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Assistant/Associate Professor in PK-12 Leadership

Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois

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Job No: 514424
Work Type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois

Title: Assistant/Associate Professor in PK-12 Leadership

Division Name: Academic Affairs

College/Unit: College of Education

Department: Educational Administration & Foundations

Campus Location: Normal, IL

General Summary

We seek a colleague to join us in our commitment to educate PK–12 leaders to realize the democratic ideal through public education.

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 (ISU) seeks an experienced, highly motivated, culturally responsive, and effective PK–12 leader to join us in the implementation of two graduate programs in PK–12 leadership—the Superintendency and the Doctorate for Practitioners. EAF is a long-standing member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), the International Council of Professors of Education Administration (ICPEA), and the University Council for Education Administration (UCEA), all of which speak to the vision and mission of our department.

Responsibilities: The primary responsibility for the position will be to teach courses in PK–12 leadership and administration to master’s and doctoral students. Faculty members teach on- and off-campus classes, as well as online. Teaching responsibilities include teaching adult learners, advising doctoral students, serving on dissertation committees, clinical supervision, and collaborative curriculum implementation and development. In addition, a commitment to a research agenda resulting in presentations and publications is expected. Finally, the candidate must be willing to engage in service and assume leadership roles in the department, college, university, state, and the PK–12 profession. Applicants must have an active teaching and research agenda commensurate with rank as well as demonstrate the potential to secure external funding.

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 minoritized groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s teaching and research missions.

Additional Information

Illinois State University: Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. There are approximately 21,000 students in the six colleges of Illinois State University. 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 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. Also visit the University’s metrics of excellence at (

Bloomington-Normal Community: Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a metro population of approximately 172,000. The community is also home to Illinois Wesleyan University, Heartland Community College, St. Joseph Medical Center, Carle BroMenn Medical Center, COUNTRY Financial, State Farm Insurance’s International Headquarters, Central Illinois Regional Airport, and electric truck manufacturer Rivian Motors. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and its citizens’ high level of educational attainment, as well as its parks and recreation, health care, vibrant fine arts scene, job growth, economic opportunity, historic sites, and low crime rates. SmartAsset ranked Bloomington IL, in the top 20 of the most livable cities in the U.S. (2022). Zippia named Bloomington, IL, as #1 on their “Happiest Cities” list (2020), and Best Choice Schools listed the area on its “30 Small College Towns with Great Quality of Life” (2020). Bloomington-Normal is 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 these locations are accessible from Bloomington-Normal via the Amtrak located 1 block from ISU’s campus. For more information on our community, please visit (

Required Qualifications

1. An earned doctorate from an accredited institution in Educational Leadership or a related discipline prior to August 16, 2023
2. PK-12 leadership experience working effectively with racially, ethnically, linguistically, and economically diverse students and families
3. Successful candidates must be committed to working collegially with diverse faculty, students, staff, and community members
4. A demonstrated active engagement in learning and practicing principles of social justice and inclusion
5. A specialization in one or more of the following: equitable schooling, collaborative instructional leadership, school-community collaboration, or social justice-focused leadership
6. A demonstrated interest and success in collaborating with public schools and districts, diverse community stakeholders, and government agencies
7. A demonstrated potential (Assistant Professor) or excellence (Associate Professor) in teaching, research, and service
8. State law mandates demonstrable proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position

Work Hours


Proposed Starting Date

August 16, 2023

Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Required Applicant Documents

1. Letter of application describing interest in and qualifications for the position and how the candidate’s teaching, scholarship, and service will further the goal of building a culturally diverse educational environment at ISU
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Research statement describing current and future research trajectories
4. Teaching statement describing the candidate’s teaching philosophy
5. Unofficial graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be required upon hire)
6. Contact information of three academic and professional references. The references should be able to speak to the candidate’s academic qualifications
7. Sample scholarly work such as a chapter from the candidate’s dissertation (Assistant Professor) or other academic writing
8. An Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (EDIA) statement that describes how the candidate’s teaching practice, scholarship/creative productivity, and service drive social change

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

We encourage applicants to address the required qualifications listed in this advertisement in their research and teaching statements and letter. of application. The review of applications will begin on December 5, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. Priority consideration will be given to applications sent in by November 28.

Contact Information for Applicants

ISU PK–12 Search Committee
c/o Kim Ward, Assistant to the EAF Chairperson
[email protected] (309) 438-4630

Important Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a criminal background investigation based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of 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: 10/10/2022 03:45 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.

Illinois State University is committed to and accountable for advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our mission.


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, 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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