Assistant Professor of Convergent Media
The College of Media invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Convergent Media, including the interaction between the old and new media systems and platforms. Successful candidates should demonstrate an innovative research and teaching agenda. Appointments will be made on a tenure-track, 9-month academic year basis in one of the College’s three departments -- Advertising, Journalism, or Media & Cinema Studies -- beginning August 16, 2018.
 
Academic scholars and journalism practitioners are encouraged to apply. Scholars must have a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree. Journalism practitioners must have a master’s degree or equivalent. All candidates should possess the potential for high-quality research and teaching. The word “research” is interpreted to include not only traditional research and scholarship, but also to encompass journalism creative works and research that is inter-disciplinary and/or translational. Of particular interest are candidates open to mixed-methods research and willing to develop collaborations. Candidates with special interest in original research or creative works in one or more of the following areas will be given higher priority:
  • Digital/multimedia journalism experience, including multi-linear storytelling
  • Media literacy, including news consumption patterns
  • Social and new media use and effects, including impact on the First Amendment
  • The impact of social media and other technologies on the way journalists gather and distribute news and information
  • Participatory media, including “citizen journalism” and study of the application of First Amendment protections
  • Digital ethics, privacy, and policy
  • Media management and strategic audience engagement
  • Virtual/augmented reality and other new storytelling tools, including the ethics of AR/VR use
  • Audience engagement analytics and application
  • Computational media studies, including the use of artificial intelligence to communicate ideas and stories
  • Big data and society, including analyzing, visualizing, and telling stories with data Online /contextual messaging and behavioral targeting
  • Accessibility studies in information communication technology
  • Gaming and digital narrative
  • Locative and mobile media mapping
  • Mobile and interactive design
  • Social and cultural dimensions of Natural Language Processing
Successful candidates will be expected to develop a strong research/creative works program with the potential to attract outside funding and to work collaboratively with faculty within the College of Media and across the campus. Teaching duties will include multimedia/convergent media courses and development of conceptual courses and graduate seminars in a variety of areas related to convergent and emerging media and their impact on society. An ability to advance the College’s commitment to diversity through research, teaching, and outreach is desired.
 
The College of Media’s faculty consists of internationally renowned social scientists, media professionals, and humanities scholars and serves 1,300 undergraduate and graduate students (http://media.illinois.edu/). The College is also home to the interdisciplinary Institute of Communications Research and Illinois Public Media (WILL-AM-FM-TV-Online), the public broadcasting service of the University of Illinois.
 
The position will begin on August 16, 2018. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Candidates should create a candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter explaining how the candidate’s academic training and background, including research, creative endeavors, teaching qualifications and/or professional experience, make the applicant suitable for the position; curriculum vitae and a list of full contact information for three references. All requested information must be submitted for an application to be considered complete. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.
 
Full consideration will be given to applications received by October 24, 2017. 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 positions have been filled. For further information regarding application procedures, please contact Jane Dowler at dowler@illinois.edu or 217-333-2351.
 
The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu

Assistant Professor, Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising

The Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising seeks a colleague whose research and teaching will focus on social media analytics. This is a full-time, nine-month tenure-track position in our nationally recognized program at a world-class university.

Research
The successful candidate will have a research program that contributes knowledge to theory through research involving data analytics in advertising and strategic communication (broadly defined).  We welcome all applicants doing innovative work, regardless of methodological focus.  Areas of specialization could include, but are not limited to:

  • social media analytics
  • application of research and analysis of large data sets for developing persuasive messages or managerial strategy
  • data visualization; audience analysis;
  • modeling for the prediction of communication impact

Teaching
The position will require the candidate to teach classes centering on social media analytics in the Department of Advertising. Other teaching responsibilities will depend on expertise and interest, and may include undergraduate and graduate level courses. The candidate may also develop courses that focus on data-driven analysis.

Qualifications
Rank is at the assistant professor level. The position will begin on August 16, 2018. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Candidates must be in communication or a related social science field. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. or be on schedule to earn the Ph.D. prior to August 2018. Candidate must have a demonstrated record of research productivity with an emphasis on social media analytics along with a desire for interdisciplinary collaboration. Applicants should also have evidence of effective teaching. Complementary research and teaching interests in other communication areas are highly attractive but not essential.

About Us
The Department of Advertising at the University of Illinois was the very first department of advertising, established in 1959 by Charles H. Sandage, considered by many to be the “father of advertising education.” His many “firsts,” including the first MS degree program in Advertising, continue to fuel a culture of innovation and leadership. In his own words, “A university should be concerned with training future leaders.” Our faculty members publish in flagship journals, assume leadership roles in major scholarly organizations, and win national teaching awards. They teach and mentor approximately 620 undergraduate majors, 25 MS students, and 15 doctoral students affiliated with the Institute for Communications Research (ICR). Together with the departments of Advertising, Journalism, Media and Cinema Studies, the ICR is housed in the world’s first College of Media. The College is also home to Illinois Public Media (WILL-AM-FM-TV-Online), the public broadcasting service of the University of Illinois.

Required Application Materials
Interested candidates should create a profile at http:// jobs.illinois.edu/ and upload a cover letter explaining how the candidate’s academic training and background, including research, teaching qualifications and/or professional experience, make the applicant highly suitable for the position, curriculum vitae, and the contact information of four academic references. All requested information must be submitted for an application to be considered complete. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Full consideration will be given to applications received by October 23, 2017. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decisions 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 dowler@illinois.edu or 217-333-2351.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu


Department Head, Journalism

The Department of Journalism in the College of Media at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign seeks an enterprising journalist and administrator whose understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing journalism and journalism education will develop and guide the department’s vision for the future. The department head will explore new strategic initiatives and seek to build alliances across campus, particularly with units working on digital media, data analysis, and digital innovation (e.g., Computer Science, School of Information Sciences) that have international standing in their fields. The department head will provide academic and administrative leadership, including faculty development and evaluation, and will oversee long-range planning and budgeting. The head will report to the dean of the College of Media and, as a member of the college administrative team, will be expected to provide departmental leadership among multiple constituencies within a college and campus that emphasize academic excellence.

Responsibilities: The department head will serve as the executive officer and will play a crucial role in strengthening and increasing the size of the program. The head will cooperatively lead faculty, staff, and students in journalism education, scholarship, and in strategic planning to prepare the next generation of professional and scholarly leaders.

Qualifications: The candidate must be qualified for an appointment as a tenured, full professor at the University of Illinois and have a strong record of leadership, teaching, and scholarship and/or an extensive career in the field of journalism. A graduate degree is required; terminal degree preferred.  The candidate must be able to articulate an understanding of academic culture, policies, and procedures typical of a major public research university. Preferred qualifications include experience with the development of new curricula for a digital world, advancement and alumni outreach, accreditation, and diversity initiatives. We encourage applications from diverse disciplines (e.g., business, communication, sociology).

Department Description:  Within a university that draws distinguished international faculty and values innovation, the department faculty are a diverse group of award-winning academics and professionals who advance learning through their journalistic and creative work, scholarly research, and previous newsroom experience. The department is committed to mentoring students as they build the expertise necessary to produce relevant and enterprising journalism for global, multi-media platforms. 

View the full description and application details here.


Business and Finance Coordinator - Illinois Public Media

Illinois Public Media (IPM) seeks applicants for the position of Business and Finance Coordinator. Reporting to the CEO of IPM. Illinois Public Media has a current Operating Budget of over $10M. This budget is comprised of several types of funds (Federal, State, University, Sponsored Projects, Self-Supporting, and Gifts). This position oversees the business and finance operations of all of these funds. Many of these activities are unique to public broadcasting. Oversee day-to-day operations and management of the business office.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Act as advisor to the CEO and Operations Manager on financial issues.
  • Work with directors to develop an annual budget. This budget should adhere to the general guidelines provided by the CEO and the long range plans of Illinois Public Media.
  • Work closely with College of Media Budget Director/Assistant Dean of Business Operation to finalize annual budget.
  • Monitor the financial operations of IPM. Prepares reports as needed. Alert CEO to potential problems.
  • Work with external auditor on an annual basis in the preparation of financial statements.
  • Prepare specialty reports, including, but not limited to, the Corporate Public Broadcasting Annual Financial Report and the SABS Report.
  • Assist grant applications in preparation of budgets for external funding activities.
  • Monitor financial activity in restricted grant accounts for compliance with grant terms.
  • Prepare financial reports for external agencies as required.
  • Responsible for the system of internal control within IPM.
  • Conform to generally accepted accounting principles and practices. Comply with guidelines provided by GASB as well as the rules and regulations of the University of Illinois.
  • Supervise accounting clerks, technicians, and others dealing with business affairs of IPM.
  • Work side-by-side with the HR Coordinator collaborating payroll, account distribution, etc.

Education Requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree

Education Preferred:
Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in accounting or business administration or related fields required.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
Interacting with others and communicating effectively with university administrators, PIs, staff and external stakeholders. Understanding the structure and practices of College of Media and IPM. Identifying and addressing problems in order to resolve issues. Working independently under general supervision.

KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED:
A thorough knowledge of accounting principles is required. Solid understanding of policies and procedures outlined for the University of Illinois and OBFS. Must have pre-award and post-award experience. Must have analytical problem solving skills. Ability to begin assignment without prompting, maintain productivity in both quantity and quality of work, and appropriately plan, organize and prioritize work. Ability to understand and abide by high standard of professional ethics in order to ensure the integrity of the organization. Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality.

KNOWLEDGE PREFERRED:
Knowledge of University of Illinois Applications. Good customer service and communication skills. Both verbal and written. Ability to demonstrate courtesy, consideration and patience with others.

Application Procedures:
To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by October 17, 2017. The committee may begin reviewing applications before the close date but no decision will be made until after the close date. Please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter describing qualifications for the position, current resume and the names and contact information for three professional references.  For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Annetta Allison (217) 265-7648 or allison2@illinois.edu.

This is a full-time, 12-month academic professional appointment with a start date as soon as possible after the closing date.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

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 (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

 

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