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  Gary Ochs  9/3/2021 4:29:00 PM  

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Dear Colleague,

The job posting for College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES): Adjunct Instructor - Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC) Program is now open for applicants on the job board ( The Job ID is 151838 and the search number is F2100121. 

Approved Position Description:


Adjunct Instructor

Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC) Program

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



Everything the College of ACES does is designed to improve the quality of life of the people in the state of Illinois, across the nation, and around the world. We discover, develop, translate, and disseminate knowledge to address societal concerns and train the next generation of experts and leaders in a way that empowers them to expand the boundaries of science to higher levels of understanding and influence. Be a part of our story.

 The Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC) Program is newly formed, and creates a vibrant opportunity for students to study how people work together and lead their peers, learn from and educate others, and communicate issues broadly relevant in agriculture. ALEC prepares students for graduate study and a broad variety of careers in industry, journalism, advocacy and advertising, formal classroom education in agricultural sciences, cooperative extension, governance, and more.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit


The Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC) Program is seeking Adjunct Instructors to supervise clinical experiences for student teachers in various schools in cooperation with ALEC staff. The positions will be part-time, non-tenure track specialized faculty positions.

 The Instructor will make classroom observations of the student teachers and will offer support and guidance to the cooperating teachers.  The Instructor is also the major communication link between the placement school and UIUC.  Instructors will meet with ALEC (Ag Ed concentration) staff as needed.

 Responsibilities of the position:

  • The Instructor will serve as liaison among student teachers, cooperating teachers, and ALEC staff.
  • The Instructor will promote student teacher professional development by
    • Observing student teachers during the teaching experience. The supervisor will also conduct goal-setting, pre-observation, and reflective post-observation conferences. Two formal observations will be made for each student teacher during their placement.  During each placement, ongoing interaction will take place between the Instructor and the student teachers.
    • Providing oral and written feedback to student teachers after each formal observation.
    • Stimulating reflective thinking about student teachers’ objectives, goals, strategies, and progress.
    • Helping student teachers deal with problems they may be experiencing.
    • Providing honest and candid evaluations of student teachers’ progress.
    • Write a Professional Growth Plan for students who need assistance in order to successfully complete program expectations. 
  • The Instructor will coordinate evaluation of student teachers with the cooperating teachers by
    • Communicating frequently with the cooperating teachers about the student teachers’ progress.
    • Communicating frequently with ALEC staff.
  • The Instructor will assist cooperating teachers by
    • Consulting with cooperating teachers about objectives and areas of emphasis for student teachers.
    • Conferring with student teachers about specific topics as requested by cooperating teachers.
    • Communicating cooperating teacher concerns to the ALEC staff.
    • Helping coordinate classroom activities with professional seminars and UIUC course instruction.
  • The Instructor will serve as a resource for professional seminars and UIUC course instruction.


Proposed Starting Date:

 December 16, 2021



Required:  Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education or related field. 

Preferred: Master’s degree


Required:  At least 5 years of experience teaching. 

Preferred: Mentoring experience


Commensurate with experience

 About the ALEC Program:


The Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication (ALEC) Program was recently formed combining the Agricultural Education and Agricultural Communications Programs. Enrollment in ALEC concentrations of Agricultural Education, Agricultural Communications, and Organizational and Community Leadership has risen steadily and considerably over the past five years – a trend that is expected to continue. This Fall, ALEC hosts over 120 undergraduate and 30 graduate students. The ALEC Program also houses the University’s Minor in Leadership Studies, which currently enrolls over 300 undergraduate students throughout the University of Illinois and emerging programs within the ACES Leadership Academy. More about the ALEC Program can be found at

 About the University and College:

The Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois ( is located approximately 120 miles south of Chicago in a community of more than 100,000 people and there are more than 2,000 tenure/tenure-track faculty members. In addition to its mission as a land-grant university, the campus offers exceptional programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, and engineering. The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) ( has 235 tenure-track faculty members and an enrollment of approximately 2,600 undergraduate and 700 graduate students. It is widely recognized for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research, outreach, and international programs. The College also serves the State of Illinois through the University of Illinois Extension system, and 12 research and demonstration centers. The academic departments within the College include: Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, Animal Sciences, Crop Sciences, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Human and Community Development, and Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.

 Closing Date:

Applications must be received by September 16, 2021.


Candidates should create a profile at and upload their Curriculum Vitae (including e-mail address), names and contact information for three professional references who are familiar with the candidate’s qualifications and experience, and a cover letter. Applicants should address which of the following regions they are willing to work in:

Northwestern Illinois (IAVAT District 1), Northeastern Illinois (IAVAT District 2), West Central Illinois (IAVAT District 3), East Central Illinois (IAVAT District 4), Southwestern Illinois (IAVAT District 5), Southeastern Illinois (IAVAT District 5).

  All requested information must be submitted for the application to be considered.

 For more information, contact search committee chair Gary Ochs via email at

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

Gary Ochs
University of Illinois
Phone: 217-244-5164 Cell: 217-251-4022
Address: 174B Bevier Hall, 905 S. Goodwin Ave., 905 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801
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