Chairperson, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Illinois State University
Posting Date

Illinois State University invites applications for the position of Chairperson in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS). The Department seeks a dynamic Chair with administrative experience to lead thriving undergraduate and graduate programs, which include: Fashion Design & Merchandising; Food, Nutrition & Dietetics; Human Development & Family Science; Interior Design; and Teacher Education. The Chairperson is responsible for fiscal management, departmental accreditations, long-range planning, curriculum development and review, personnel recruitment, advancement, assessment, and oversight of the teaching and research laboratories. The Chairperson shall encourage high quality research, teaching, and service, and advocate for the resources needed to sustain the Department’s mission and vision. The Chairperson shall develop partnerships within and outside the university, as well as promote the Department’s programs to alumni, businesses, government agencies, and other educational institutions. The preferred start date for this position is July 1, 2019.


Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in an area appropriate to FCS, with academic achievement that merits appointment with tenure at the rank of associate or full professor. Applicants must have the ability to work collegially and effectively with faculty, students, staff, administrative colleagues, alumni, and professional communities served by the unit. Applicants should have successful experiences in accreditation, teaching, administration, graduate education, a record of significant accomplishments in research, and demonstrated experience in grant, contract, or project activities. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position.

ISU recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff, and student body enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are especially welcomed. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Organization Summary

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences:
FCS is one of six Departments and two Schools in the College of Applied Science and Technology ( The Department is accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) and offers five professional undergraduate programs as well as an accelerated master’s program (combined bachelor’s and master’s). The Department also offers a two-year comprehensive M.S./M.A. program, including a Dietetic Internship sequence and a Child Life option. The FCS Department houses four accredited programs including: undergraduate interior design (CIDA), undergraduate Teacher Education program (NCATE), undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics (ACEND), and a graduate Dietetic Internship (ACEND). The Human Development and Family Science program is also an approved Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) Program by the National Council on Family Relations. The ISU Child Care Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The Department has approximately 550 undergraduate and 50 graduate students, 21 full-time and 5 part-time faculty, 1 full-time academic advisor, 2 civil service personnel, and 5 administrative professionals at an affiliated Child Care Center

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
The position is a twelve-month tenure track appointment. The salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience. A competitive comprehensive benefits package is included.

Illinois State University
Campus Box 5000, 103 Turner Hall
Normal, IL 61761
United States

How to Apply

To assure full consideration, please complete an online application for posting number 0711569 at and attach a cover letter, vita, statement of administrative philosophy, and names of three references (with phone numbers and email addresses) by March 18, 2019. Initial review of applications will begin on March 18, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.

Application Deadline
March 18, 2019