The Department of Chemistry at Illinois State University invites applications for the position of Chair. The 12-month position has a preferred starting date of July 1, 2022. The Chair will provide academic and administrative leadership, manage and secure resources for the department, promote excellence in research and teaching, encourage pursuit of external funding, and foster a collegial atmosphere that supports our mission. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students and who can contribute to a climate of inclusivity are especially encouraged to apply.
The ISU Department of Chemistry seeks an effective and creative leader who will promote and advance the vision of the department. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Chemistry or a related field, a significant record of research and teaching excellence, demonstrated leadership abilities, and a commitment to shared academic governance. The Chair must be tenured at the rank of associate or full professor. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position. This position is security sensitive, and employment is contingent upon the candidate’s satisfactory clearance of a criminal background investigation based on university policy.
The Chemistry program at Illinois State University has a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research. The department offers undergraduate degrees in chemistry, biochemistry and chemistry teacher education, as well as, three graduate degrees including, a research-based Master of Science in Chemistry, a Master of Chemical Education, and a Master of Science in Chemical Education. The Department of Chemistry has 25 faculty who lead nationally recognized research programs with ISU students and teach an overwhelming majority of the courses offered by the department. These efforts are supported by 7 outstanding staff members and serve approximately 210 undergraduate students and 80 graduate students across all degree programs. Additional information about the department can be found at www.Chemistry.IllinoisState.edu.
The department recognizes that our commitment to just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive values enriches the educational and cultural experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We encourage applications from individuals in underrepresented groups and those who can advance the university’s continued commitment to justice, equity, diversity, access, and inclusion.
Illinois State University: Illinois State University (http://www.illinoisstate.edu) is committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large- university opportunities. Founded in 1857, ISU is the oldest public university in Illinois with an enrollment of approximately 20,500 students in its six colleges. The Department of Chemistry is housed with the College of Arts and Sciences (http://www.cas.ilstu.edu) which is home to 19 academic departments and interdisciplinary programs. Please visit the University’s points of pride at https://illinoisstate.edu/points-of-pride/. Illinois State made U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 rankings of America’s best public national universities based on academic quality and excellence. The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Edvocate have consistently named Illinois State University one of the “Great Colleges to Work For”. Washington Monthly ranked the University No. 62 out of all national universities for the institution's contribution to the public good through social mobility, research, and public services.
Bloomington-Normal Community: Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a population of approximately 167,000. The community is home to Illinois Wesleyan University, Lincoln College, Heartland Community College, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Carle BroMenn Medical Center, Rivian Motors, Country Financial, and State Farm Insurance Corporate Headquarters. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and educational attainment, parks and recreation, health care, job growth, economic opportunity, and low crime. Forbes magazine ranked Bloomington-Normal the 66th best small places for businesses and careers and 13th best for education. (https://www.forbes.com/places/il/bloomington/) Bloomington-Normal is conveniently located about three hours from Indianapolis, two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis and an hour from Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, and Springfield, many of which are accessible by Amtrak Train. For more information on our community, please visit http://www.visitbn.org/.
1. Ph.D. or equivalent in Chemistry or a related field, a significant record of research and teaching excellence, demonstrated leadership abilities, and a commitment to shared academic governance.
2. Tenured at the rank of associate or full professor.
3. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position.
4. This position is security sensitive, and employment is contingent upon the candidate’s satisfactory clearance of a criminal background investigation based on university policy.
Must be able to complete the following with or without reasonable accommodation:
1. Ability to effectively communicate on a daily basis.
2. Ability to conduct or attend meetings in various locations across campus.
Proposed Starting Date
July 1, 2022
Salary Rate / Pay Rate
Pay is commensurate with qualification and experience, combined with an excellent benefits package.
Required Applicant Documents
1) Letter of application
2) Administrative statement of leadership philosophy
3) Research statement
4) Teaching statement
5) Curriculum vita
6) List of three or more professional references
PLEASE NOTE: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"
Special Instructions for Applicants
To assure full consideration, please complete an online faculty application and attach the following documents: 1) Letter of application; 2) Administrative statement of leadership philosophy; 3) Research statement; 4) Teaching statement; 5) Curriculum vita; and 6) List of three or more professional references to posting number 512195 at https://jobs.illinoisstate.edu/. Review of applications will begin October 18, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.
Contact Information for Applicants
Craig Cullen (firstname.lastname@example.org), Chair of the Search Committee.
Important Information for Applicants
This position is subject to a criminal background investigation based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.
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