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Advertising Capstone Instructor/Lecturer

If you are passionate about hands-on advertising education and are ready to teach at one of the top advertising departments in the world, the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising is looking for you. We invite applications for a full-time, non-tenure track position at the rank of Instructor or Lecturer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This is a 12-month appointment with a proposed start date of August 16, 2015. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Your primary mission will be to educate and motivate our bright undergraduate students both inside and outside the classroom. Inside the classroom, you will be teaching the capstone campaigns course known as the Sandage Project. The founder of the department, Charles H. Sandage envisioned a curriculum that emphasized the “why of advertising” – not just the “how.” Every senior must take the Sandage Project prior to graduation. In this course, students will integrate the concepts, experiences and skills they acquired in the curriculum with a service-learning project for a professional non-profit client. Outside the classroom, you will be mentoring our students through a range of professional development opportunities including the nation’s largest students AAF chapter. You will be pursuing these academic goals in a pleasant college-town community with a modest cost of living and easy access to the Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis metropolitan areas.

Candidates with Ph.D. by time of appointment will be reviewed as a Lecturer; Master’s candidates will be reviewed as an Instructor. The successful candidate will have extensive professional experience, in advertising, public relations, marketing communications or a related discipline. Traditional classroom, in addition to online, teaching experience is not required but will be highly regarded.

About Us

The Department of Advertising at the University of Illinois was established in 1959 by Charles H. Sandage, considered by many to be the “father of advertising education.” Today, the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising celebrates the Sandage legacy and vision with a program that is broad enough that students learn critical, analytical, and problem-solving skills, yet is also professionally relevant. Our faculty incorporates these values in teaching and scholarship that is focused on understanding, evaluating and communicating the many facets of advertising. We offer B.S. and M.S. degrees in advertising. Our students can also pursue a Ph.D. in Communication and Media through the Institute of Communications Research in our College of Media.

How to Apply

Candidates should create a candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume and the names, email addresses and phone numbers of three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for an application to be considered complete.

Full consideration will be given to applications received by January 20, 2015. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. The review will continue until the position has been filled. For further information regarding application procedures, please contact Jane Dowler at or 217-333-2351.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (

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