RPTA Asst Professor-Event Planning/Management&Tourism 150024

Macomb, McDonough County
Feb 19, 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 approximately 12,200 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 2014

RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach courses in the professional core curriculum and general education while contributing directly to Event Planning/Event Management and Tourism in the Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) Department. This position may require occasional travel from the Macomb campus to the Quad Cities campus.

RANK & SALARY:Assistant Professor Tenure Track, salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit: http://www.wiu.edu/vpas/human_resources/benefits/.


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must hold an earned doctorate or terminal degree in recreation and/or leisure services and/or tourism. Advanced ABD may be considered.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should have some experience teaching at the college level and demonstrate involvement in professional associations and professional experience. Applicants teaching should include the appropriate use of technology in the classroom. Applicants should have expertise in Event Planning/Event Management and Tourism, and be able to contribute to the RPTA core curriculum and general education curriculum.

Additional Information:

THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (www.wiu.edu/rpta), at Western Illinois University, holds NRPA accreditation and is housed in the College of Education and Human Services. The RPTA Department has 235 undergraduate majors and 30 full-time graduate students. It is comprised of 9 full-time tenure track positions along with associate faculty and part-time instructors. Two full time faculty members serve at the Quad Cities campus, and seven full time faculty members serve at the Macomb, IL campus. The Department administers the 92-acre Horn Field Campus. The RPTA department at Western has a long history of collaborations among faculty members that have contributed to our growth and strength as a department and in our college. The department seeks to hire new faculty that will add and complement our diversity of knowledge and who will participate fully in the continued growth and health of the program.

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

2) current curriculum vita or resume

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

4) copies of unofficial academic transcripts, official transcripts will be required for selected candidate

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL http://www.wiu.edu/employment/

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

Screening will begin March 20, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Dr. Minsun Doh at M-Doh@wiu.edu.

For assistance with the online application system call the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309)298-1977.