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


 

 

Employment opportunities at the University of Illinois

Employment opportunities at the University of Illinois Foundation