Full-time TR Position - Macomb

Macomb, McDonough County
Apr 06, 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 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: The position begins August 2015. Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of employment. 


RESPONSIBILITIES:The assistant professor will teach in the Therapeutic Recreation program located on Western Illinois University's Macomb campus.

Duties include:

TEACHING:  Provide quality instruction in the Department's core course sequence

and teach introductory and upper division undergraduate and graduate professional courses in the Therapeutic Recreation sequence of the Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) program. Provide supervision for both undergraduate and graduate internships, projects or theses as assigned.

SCHOLARSHIP: Develop a focused area of scholarship that culminates in refereed publications and professional presentations, be involved in collaborative scholarly projects with faculty and students. Develop and submit grant proposals in related areas of interest.
SERVICE: Participate in faculty meetings and departmental activities. Serve on Department, College, and/or University Committees and contribute to professional organizations. Mentor majors regarding general career options and professional matters.


RANK & SALARY: Assistant Professor Tenure-track, nine-month position for candidates with doctorate in Recreation or related field status.  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/.



The successful candidate must have an earned doctorate in the area of recreation, parks, leisure studies, tourism, or related field required with at least one degree in Recreation Therapy and current credential of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) by the National Council of Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). The required degree must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body).


Demonstrated teaching excellence at the college level in therapeutic recreation, evidence of scholarship with a focused research plan, and relevant professional experience in therapeutic recreation program design and management in clinical, residential or community-based settings.  


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

5) copy of current NCTRC certification

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 on 30 days after the date of the announcement and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Dr. Michael McGowan at ml-mcgowan@wiu.edu.

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