College of Education & Human Services

Benefits and Opportunities


With great benefits, competitive salaries, extensive research opportunities and a friendly and collaborative work environment, COEHS may be the right fit for you!


WIU offers a variety of benefits including a choice of health and dental plans to fit your needs and budget, basic life insurance with the option to purchase additional coverage, a choice of retirement plans through the State Universities Retirement System, and benefits for domestic partners. For more information visit Human Resources.

Work and Life Resources

Western and COEHS are committed to providing a healthy and positive atmosphere that starts with its people and you! If your spouse or partner is looking for a job, there are many employers in the area with positions. McDonough District Hospital, NTN Bower, Pella, and the community school districts offer a wealth of opportunities. Macomb houses the Regional Office of Education #26 for McDonough and Hancock counties. Many districts surround the Macomb area and are within a 60 mile radius, including Henderson/Mercer/Warren ROE #27 and Fulton/Schuyler ROE #22.

The Quad Cities also has a wealth of employment opportunities. According to the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce website, the area offers employment at large Fortune 500 companies as well as mid-sized local employers. To explore the possibilities in the Quad Cities area, visit the Chamber of Commerce employment page.

Western’s Employee Wellness Program offers a variety of health lifestyle opportunities for faculty and staff. The program encompasses walking trails and a Walk-a-Thon; chair massages; recreation center classes; wellness screenings; and many other opportunities for employees and their families. The Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality department offers Knoblauch Café, a student run café open two days a week that provides fresh alternatives to fast food at a reasonable price.

The University also offers the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a confidential service free to all University employees eligible for benefits and their families.  From concerns ranging to marital or family problems, to emotional stress or depression to alcohol or drug dependencies, WIU employees can see an EAP counselor up to three times for any one problem with no cost to the employee.


 Awards of Excellence and Award for Faculty Travel

Each year the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research (CITR) organizes colleagues who comprise a six-member committee charged with determining excellence in the areas of teaching; internationalizing the campus; multicultural teaching; scholarly/creative/performative/professional activities; teaching with technology; and University/community service. An outstanding advisor is also recognized for their dedication to the profession.  The faculty travel award was established to provide financial assistance to faculty who present scholarly/professional activities at professional conference or meetings. For more information about these awards, visit CITR’s website. (

Each year, COEHS presents faculty with Awards of Excellence that mirror the Provost Awards of Excellence. For previous recipients of the awards, visit our awards site.

Faculty Innovators

The Faculty Innovators program, administered exclusively for COEHS is a 24-month professional development program designed to bridge the gap between teaching and technology. Visit (

Instructional Development Services

COEHS’ Instructional Development Services provides dedicated services to faculty, staff and students that seek technology to enhance their teaching and learning experiences. Learn more about IDS. (

Technology Resource Checkout

COEHS’ Technology Resource Checkout provides a checkout service for equipment to COEHS faculty, staff, and students as well as any student enrolled in the Teacher Education Program at WIU. Discover what TRC can offer you! (

COEHS Faculty Scholars

Coming soon!