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Western Illinois University
  • Position Number: 3473624
  • Location: Macomb, IL
  • Position Type: Deans - Education

Dean, College of Education and Human Services

Category: Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions
Department: Dean, College of Education and Human Services
Locations: Macomb, IL
Posted: Sep 19, 2022
Closes: Open Until Filled
Type: FT - Continuous

About Western Illinois University:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves over 7,500 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan branch campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT: July 1, 2023


The Dean of the College of Education and Human Services will serve as the Chief Academic Officer for the College and will report to the Provost and Academic Vice President, providing College leadership in the support and implementation of the University's strategic plan, Higher Values in Higher Education. As the Chief Academic Officer for the College, the Dean will be responsible for carrying out and fostering the vision, mission, development, and growth of the College through innovation, collaboration, and inclusivity. The Dean will have an extraordinary opportunity to advance the College's mission, enhance its support for excellence in teaching and research, and promote creative new program development while positioning the College to succeed in a dynamic and highly competitive environment in teacher education and human services. The Dean will lead the College to higher levels of achievement and demonstrate a spirit of innovation, a participatory leadership philosophy, and a deep commitment to the mission of Western Illinois University.

The Dean will be responsible for managing a budget including personnel and operating funds of a little over $10,000,000 and seeking extramural grants, contracts as well as private and corporate financial support. The Dean will have overall responsibility for planning, developing and evaluating teaching, scholarship and service; recruitment, evaluation, and retention of faculty as well as directing accreditation procedures. In consultation with representative faculty committees, the Dean will carry out the educational policies of the University and College and serve as a representative on standing and ad hoc administrative committees. The Dean will promote a collaborative, collegial environment based on open communication and shared governance and will be committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment. The Dean will also coordinate the activities of assistant and associate deans, department chairs/directors and support staff.


Negotiable, commensurate with experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:


  • The successful candidate will have an earned doctorate in a degree that is represented in one of the academic departments in the college from a regionally accredited university.*
  • A distinguished record of teaching and scholarly or creative accomplishments and public service to justify a tenured appointment at the rank of professor is required.
  • The successful candidate will also have a distinguished record of:
  1. administrative experience with strategic planning
  2. efficient and strategic fiscal management
  3. ability to acquire external resources through fundraising, grants, and contracts
  4. fostering a collaborative, inclusive, and innovative community for students, faculty, and staff
  5. the ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with multiple constituencies to promote and support a collegial environment, open communication, and shared governance
  6. proactive commitment to the recruitment, advancement, and retention of a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff, including but not limited to, historically marginalized populations
  7. experience managing accreditation and strengthening affiliations with appropriate professional and academic organizations
  8. development, evaluation, assessment, and accreditation of graduate and undergraduate academic programs
  9. demonstrated experience in academic innovation
  10. excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills

  • Experience in holding the position as an academic administrator at the level of department chair, dean, or equivalent
  • collective bargaining
  • proactive commitment to supporting faculty development in teaching, scholarship, and service
  • building and maintaining relationships with alumni, private, and public stakeholders
  • supporting international academic development
  • managing relationships in a multi-campus environment
  • the application of technology to enhance learning in traditional, hybrid, and online courses

*For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body). Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be "in hand" at the time of appointment.

Additional Information:


The College of Education and Human Services is a diverse, dynamic and progressive college comprised of 7 academic departments (Counselor Education and College Student Personnel; School of Education; Health Sciences & Social Work; Kinesiology; Law Enforcement & Justice Administration; Military Science; and Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration) and four service centers. The College is nationally recognized for the quality of its varied programs, and for distance learning initiatives and technology integration in teacher education. In addition to offering 15 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate majors, and 5 post-baccalaureate certificates, the College offers a specialist and doctoral program in Educational Leadership. There are 170 faculty members that serve 1,496 undergraduate and 798 graduate students. For more information, visit the College website at


About WIU (

Since 1899, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.

WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 6,539): A traditional, residential four-year campus offering a comprehensive slate of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb. Amtrak provides twice-daily service from Macomb to Chicago (and point in-between). 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: 916): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental studies, at its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL.

WIU Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism (

Western Illinois University fosters respect, equity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. WIU is committed to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity. We value inclusion as a core value and as an essential element of Western's public service mission. WIU embraces individual uniqueness and a culture of inclusion that supports broad and specific diversity initiatives. Western believes in the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society as integral to the success of all individuals.

At WIU, we will:
Maintain a safe and secure environment for all members of our University communities.
Educate and empower students, staff, and faculty to be social justice advocates.
Provide curricula, programs, training, resources, and environments that reflect and strengthen the diversity of our communities, and to elevate cultural awareness and understanding.
Ensure fair, equitable, and inclusive access to University facilities, programs, resources, and services.
Create inclusive and equitable policies and practices.
Diversify the University's workforce by assessing hiring practices to attract, retain, and develop talented staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds.
Address intergroup disparities through areas as representation, retention, learning outcomes, and graduation rates.
Create a Universitywide diversity plan to ensure a continued commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity.

Academics (

More than 61 undergraduate degree programs, 40 graduate programs, two doctoral programs and 13 post-baccaulaureate certificate programs prepare students for a successful career after graduation.

Student Resources

There are more than 200 student organizations at Western that provide social, academic, recreation, sports, service, and many other opportunities for students to grow and learn, develop leadership skills, and much more. Numerous concerts, lectures, films, dance performances, cultural events and more are presented and performed each year, along with numerous major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows, and a variety of service-oriented projects and activities, all in a diverse and inclusive campus environment. The Multicultural Center is home to four cultural and resource centers: The Gwendolyn Brooks, Casa Latina, the Women's Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.

WIU Intercollegiate Athletics (

The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's 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.

Application Instructions:

APPLICATION: Complete applications include:

1) letter of application demonstrating experience with the required qualifications for the position and plans to contribute to the mission and vision of the College and Western Illinois University

2) current curriculum vita or resume

3) names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of five current professional references and a note indicating the nature of your relationship with each

4) copies of unofficial academic transcripts and any certifications/licenses required; Official transcripts will be requested of selected candidate

5) separate statement regarding your proactive commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

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 during the first week of November 2022.

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Hector Maymi-Sugranes, Ph.D., Dean of University Libraries at

For assistance with the online application system, contact the Office of Human Resources at (309) 298-1971 or via email at

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, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

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