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Joliet Jr. College  (District 2)  - Livestock Judging Coach

JJC is seeking a talented, energetic, and motivated individual to lead our livestock judging program including coaching, recruitment, and fundraising.  This person will also be the lead in expanding the animal science activities at our Weitendorf Ag Education Center including the hosting of shows, sales, educational seminars, and assisting faculty with livestock related coursework.  Position is full-time and includes an excellent benefits package.  Full details can be found at the link below.


Application Link:


Applications Close : October 1, 2019


Start Date: Negotiable


For Additional Information Contact

Brad Angus (815) 735-3993 or

Patrick Kelly (815) 343-4274

Contact Person

Illinois College  (District 3)  - Agribusiness Management
Faculty Position in Agribusiness

Illinois College invites applications for a full-time position in Agribusiness to begin Spring 2020.  Candidates should be able to teach a variety of courses in both face-to-face format and online.  Likely teaching load will include: Emerging Issues in Ag & Natural Resources; Introduction to Agribusiness; Agricultural Marketing; Farm Management; and Agribusiness Management
Capstone. Strong preference for ability to contribute to the Business program more generally, for instance, through teaching courses in accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, or sports management. Additional duties will include student recruitment and contribution to the ongoing development of the agribusiness program. We seek a candidate who values the liberal arts and is able to demonstrate excellence in teaching and scholarship.

Teaching load is three four-credit courses per semester. Faculty work closely with students both in and outside the classroom and serve the college in a variety of other ways. Professional agribusiness experience and quality teaching experience are strongly preferred. A completed Doctorate is strongly preferred, but highly qualified master’s-prepared or ABD candidates will be considered.

Since 1829, Illinois College has transformed the lives of undergraduate students. Founded by abolitionists, IC was the first college in Illinois to graduate students and hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The College is focused on student success and provides many opportunities for faculty-student interaction beyond the classroom, including collaborative research projects, international study-travel, and mentoring/advising. The College is committed to ensuring access and equity.

Illinois College seeks candidates who have a commitment to working closely with a wide range of students. Currently our population is approximately one-quarter students of color and 40% first-generation college students. Eagerness and ability to work with these populations is essential. Equally important is excellence in pedagogy and an openness to new teaching approaches.

The College is located in historic Jacksonville, Illinois, 30 miles west of the capital city of Springfield and 70 miles north of St. Louis, Missouri.

Contact Person
Applicants should submit the following materials in PDF format to On the subject line, please put Attn: John Rush, Chair of the Agribusiness Search Committee.
• Letter of application
• C.V.
• Evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as teaching evaluations or similar documents)
• A statement of teaching philosophy that includes discussion of teaching to a diverse student body as well as mentoring experience

Questions regarding the position can be directed to me at

University of Illinois  (District 4)  - Tenure-track Assistant Professor
The Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications (ALEC) Program is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position focusing on the scholarship of teaching and learning in an agricultural context.  The faculty position is provided on a 9-month (academic year) basis, with tenure residing in a department appropriate for the candidate’s area of research in the College of ACES, and will reflect a 50% teaching and 50% research responsibilities.  
August 16, 2020 or as soon as possible after the close of the search.

Earned Ph.D. in agricultural education, communications, or leadership; postsecondary education; curriculum and instruction; or other closely related field by August 16, 2020. Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively with undergraduate and graduate students as well as local, national/global groups required. Successful candidates must have a proven record of excellence in teaching and student centered/service learning in the context of agricultural education, and scholarly research, publication and engagement. 
Build a strong international reputation through research, teaching and engagement in the scholarship of teaching and learning in an agricultural context. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in agricultural education, including teaching and learning theory and research methodology courses. Opportunities may also exist to organize study abroad programs. The candidate will conduct scholarly research in the broad area of teaching and learning, attract external competitive research funding, and supervise graduate and undergraduate student research.  Additional responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, assisting with student recruitment, advising, coordinating programs, and serving on relevant committees. 
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Competitive salary, attractive start up package, opportunities for additional summer salary compensation.
Closing Date:
To receive full consideration, applications must be received by August 26, 2019.
Candidates should create a profile at and upload their Curriculum Vitae (including email address), a letter of interest which includes a statement of research and teaching interests, and names and contact information for three professional references who are familiar with the candidate’s qualifications and experience by August 26, 2019.   All requested information must be submitted for the application to be considered. 
Contact Person
For more information, contact David Rosch, Director of the ALEC Program, at (217) 244-2134 or

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Richland Community College  (District 4)  - Outreach Coordinator for Agricultural Programs

Richland Community College - Outreach Coordinator for Agricultural Programs

Due to swift growth in agricultural program enrollments, Richland Community College, which is located in the agribusiness capital of world – Decatur, is currently seeking an Outreach Coordinator for Agricultural Programs.

Position Summary: This position will be responsible for implementing effective outreach efforts with K-12 educational partners and the agriculture business community which will support the continued growth and success of the agricultural and related programs.  This position will have the opportunity to teach agriculture courses, as needed.

Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s in Agriculture or a related field, required.  Master’s degree in Agriculture (or a Master’s degree in a related discipline with 18 graduate credit hours in Agriculture) is preferred.  Three years minimum Agriculture industry experience is preferred.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to work effectively with faculty, coordinators, the Dean, and the administrative assistant.  Must be able to organize and prioritize work to meet deadlines.  Possess strong verbal, written, analytical, presentation, and interpersonal skills.  Must maintain a professional demeanor and be able to work cooperatively with a diverse group of interests in the community, industry, and the College.

Essential Functions: Plans, organizes and manages all aspects of student competitions, programs, initiatives, and events offered and/or hosted by the Richland Community College agriculture program. 

Coordinates closely with high school agriculture teachers within the Richland Community College district to offer student focused events designed to enhance career and leadership development.  In addition to serving as a resource to high school agriculture programs with the goal of enhancing the success of their FFA chapters.

Recruits students via visits to high school schools and by conducting and/or hosting other events for high school students.

Tracks prospective students and follow-up to assist with the enrollment process. 

Coordinates with the marketing department to complete public relations activities such as the development of press releases, brochures, and other marketing materials. 

Represents Richland Community College at agriculturally-related career fairs and other similar events.

Networks within both the agriculture and education communities in order to create and maintain a broad range of positive relationships with partners and stakeholders and develop strong strategic relationships for Richland in the field of agriculture.

Maintains active memberships and participation in professional organizations in the field.

Contributes to Richland’s professional connections in agriculture, including but not limited to: the Community College Alliance for Agriculture Advancement, Women Changing the Face of Agriculture, and Progress City USA.

Teaches agriculture coursework as needed.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Expected Hours of Work: 12 months per year with work hours of Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Some flexibility in hours is allowed. There may be irregular hours periodically including weekend and/or evening hours for agriculture program activities or recruiting events.  Summer hours may vary. 

Travel: Travel to area high schools, local events, and local businesses is expected in order to effectively assist and ensure the success of the high school agricultural programs and thus our program’s success.  An occasional regional or national agricultural or educational event may necessitate some out-of-state travel.  

Physical/Mental Demands and Work Environment:  Must be able to receive, process, and provide visual and verbal information.  Must be able to work effectively in stressful situations.  Provide timely response to externally/internally imposed conditions and deadlines.  Respond to concurrent, multiple, non-related issues.  Work is routinely performed in an office environment.  Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, kneeling, pushing and pulling, using hands and fingers, stooping and occasional lifting of objects up to 10 pounds.

Customer Service Statement: Consistently performs duties with concern, courtesy, and respect for all persons in a prompt and timely manner.  Must work cooperatively with students, staff, and community members and be sensitive and respectful to issues of student and staff diversity. 

Consistently exhibits responsiveness to others in the organization at all levels and responds to requests for assistance from students, staff, and community members in a helpful and timely manner.

Risk Management Responsibilities: Assist with daily supervision of College division ensuring that the safety needs of faculty and students are communicated and met and that the risk is reduced by monitoring conditions, events, and circumstances present through daily operations in the accomplishment of job position tasks and functions.

Provide careful supervision and protection of college’s real and personal property.

The above statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the essential functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all of the work requirements which may be inherent in the position.

Application Procedure: Richland Community College, located in Decatur, Illinois is a comprehensive college with a tradition of educational excellence, offering baccalaureate, associate, technical, and continuing education programs that serve over 11,000 students per year in eight central Illinois counties.  Richland Community College values diversity in all its dimensions and is committed to diversifying its faculty and staff through dynamic recruitment of candidates who would contribute to the racial and ethnic diversity of the College.  Under-represented groups, including persons with disabilities, are especially encourage to apply.

To apply, you must submit the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Employment Application (attached or available at this link -
  3. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  4. Transcripts (unofficial copies will be accepted during application stage)

Employment materials can be emailed to or sent by mail to:

Richland Community College
Human Resources Department
One College Park
Decatur, IL 62521

Review of all applications will begin August 16h and will continue until this position is filled.

Contact Person

For more information and/or if you have questions, feel free to contact:

Jess Smithers
Richland Community College
Director of Agricultural Programs
Office: 217-875-7211 Ext. 6223
Call/Text: 217-430-3920


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