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Provost Interviews Set

March 14, 2019


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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Interviews for the Western Illinois University provost position will be held Monday-Tuesday, March 18-19; Thursday-Friday, March 21-22; Monday-Tuesday, April 1-2; and Wednesday-Thursday, April 3-4.

Candidates include Dirk Schlingmann, former dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, SC (March 18-19); Martin Abraham, professor of engineering and former provost at Youngstown State University (March 21-22); Helmet Langerbein, dean, College of Liberal and Performing Arts, Southern Arkansas University (April 1-2); and Lou Reinisch, associate provost for academic affairs, New York Institute of Technology (April 3-4).

Open sessions for each candidate will be held on the Macomb campus on the first interview day from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Union Capitol Rooms and from 4:45-5:45 p.m. in Stipes Hall 501 for students and the Macomb community. The sessions will be held March 18 (Schlingmann); March 21 (Abraham); April 1 (Langerbein); and April 3 (Reinisch).

Open sessions on the Quad Cities campus will be held on the second day of each interview. The Quad Cities sessions will be held from 1-2 p.m. March 19 in Riverfront 103/104 (Schlingmann); 1-2 p.m. March 21 in WIUQC Complex 1102 (Abraham); 10:45-11:45 a.m. April 2 in WIUQC Complex 2216 (Langerbein); and 1-2 p.m. April 4 in Riverfront 103/104 (Reinisch).

Schlingmann served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina Upstate from 2010-2018. Previously, he was a professor and chair of the department of mathematics and statistics at Eastern Kentucky University (2004-10); a visiting professor of mathematics at the University of the Virgin Islands (2003-04, sabbatical year); chair of the department of mathematics and computer science at Bethany College (2000-03); a professor of mathematics at Bethany College (1990-2004) and a visiting assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1989-90).

Schlingmann earned his doctorate in mathematics from the Free University of Berlin (1988); his master's degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois (1985) and his bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Bonn (1983).

Abraham has served as a professor of civil/environmental and chemical engineering at Youngstown State since 2007. He served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Youngstown from 2015-2018. Previously, he was the interim provost (2014-2015) and founding dean, College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (2007-2014), at Youngstown. He has also served as the dean, College of Graduate Studies (2006-2007), dean of the Graduate School (2004-2006), associate dean, Research and Graduate Studies, College of Engineering (2000-2004), Chemical Engineering undergraduate program coordinator (1996-2000) and professor of engineering (1996-2007) at the University of Toledo. Abraham has also served also the director of educational strategies for AMI/Inventor Cloud since 2018, and has worked as an associate and assistant professor at University of Tulsa.

Abraham earned his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware (1987) and his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1982).

Langerbein has served as the dean, College of Liberal and Performing Arts, Southern Arkansas University and a professor of history since 2013. Previously, he served as department chair (2007-2013), associate professor of history (2010-2013) and assistant professor (2004-2010) at University of Brownville (TX)/Texas Southmost College.

Langerbein earned his doctorate in history (2000) and a master's in history (1998) from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He also holds a master's in history (1996) from California State University, Northridge and his bachelors in history (1994) from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Reinisch has served as associate provost for academic affairs at New York Institute of Technology since March 2016. Previously, he served as the interim provost and vice president of academic affairs from January-May 2017 and from August 2017-June 2018 and as the dean of Arts and Sciences at Farmingdale State College (NY) from June 2013-March 2016. Reinisch has also served as the head of the Department of Physical and Earth Sciences at Jacksonville (AL) State University (2009-2013); dean of science, College of Science (2005-2008), director of the Medical Physics Program, Department of Physics and Astronomy (2003-2008) and senior lecturer and associate professor at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He has also served on the faculty at Vanderbilt University, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD and Northeastern University in Boston.

Reinisch earned his doctorate and master's in physics from the University of Illinois-Urbana (1982, 1978) and his bachelor's in physics from Missouri University of Science and Technology (1976). He also been a research fellow and research associate at University of Muenster (Germany) and Biological Research Center in Hungary and the University of Illinois.

The provost and vice president for academic affairs serves as the chief academic officer of the University with responsibility for academic and internal leadership. The provost reports directly to the president and is the primary representative of the president in his absence. The provost leads the University-wide community to promote the highest academic standards and the University's core values at both the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses; provides leadership in planning, developing, implementing and assessing all academic programs; has primary responsibility for contract administration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for faculty and support staff and a significant portion of the University budget; provides overall leadership for continued growth of international and life-long learning programs, distance education, faculty development and the Honors College; and supervises senior staff and many service areas that are responsible for achieving the University's established major goals identified by the president and the Board of Trustees.

Complete candidate interview schedules and vitas are available at wiu.edu/employment.

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