Open Faculty/Staff Positions

Assistant Professor in Race and Media Studies

The Department of Media and Cinema Studies in the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Race and Media Studies. The expected start date is August 2022. 

The Department of Media and Cinema Studies seeks candidates who possess the potential for high-quality research, publication, and teaching in the field of race and media studies in US, transnational, or global perspective. Qualified applicants should have a Ph.D. (or advanced ABD status) in media studies, communications, ethnic studies, or a related field. The Department of Media and Cinema Studies is committed to creating a more intellectually diverse, inclusive, and equitable institution, and encourages Black, Latina/o/x, and Native American and other historically underrepresented candidates to apply. 

Of particular interest are candidates who draw on interdisciplinary bodies of theory, are open to mixed-methods approaches and collaborations, and demonstrate a capacity for conducting original and creative research in areas including, but not limited to:

  • Representation and underrepresentation in popular media including film, television, social media, video games/interactive media
  • Mediated communication within and/or about social movements and racial justice activism
  • Systemic racism and structural inequality in media and information platforms and infrastructures
  • Racial bias and AI
  • Race and sound-based media
  • Postcolonial and decolonial studies, and transnational and diasporic media
  • Intersectional queer and transgender politics of race
  • Class and racial disparities in media access and adoption
  • Documentary

While we are open to various specialties, applicants should be able to teach about multiple media forms, technologies, industries, and their relationships. Special consideration will be given to applicants whose teaching involves media-making who can contribute to our growing critical media production curriculum.

Applicants would be expected to contribute to our undergraduate curriculum, teach undergraduate courses in their areas of interest, and lead graduate seminars through the Institute of Communications Research in the College of Media. New faculty in the Department of Media and Cinema Studies will have the opportunity to develop teaching and research collaborations within the College of Media and the robustly interdisciplinary environment at the University of Illinois.

Faculty members in the Department of Media and Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois publish in flagship journals, assume leadership roles in major associations and engage in significant creative endeavor. They collaborate across disciplines at the university, including with the various fields represented in the College of Media, as well as the School of Information Sciences, the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and departments across the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

In addition to teaching and mentoring undergraduate students, our faculty work together with the departments of Advertising and Journalism to train doctoral students in the Institute of Communications Research. The College of Media is also home to Illinois Public Media (WILL-AM-FM-TV-Online), the public broadcasting service of the University of Illinois; UI-7, the university’s cable channel; and CU-Citizen Access, a community-based newsroom with a heavy emphasis on data journalism.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Candidates should create a candidate profile at and upload a cover letter explaining how the candidate’s academic training and background — including research, creative endeavor, 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 8, 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 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

Director, Richard and Leslie Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation in Media
Clinical Assistant or Associate Professor in Journalism

Department of Journalism
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Richard and Leslie Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation in Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a journalist and educator to serve as its inaugural director and as a faculty member in Journalism.

The Frank Center at Illinois will enhance opportunities for students to develop as leaders in their professions by offering access to a diverse group of experts and practitioners through residencies, a speaker series and other programming, and by supporting outside learning opportunities such as professional immersion experiences, conference participation, and internships. 

The Frank Center Director is a full-time, renewable non-tenure-track faculty position appointed on a 9-month service basis with the academic title of Clinical Assistant or Clinical Associate Professor (appointment level commensurate with experience). Opportunities for summer salary also may be available. The Center Director reports to the Department Head of Journalism.

The Frank Center Director will have the following administrative and faculty responsibilities:

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Create, promote, and coordinate a variety of activities related to media leadership and innovation, such as:
    • Public programs on current topics in media and a speaker series featuring noted journalism professionals and newsmakers
    • Residencies for professional journalists to come to campus to teach and work with students and faculty
    • Professional immersion experiences for students.
    • Campus collaborations and public engagement activities aimed at enhancing understanding of media
  • Develop and teach training workshops, short courses or other professional education programs related to media leadership and innovation for participants outside the university setting.
  • Work with College and Department staff to manage financial accounts.
  • Supervise the Center’s undergraduate and graduate interns.
  • Collaborate with faculty members across the College of Media. 

Faculty Responsibilities:

  • Teach Journalism courses to meet departmental demands.
  • Fulfill other academic duties typically performed by faculty, such as participating on committees, attending academic events, and contributing to other department initiatives.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in journalism, media or a related field. 
  • Three years of professional experience. Lesser degrees will be considered if accompanied by significantly greater professional experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least five years of professional experience in journalism or media. 
  • Demonstrated experience teaching and developing courses and/or public engagement programs.
  • Administrative experience in a higher education, non-profit, community or other relevant organizational setting. 
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate effectively.

Proposed Starting Date: January 1, 2022.  Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at, by October 4, 2021, and upload the following:

  • A cover letter addressing your interest in directing the Frank Center and teaching
  • A current CV or resume
  • Contact information for three professional references who can speak to your teaching and professional experience and expertise.

Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.

About the Campus and Community:
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it 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 the nation. It employs about 3,000 faculty members who serve nearly 34,000 undergraduates and 16,000 graduate and professional students. More information about the campus is available at The university is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana (situated in Champaign County which has a total population 207,000 (est.) in east-central Illinois, and is situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 125 miles west of Indianapolis, and 180 northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. For more information about the community, visit: or

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. 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. 

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