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Western Illinois University
Illinois, United States
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Sep 15, 2021

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Broadcasting & Journalism Chairperson

Category: Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions       
Department: Broadcasting and Journalism
Locations: Macomb, IL
Posted: Sep 13, 2021
Closes: Open Until Filled
Type: FT - Continuous

About Western Illinois University:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves nearly 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.

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.

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT: July 1, 2022. The Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University seeks a motivated Chair with excellent collaborative and communication skills to lead a community of faculty and students in a diverse, accredited program offering bachelor of arts degrees in Broadcasting and Journalism with options in Advertising/Public Relations, Broadcast Production, Multimedia Journalism, and Sports Broadcasting. The Chair appointment is a one year (eleven month) appointment. 100% August-May and 50% July and June each year. Department Chairs serve four year terms which are renewable by the Dean/Provost.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The faculty of Western Illinois University are represented by University Professionals of Illinois, Local 4100, and operate under a collective bargaining agreement. As such, the Chair of the department administers the faculty according to definitions and articles of the collective bargaining agreement in matters of promotion, tenure, retention, assignment of duties, salaries, and other faculty-related issues. The Chair of the Department is not a member of the collective bargaining unit and reports directly to the Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication. The Chair of the Department will teach at least one course each semester in their area of expertise. For a complete description of the responsibility of chairpersons please go to the following link:

RANK & SALARY: Salary competitive and commensurate with experience. Tenured appointment candidates must be at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have a PhD in the area of Broadcasting and Journalism, or a related field, and meet the qualifications for tenure at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. Additionally, a demonstrated record (6 year minimum) of continuing successful teaching including evidence of teaching effectiveness and related experience in curriculum and departmental policy, as well as university policy, professional, service activities and research.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: A preferred candidate is a faculty and student advocate with a strong commitment to diversity who exhibits the following: a documented history of excellence in scholarship/creative activity, a proven ability to implement recruitment and retention strategies to enrich program enrollment, experience with budgeting and development, professional experience in the broadcasting and journalism field, familiarity with program review, an understanding of working in an unionized environment, and an understanding of electronic/digital communication and social media.

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 application.

Additional Information:

THE DEPARTMENT: The department offers bachelor of arts degrees in Broadcasting and Journalism with options in Advertising/Public Relations, Broadcast Production, Multimedia Journalism, and Sports Broadcasting. In addition, the department offers minors in Broadcasting and Journalism, Advertising/Public Relations, and Sports Broadcasting. The department is an energized program with dedicated students, who receive valuable hands-on experience and mentorship. Faculty and students are active in student organizations (National Broadcasting Society, National Association of Black Journalists, Students in Illinois News Broadcasters Association). Students are recognized yearly with state regional and national awards (NBS Grand Prize, IBS National award, BEA Award of Excellence, NATAS Mid-America Crystal Pillar) for their productions. Students produce and announce live sporting events for ESPN using a high-definition remote truck. They also apply their skills in a HD control room and studio for our student-produced newscast, NEWS3 (2 times a week) and a morning news/talk show (bi-weekly). Students can also gain experience working on our FM radio station, WIUS. The department has a reputation for academic and professional excellence. Additional information may be found at

THE UNIVERSITY: Since 1902, 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.

Western is a comprehensive university offering 62 undergraduate and 41 graduate degree programs, which includes an Ed.D. in educational leadership and a Ph.D. in environmental science. The University's 442 full-time faculty members teach 94 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses.

WIU-Macomb, IL: A traditional, residential four-year campus with distinctive undergraduate degrees and numerous graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago.

WIU-Quad Cities: 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 non-residential campus in Moline, IL (population 44,000).

WIU's Macomb campus is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region. Annually, 12 major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows are performed, along with outstanding concerts, lectures, presentations, films, dance performances and more. The Gwendolyn Brooks and Casa Latina cultural centers offer programs and activities focusing on Black and Hispanic cultures, while the Women's Center promotes gender equity through education, support and advocacy. WIU's student organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and ally (LGBTQ*A) community provides resources, support and programming. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.

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) a letter of application

2) current curriculum vita or resume

3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references

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

5) a separate statement regarding your 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** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.

Screening will begin on October 8, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

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: Dr. Peter Jorgensen, Search Chair at

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


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