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Illinois State University
Position Description

Director of University College

                In July 1996, Illinois State University established University College, a
new comprehensive academic services support unit.  The mission of University
College is to improve the effectiveness and expand academic support services
for undergraduates, and to create a more appropriate academic home for
freshmen, other new students, and those students without declared majors.
The unit includes central academic advisement for freshmen and undeclared
majors (about 5000 students), the Learning Assistance Center, the Academic
Enrichment Center, and transition programs, such as summer and fall
orientation and learning communities, offered for new freshmen and transfer
students.  University College services and programs are intended to improve
academic preparation and performance, thereby increasing the retention rate
of students to graduation.

Responsibilities:  The Director of University College plans, directs, and
coordinates the operational, personnel, budgetary, and student activities of
the College.  The person in this position also provides leadership and
direction in the development, implementation, and evaluation of university
academic support programs, student transition programs and related
activities in addition to being an advocate for students in transition.  The
Director works with the Provost, college Deans, the Admissions Director, the
Student Affairs Division, and others to provide support programs that are
suited to the needs of students and complement undergraduate academic
programs.  An Associate Director, five program Coordinators, and about 90
staff members report to the Director.

Qualifications:  An earned doctoral degree; with a minimum of five years
successful experience in higher education administration with increasing
levels of responsibility; a demonstrated commitment to the personal and
intellectual development of all students;  evidence of leadership and
scholarship in the development and delivery of effective student
development, advisement, and/or academic support programs for
undergraduates;  evidence of effective human resource management skills;
evidence of successful teaching in higher education; and effective oral and
written communication skills.  Scholarly and professional achievement in
candidate's own discipline strongly preferred.

Appointment Terms:  This position will be filled effective July 1, 1998.
Salary is competitive.   The University College Director is a full-time
twelve-month administrative-professional position reporting to the Associate
Vice President for Instruction and Dean of Undergraduate Studies.  The
Director may hold academic rank, but it must be approved by the appropriate
academic department and through the established faculty appointment process.

Deadline:  Applicants should submit a letter of application and curriculum
vitae, including the names and addresses of at least three references, by
February 6, 1998, to assure full consideration of their candidacies.
Nominations and applications should be sent to:
        Dr. Kathleen McKinney, Chairperson
        University College Director Search Committee
        Illinois State University
        Campus Box 6370
        Normal, IL 61790-6370

                Illinois State University is a Doctoral I university offering 58
undergraduate programs in 157 fields of study and 32 master's, one
specialist, and eight doctoral programs.  The University's enrollment is
20,000.  The state's first public university, Illinois State is also one of
the largest universities in Illinois.  Tenured and tenure-track faculty
members total 683, of whom 95 percent have doctoral or terminal degrees in
their disciplines.  The University has committed financial resources,
faculty, staff and facilities to the goals of providing the premier
undergraduate education in the State of Illinois.
                The 850-acre campus of Illinois State University is located in
Bloomington-Normal, a prosperous community of 100,0000 situated midway
between Chicago and St. Louis.  The region's diverse, stable and recession
resistant economy has its strength in insurance, education, agribusiness,
and manufacturing.  The region traditionally has one of the lowest
unemployment rates and one of the highest wage bases in the state.  McLean
County is a Midwestern crossroads: Three interstate routes, An Amtrak rail
corridor, and a regional airport offering commuter and jet service to major
national and international destinations converge in Bloomington-Normal.
There is a long tradition of higher education in Bloomington-Normal, which
is home to two universities, two two-year colleges, and a school of nursing.
A community that values education at all levels, Bloomington-Normal has
outstanding public school systems.

Illinois State University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action
university encouraging diversity.

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Julia N. Visor, Coordinator
University Center for Learning Assistance
Assistant Professor of English
Illinois State University
Campus Box 4070
Normal IL  61790-4070
ph 309-438-7100
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