The Department of Special Education at Illinois State University invites applications for Department Chairperson. The Department is nationally recognized for its teacher preparation programs and prepares approximately 1,000 students at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. The undergraduate program includes a multicategorical sequence as well as sequences in deaf and hard of hearing and low vision/blindness. The Department is an ideal professional home for an individual who wants to work in an academic culture where shared governance and faculty contributions in teaching, research, and service are valued.
- Manage human and physical resources effectively to support the work of the Department
- Assign faculty loads and teaching assignments
- Lead faculty members in ongoing efforts to develop and improve curricula, as well as maintain the Department’s excellent standing among accreditation bodies
- Identify opportunities to enhance the department’s mission in teacher education, research, and service
- Coordinate appointment, supervision, and evaluation of faculty and staff
- Develop and maintain processes to support faculty growth and development
- Collaborate with stakeholders within and outside of the university to support teacher education
- A vision for the future of special education
- Doctoral degree in special education or in a related field
- Qualified to assume rank of associate professor or professor
- Demonstrated leadership experience
- Experience in securing and managing external funding
- Record of effective budget management
- Strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work well with colleagues
- Demonstrated interest and success in working in partnership with schools, government agencies, and other stakeholders
- P-12 classroom experience as well as higher education instruction
- Successful record of teacher preparation, research, and service
- Commitment to addressing the needs of a diverse faculty, staff, and student body
- Knowledge of and experience with the use and integration of technology in an educational context.
- Experience with program review and accreditation processes
Illinois State University is a doctoral-granting institution with an enrollment of over 20,000 students. The University is Illinois’ first public institution of higher education, founded in 1857 to educate the State’s teachers. Located in Normal/Bloomington, a community of approximately 130,000 people, the University is conveniently located within three hours of Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis.
Initial review of applications will begin on February 22, 2013, and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and at least three current letters of recommendation with current contact information for the references. Materials should be sent to Ms. Jan Carlton, Search Committee Secretary, College of Education, Campus Box 5300, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, 61790-5300. Preferred starting date: July 1, 2013, but can be negotiated.