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Assisstant/Associate/Full Professor in Electrical Engineering

Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois
Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Date posted
Dec 5, 2023

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Job Summary

The Department of Electrical Engineering (EE Department) in the new College of Engineering (COE) at Illinois State University (ISU) invites applications for three open rank tenure-track positions beginning in Fall 2024. We are seeking qualified candidates in all specialization areas of Electrical Engineering including (but not limited to) analog and digital electronic circuits; cyber physical systems (CPS) and control systems; high performance computing (HPC) hardware, hybrid electric vehicles and power electronics, human-machine teaming or HMT (e.g., autonomous systems and industrial automation), and 5G mobile and wireless communications.

The College of Engineering and the EE Department are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. 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 are especially welcomed to apply. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and candidates from minorities and underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Because the College is in its foundational stages, we are seeking candidates that can quickly adapt, be flexible in terms of workload distribution, and serve as founding members of the EE Department. Responsibilities for these positions will change from year to year until the new College reaches its steady state by 2029 or earlier. Responsibilities will include curriculum and laboratory development; effective undergraduate teaching/research including freshman and senior design advising; grant writing and research/scholarship; and service including high school visits, industry collaborations, and workshops for student recruitment. In the first year or two, teaching may be replaced by other duties.

The positions are nine-month, tenure track appointments with the possibility of summer teaching. Salary, rank, and the status of tenure (probationary tenure track or tenured) are commensurate with qualifications and experience. A comprehensive benefits package is included.

Additional Information

The College of Engineering (CEN) is the newest College at ISU. We will welcome our first cohort of students in Fall of 2025 and graduate our first cohort of students in Spring of 2029. The CEN will emphasize project-based learning and applied research, and actively demonstrate societal impact engineers make across communities. We will be a leader in educating engineers and plan to be a leader in transforming engineering education to graduate more students from diverse backgrounds.

Illinois State University: Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. There are approximately 21,000 students in the six colleges of Illinois State University. In our most recent strategic plan Educate ∙ Connect ∙ Elevate, we have committed our resources to realizing seven core values: Learning and Scholarship, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect, Collaboration, Individualized Attention, Civic Engagement, and Integrity. By acting on these values, we create a learning environment that results in our University being the first-choice public university in Illinois for high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized educational experience combined with the resources of a large university. 

Bloomington-Normal Community: Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a metro population of approximately 172,000. The community is also home to Illinois Wesleyan University, Heartland Community College, St. Joseph Medical Center, Carle BroMenn Medical Center, COUNTRY Financial, State Farm Insurance’s International Headquarters, Central Illinois Regional Airport, and electric truck manufacturer Rivian Motors. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and its citizens’ high level of educational attainment, as well as its parks and recreation, health care, vibrant fine arts scene, job growth, economic opportunity, historic sites, and low crime rates. SmartAsset ranked Bloomington IL, in the top 20 of the most livable cities in the U.S. (2022). Zippia named Bloomington, IL, as #1 on their “Happiest Cities” list (2020), and Best Choice Schools listed the area on its “30 Small College Towns with Great Quality of Life” (2020). 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 these locations are accessible from Bloomington-Normal via the Amtrak located 1 block from ISU’s campus.

Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Required Qualifications

1) Terminal degree in Electrical Engineering or related field. Exceptional A.B.D. candidates will also be considered with an expected completion of doctoral degree before May 15, 2025.

2) Candidates must be able to demonstrate oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position, as mandated by state law.

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Proposed Starting Date

August 16, 2024

Required Applicant Documents

1) Cover letter or letter of interest that describes prior experience or clearly expressed future interest in working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students;
2) Teaching philosophy and experience in curriculum development, laboratory development, and university teaching (maximum of four pages);
3) Research expertise and future interests (maximum of two pages);
4) Curriculum vitae;
5) Names and contact information of three 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

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2024 and continue until the three positions are filled.

Contact Information for Applicants

EE Department Search Committee


Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. Illinois State is a co-educational, residential university committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities and promoting the highest academic standards in teaching, scholarship, and community service. Serving more than 20,000 students, our six colleges offer 174 undergraduate majors, 97 master’s programs, 17 doctoral degrees, and 40 certificate options. We have repeatedly been named a “Great Place to Work” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Illinois State University is committed to and accountable for advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our mission.

Illinois State University is in the Central Illinois community of Bloomington and Normal, with a combined population of approximately 132,000, and conveniently located approximately two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis. The community is home to GROWMARK, Illinois Farm Bureau, State Farm Insurance International Headquarters, Rivian Motors, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Heartland Community College. 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. Please visit the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau website at and Bloomington-Normal Advantage as for more information.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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