that merits appointment, with tenure, at the rank of associate or full professor.
2. Applicants must demonstrate an ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, administrative colleagues, alumni, and professional communities served by the department.
3. Applicants will have a successful record in teaching, administrative experience, graduate education, and scholarship, including funded research, grant, contract, or project activities.
4. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position.
Initial review of applications will begin October 21, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.
To assure full consideration, please complete a faculty employment application and attach a cover letter, vita, statement of administrative philosophy (attach as "Other"), and names of three references (with phone numbers and email addresses) by October 20, 2019.
Illinois State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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.
If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.
Contact Information Dr. Jessie Krienert, Search Committee Chair
Departmental Homepage https://agriculture.illinoisstate.edu/