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  • Distinguished Senior Award Nominations Due April 8


    Nominations are being sought for the 2021 Distinguished Senior Awards.  

    The most distinguished seniors at EIU are individuals who have enriched the university community with their active involvement in all facets of campus life. The Distinguished Senior Award recognizes those who have demonstrated outstanding character and leadership through academic achievement, campus and community involvement, and/or extra-curricular honors or awards. 

    Eligible students must be graduating in Spring, Summer or Fall 2021 and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.  

    Nominations can be submitted online and will be accepted until Thursday, April 8.  

  • Employment Opportunity -- IT Technical Associate, End User Support Specialist


    The Information Technology Services at Eastern Illinois University is seeking candidates for the position of IT Technical Associate – End User Support Specialist.  Duties of this position are to provide end user support to students, staff and faculty across campus.  This includes support to customers who use a variety software and hardware, network and equipment configurations including Windows, Linux, MacOS, printing, mobile devices, and peripherals.


    Qualified candidates should have two years of progressively more responsible work experience with end user technology or a Bachelors’ degree in IT or computer technology-related field.  An additional one year of the above experience is also required.


    The Civil Service examination for this position is a credentials assessment.  No participation other than the submission of application materials is required from qualified applicants.  Upon successful selection of a candidate, all scores will be voided from this IT Technical Associate – End User Support Specialist register.

    To apply, please submit application, resume, transcripts and references online at   Application should be submitted by March 8, 2021 to ensure consideration.

  • IGP #148 Revised


    IGP #148, Naming, was recently revised with the approval of the president.  Please take time to review these changes.

  • Instructor Live Proctoring with LockDown Browser


    A new option for D2L quizzes is available with Respondus LockDown Browser called “Instructor Live Proctoring.”  In short, it enables LockDown Browser to be used with a web conferencing system such as Zoom, Teams, or Collaborate Ultra. LockDown Browser locks down the student’s computer during the online exam, while the instructor can watch students via the web conferencing system. This option is recommended for small, synchronous classes where instructors can effectively manage and observe students during the exam.  For more information, go to

  • Faculty Webinars for March 2021


    The Faculty Development and Innovation Center (FDIC) has scheduled the following webinars for March 2021.  Go to for more information and to register.

    • Create Custom Learning Paths in D2L using Release Conditions
      March 3, 2021; 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
      Facilitator: Julie Lockett
    • Make and Take: Add Release Conditions to your course in D2L
      March 3, 2021; 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
      Facilitator: Julie Lockett
    • Accessing Course Data to Make Data Driven Decisions in D2L
      March 10, 2021; 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
      Facilitator: Julie Lockett
    • Webinar:  Engaging students online: Creating a learning community
      March 17, 2021; 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
      Facilitator: Lu Ding
    • Faculty Commons, Innovative Rubrics
      March 25, 2021; 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
      Facilitator: Newton Key and Michael Gillespie
  • Booth Library CSI offers technology for checkout


    Booth Library announces the opening of its Center for Student Innovation. The CSI includes a new Technology Checkout Station, an Active Learning Classroom and Design Lab. The CSI is located on the first floor of Booth Library, on the east side of the atrium.

    At the Technology Checkout Station students can check out laptop computers, MiFi hotspots, webcams, microphones/speakers and GoPro Fusion 360 cameras. Students with a valid Panther Card can check out the technology for a limited time period.

    The Technology Checkout Station is open from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday in the CSI. For more information visit Funding for the technology checkout program was provided through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief fund.

    Renovation of the first phase of the CSI project -- the Active Learning Classroom, Design Lab and breakout rooms -- was completed in November 2020 and was made possible thanks to a grant from the Charleston Area Charitable Foundation. The renovation included new flooring, electrical and Internet upgrades, updated lighting and paint.

    The space is home to a variety of new technology, including a podcasting studio, gaming computers, 3D printers, Google jamboard, large computer monitors and a green screen, purchased with a grant from the Illinois State Library.

  • Employment Opportunity -- Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Communication Disorders and Sciences


    The Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at Eastern Illinois University is accepting applications for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor.

    Assistant Professor: Eastern Illinois University tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences. Commitment to student learning, academic and clinical instruction of undergraduate and graduate students in Speech Language Pathology. Duties include teaching, research, and service. Qualifications: Doctorate in Communication Sciences and Disorders or a related field, and current ASHA CCC-SLP credential are required for tenure. Doctoral students who can work full-time at EIU and complete the degree prior to tenure will be considered. Prior clinical supervision of graduate students or CFYs, and/or university teaching experience is preferred. Area of expertise in adult acquired disorders and clinical experience in a medical setting is desirable. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and experience promoting inclusive excellence is required. Review of completed applications begins April 1, 2021, and continues until the position is filled; employment beginning August 16, 2021. Apply via Interfolio at Questions can be addressed to Dr. Nichole Mulvey ( EIU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. 

  • Employment Opportunity -- Director of Development


    POSITION SUMMARY: Eastern Illinois University seeks a high-energy professional for the position of Director of Development. The essential duties of this position are 1) to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of major and planned gift prospects in support of Eastern Illinois University (EIU); 2) to collaborate with other gift officers working on behalf of EIU, the EIU Foundation, and other organizations affiliated with EIU; and 3) to liaison with campus colleagues in assigned areas to facilitate prospect identification and gift solicitation. This position reports to the Vice President for University Advancement and is a key member of the EIU Advancement team. The University MAY be filling two positions with this search (one Development Director position is temporarily vacant due to an interim staff assignment in another department).

    QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum qualifications include a bachelor's degree from an accredited post- secondary institution; ability to positively represent EIU to donors and constituents; three or more years of successful experience in development (fundraising) or a related field; and the ability to travel on behalf of the institution. Preferred qualifications include five or more years of successful experience in development (fundraising) or a related field; and advanced certification in fundraising (CFRE; CFRM; etc.). Demonstrated commitment to diversity and experience promoting inclusive excellence is required.

    CLOSING DATE: Review will begin immediately and continue until filled. Candidates are encouraged to submit materials no later than March 12, 2021 for full consideration.

    HOW TO APPLY: Applications must be submitted through the University's "Interfolio" application system, Submitted materials should include: 1) a cover letter addressing the candidate's experience and qualifications as related to the position description; 2) a resume or curriculum vitae describing the candidate's professional work history, education, and other qualifications; and 3) a list identifying the names, addresses, and contact information (phone and email) for three professional references. For questions regarding this search, please contact Danielle M. Wilberg, Search Committee Chair, at

    THE UNIVERSITY & COMMUNITY: Consistently ranked in the top tier of Midwest universities in its class by U.S. News and World Report, Eastern Illinois University has earned its reputation by offering a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs taught by an experienced and caring faculty. In addition to reasonable tuition, fees, and room and board rates, EIU offers an acclaimed textbook rental system, saving the average student hundreds of dollars per semester. A variety of excellent on-campus housing opportunities are available on the safe, compact 320-acre campus. Student graduation and retention rates are well above state and national averages, and that success continues after students earn their degrees -- year after year, Eastern ranks high in job placement, alumni satisfaction and employer satisfaction. The city of Charleston, IL is rated as one of the safest college towns in America. The community is known for its close relationship with EIU and its wonderful variety of cultural and recreational activities. Eastern Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/female/disability/veteran -- committed to achieving a diverse community.

  • University Foundations (EIU 1111) seeking Instructors


    The University Foundations Advisory Committee is seeking qualified individuals to teach EIU 1111:  University Foundations, Eastern's freshman seminar, for Fall 2021.  Interested people must have a master's degree or higher and must work full-time for the University or be a recent retiree.  Graduate students currently pursuing a degree may apply to teach for practicum hours, which must be approved by the graduate's department. We welcome newcomers as well as returning instructors to this unique and rewarding teaching opportunity.  Additional information about the course can be found here: The application for new instructors is available at and the application for returning faculty is here: Applications are due by February 26, 2021. The faculty workshop will be held the week of May 9-13, 2021. Questions may be directed to Dr. Mona Davenport at (217) 581-6690 or mydavenport@eiu.

  • Assistant Professor - Exercise Science



    The department of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation (KSR) at Eastern Illinois University is seeking applications from innovative and student-centered candidates for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor of exercise science position. Primary responsibilities include teaching a broad tenet of classes in the undergraduate exercise science and graduate exercise physiology programs. The desired start date is August 16, 2021. Housed in the College of Health and Human Services, the department strives to be prospective students' first choice in the Midwest to earn a degree in the undergraduate fields of exercise science, physical education teacher education, recreation administration, and sport management and the graduate fields of exercise physiology and sports administration.


    Doctoral degree in exercise physiology, kinesiology or closely related field is required. Qualified ABDs with a degree completion plan will be considered. Preference will be given to teacher-scholars committed to student engagement in the department’s applied undergraduate and graduate programs. A clear passion for student success and demonstrated potential for research and scholarly activity and are critical to this position. NSCA and/or ACSM certification is desired. The successful candidate will be expected to network with community, regional and state-level practitioners, alumni, and prospective students to maintain program alignment with current and anticipated industry trends and workforce needs.

    The College and Department

    The College of Health and Human Services was created in 2018 as a hub for health and human services-related programs at Eastern Illinois University. The College fosters academic rigor and experiential learning, preparing students to become critical thinkers and leaders who advance the health and well-being of the communities they serve as professional practitioners and private citizens. 

    The department of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation is the largest of the academic units in the College with a combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment of more than 450 students and plays a critical role in fulfilling the interprofessional goals of the college through industry-driven degree options. The department is located in Lantz Arena, a high-volume recreation center and athletics venue, on the west side of EIU’s beautiful campus and benefits from strong relationships with EIU Campus Recreation and the EIU Athletics department. The department houses 20 faculty and staff, along with ten classrooms and two labs all in Lantz Arena. The Department offers rewarding undergraduate degree programs in recreation administration, sport management, exercise science, and physical education teacher education. Graduate programs include degrees in exercise physiology and sports administration. Program alumni are engaged in meaningful careers across the U.S., and are critical to successfully connecting current students with practicing professionals.

    The University and Its Community

    Eastern Illinois University, located in the east-central Illinois community of Charleston, has a rich tradition of over 120 years of preparing students to accomplish their professional and life goals through a combination of quality academics and personal relationships. The beautiful 320-acre campus is host to approximately 7,500 students and 400 faculty members in a town of approximately 20,000 residents. EIU offers active research opportunities, cultural events, NCAA Division I athletics, and an engaged student body that are on par with larger universities. Charleston has all the advantages of a small, rural town (e.g., lower cost of living, a safe community, a short commute) within a two to three hour drive of Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis.

    Application Instructions

    Applications received by March 12, 2021 will receive priority review. The position will remain open until filled. Interested candidates should submit: a) letter of application addressing qualifications, strengths, and experience relative to the responsibilities and desired qualities; b) current CV; c) unofficial transcripts; and d) names and contact information of three professional references who can comment on professional experiences and qualifications of the candidate.

    Applications must be submitted through Interfolio. Questions about the search process should be directed to Dr. Stacey Ruholl, search committee chair at

  • Employment Opportunity -- Chair, School of Technology


    The School of Technology at Eastern Illinois University seeks a Chair. This is a 12-month administrative position reporting to the Dean, Lumpkin College of Business and Technology, and has primary responsibility for the coordination, supervision, administration, and leadership of the School. Strategic planning and implementation, progress toward several individual program accreditations, external relations with industry partners and advisory boards, and continued enrollment growth, are high priorities. The School of Technology offers undergraduate programs in Computer & Information Technology, Construction Management, Digital Media Technology, Engineering Technology (emphasis in manufacturing/industrial), and Organizational Development (online), and graduate degrees in Cybersecurity (F2F and online), Talent Development (online), and Technology (F2F and online). For qualifications and application instructions please go to

  • Update about SHIELD Testing for Students, Employees


    Dear EIU Students and Employees,

    We are writing to share some important updates regarding EIU’s ongoing COVID testing efforts:

    Effective Monday, February 8
    EIU SHIELD testing hours will be the following:
    Mondays: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Tuesdays: 9 a.m. to Noon
    Wednesdays: 9 a.m. to Noon
    *Please note that the hours of EIU’s testing site differ from the hours listed on the registration site.  Please do not register for a testing time when our site is not open.

    A group of EIU students and employees will continue to be randomly selected for testing each week. These participants are asked to please test on their designated day. 
    If additional EIU students or employees would like to participate in SHIELD testing, they are welcome and encouraged to do so.  The University is fortunate to have plenty of
    tests.  To register for testing, please go to

    EIU’s SHIELD testing location remains the same – Court 5 in the Student Recreation Center.  Participants should enter the testing site via the doors on the northwest corner of the Student Recreation Center, closest to the large scoreboard on O’Brien Field.

    Symptomatic Individuals
    Students or employees demonstrating COVID symptoms should not be tested at the SHIELD testing site. Symptomatic students should contact the Medical Clinic at (217) 581-3013
    to schedule an appointment for testing at the Clinic.  Symptomatic employees should contact their physician for testing guidance.

    Each week, one student who participates in SHIELD testing is randomly selected to win either $25 Dining Dollars or a $25 gift card to the Union Bookstore.

    EIU employees whose jobs don’t necessitate frequent computer use will be updated by their supervisors as to their SHIELD testing times.  Those employees also can seek assistance from their supervisors to complete SHIELD testing activation and consent protocols. Limited vaccine availability and evolving COVID mutations require the absolute commitment of
    all students and employees to continue adhering to EIU’s guidelines for mask compliance, physical distancing, and associated safeguarding practices.  Please review EIU’s masking video here.

    Please check your email frequently for updates and continue to refer to EIU’s COVID site for additional information.

    Thank you for your commitment to protecting our EIU family.

    David Glassman, President
    Jay Gatrell, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Anne Flaherty, Vice President for Student Affairs



    As a continued strategy to recover from budget shortfalls, ensure all purchases are coordinated with your supervisor.

    FY21 Non-essential purchases will not be approved. All FY21 requisitions must be received in the office of Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Services (PDCS) by the deadlines listed below. Procurement cannot guarantee that requisitions submitted after the deadlines will be paid from FY21 funds.

    FY22 requisitions may be entered by changing your transaction and delivery dates to July 1, 2021.

    All FY22 requisitions that are to be in place by July 1, 2021, need to adhere to the same deadlines below, or as requested by the buyer. Do not wait for FY22 budgets to be loaded.

    Purchasing Deadlines:

    Purchases exceeding the Board of Trustees approval limit:
    $250,000 for any purchase – February 23, 2021

    Purchases, including equipment, exceeding the Small Purchase Threshold:
    $100,000 for any purchase – April 16, 2021

    Purchases, including equipment, less than the Small Purchase Threshold:
    $100,000 for -- May 17, 2021

    Please notify Procurement if you have a purchase or are planning a purchase that cannot meet these deadlines.

    Other Deadlines:

    Copier Readings: All copiers need to be read and reported no later than 4:30 PM,  June 30, 2021.

    Office Depot Deadline: Final day to order through Office Depot for FY21 is NOON, June 29, 2021.


    P-Card Deadlines:

    Equipment- Equipment ordered on P-Card needs to be ordered no later than June 11, 2021 and ensure a delivery and transaction date of June 30, 2021, or earlier, on PaymentNet for purchases to come from FY21 funds.


    All other transactions- Transactions need a transaction date of June 30, 2021, or earlier, on PaymentNet for P-Card purchases from FY21 funds. All FY21 transactions must be reviewed and approved on PaymentNet no later than June 30, 2021.


    Invoices already received on campus for FY21 purchases:  Any invoices that have been submitted to campus for FY21 purchases should be submitted to PDCS no later than NOON, Thursday, June 24, 2021, to allow for payment prior to June 30, 2021.


    Final Payments: All final FY21 request for payments, invoices, and travel vouchers must be received in the Department of Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Services no later than NOON, July 9, 2021.


  • Students encouraged to enter Awards for Excellence competition


    Eastern Illinois University students who have used Booth Library resources to enhance their research are encouraged to enter the library’s Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity program.

    The program is open to all Eastern Illinois University students. Cash prizes of up to $300 will be awarded, in addition to certificates of recognition.

    The student entry may be a written work, art piece, exhibit, musical work, documentary, performance or another format.

    The 2021 guidelines can be found on Booth Library’s website at All entries must be submitted electronically through EIU’s scholarship portal,

    The deadline to enter is March 22. Recipients will be selected by April 1, and the winners will be honored during the Virtual Student Research and Creativity Discovery Conference on April 9. Works submitted for competition must have been completed within the last 12 months.

    Selected entries will become a part of Booth Library’s Student Research and Creativity Collection.

  • Faculty Laureate Nominations Due March 22


    Nominations are being sought for Eastern Illinois University's 2021 Faculty Laureate award, which recognizes a faculty member for excellence in supporting the general education curriculum.

    Nominees must be current full-time members of EIU's teaching faculty (Unit A and Unit B faculty; department chairpersons are also eligible) and must have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to excellence in the general education curriculum.

    Details about the nomination process are available at

    Nominations and supporting materials deadline has been extended to 4 p.m. Friday, March 22nd, either in a single PDF file or in hard copy, to Cindy Hutchison, Academic Affairs; 1020 Old Main; 

  • Encourage your students to participate in our Employer Virtual Showcase Series!


    Career Services is kicking off the 2nd semester of our virtual Employer Showcase series.  Students have the opportunity to hear from successful individuals from a variety of industries.  Many are EIU alums!   Each speaker will share their story including what they studied, their career path, what they learned, and tips they have for students.   This is a great way for students to make professional connections and also to explore career options they may have not considered for their major!   In addition to the presentation, students will also have the opportunity to ask questions.   Students (and faculty) can sign up in Handshake.  A Zoom invitation link will be sent to participants.   View the schedule of showcase sessions at:   

  • Panther Card Chip Money


    Effective 5/1/2020, money can no longer be added to the Panther Card chip.

    Students may surrender their card to the Panther Card Office and remaining money will be added to the student's account. Remaining money may also be used at any of the following locations before the end of Spring 2021 Semester.

    • Panther Pantry
    • Union Bowling
    • Java Beanery & Bakery
    • Union Food Court
    • University Bookstore

    Staff and Faculty may surrender their card to the Panther Card Office and a refund check will be processed. Remaining money may also be used at any of the following locations before the end of Spring 2021 Semester.

  • Civil Service Council Meeting Schedule


    The Civil Service Council will meet in accordance with the dates posted on the Civil Service Council Staff Senate Web page:
    The 2021 meeting dates will be the second Tuesday of every month at 8:30 a.m., and will be held virtually due to COVID mitigation until further notice until such time that in-person meetings can resume. 

    During the pandemic, Civil Service Council meetings will continue to occur via MS Teams. The meetings are open and anyone is welcome to attend. For a link to the meeting, please email

    ~ Josh Reinhart, on behalf of the EIU Civil Service Council

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Josh Reinhart, Public Information Coordinator

2142 Old Main
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-8444

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