Associate Professor or Full Professor in Research Methods

Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois

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Job No: 511818
Work Type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois

Title: Associate Professor or Full Professor in Research Methods

Employee Classification: Tenure Track Faculty

Division Name: Academic Affairs

College/Unit: College of Education

Department: Educational Administration & Foundations

Campus Location: Normal, IL

General Summary

The Call: Building on our long history of excellence in leadership education, the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations (EAF) in the College of Education at Illinois State University seeks an experienced, highly motivated, culturally responsive, and effective research methods scholar to join us as we prepare people from diverse backgrounds to assume leadership positions in both the higher education and PK-12 enterprises in the advancement of the democratic ideal.

Responsibilities: The primary responsibilities of this experienced colleague will be to teach master’s and doctoral courses related to PK-12 and higher education administration aspiring leaders, on- and off-campus, in an online, hybrid, face-to-face, and weekend cohort formats; advise doctoral dissertations and chair and serve on preliminary examinations; maintain an active research agenda and status as a graduate faculty member while providing service to the unit, college, university, and affiliate professional organizations. The candidate will be expected to recruit, advise, and mentor students, assist in program reviews/accreditation work, and may also be asked to assist with program coordination.

Additional Information

The Department: Educational Administration and Foundations (EAF) is an interdisciplinary department comprised of four main areas: PK–12 administration; higher education administration; research methods, assessment, and evaluation; and educational foundations. Graduate programs serve students on campus and at several off-campus sites. The Department houses several policy centers including the Center for the Study of Education Policy Further information about the EAF Department and its affiliations is available by visiting

The University Community: A Carnegie Doctoral University–Higher Research Activity with over 20,000 students, Illinois State University is Illinois’ first public university, founded in 1857 to educate the state’s teachers. ISU is one of the largest large-model teacher education institutions in the U.S. The University is located in Normal/Bloomington, Illinois, a community of around 130,000 people conveniently located within two to three hours of Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis.

Required Qualifications

1. Earned doctorate from an accredited university in research methods or closely related field
2. 5 years of demonstrated excellence as a tenure-track assistant professor
3. Ability to meet the department’s requirements for tenure and promotion.
4. Have an established research agenda as evinced by a robust record of peer-reviewed publications in relevant venues and presentations at national and international conferences.
5. Experience advising dissertation research and supporting graduate students, particularly historically underrepresented or marginalized students, with a strong orientation to collegiality.
6. Candidates must be able to demonstrate oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position, as mandated by state law.

Proposed Starting Date


Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Commensurate with rank, experience, and qualifications.

Required Applicant Documents

1.Letter of application describing interest in and qualifications for the position;
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Official graduate transcripts
4. A list of five academic and professional references with contact information (three of the five referees should be able to speak to the candidate’s academic qualifications)
5. Samples of scholarly publications, presentations, reports, or other academic writing.

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"

Special Instructions for Applicants

To ensure full consideration, candidates must complete an online application for posting number 511818 at and electronically submit the following by September 24, 2021, at 5 pm: A letter of application describing interest in and qualifications for the position; curriculum vitae; official graduate transcripts; a list of five academic and professional references with contact information (three of the five referees should be able to speak to the candidate’s academic qualifications); and samples of scholarly publications, presentations, reports, or other academic writing. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities, as well as others who would bring fresh perspectives to the University’s teaching and research missions.

Contact Information for Applicants

ISU PK–12 Search Committee
c/o Carol Pfoff, Assistant to the EAF Chairperson
[email protected]
(309) 438-4630;
fax (309) 438-8683

Human Resources
Clay Gruenwald
[email protected]

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: 07/27/2021 04:00 PM CST
Application Closes: Open until filled



Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. Illinois State is a co-educational, residential university committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities and promoting the highest academic standards in teaching, scholarship, and community service. Serving more than 20,000 students, our six colleges offer 178 undergraduate majors, 77 minors, 102 master’s programs, 18 doctoral degrees, and 42 certificate options. We have repeatedly been named a “Great Place to Work” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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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, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding affirmative action, nondiscrimination, and anti-harassment. Illinois State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, order of protection, gender identity and expression, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, genetic information, unfavorable military discharge, or status as a veteran in employment, educational programs and activities, or admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed by contacting the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access by email at [email protected], by calling (309) 438-3383, or by mail at Illinois State University, Campus Box 1280, Normal, IL 61790.

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