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                     Dean of English and Humanities

College Overview

History

The family of students, faculty and staff known as Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) began as an idea from visionaries who founded the college in 1967 and opened the doors on September 23, 1968. The founding members of the LLCC Board of Trustees, administrators and faculty, along with local citizens, built a legacy upon which we continue to grow today.

Those visionaries, who were primarily farmers, took advantage of the Public Community College Act of 1965 to provide high-quality, accessible and cost-effective educational opportunities in the central Illinois area. The founding president, two administrators and seven trustees recruited a team of fewer than 30 faculty and staff members to a temporary facility on the southern edge of Springfield. About 850 students registered for the college’s first class offerings. Those first students were offered a choice of 13 electronic data processing courses at a time when EDP was on the cutting edge of career choices. Students also were offered 115 courses under the umbrella of Arts and Sciences and an additional group of 103 subjects labeled Vocational and Technical courses.

By the time Lincoln Land Community College moved to its current main campus site at 5250 Shepherd Road in 1974, the college had truly earned the reputation of being the “community’s college” for District 526. The district comprises all or part of 15 counties in central and central southern Illinois and covers 4,115 square miles. Classes are offered on the main Springfield campus; at Outreach Centers in Jacksonville, Beardstown, Taylorville and Litchfield/Hillsboro; the Levi, Ray and Shoup Inc. Aviation Center; Capital City Training Center and St. John’s Hospital in Springfield; and online.

Fast Facts about LLCC

Campus Profiles

Locations
The LLCC district comprises all or parts of 15 counties in central Illinois and covers 4,115 square miles. It is the largest community college district in Illinois in terms of land mass.

Springfield
Lincoln Land Community College is a comprehensive community college located in Springfield, Illinois with classes and services offered at the main campus, as well as:

Outreach Centers
LLCC also serves students at outreach centers located throughout our district. In addition to credit courses, most locations also offer community education classes, enrollment services, various student activities and much more.

Mission/Vision/Values

The Mission
The mission of Lincoln Land Community College is to provide district residents with quality educational programs and services that are accessible, affordable and responsive to individual and community needs.

The Vision
Lincoln Land Community College aspires to be an inclusive institution dedicated to teaching and learning, a recognized leader adapting to community needs, offering a multitude of pathways for individuals to realize educational goals, and executing educational innovations in a dynamic world.

Values

  • Access & Success - We strive to increase the number of students who pursue education beyond high school, providing the tools they need to succeed and achieve their goals.
  • Diversity - We respect and celebrate the differences among people, cultures and ideas. We incorporate multiple perspectives into our processes, informing decision-making, improving the college and enriching lives. We strive to be kind, compassionate and empathetic in our interactions with others and recognize the inherent dignity and worth of everyone throughout the college community.
  • Accountability - We demonstrate integrity in our programming and operations. We strive to be ethical, trustworthy, truthful and fair in all that we do. We are cognizant of our responsibility to meet the needs of our campus and community in ways that will not damage or deplete natural resources and meet present needs without compromising the future.
  • Progress - We value, recognize and support new ideas and original thinking and practices. We are aware of the dynamic nature of our environment and strive to adapt to evolving expectations. We recognize the need to adjust and respond with intentional organizational agility. We assess process and practice for continuous improvement.
  • Teaching & Learning - We continuously promote the advancement of learning throughout our college community. We value excellence in teaching throughout all the college’s environments and promote the advancement of education, so that individuals from all backgrounds can find themselves on a pathway that leads to the achievement of personal and professional goals.

Goals

  • Goal 1: Student Access and Success - LLCC promotes academic access and success as well as personal development for all its students.
  • Goal 2: Financial Strength - LLCC commits to fiscal responsibility and stewardship.
  • Goal 3: Economic Responsiveness - LLCC provides resources and services that impact the economic vitality of the communities we serve.
  • Goal 4: Community Engagement - LLCC provides lifelong learning, cultural, social and recreational opportunities and resources for the communities we serve.
  • Goal 5: Diversity and Cultural Competency - LLCC strives to maintain a diverse and inclusive environment complete with offerings that aim to develop global awareness and cultural competency.
  • Goal 6: Operational Strength - LLCC strives to cultivate a work environment that effectively utilizes college resources, creates clear lines of communication, and develops people and procedures through continuous quality improvement.

Opportunity Overview

Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) in Springfield, IL invites applications for the position of Dean of English and Humanities. Reporting to the Vice President of Academic Services, the Dean provides the overall leadership to the faculty and staff within the department and is responsible for ensuring quality instruction, offering diverse academic offerings, and providing public outreach. The Dean brings knowledge of and experience with innovative academic practices that support the faculty in providing students with impactful educational experiences.

LLCC is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college in Springfield, Illinois, serving approximately 15,000 credit and non-credit students in 161 degree and certificate programs throughout the state’s largest community college district. LLCC’s 220-acre main campus is located in Springfield, the state capitol of Illinois, with additional locations located throughout central Illinois.

The English and Humanities department offers courses spanning first-year composition, co-requisite composition, introductions to forms of literature, literature surveys, journalism, philosophy, and humanities. The department consists of sixteen full-time faculty members, three Writing Center staff, and one administrative assistant. Members of the department produce an annual literary publication; publish an award-winning student newspaper; host a film series and a literary festival; operate a writing center; and advise student organizations.

Required Experience/Skills

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree is required, with preference given to a Master’s degree in one of the disciplines of the department.
  • Academic administrative experience.
  • Teaching experience, preferably at a community college.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience leading academic assessment efforts will be viewed favorably.
  • Ideal candidates will understand the mission of a community college and be able to demonstrate a successful record of impactful educational and leadership practices and a talent for being able to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with various stakeholders.

Application Process

Printable Position Profile

Please direct inquiries and nominations to the College’s search consultant: Angela Provart, President - Pauly Group, Inc., 3901 Wood Duck Drive, Suite E, Springfield, IL 62711, Phone: 217-241-5400, Fax: 217-241-5401, E-mail: aprovart@paulygroup.com.

Please submit electronically to aprovart@paulygroup.com the following documents as MS Word or Adobe Acrobat attachments: (1) a cover letter that addresses the Opportunity Overview; (2) a current résumé; and (3) names and contact information of five professional references.

The committee will begin review of applications immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with materials submitted by Monday, September 30, 2019 receiving priority consideration. All applications are confidential and references will not be contacted without the expressed authorization of the applicant.

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check and drug screen.

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