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Western Illinois University
  • Position Number: 2298765
  • Location: Macomb, IL
  • Position Type: Education - Teacher Education - Early Childhood

Director Center for Best Practicies in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Instructor

Category: Faculty
Department: Other/Unknown
Locations: Macomb, IL
Posted: May 26, 2021
Closes: Open Until Filled
Type: FT - Temporary

About Western Illinois University:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves over 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: One year Visiting Dual Appointment: Interim Director, Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education (35%) and ECH Instructor (65%), starting July 2021; 12 month contract

RESPONSIBILITIES The successful candidate will be responsible for the administration of daily operations of the Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education (35%) and teaching early childhood courses in the School of Education (65%). In overseeing the daily operations of the Center, the successful candidate will oversee its various grant-related projects; be responsible for all personnel matters; serve as either primary or secondary fiscal agent and oversee budget matters; be responsible for all required report writing; oversee grant-related product development, publication, and distribution. As a faculty member, the successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate early childhood education methods classes each semester and the summer as well as assist with pre-student teaching field experiences. The applicant must communicate clearly, utilize technology in instruction, and provide service to the School. Adherence to program and state recognition criteria will be expected.

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 Early Childhood Education (or equivalent area) by time of appointment.

2. A minimum of 3 years experience in PreK educational contexts

3. Evidence of experience with writing and administering grants

4. Knowledge of research design and data analysis

5. Experience in a leadership capacity, directing and overseeing personnel and strategic planning


1. Experience as a Preschool Director

2. Experience in Pre-K-12 school administration

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 SCHOOL OF EDUCATION: The successful candidate will join the School of Education at Western Illinois University. The 27 current School of Education faculty, and several adjunct faculty, have a vast diversity of backgrounds fitting of a school that runs seven undergraduate degree program areas, seven advanced degrees, and numerous endorsement programs, on the Macomb and Quad City campuses and online. We continue to grow into a vibrant, diverse community where research is nurtured and program development is expanding. The School of Education faculty members are dedicated to the continued development of a high quality and critical learning environment and are devoted to the mission of graduating highly qualified teachers and educational leaders both for school and non school contexts. The School of Education faculty, through their various programs, aspire to produce highly qualified graduates who are prepared to be transformational educational teachers and leaders throughout the region, state, and nation, For more information about the school, see:

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. Unofficial transcripts

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 06/09/2021

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. Boh Young Lee at

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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