Open Faculty/Staff Positions

eLearning Specialist

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has an opening for an eLearning Specialist in the College of Media. This position will provide the College with in-house expertise to assist faculty with developing hybrid and online courses, provide on-going support to existing programs, and help the College innovate in teaching and learning in order to build on our current offerings. The eLearning Specialist is responsible for learning technology, classroom support, and online course development projects. This includes working directly with faculty on the design, development, and management of online courses; applying various learning theories, teaching strategies, instructional design models, best practices in online and in-person education; and integrating educational technologies to improve teaching effectiveness and student learning experiences. The eLearning Specialist also contributes to the overall growth and improvement of Media Tech’s services.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

e-Learning Technology Support

  • Provide learning technology support to College of Media faculty, staff, and students.
  • Develop and support accessible new and existing online classes, webinars, and workshops in LMS.
  • Train others in the understanding and use of online and in-person instructional platforms and tools.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of current and emerging technologies; implement those that will best support the College.
  • Serve as the team’s designated point-person for learning technologies by understanding and administering them as needed.

Student Support

  • Support students’ education and learning technology needs.
  • Understand how students use technology for learning and translate that to courses.

Other Tech Support

  • Work as a part of the team to address tier-one IT support issues using ticketing system.
  • Assist with equipment support as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Required:  Bachelor’s degree in an educational technology or related field.  One year of professional experience with educational technology.  Experience working directly with faculty in higher education.  Proven successful work experience in e-learning instructional design and development technology.  Experience working as part of a team.

Preferred:  Two or more years of professional experience in an educational technology field.  Two or more years of experience working in a higher education setting.  Online teaching experience.  Broad knowledge of copyright and fair use laws, rules, and regulations.  Experience with studio-level production equipment and systems.  Knowledge of best practices in standards-compliant responsive web design, accessibility, user-experience design, information architecture, and graphic design.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Required:  Familiarity with design, editing, video technology, post-production tools, web conferencing, and other multimedia.  Familiarity with online collaboration tools and Learning Management Systems such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Compass, Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle.  Ability to communicate effectively with supervisors, students, and peers.  Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills in person, via email, and via messaging applications.  Familiarity with complex learning theories, assessment and evaluation methods, as well as a thorough understanding of learning styles.  Strong verbal and written skills.  Actively collaborative approach that integrates expertise in educational technology with the broader educational goals of faculty, staff, and students in a positive, constructive way.

Application Procedures:

To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by January 19, 2021. The committee may begin reviewing applications before the closing date, but no decision will be made until after the closing date. Please complete your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter describing qualifications for the position, your current resume and the names and contact information for three professional references.  All requested information must be submitted for an application to be considered complete.  For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Jane Dowler at 217.333.2351 or

This is a full-time 12-month academic professional position 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 System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.


Lecturer Positions in Sports Media or Public Relations

The College of Media at the University of Illinois is seeking two full-time lecturers in sports media or public relations or the intersection between the two. These are full-time, 9 month, non-tenure track appointments. Each appointed candidate will have a home department in Advertising, Journalism, or Media & Cinema Studies or possibly a joint appointment between two of these units.

The primary responsibility for these positions will be undergraduate teaching, with a standard load of three courses per semester. Successful candidates will have a proven record of teaching excellence at the post-secondary level and demonstrated capacity to work with a wide variety of students, from freshmen to seniors and including majors and non-majors. Course assignments will be large introductory lecture courses and more specialized courses within the candidate’s areas of expertise.

A particular priority for this search is for candidates who can contribute to our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by teaching a course or courses related to diversity in sports media or public relations. Teaching assignments will include a combination of the following courses:

  • Introduction to Public Relations
  • Crisis Communication
  • Strategic Public Communication for Social Justice
  • Social Media
  • Sports PR and Marketing
  • Introduction to Sport Media
  • Sport Media and Race
  • The Sport Media Ecosystem
  • Great Moments in Sports Journalism and Film
  • Sports Reporting

In addition to teaching, faculty members serve on department, college and campus committees in shared governance and work cooperatively to develop and implement new curricula. Lecturers are encouraged to continue producing their own professional or academic work. 


Candidates are required to have a master’s degree or Ph.D. in a media-related field and teaching experience. Familiarity with both in-person and on-line modalities of course development and instruction would be a plus, as would experience with Spanish language media. 

About us

The College of Media is the home of three academic departments (the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising, the Department of Journalism, and the Department of Media & Cinema Studies) and an interdisciplinary doctoral program in media and communications, housed in the Institute of Communications Research. Our faculty of more than 50 serves approximately 1000 majors and students from across the university who enroll in our general education courses and minor and certificate programs.

The College is also home to Illinois Public Media (WILL-AM-FM-TV-Online), the public broadcasting service of the University of Illinois and is launching the Richard and Leslie Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation in Media. Students in the college also produce news programming for UI-7, the university’s cable channel; report for CU-Citizen Access, a community-based newsroom focused on data journalism; produce films and coordinate a student-run film festival; and operate an in-house advertising agency. 

About our community

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive, leading research university with a land-grant mission that provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research and provides public service to the state and nation. The Champaign-Urbana metropolitan area has a population of over 225,000. This vibrant and diverse community offers excellent cultural and recreational opportunities and is located within easy driving distance of Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis. 

To apply

This is a full-time, 9-month (fall and spring semesters) appointment on a one-year renewable contract. Proposed start date is August 2021. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicants should create a candidate profile at Also required are a cover letter explaining how a candidate’s background matches the position; curriculum vitae or resume; evidence of teaching effectiveness; 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 February 1, 2021. 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 Cassie Kenton at or (217) 300-3667. 

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   


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