Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Chicago


Request/Posting Number 0712754
Classification Title Director
Working Title Director, School of Teaching and Learning
Job Class #
Type of Position Faculty
Percent Appointment: 1-100 (For Student Employment and Graduate Assistant Only; state hours per week) 100
Department Teaching and Learning - 05330000
Job Category Faculty - Tenure Track
General Summary The College of Education at Illinois State University invites applications for Director of the School of Teaching and Learning. The College seeks a dynamic, collaborative leader to further the School's mission and vision while advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our policies, personnel, and undergraduate and graduate programs. The Director will encourage high-quality teaching, research, and service, and advocate for resources needed to prepare teacher leaders for the nation's schools. The Director is responsible for long-range planning, fiscal management, personnel, faculty and staff advancement, program assessment, curriculum review and development, and oversight of the Mary and Jean Borg Center for Reading and Literacy. The Director will develop and maintain partnerships within and outside the University, as well as promote School programs to campus, alumni, business, governmental, and other educational stakeholders. The successful candidate will advocate for the School to be at the forefront of discussions in Illinois related to teacher preparation and provide active leadership for faculty and staff within a university culture of shared governance and collegiality. Preferred start date is July 1, 2020.

ISU recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff, and student body enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity and equity are especially welcomed. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+, and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Salary, Rank, and Tenure: The position is a twelve-month tenured appointment. The salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience. A comprehensive benefits package is included.

The School of Teaching and Learning:
The School of Teaching and Learning (TCH) is home to four undergraduate teacher preparation programs and three graduate programs. The School includes a blend of accomplished faculty who are recognized for their high-quality research and publications, as well as for being well-grounded in experiences as classroom teachers. The School includes more than 40 tenure line faculty, more than 60 non-tenure line faculty, six academic professionals, and six civil service staff. The School provides personal attention to students while preparing them to take their place as teacher leaders in the nation's schools. TCH faculty have successfully secured prestigious national and state-level grants to support teaching and research. Scholarship is nationally and internationally recognized, and perhaps more significantly, contributes to the school communities with whom ISU collaborates.

The School of Teaching and Learning's undergraduate teacher preparation programs include early childhood education, elementary education, middle-level education, and bilingual-bicultural education. Collectively, more than 1,600 students are enrolled in these programs, which offer robust and rigorous clinical experiences. These include eight professional development schools and numerous additional public-school partnerships distributed across the state and beyond. Many teacher candidates complete their student teaching in other states and countries, including Texas, United Kingdom, and Spain. Sixty-five percent of teacher candidates receive an ESL endorsement. Other endorsements or approvals include reading, foreign languages, and special education. For middle-level majors, a minimum of two content area endorsements are completed. In addition, students from undergraduate teacher preparation programs in four other colleges across the University take courses within the school.
School web site:
Additional Information: Illinois State University has a historic and enduring commitment to prepare teachers and other school personnel who will be responsive to the ethical and intellectual demands of a democratic society. To teach in a democracy is self-consciously to take up the challenge of improving the ethical and intellectual quality of our societal dialogue by including in it as many educated voices as possible. The democratic ideal unites caring and knowing: the more voices we call into thoughtful dialogue, and the less fettered the mutual exchange among those voices becomes, the truer our convictions and conclusions will be. This is the foundation of a democratic society, and it is why Illinois State graduates aspire to teach everyone, especially those on the margins, those who have been or are in danger of being excluded. This democratic conception of education informs all aspects of teacher education at Illinois State. Graduates who are ready to meet the challenges and rewards of serving students in a democratic society embody the ethical and intellectual commitments of teaching and learning in order to realize the democratic ideal.

The College of Education complements its abiding commitment to inclusive teacher preparation and the development of educational leaders with pursuit of scholarly work. A distinguished faculty, and the students they mentor, engage in work that discovers, integrates, and applies disciplinary knowledge while also advancing the University's commitment to the scholarship of teaching and learning. Illinois State was awarded $97 million in grant funds over the last five years, with $46 million being awarded to the College of Education. Centers and institutes help coordinate these efforts and enhance the College of Education's and the University's prominence in and impact on the field.

The University is ranked as one of the top ten largest teacher preparation institutions in the nation among American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education institutions. Nearly one in eight Illinois public school teachers is an alum of Illinois State.

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, St. Joseph Medical Center, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Country Financial, and State Farm Insurance Corporate Headquarters. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and educational attainment, rich theatre and cultural events offering, parks and recreation, health care, job growth, economic opportunity, and low crime. Forbes magazine ranked Bloomington-Normal the 37th best small places for businesses and careers and 14th best for education ( 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
Required Qualifications 1. A doctoral degree in a relevant field to the School of Teaching and Learning with academic achievement that merits appointment, with tenure, at the rank of associate or full professor
2. Minimum three years of teaching experience in Pre-K through 12th grade school settings and a demonstrated commitment to equitable public education
3. A record of successful administrative experience at the university level
4. A demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, administrative colleagues, alumni, and professional communities served by the School
5. A successful record of teaching, scholarship, and service
6. An understanding of processes for securing internal and external funding.
7. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position.
8. This position is security sensitive and employment is contingent upon passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation.
Desired Qualifications:
Necessary Licenses/Certifications/Degrees 1. A doctoral degree in a relevant field to the School of Teaching and Learning with academic achievement that merits appointment, with tenure, at the rank of associate or full professor
Hiring Rate/Range Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Work Hours Varies
Proposed Starting Date: 07/01/2020
Posting date 11-08-2019
Closing date Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants To assure full consideration, please complete an online application and submit all required materials by January 5, 2020. Along with your application, submit a cover letter describing your related experience and interest in this position; current vita; statement of leadership philosophy (submit as "Other"); and list of three professional references (with phone numbers and email addresses). Initial review of applications will begin January 6, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Preferred start date is July 1, 2020.

Questions regarding this position may be sent to:
Katherine Kaiser
Phone: 309-438-2543

Illinois State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law, you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system,

  • access
  • education
  • teacher
  • teaching