Director of Graduate Programs in Education

McKendree University seeks a dynamic, engaged, and student-centered Director of Graduate Programs in Education to join our team.  Director of Graduate Programs in Education will report to and work closely with School of Education chair.

The successful candidate will foster responsible citizenship, ignite curiosity, and encourage students to develop into forward thinking and engaged individuals.

We are looking for the following qualities:

  1. Commitment to excellence in teaching, which includes an understanding of individual student needs; 
  2. Investment in ongoing scholarly research, which includes collaboration with students;
  3. Dedication to university service, which includes recruiting and retaining students as well as helping them flourish intellectually.

The Director of Graduate Programs in Education reports to the School of Education chair and serve in an administrative leadership role for all graduate programs including MAT, MAED, EdS, and EdD. In this nine month contract, the director will assume administrative assignments that will help promote and expand on-campus and external graduate Education degree programs. The director will work with Graduate Admissions to recruit students, oversee the admission process, advise students, and develop course schedules.  The director will make recommendations to the School of Education chair regarding faculty teaching assignments and hiring of adjunct faculty for graduate classes in Education.  The director serves as the university contact with the Illinois State Board of Education to monitor university requirements at the state level, clarify licensure rules for graduate Education programs, and complete state and university reports for graduate programs.  The director serves as a liaison with P-12 school administrators, community colleges, and state professional organizations (IASA, IASBO, IASB, ICPEA, and IPA).  Other duties include teaching responsibilities, assisting the School of Education chair with ensuring instructional quality and academic integrity, fostering appreciation of creative or scholarly activity among graduate faculty and students, leading and participating in social justice and equity initiatives, and participating in student recruitment and retainment efforts.    

The Director of Graduate Programs in Education will be responsible for the following:

  • reports directly to the School of Education chair regarding the graduate and doctoral programs;
  • develops and maintains strong relationships with P-12 administrators, P-12 teachers, and directors and staffs of state professional organizations;
  • working at the regional and state level advocating for educational issues;
  • creating a team environment and fostering cooperation and respect among diverse constituents;
  • supporting the mission of the institution through creativity, analytical thinking, innovation, and pragmatism;
  • articulating the vision of the School of Education graduate programs and the University’s unique character and promising future;
  • utilizing strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills;
  • supporting cultural diversity with experience recruiting and retaining students;
  • developing relationships with faculty, students, staff, alumni, and other constituents; 
  • understanding the importance of emerging trends and mandates regarding P-12 schools, including technology and promoting the application of instructional technology within graduate courses.

The candidate must possess an earned doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution, P-12 administrative experience with a record of advocating for educational issues and a demonstrated commitment to continuous school improvement; a network of higher education and P-12 colleagues at the regional and state level; hold or be eligible for Illinois principal and superintendent licensure; strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills, and proven management skills in higher education. 

McKendree University, Illinois’ first and finest, is a private university in Lebanon, IL, just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, home of the 11-time World Series champs (St. Louis Cardinals) and the 2019 Stanley Cup winner (St. Louis Blues). St. Louis also boasts a wonderful zoo, a first-rate botanical garden, a vibrant art scene (both performing and visual), and a plethora of top-notch restaurants. 

Popular co-curricular activities for McKendree students include Division II athletics, speech and debate, and music (both choral and instrumental). The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, the premier performing arts center in southwestern Illinois, is located on McKendree’s campus.  

If you are ready to join an exciting team of faculty, we welcome your application! 

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest referencing job #DGP94 with a list of courses you are prepared to teach, resume/CV, unofficial graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, a research statement, a diversity statement, and three letters of recommendation to the Director of Human Resources, hr@mckendree.edu.  

Deadline for best consideration: November 30, 2021 

McKendree is an ADA/EEO/Vet/Disabled employer committed to enhancing the cultural and gender diversity of the campus. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.