Director, School of Agriculture- 150035-E

Macomb, McDonough County
Mar 31, 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: July 1, 2014; or a mutually agreeable date to be negotiated.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Recruiting, supervising, and evaluating faculty and support staff; long- and short-range planning; managing School budgets, including the budget for the Agricultural Field Labs; supporting faculty development; promoting excellence in teaching; establishing teaching schedules; preparing annual assessment reports; coordinating efforts to recruit and retain undergraduate students; maintaining strong alumni relations; providing leadership in department fundraising activities; promoting curriculum development; communicating clearly and openly with the School; representing the School to the College and University; communicating expectations of the University administration to the School faculty and staff; and performing other administrative duties.

RANK & SALARY: Full Professor, 12 month contract.  Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Earned doctorate in an Agriculture field or related discipline; current rank of Professor or eligible for rank of Professor upon appointment; demonstrated record of distinguished teaching, research/scholarship, and service; excellent interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills; effective written and oral communication skills; ability to work effectively with multiple constituencies; and excellent fiscal management skills.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience in student recruitment and retention, personnel recruitment, development and evaluation, curriculum development, and strategic planning and plan implementation; a record of involvement in professional societies and in community relations; fund raising skills and success in securing extramural funding.


Additional Information:

THE SCHOOL: Recognized as one of 12 Signature programs at Western Illinois University.  The School garnered this recognition for its successful graduates, numerous internship opportunities for students, active student organizations, and hands-on learning experiences with plants and animals.  The School of Agriculture provides quality teaching, research, and service related to the academic disciplines of Agricultural Technology Management, Agricultural Business, Animal Science, Agronomy, Urban Forestry, Horticulture, International Agriculture, Natural Resources and Conservation, Plant Breeding and Agricultural Education.  The School operates the Agricultural Field Lab with land and facilities north of campus, including a certified organic farm.

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 your qualifications for the position, including statements of teaching and research interests

2) current curriculum vita or resume

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

4) copies of unofficial academic transcripts from earned doctorate, official transcripts will be required of the selected candidate

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

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

Screening will begin on May 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Dr. Winthrop Phippen, Director Search Committee Chair at

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