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Chair, Department of Political Science

Closes: Open Until Filled College of Liberal Arts & SciencesDepartment of Political Science

Eastern Illinois University invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, Chair for the Department of Political Science to begin July 1, 2024 (academic rank to be determined based on qualifications). Under the direction of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Chair serves as the chief administrative and academic officer of the department with primary responsibility for the leadership, supervision, coordination, and administration of programs and activities of the department in a shared governance environment.

The Department of Political Science offers a BA with two options (Civic and Nonprofit Leadership and International Studies), two undergraduate minors (Political Science and Civic and Nonprofit Leadership) a 6-year joint BA/JD program in cooperation with Northern Illinois University, a face-to-face MA in Political Science, an online MA in Political Science with an option in Public Administration & Public Policy, an online graduate certificate in Public Planning, and an accelerated BA/MA program. The Department also collaborates closely with the Social Science Teacher Licensure program and the Pre-Law Studies minor.

Primary Responsibilities:

Qualifications: Required qualifications include a doctorate in a discipline represented within the Department, leadership experience, excellent written communication skills, and evidence of achievement in teaching, research, and service. A successful candidate will demonstrate excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to lead the faculty through collegial processes in the Department.

Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence is required.

Application Instructions: Review of application materials will begin October 30 and continue until the position is filled. A complete application includes a letter of application addressing the position requirements, curriculum vita, unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be required at the time of hiring), and names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of five references. Application materials should be addressed to Dr. Angela Vietto, Search Committee Chair, Political Science Department Chair Search and uploaded to the Interfolio link at For questions about the search, please contact Dr. Vietto at or by phone at 217-581-2428.

The University & Community:  Eastern Illinois University takes pride in creating a warm, welcoming environment for all faculty, staff and students. Established in 1895, EIU boasts a rich tradition of preparing students for their personal and professional goals. A traditional regional residential institution, EIU offers a superior education at a relatively low cost while consistently earning high rankings and distinctions for its affordability, academic program quality, career placement rates, campus safety, online degree options, student support, and sustainability initiatives. EIU focuses on individualized attention and superior student relationships and has earned recognition as the highest-ranking independent public regional university in Illinois and a place among the Midwest’s top public regional universities according to U.S. News and World Report. EIU hosts more than 175 student organizations on campus, and offers a variety of cultural events, NCAA Division I athletics, and active research opportunities for its students to enjoy and to thrive. EIU has become recognized for providing the resources of a large institution while creating the kinds of individual relationships that support student and alumni success.

Eastern Illinois University is located in Charleston, Illinois – a comfortable and safe east central town within a two-to three-hour drive of three major metropolitan areas -- Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis.

Diversity and Inclusion: Eastern Illinois University is committed to fostering a learning community where all members feel welcomed and valued. The university provides equality of opportunity in all areas of campus life and we strive to recognize and appreciate the unique value of our students, faculty, and staff. Every member of campus has the right to learn and work in an environment free of discrimination and harassment, and beyond that, our goal is for all members of our community to develop a strong sense of belonging to Eastern Illinois University.

Eastern Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/female/disability/veteran - committed to achieving a diverse community

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