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Director of the School of Engineering and Technology

Western Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
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Oct 26, 2021

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Director of the School of Engineering and Technology

Category: Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions       
Department: Engineering Technology
Locations: Moline, IL
Posted: Aug 18, 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: The position of Director of the School of Engineering & Technology at Western Illinois University (Macomb campus) will begin on July 1, 2022; or a mutually agreeable date to be negotiated.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Director of the School of Engineering is the academic and administrative officer of the unit and has the responsibility for ensuring and promoting educational excellence, professional growth, and service to society among and between faculty, students, staff, alumni, and the general public. The Director is responsible for furnishing leadership for evaluation and improvement of instruction; implementing the strategic plan of the school including budgetary oversight, faculty recruitment, appointments, promotion, instruction, and research; supervising, coordinating, and submitting accreditation self-studies and reports: coordinating curriculum related matters including course scheduling and faculty assignments; coordinating Quad Cities Manufacturing Lab activities, grants, and contracts; cultivating a supportive environment that results in significant alliances with industry, government, and other relevant constituencies; engage in responsible stewardship to ensure positive, mission based outcomes.

This position reports to the Dean of the College of Business and Technology, who reports to the Provost. Faculty and office support staff associated with the academic unit report to the director.

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


An earned doctorate from an ABET-EAC Accredited institution in one of the disciplines represented within the school is required. Demonstrated experience with applied research in support of technology and engineering innovation and the grant writing experience required. Successful candidates should also posses a demonstrated record of grant preparation, submission, and administration. The position requires significant familiarity with the academic administrative environment and a demonstrated record of effective teaching, research/scholarship, and service-related activities. The position also requires significant experience related to curriculum development, academic administration, community relations, faculty evaluation, donor relations, and stewardship. Prior experience with ABET accreditation is required. Fiscal management, interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and leadership skills are required. Finally, the position requires excellent written, oral, and technology application skills. Successful candidates must be eligible for tenure at the full professor rank upon hiring. U.S. citizenship or the ability to obtain a security clearance is required.

Demonstrated experience with building industry partnerships in a multidisciplinary setting that lead to experiential learning opportunities for students and support the mission of the school, college and university. Demonstrated experience in leveraging technology to effect efficient operations in a complex academic unit. Successful candidates should also posses a demonstrated record of funding proposal preparation and associated stewardship administration. Also preferred is the ability to effectively recruit, retain, and interact with students (potential and current), student family members (in recruiting situations), faculty, administration, alumni, potential employers/external industry partners, potential donors, university support staff, university advisors, and external advisory board members.

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:

ABOUT THE SCHOOL: The newly established School of Engineering and Technology represents a spectrum of disciplines that utilize technology to effect innovation and efficiencies in the applied creation of value-added products and related processes in the context of STEM and related educational programs. The school's engineering disciplines (general, mechanical, civil, and electrical) are located on the Quad Cities Campus in Moline, IL. Technology disciplines (engineering technology and construction management) are located on the Macomb campus. The school also offers graduate programs of study in Engineering Technology Leadership and Instructional Design & Technology.

Through the Quad Cities Manufacturing Lab (Moline IL), the School of Engineering and Technology supports advances in American manufacturing by helping manufacturers to develop cutting-edge technologies and processes to remain competitive and at the forefront of innovation in their industries. At the same time, QCML's internship opportunities ensures a pipeline of skilled talent able to fulfill the demands of leading-edge manufacturing technologies, further empowering America's manufacturers. Working closely with industry partners, business development entities, and the Quad Cities Innovation Center the School of Engineering and Technology provides students with hands-on design experiences in support of regional organizations. Senior design projects typically involve real projects where students work with or within companies.

ABOUT THE COLLEGE: For over 50 years, the College of Business and Technology has prepared students to make meaningful contributions in business, commerce, and technology. Organized around five schools including Agriculture; Accounting, Finance, Economics and Decision Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering and Technology, and Management and Marketing, the college delivers innovative, integrative, technology focused programs providing immersive, experience-based learning to over 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Collaborative relationships with industry through joint technology development and deployment are the cornerstone of our educational offerings.

The College of Business and Technology is among an elite group of fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide that are accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate levels by the AACSB International? It is among a select 1 percent of business schools worldwide that have additional specialized AACSB accreditation for their accountancy programs.

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 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 statement of leadership philosophy
6) 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 November15, 2021].

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. Tara Feld at

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

To apply, visit

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