Instructor in Religious Studies-150054-E

Macomb, McDonough County
Apr 11, 2014

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: Temporary, 9-month position, August 21, 2014 – May 19, 2015

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies is seeking candidates for an Instructor to teach two sections of Western Religions in both the fall, 2014 and spring, 2015 semesters, as well as other courses. 4/4 or 4/3 teaching load.

RANK & SALARY: Temporary Instructor; Salary competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: M.A. in religious studies or ABD in religious studies.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: ABD or PhD in religious studies by time of appointment.  Experience teaching an introductory course in Western religions and other introductory religious studies courses; evidence of highly effective teaching in these areas; active engagement in scholarship (as evidenced by a clear research agenda, conference participation, and/or publications). 

Additional Information:

THE DEPARTMENT: The Department includes eight tenured faculty members; four  in philosophy and four in religious studies.  The Department takes pride in its collegiality and dedication to undergraduate education.  The Department has a major and minor in religious studies, and a minor in ethics.

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:

APPLICATION: Complete applications include: 1) a letter of application; 2) current curriculum vita or resume; 3) evidence of effective teaching; 4) sample syllabus for a Western religions or introductory religious studies course; 5) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current (past two years) professional references; 6) copies of unofficial graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be required for 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 immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Amy Carr at