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Assistant Professor of Statistics - 2 positions

Western Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Nov 13, 2017

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Economics
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves nearly 10,000 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential 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, 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.


 APPOINTMENT: August 16, 2018


RESPONSIBILITIES: Teaching, Research, and Service. Candidates will teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in statistics/applied statistics, business analytics, or econometrics, given proficiency with software packages (e.g., SAS and R) and background in data science. The candidate is expected to engage in research and be able to publish in peer reviewed journals. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to meet all requirements for tenure and promotion in a program accredited by AACSB. Engagement in service activities on the departmental, college, and univeristy committee levels is also expected. Website:


RANK & SALARY: Two Tenure Track Assistant Professor positions; salary is competitive with our peer group institutions.  Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Two tenure track positions are available requiring a PhD in Statistics/Applied Statistics, Economics with concentration in econometrics, or closely related field; with specializations in business analytics, computational statistics, data-mining, or big data analytics. While preference is given to candidates with a completed PhD by the time of appointment start date, ABDs will be considered. ABDs who have not completed the PhD within one year from their start date will receive a terminal contract.


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Preferred candidates will have a background in statistics/applied statistics, data science, business statistics, predictive analytics, or econometrices (either through extensive study or research). Candidates should have an interest in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in business analytics, and a willingness to support curriculum in our new Business Analytics major, the Master of Science in Applied Statistics and Decision Analytics, as well as in Economics. Priority consideration will be given to those with evidence of teaching effectiveness and independent teaching experience, particularly in the online/hybrid format.

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).



THE DEPARTMENT:  The Department of Economics and Decision Sciences is part of the AACSB-accredited College of Business and Technology.  The department offers the following degree programs:  B.A., B. B., and Economics, M.S. in Applied Statistics and Decision Anayltics, and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC) in Business Analytics. The M.S. and PBC are offered on both campuses, Macomb and the Quad Cities. The department is also in the process of creating a new STEM-designated undergraduate business major in Business Analytics and online versions of the B.A. and B.B. in Economics. The department also participates in teaching courses at the MBA level.  Additionally, the department offers  Minors in Economics and Business Analytics. The programs in economics have received high praise from the external reviewer.  The department faculty is fully engaged in fulfilling the mission of the department, college, and university.


THE UNIVERSITY: Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review for 14 consecutive years and as one of 37 public universities ranked a top tier "Best Midwestern University" by U.S.News & World Report, Western Illinois University (WIU) serves nearly 10,000 students at its traditional residential campus in Macomb and its metropolitan, non-residential location in Moline, Illinois.

The WIU-Macomb and -Quad Cities campuses are comprised of accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities. Western is a comprehensive university offering 66 undergraduate and 38 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 15:1, the University's 566 full-time faculty members teach 96 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses, in addition to eight pre-professional degree programs and 19 certificate programs.


Western offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 19 NCAA Division I intercollegiate 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. WIU is the cultural center of the region. University Libraries house an extensive collection and offer online database access to thousands of academic periodic journals and publications.


 WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 8,109): A traditional, residential four-year campus with select 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. Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).


 WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 1,332): 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 metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL (population 44,000). The Quad Cities (population 376,000) rests on the banks of the Mississippi River and is comprised of Moline and Rock Island in western Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in eastern Iowa. Moline, Illinois is home to the Quad Cities International Airport.


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) current representative sample of research (e.g. job market paper)

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

6) evidence of teaching effectiveness

7) a statement detailing your teaching approach/mindset

8) a statement regarding your research agenda (maximum 500-words)


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 13, 2017 and 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. Tara Westerhold at


For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309)298-1977 or via email at

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