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Director, Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Program

Closes: Open Until Filled College of EducationInterdisciplinary Studies

Eastern Illinois University is seeking a Director for its Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Program. The Director has overall responsibility for the supervision, administration, and expansion of the Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Program and for collaborating with other academic units to coordinate the University’s education attainment and outreach initiatives.

Description of Duties and Responsibilities


Master’s degree required, terminal degree preferred, tenure-track faculty with experience preferred.  At least three years of experience in higher education working in collaboration with academic units with non-traditional, off-campus, and/or online students and programs required. Demonstration of strong oral and written communication skills. Knowledge and experience working with prior learning assessment preferred. Experience teaching at the college level is required with a preference for experience teaching both face-to-face and online courses. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and experience with promoting inclusive excellence is required.

Application Instructions:

Review of application materials will begin March 25, 2024 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. Carole Collins-Ayanlaja, Search Committee Chair, Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Degree {IDS) Program and uploaded to the Interfolio link at For questions about the search, please contact phone at 217-581-2919.

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.

The University and Community:  Eastern Illinois University takes pride in creating a warm, welcome environment for all faculty, staff and students. 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. Eastern offers faculty a wide range of research and public service activities. 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. 

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

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