Assistant Professor in Public Relations- 160001-E

Macomb, McDonough County
Oct 02, 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 20, 2015.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsibilities will include teaching undergraduate courses in public relations and journalism plus other courses designated for graduate credit.  Applicants will also be expected to succeed in the three areas of faculty responsibilities: teaching, scholarship, and committee service at department and university levels. 

RANK & SALARY: Tenure Track Assistant Professor. Commensurate with experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive salary and benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in public relations, journalism, or related field, plus significant professional experience in public relations and/or journalism; an ability to teach public relations courses at both lower and upper-division levels.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Ph. D. in public relations or journalism, or Master’s degree in public relations with significant professional experience; ability to teach in the areas of public relations, advertising and online journalism courses (listed in order of importance).  

Additional Information:

THE DEPARTMENT: The Department is composed of 29 tenured or tenure-track faculty in journalism, literature, composition and rhetoric, English education, and creative writing, and 12 full-time associate faculty.

The Department takes pride in its collegiality and dedication to undergraduate and graduate education. The Department’s offerings are diverse, including courses in general education; undergraduate majors; minors in creative writing, professional writing, English, film, and journalism; and an M.A. in English. The Department is a major contributor to the new undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences. The Department also houses the University Writing Center.

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

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

Screening will begin on November 3, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Professor Mark Mossman, Chair of English and Journalism, at

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