Department Chair-Department of Politics and Government

Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois

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Work type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois

Title: Department Chair-Department of Politics and Government
Division Name: Academic Affairs
College/Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Politics and Government
Campus Location: Normal, IL

Job Summary

Illinois State University invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Chair for the Department of Politics and Government at the tenured rank of Professor/Associate Professor (advanced Associate Professors will be considered) to begin July 1, 2024.

Primary Responsibilities: The Chair is expected to undertake the following:
• serve as the academic leader of the Department;
• represent the Department and faculty members to the rest of the University, especially higher administration;
• serve as a representative of the views and policies of higher administration to the faculty members of the Department;
• manage the Department’s resources;
• represent the Department and University to external bodies;
• coordinate the development and implementation of the Department's Vision and Goals Statement;
• lead the Department’s efforts toward achieving University and College goals and initiatives;
• develop the Department’s budget;
• manage the fiscal affairs of the Department;
• lead and coordinate the Department's strategic planning and curriculum development;
• assign and assess the distribution of faculty workload, including instructional, research, and service responsibilities;
• promote excellence in instruction, scholarly and creative productivity, and service at Illinois State University;
• lead and coordinate the governance of the Department;
• lead the processes of faculty selection and ensure that the appointment of tenure-track faculty follows university, college, and department ASPT policies;
• coordinate the professional development of faculty members;
• lead the evaluation of faculty members for retention, tenure, and promotion;
• provide recommendations to the Dean and Provost regarding sabbaticals and other leaves for faculty and staff;
• manage non-faculty staff members; and
• develop, lead, and encourage outreach and public service efforts.

The position is a full-time, 12-month appointment. Salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience. A comprehensive benefits package is included.

Illinois State University is committed to developing a diverse pool of applicants and recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff, and student body enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Additional Information

The Department of Politics and Government: The Department of Politics and Government comprises a vibrant, dynamic, and energetic group of faculty, students, and staff. The Department is known for its student-centered approach to teaching and academic rigor, and offers B.A./B.S. and M.A./M.S. degrees in political science. Department members cover all political science subfields in both teaching and research, including international relations, comparative politics, American politics, public law, political theory, and political methodology. The Department also houses an American Bar Association-approved paralegal education program and offers B.A./B.S. degrees in legal studies. Across political science and legal studies programs, the Department of Politics and Government is home to 15 tenured and tenure-track faculty, nearly 300 undergraduates, staff, political science graduate students, and non-tenure track faculty. Faculty produce high-quality research, publish work in top journals, and author books on topics spanning the subfields of political science. Faculty also share their expertise through invited talks and media interviews with local and national outlets. The Department publishes Critique, a student journal, and hosts an annual student conference in political science. The Department has a long tradition of sponsoring student engagement outside the classroom, including programs such as an intercollegiate mock trial team, Model U.N., study abroad experiences, and annual trips to Washington, D.C. The Department is deeply engaged in nurturing equity, diversity, and inclusion in its programs and seeks to advance research and teaching practices that promote these principles.

The Department of Politics and Government is housed within the College of Arts and Sciences (, home to 19 academic departments, schools, and interdisciplinary programs. The Department, College, and University are committed to shared governance and academic freedom. For more information about the Department and our programs, visit

Illinois State University: Illinois State University (, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. There are approximately 21,000 students in the seven colleges of Illinois State University. The University’s metrics of excellence can be found at ( 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. Illinois State University is committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere while providing the opportunities of a large university.

Illinois State made U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 rankings of America’s best public national universities based on academic quality and excellence. The Chronicle of Higher Education has consistently named Illinois State University one of the “Great Colleges to Work For.” Washington Monthly ranked the University No. 62 out of all national universities for the institution's contribution to the public good through social mobility, research, and public services. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) recognized Illinois State University with the 2021 Excellence and Innovation Award for Civic Learning and Community Engagement, highlighting the University’s efforts to encourage students to be engaged and educated citizens in partnership with the community.

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 one block from ISU’s campus. For more information on our community, please visit (

Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Required Qualifications

1) Ph.D. in political science or a related field
2) Rank of Professor or Associate Professor
3) Leadership experience
4) Excellent written communication skills
5) Evidence of achievement in teaching, research, and service
6) Demonstrate excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills
7) Candidates must be able to demonstrate oral proficiency in English as a requirement for this position, as mandated by state law

Work Hours


Proposed Starting Date

July 1, 2024

Required Applicant Documents

1) Letter of Application
2) Curriculum Vitae
3) Statement of Research
4) Teaching Philosophy
5) Statement of Managerial Style
6) Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Statement
7) Contact Information for At Least Three (3) References

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 December 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.

Contact Information for Applicants

Dr. Aaron Smith
Search committee chair
Professor of Linguistics, Department of English

Important Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a criminal background investigation and if applicable, an employment history review, based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation and/or an employment history review. 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. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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: 10/18/2023 02:20 PM CST
Application Closes: Open until filled

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