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Assistant Professor: Elementary Science/Social Studies

Western Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Mar 24, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Other Science & Technology
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor: Elementary Science/Social Studies

Category: Faculty       
Department: Other/Unknown
Locations: QC Moline, IL
Posted: Nov 16, 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: Tenure Track/Unit A Faculty, beginning August 2022; Assistant Professor of Elementary Science or Social Studies Education located at the Quad Cities (QC) campus. Nine-month appointment with possible summer teaching.

RESPONSIBILITIES The successful candidate will teach undergraduate methods courses for prospective early childhood, elementary, or middle school teachers in science and/or social studies education in the Curriculum and Instruction area within the School of Education; additionally, the successful candidate will supervise pre-service teachers in completing their required field experiences within a range of courses.

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



1. A terminal degree (EdD/PhD) in Elementary Science Education, Elementary Social Studies Education, or closely related field at the time of appointment (i.e., experience with social studies if degree is in science; science, if the degree is in social studies/history). ABD candidates will be considered, but degree must be in-hand at the time of appointment.

2. A minimum of three years' experience in teaching either science or social studies within the K-8 grade range.

3. Demonstrated potential for scholarly contribution to the field as evidenced by refereed presentations at regional, national and/or international conferences; refereed articles, book chapters, books or other publications.


University teaching experience; strong background in general science, a STEM field or history/social studies; background in the area not reflected in the terminal degree; knowledge of trends in elementary education related to culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogies in either science or social studies, education for social justice and educational equity; experience working with a diverse range of learner needs, experiences, or backgrounds; desire to seek or obtain grant funding; proficiency with technologies and/or equipment for teaching science or social studies including online teaching experience; experience supervising student teachers; commitment to and experience partnering with internal university entities, schools, families, communities, and/or regional offices of education; strong collaboration skills. Willingness to travel to the Macomb campus for various forms of service including School of Education or university related events.

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).

Additional Information:


SCHOOL OF EDUCATION: Located within the College of Education and Human Services, the School of Education (SOE) is composed of faculty involved in diverse fields of expertise, professional activities, and interests. The SOE was formed in Fall 2019 by a merger of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Department of Educational Studies.

We seek to recruit a capable, diverse student body and to focus on continuous improvement of our programs by creating more meaningful clinical experiences for our students, establishing a series of knowledge and application assessments, and cultivating effective internal and external relationships.

We offer seven undergraduate degrees that lead to a teaching license, one undergraduate degree in the general study of education, seven advanced degrees, and numerous endorsement 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. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1, 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

3. Contact information of 3 current professional references

4. A separate statement regarding your demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (candidates describe their awareness and understanding of diversity and experience promoting diversity, equity and inclusion through their teaching, research and service in the past and currently as well as how they propose to continue in the new position).

5. Official copy of university transcripts

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 December 15, 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. Sebastian Szyjka at or 309.255.2221

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

To apply, visit

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