Assistant or Associate Professor

Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois

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Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

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Job No: 511605
Work Type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois

Title: Assistant or Associate Professor

College/Unit: Mennonite College of Nursing

Campus Location: Normal, IL

General Summary

Healthcare is changing.

At Illinois State University’s Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN), we believe that nurses need to lead that change. Our Vision is to be a community that sets the standard for excellence in nursing education and practice, improving health locally and globally, and changing the world one exceptionally well-prepared nurse at a time. We are open, inclusive, and purposeful.

***This posting represents several openings and we invite you to join us.

MCN is seeking a 9-month full-time, tenure track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, depending upon experience and qualifications. Research foci and skills of particular interest include clinical outcomes, use of big data science, diversity and improving the environments in which care is delivered.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Conduct research in area of interest and pursue external research funding.
• Maintain a record of scholarly publications in peer-reviewed nationally recognized journals.
• Demonstrate leadership skills in mentorship of colleagues and students in this area of research.
• Prepare, teach, and evaluate assigned courses.
• Utilize teaching strategies appropriate for the learning needs of all students.
• Participate in College and University committees.
• Perform related duties as assigned.

Additional Information

As the only professional college at Illinois State University, Illinois State University’s Mennonite College of Nursing offers on-campus and online programs, including prelicensure, RN-BSN, and accelerated Baccalaureate degrees, BSN to PhD with Leadership and Management and Family Nurse Practitioner specializations, a PhD in nursing science and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Our undergraduate students consistently perform above the national average on the NCLEX, and US News and World Report has ranked our RN to BSN program #3 in Illinois and #14 nationally. As a leader in research on aging/vulnerable populations, quality and safety, and nursing education science, MCN is an excellent environment for candidates seeking balance between scholarship and teaching.

Illinois State University is a community of scholars with a commitment to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. As Illinois’ first public university, we promote the highest academic standards in our teaching, our scholarship, and the connections we build between them. Illinois State University is a residential university with an enrollment of 21,000 students. Our 34 academic departments in six colleges offer 63 undergraduate programs in more than 160 fields of study. The Graduate School coordinates 38 masters, two specialist and seven doctoral programs.

Recently recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as the only public university in Illinois to be a "Great College to Work For", Illinois State University is located in Bloomington-Normal. The twin-cities, with a population exceeding 125,000, are halfway between Chicago and St. Louis. The cities are known for having a high quality of life including a small-town atmosphere, high standard of living, stable economy, and high educational attainment.

Required Qualifications

• PhD in nursing or related field (Master’s in Nursing required if doctorate not in nursing)
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Strong evidence of research and scholarly productivity, including a track record of or potential for obtaining external research funding.
• Passion for student centered teaching and learning, especially with diverse populations and/or diversifying the curriculum.
• Licensed (prior to start date) Registered Nurse in Illinois
• A successful criminal background screening and negative drug screening (conducted at final candidacy

Work Hours

Varies depending on class hours and office hours.

Functional Expectations

Must be able to complete the following with or without reasonable accommodation:

1. Ability to effectively communicate on a daily basis.
2. Ability to conduct or attend meetings in various locations across campus.

Proposed Starting Date


Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Pay is commensurate with qualification and experience, combined with an excellent benefits package.

Required Applicant Documents

1. Letter of Application
2. Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
3. List of References (at least three professional references with contact information.)

PLEASE NOTE: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Optional Applicant Documents

Certification of Retirement Annuity

PLEASE NOTE: These documents may be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Special Instructions for Applicants

To assure full consideration, please complete an online faculty employment application. Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

All application materials must be submitted online. Application materials submitted via fax, email, or mail will not be accepted.

Along with your application, please submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, and a list of three references with contact information.

Contact Information for Applicants

Marilyn A. Prasun, PhD, CCNS, CNL, CHFN, FAHA
Carle BroMenn Endowed Professor & Chair, Search Committee
Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University
[email protected]
(309) 438-2174

Important Information for Applicants

If this position is Security Sensitive or if you are subject to a criminal background investigation based on University policy, employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Illinois State University is an Equal 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. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.

Application Opened: 11/02/2021 05:30 PM CST
Application Closes: Open until filled



Founded in 1857, Illinois State University was the first public university in the state and is one of the Midwest’s oldest institutions of higher education. It is a coeducational, residential university. Its 34 academic departments in six colleges offer 77 undergraduate programs in more than 160 fields of study. The Graduate School coordinates 41 master’s, nine specialist, and ten doctoral programs.

The 1,110 acre campus includes more than 60 major buildings with state-of-the-art technology, and Watterson Towers is one of the most unique structures, as this residence hall is the tallest building between Chicago and St. Louis. Other major facilities include a Center for the Performing Arts, a 360-acre farm, Bone Student Center and Braden Auditorium, a University Planetarium, Redbird Arena, and Hancock Stadium. From meeting facilities to cultural opportunities through the arts, and excitement of numerous sporting events each year, ISU is a vital part of the Bloomington-Normal community.


Illinois State University, a first-choice public university, will be increasingly recognized as a national leader for educating high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized and transformative experience at an institution that:

  • Offers premier undergraduate and graduate programs that integrate traditional knowledge and methods with emerging ideas and innovations
  • Generates knowledge through high-quality research, scholarship, and creative activities
  • Supports student learning and development inside and outside of the classroom
  • Serves the region, state, nation, and world through its commitments to responsible stewardship, meaningful civic engagement, cultural enrichment, and the development of global citizens


We at Illinois State University work as a diverse community of scholars with a commitment to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. We promote the highest academic standards in our teaching, scholarship, public service and the connections we build among them. We devote all of our resources and energies to creating the most supportive and productive community possible to serve the citizens of Illinois and beyond.


Pursuit of Learning and Scholarship

Illinois State University works with students as partners in their educational development inside and outside of the classroom so that students come to appreciate learning as an active and lifelong process. The University contributes new knowledge through research, scholarship, and creative activities in which all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate. Faculty members embrace a balanced teacher–scholar model that values their contributions as teachers (facilitators of learning) and scholars (creators and discoverers of knowledge and information). 

Individualized Attention

Illinois State University provides a supportive environment that places all learners at the center of teaching and scholarship. Innovative curricular and cocurricular programs, strong student-faculty-staff connections, and superior student services focus on each student as an individual. The University fosters academic and personal growth, recognizes unique educational aspirations, and acknowledges that each faculty and staff member is integral to student success.


Illinois State University affirms and encourages community and a respect for differences by fostering an inclusive environment characterized by cultural understanding, ethical behavior, and social justice. The University supports a diverse faculty and staff who mentor a diverse student population. The University endeavors to provide opportunities for all students, staff, and faculty to participate in a global society.


Illinois State University promotes an environment defined by the highest ethical standards. Leadership of the University is characterized by stability, adherence to shared values, collaborative decision making, and accountable stewardship of all university resources. Members of the University community work collaboratively through shared governance to ensure the success of the University and are dedicated to making ongoing improvements, always enhancing their contribution to Illinois State University and building on prior accomplishments. Teaching and learning, including research and creative activities, are conducted at the highest level of academic quality and integrity.

Civic Engagement

Illinois State University prepares students to be informed and engaged global citizens who will promote and further the goals of society. The University promotes active learning experiences through which students will gain an awareness and understanding of civic engagement as a lifelong responsibility. The University partners with business, industry, government, and educational entities providing leadership in local, statewide, national, and international initiatives; expanding service and outreach; and enhancing financial support for instructional, scholarly, and service activities.

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

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