This job has expired

Chairperson, Department of Educational Administration & Foundations

Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois
Commensurate with experience and qualifications

View more

Faculty Jobs
Education, Educational Administration & Leadership
Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

The College of Education at Illinois State University invites applications for Chairperson of the Department of Educational Administration & Foundations (EAF). The College seeks a dynamic, collaborative leader to further the Department’s mission and vision while advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, access+ (EDIA+) in our policies, personnel, and undergraduate and graduate programs. Additionally, the chairperson will be knowledgeable of the department's program requirements, policies, procedures, operations, and management; and CAEP accreditation processes.
The Chairperson will encourage high-quality teaching, research, and service, and advocate for resources needed to prepare educational leaders. The Chairperson will develop and maintain partnerships within and outside the University, as well as promote Department programs to campus, alumni, business, governmental, and other educational stakeholders.
A successful chairperson will:
- represent the social justice and equity ethos of EAF's programs
- promote excellence in instruction, scholarly and creative productivity, and service at Illinois State University
- coordinate the development and implementation of the Department’s and University’s vision and goal statements
- lead department effort toward achieving university and college initiatives
- create and implement a long-range fiscal management plan
- support personnel, faculty, and staff development
- conduct program assessments
- develop and implement curriculum reviews
- serve as a liaison between the department and other units of the institution

Preferred start date is July 1, 2023. The position is a twelve-month, tenured appointment. Salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience. A comprehensive benefits package is included.

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 and equity are especially welcomed. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+, and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Department of Educational Administration and Foundations:
The Mission of the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations (EAF) is to prepare people of diverse backgrounds for leadership roles in P-12, higher education and other fields. Our master's, doctoral and undergraduate courses are grounded in the belief that educational leaders require knowledge, skills, values, and commitment appropriate for administrative, policy, instructional, and research roles. Please visit our website for more information.
The Department of Educational Administration and Foundations is a collaborative learning environment rooted in:
- Educational policy
- Interpersonal skills and group processes
- Instructional, clinical, leadership, and management processes
- Professional and ethical practice in education
- Transformative leadership of creative educational systems
- Social and cultural foundations of education
- Scholarly research

College of Education:
Illinois State University has a historic and enduring commitment to prepare teachers and other school personnel who will be responsive to the ethical and intellectual demands of a democratic society. To teach in a democracy is self-consciously to take up the challenge of improving the ethical and intellectual quality of our societal dialogue by including in it as many educated voices as possible. The democratic ideal unites caring and knowing: the more voices we call into thoughtful dialogue, and the less fettered the mutual exchange among those voices becomes, the truer our convictions and conclusions will be. This is the foundation of a democratic society, and it is why ISU graduates aspire to teach everyone, especially those on the margins, those who have been or are in danger of being excluded. This democratic conception of education informs all aspects of teacher education at Illinois State. Graduates who are ready to meet the challenges and rewards of serving students in a democratic society embody the ethical and intellectual commitments of teaching and learning in order to realize the democratic ideal. The College of Education complements its abiding commitment to inclusive teacher preparation and the development of educational leaders with pursuit of scholarly work. A distinguished faculty, and the students they mentor, engage in work that discovers, integrates, and applies disciplinary knowledge while also advancing the University’s commitment to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

ISU is ranked as the fourth largest producer of teachers in the nation. Nearly one in six Illinois public school teachers is an ISU alum. The College of Education is organized into the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations, the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations, the School of Teaching and Learning, the Cecilia J. Lauby Teacher Education Center and two laboratory schools: the Thomas Metcalf School and University High School. The College enrolls more than 3,000 students who choose from a wide array of teacher and administrator preparation programs, including Learning and Behavior, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Low Vision and Blindness, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle Level Education, Reading, Bilingual and Bicultural Education, Leadership, Equity, and Inquiry, and areas of educational administration/leadership. Graduate programs are offered in Educational Administration and Foundations, Teaching and Learning, K-12 Administration, and Higher Education Administration. The College of Education is one of only 85 in the nation that maintains Laboratory Schools. Thomas Metcalf and University High schools provide a unique educational option from pre-kindergarten through the senior year for approximately 1,000 students in the community. The schools also serve as sites for clinical experiences that are critically important to the college’s future teachers. College web site:

Illinois State University:
Illinois State University is a public research university in Normal, Illinois, approximately 130 miles southwest of Chicago. Founded in 1857 as Illinois State Normal University, it is the oldest public university in Illinois. The university emphasizes teaching and is recognized as one of the top ten largest producers of teachers in the United States according to the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. Founded as a teachers' college, the university now offers a range of programs at the bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. Illinois State is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The teacher preparation programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and certified by the Illinois State Board of Education. In addition, 22 programs hold discipline-based accreditation. As of the fall of 2022, total on-campus enrollment was 20,683, with 18,055 undergraduate students and 2,628 graduate students. Slightly over half of the enrollment is female (58%), 30% of all students are from traditionally underrepresented groups, and international students represent 69 different countries. Illinois State’s athletic teams are members of the Missouri Valley Conference and the Missouri Valley Football Conference and are known as the “Redbirds,” in reference to the state bird, the cardinal. Please reference the University website for more information.

Land Acknowledgement:
Illinois State University was built on the land of multiple native nations. These lands were the traditional birthright of Indigenous people who were forcibly removed and have faced centuries of struggle for survival and identity in the wake of dispossession and displacement. We would like to acknowledge that our campus sits on the lands that were once home to the Illini, Peoria and the Myaamia, and later due to colonial encroachment and displacement to the Fox, Potawatomi, Sauk, Shawnee, Winnebago, Ioway, Mascouten, Piankashaw, Wea, and Kickapoo Nations. We also express honor to those Indigenous people who we may have excluded in this acknowledgement due to erasure and historical inaccuracy. Please visit our website for more information.

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 doctoral degree from an accredited institution in the field of Education, Administration (PK-12 or higher education), Methods, Cultural Foundation of Education, or closely related field with academic achievements in scholarship, teaching, and service that merit appointment, with tenure, at the rank of full professor.
2. A minimum of five years of experience as an educator (PK-12), higher education/student affairs administrator, and/or school leader.
3. A record of progressive and successful academic administrative or other leadership experience at the program, department, college, or university level.
4. Evidence of a demonstrated commitment to EDIA+.
5. A successful record of teaching, scholarship, and service in their relevant discipline with experience in grant writing.
6. Publications, teaching record, and service reflect a social justice and equity lens.
7. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position.

Required Applicant Documents

1. A letter of application describing your related experience and interest in this position
2. A statement of leadership and teaching philosophy including mentoring within your field
3. A statement on your commitment to EDIA+ including:
a) your personal conceptualization of EDIA+
b) experiences in your career
c) your proposal of operationalizing EDIA+ in the EAF department at Illinois State University
4. Current curriculum vitae
5. The names and contact details of 3 references (including phone numbers and email addresses).

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

Review of applications will begin January 27,2023, and continues until the position is filled.

Contact Information for Applicants

Katherine Kaiser
(309) 438-2543
[email protected]

Human Resources:
Michelle Klunke
(309) 438-0871
[email protected]




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.

Find Us
Campus Box 1300
Illinois State University

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert