German and Gender Studies Assistant Professor 150025-E

Macomb, McDonough County
Feb 18, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Company Description:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves more than 12,000 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT: August 21, 2014

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will have teaching responsibilities for both the Department of Women's Studies and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.  The candidate will advance towards tenure in either the Department of Women's Studies or the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, depending on the discipline from which the degree is earned, qualifications, and research interests. The decision regarding the tenuring department will be made in consultation with the successful candidate prior to the beginning of the first contract. Faculty generally teach three courses a semester, with opportunities to teach during the summer terms based on a rotating schedule among faculty.  The successful candidate will be responsible for helping develop humanities courses in the area of his or her specialty for the Department of Women's Studies.  The candidate will work with the department chair of Foreign Languages and Literatures for the scheduling of courses in that department.  Faculty are expected to maintain an active research agenda and to help direct student research.  Additionally, faculty contribute to the functions of the departments and university through various service activities.   

RANK & SALARY: Assistant Professor.  Competitive compensation package. Western Illinois University also offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit: 



REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Women's Studies, German Studies, or a related field from the humanities. Ph.D. must be awarded by appointment date.  Candidates must be able to teach courses in  Women's Studies at the undergraduate and graduate level, including Introduction to Women's Studies, theory courses, and other courses that fall in the area of gender studies.  Candidate must also possess native or near-native proficiency in German and be willing and able to teach German language, literature, and culture at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of teaching excellence and innovation, an active research agenda that intersects Women's Studies and German Studies, and a willingness to teach occasional online courses.  

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Online teaching experience

Additional Information:

THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Women's Studies offers an undergraduate major and minor and a post-baccaulaureate certificate.  In addition to the current advertised position, the department is comprised of 3 faculty members, including the department chair, and a staff member. As of Fall 2014, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will offer a major in Foreign Languages and Cultures with options in French, German, and Spanish; minors in French, German, and Spanish; and introductory/intermediate courses in Japanese and Chinese.  The department has eleven faculty members, including a department chair, and a staff member.  

THE UNIVERSITY: Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review and one of 39 public universities ranked a top tier "Best Midwestern University" by U.S.News & World Report, Western Illinois University (WIU) serves approximately 12,200 students in the heart of the Midwest through its traditional residential campus in Macomb and its metropolitan, non-residential location in Moline, Illinois.

The WIU-Macomb and -Quad Cities campuses are comprised of accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities. Western is a comprehensive university offering 65 undergraduate and 37 graduate degree programs, including a doctorate in education. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, the University's 612 full-time faculty members teach 93.5 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses, in addition to 10 pre-professional degree programs and 19 certificate programs.

Western offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 20 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League. WIU is the cultural center of the region. University Libraries house an extensive collection and offer online database access to thousands of academic periodic journals and publications.

WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 10,003): A traditional, residential four-year campus with select graduate programs, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago. Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 1,204): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, at its metropolitan, non-residential campuses in Moline, IL (population 44,000). The Quad Cities (population 376,000) rests on the banks of the Mississippi River and is comprised of Moline and Rock Island in western Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in eastern Iowa. Moline, Illinois is home to the Quad Cities International Airport.


Application Instructions:

Complete applications include:

1) A letter of application addressing teaching in both German and Gender Studies

2) current curriculum vita 

3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of four current professional references

4) teaching evaluations, if available

5) copies of unofficial academic transcripts, official transcripts will be requested of selected candidate 

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL

**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.

Screening will begin on March 17, 2014  and continue until the position is filled.

For questions regarding German Studies, contact Gary Schmidt at or for questions regarding Gender Studies, contact Aimee Shouse at

For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309)298-1977 or via email at