Academic Advisor

The Academic Advisor is responsible for the academic advising of students enrolled in the College of Media. As such, the advisor will holistically support the personal, educational, and vocational development of Media students. The College of Media enrolls approximately 1,100 undergraduate students each semester in the majors: Advertising, Computer Science + Advertising, Journalism, and Media & Cinema Studies. Student advising is housed in the College of Media’s Student Services Center.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as primary academic advisor for an advising caseload of 300+ students, including students from all departments within the College of Media.
    • Be proficient regarding the College of Media’s and the University’s academic structure and degree requirements and communicate support resources to students.
    • Be familiar with opportunities for students in terms of study abroad, Registered Student Organizations, internships, community involvement, honors, etc.
    • Inspire, motivate, and mentor students by practicing a holistic, developmental advising approach.
    • Monitor student progress toward degree and will be responsible for thorough record-keeping of all student contacts.
    • Intensively work with students placed on academic probation or having issues that are affecting academic progress.
    • Coordinate information with Student Services Center (SSC) personnel and academic departments within the College of Media.
  • Oversee SSC initiatives for two areas including but not limited to programming around diversity, international students, transfer students (including Parkland Pathways), SSC social media, creation of a probation program, summer camp, and the like.
  • Assist with responding to emails sent to the general SSC email account.
  • Assist with recruiting by meeting with prospective students and families, working campus fairs and Orange and Blue Days, attending Mediapalooza and on-campus transfer info sessions.
  • Facilitate a section of MDIA 100, the College’s credit-bearing orientation course.
  • Assist with the facilitation of Media summer camp(s) when necessary.
  • Serve as the advising point of contact for one of the College’s academic departments and the associated major(s).
  • Facilitate the administrative oversight and communications for one of the College’s minors and/or certificate programs.
  • Collaborate when necessary with other SSC units such as Media Career Services and Recruiting.
  • Assist with the development and review of the variety of materials used by SSC.
  • May have opportunities to serve as student group advisor and to participate in domestic and international study trips.
  • Serve as a committee member for student petitions.
  • Assist in the review of ICT applications.


Required:  Master’s degree, preferably in higher education, media, liberal arts or related field.  At least two years of experience in programs of assistance to students in higher education. Demonstrated ability to respond to concerns, motivations, and learning patterns of undergraduate students. Ability to work with computer database applications. Demonstrated ability and commitment to working with culturally diverse groups. Exceptional communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues. Possess strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.

Preferred:  University of Illinois advising experience; knowledge of College of Media and its majors; experience using Banner and DARS (or similar) student record systems.

Application Procedures:

To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by January 1, 2019. 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  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 Cassie Kenton at (217) 300-3667 or

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.

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 To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit


Multimedia Producer

Illinois Public Media seeks a Multimedia Producer. Illinois Public Media has a unique opportunity to work on our statewide public radio talk show, The 21st. We are looking for a producer to join our innovative team. This is not your typical public radio show; we are looking for people who enjoy taking risks, creating great radio and digital content. We are a small, diverse team who love what we do and like to have fun while we do it. If this sounds like a good fit for you, please apply.

Primary Function:
Help shape all aspects of the broadcast and digital production of The 21st, Illinois Public Media's daily, one-hour talk show.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works closely with host and production team to create timely, relevant and inclusive programming on the news, culture and stories that matter to Illinois. That includes working closely with the host and production staff to conceive, book and produce segments; pre-interview guests; write scripts; screen calls. The idea is to create daily programs that stand out among local and public media with topics that surprise, guests who captivate and stories that connect with listeners.
  • Demonstrates sound news judgment, the highest journalistic ethics and an understanding of the sound and role of public media. Identifies voices and views that we don’t tend to hear on public broadcasting and develop specific topics of coverage, series and signature segments.
  • Keeps up-to-date on news, arts, culture and other local and regional issues. Reads a wide range of national and regional newspapers, news sites, blogs, magazines, journals, books, social media and other sources to identify engaging topics of conversation. Identifies the “big idea” or shared experience underlying local, national and international news stories to develop surprising regional angles and conversations.
  • Writes and edits copy for web and social media; prepare and post stories and images; repackage interviews and segments for sharing online and engage with audiences through social media. Plays a key role on The 21st team helping to expand the reach and impact of the show on air, online and in the community. Communicates effectively with current and potential partners.
  • Participates in pledge drives, marketing activities, community engagement projects and other audience interactions as assigned on behalf of Illinois Public Media.

Requirements and Qualifications:


  1. Demonstrated experience in journalism including working on deadline in a news environment; booking guests or interviewing people; writing as a student or professional journalist; and use of social media.
  2. Demonstrated experience with digital audio editing programs such as ProTools, Adobe Audition or Hindenburg
  3. Any one or any combination totaling three (3) years (36 months) of the following types of preparation:

a) progressively more responsible work experience in the production and presentation of radio or
television programs, social media, and/or print or online journalism
b) vocational training in radio and/or television production, journalism, social media, news or
feature writing and/or announcing or closely related fields
c) college course work in radio/television, journalism, social media, news or feature writing or closely related fields

  • 60 semester hours equals one (1) year (12 months)
  • 75 semester hours equals one (1) year and six (6) months (18 months)
  • 90 semester hours equals two (2) years (24 months)
  • 120 semester hours or a Bachelor’s degree equals three (3) years (36 months)

Qualified candidates will have:

  1. Ability to connect local, regional and national current events and issues in ways that are relevant to the audience.
  2. Ability to write clearly and concisely for broadcast and web.
  3. Familiarity with libel rules, social media policies and best practices.
  4. Ability to learn and comply with FCC rules, emergency alert system requirements, and severe weather coverage policies.
  5. Ability to learn and follow the codes of ethics adopted by Illinois Public Media.
  6. Skills in using audio recording equipment and digital cameras and editing software, Adobe preferred.
  7. Skills for adding multimedia content to websites using web content standards.
  8. Skills for using social media.
  9. Demonstrated reporting and writing skills.
  10. Demonstrated ability to identify and pitch timely, diverse and relevant story ideas.
  11. Ability to meet strict broadcast deadlines.
  12. Ability to work accurately with strict attention to detail.
  13. Ability to work well with colleagues and the public.

This is a full-time Civil Service Media Writer/Producer/Announcer I position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the close date.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at and upload your cover letter, resume (months and years of employment must be included), and academic credentials (transcripts or diploma) by November 26, 2018. An online application will require names and contact information including email addresses for three references.  Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Niala Boodhoo

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

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 To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit


Lecturer in Digital Advertising

The Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is seeking a full-time lecturer in digital advertising. This is a 9-month, non-tenure track appointment with summer session teaching opportunities. The position is expected to begin August 2019.

The ideal candidate for this position should possess and demonstrate a high level of relevant skill, ability, and experience in content creation and dissemination across digital, mobile and social media communication channels and platforms. A Ph.D. in an advertising-related field (e.g., mass communication, strategic communication, marketing) or a master’s degree in advertising or related field and professional experience is required. Candidates must have experience using tools and software that are relevant to digital advertising and brand communication. Other professional experience in native advertising and content marketing, managing campaigns on social media platforms, online brand management, and/or digital PR is highly desirable. Previous experience teaching undergraduate students will also be considered a plus.

This position will focus on developing and teaching skills-based undergraduate courses in digital advertising and public relations delivered in traditional and online formats. Opportunities for teaching in the online master’s degree in strategic brand communication also exist.

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 Sandage's legacy and his 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. The department is home to approximately 620 undergraduate advertising majors and 50 master’s students in the two master’s programs offered by the department.

Candidates for the position should create a profile at and upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference. All required information must be submitted for an application to be considered complete. Salary will be commensurate with experience. 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 December 1, 2018. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Review of applications will continue until the position has been filled. For further information regarding application procedures, please contact Jane Dowler at 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 To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit


University of Illinois Illinois Public Media, College of Media Broadcasting Engineer

The University of Illinois’ Illinois Public Media seeks a Broadcasting Engineer to perform the installation, removal, operation, and maintenance of radio and television equipment essential to the operation and broadcast of the WILL stations. The person in this position will help complete the transition to Digital Radio and TV broadcasting.

Applicants must have either (A) credit for 60 semester hours of college course work, with a minimum of 30 semester hours in electrical engineering or electronics, (B) Associate degree in electronics or radio/television engineering, successful completion of a trade or vocational school program in electronics or radio/television engineering lasting two academic years, 18 months of experience in radio and television engineering or television engineering or (E) any combination of A – D that totals 18 months. This position also requires current, demonstrated experience in: installing, maintaining, and integrating studio, remote control, digital broadcast computer equipment, and transmitter digital/analog equipment for radio/television, including application of FCC rules and regulations; broadcast audio, video, and transport stream IP networking systems; Broadcast electronic circuit test equipment for troubleshooting digital signals to board and/or component level; Broadcast proprietary software such as: digital audio delivery systems; digital radio and TV automation systems; radio and TV traffic systems; HDTV PSIP creation systems; digital audio and video networked server systems; digital video switchers; and digital software-controlled terminal gear.

To view a full description of the position and requirements and to apply online please visit and submit an exam request for Broadcasting Engineer. Electronic application and Civil Service exam request (two separate documents) must be received by close of business on Friday, November 9.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and references to:
Stephanie Swearingen
HR Officer Staff Human Resources
52 East Gregory Drive
Champaign, IL 61820

The University of Illinois is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a community of excellence, equity and diversity. University Administration welcomes applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, sexual minority groups and other candidates who will lead and contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a written contingent offer.

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