Assistant Professor in Event Planning and Management

Moline, Rock Island County
Mar 11, 2015
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: The assistant professor will administer and teach in the Event Planning and Management Post Baccalaureate Certificate (EPMPBC) program located on Western Illinois University's Quad Cities (QC) campus. The position will be located on the Quad Cities WIU campus, but will involve some travel to the WIU Macomb campus.

Duties include:  Establish relationships and maintain communication with agencies, organizations and individuals associated with event planning and management in the Quad Cities area and beyond; Establish relationships and maintain communication with national organizations associated with event planning and management; Recruit students and promote the Event Planning and Management Post Baccalaureate Certificate program; Provide academic advisement services to EPMPBC program students, Teach courses in event planning and management, recreation, hospitality and tourism and/or core curriculum in the DFMH and the RPTA programs; Organize, analyze and report assessments of student learning; Complete formative and annual summative evaluations of the EPMPBC program; Conduct an ongoing line of scholarly inquiry; publication and presentation of original work; seek grants to support scholarly activities; Serve on department, college, and university committees and as a cooperating member of a diverse faculty


RANK & SALARY: Assistant Professor with salary commensurate with training and experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package that includes domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:



  • Earned doctorate in the area of event planning and management, hospitality management, recreation, tourism or a related discipline with an emphasis in event planning and management by the date of appointment. The required degree must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body).
  • Evidence of ability to teach effectively in a range of college courses
  • Evidence of potential successful research, scholarly and/or creative activities (i.e. publication of peer reviewed research)
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population 


  • A minimum of two years non-teaching work experience within events planning and management
  • Familiarity with event planning and management in the Midwest United States
  • Demonstrated involvement in professional associations
  • Expertise/experience in risk management and legal issues related to event planning and management
  • Evidence of successful grant writing or potential to secure grant resources

Additional Information:

THE DEPARTMENTS: Because the EPMPBC program is jointly administered by the Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration and the Dietetics, Fashion Merchandizing and Hospitality Departments, the Assistant Professor will report to the respective department chairs and the Dean of the College of Education and Human Services.

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 April 12, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Dr. Minsun Doh at

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