College of Liberal Arts & Sciences: Assistant Professor - Department of Communication (121227)

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Assistant Professor:

Faculty Position in Digital Media Effects

Department of Communication

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a full-time tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Digital Media Effects. A PhD in communication or related field is required at the time of appointment. Applicants must show clear promise of developing a distinguished record of teaching and independent social scientific research. The potential to secure external funding is highly desirable. Target start date is August 16, 2020. Salary is commensurate with qualifications. Candidates with superior qualifications who will complete all the Ph.D. requirements within the first appointment year may be appointed at the rank of Instructor. After the Ph.D. requirement is met, the appointment will be changed to Assistant Professor.

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

The Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Faculty in the College create knowledge, address critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge, and prepare students for lives of impact in the state, nation, and globally. To meet these objectives, the College embraces and values diversity and difference through hiring faculty candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.

We seek an outstanding candidate who specializes in the social scientific study of digital media effects with a theory-based emphasis that complements the department’s existing strengths. Potential research and teaching foci include media and audience, media and political outcomes, media and health equity, media stereotyping, media and cognition, or media and children. We are particularly interested in scholars whose research and teaching utilize computational data analytic techniques (e.g., data retrieval, natural language processing, data visualization, visual analysis, and network analysis).

Successful candidates are expected to teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, establish and maintain an active and independent research program, and provide service to the department, the university, and the profession. The candidates will join departmental colleagues with varied disciplinary backgrounds in a unit of 23 graduate faculty members and 12 specialized faculty members. The department supports undergraduate and master’s programs (including an online MS program in health communication) as well as one of the nations’ oldest and most distinguished doctoral programs. For more information about us, visit

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at Applicants must submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student evaluations), statement of research interests, and contact information for three professional references. Applicants should also include a statement detailing how their teaching, service and/or scholarship has contributed to the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in your academic field. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further Illinois’ and the College of LAS’ commitment to diversity. Letters of recommendation may be requested electronically from referees at a later date. Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job board will be considered. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by September 30, 2019. For further information, please contact: Travis Dixon, Professor and Search Chair; Email: [email protected].

Salary is competitive. Employee benefits are competitive and include those in recognized marriages or civil unions (for same-sex and opposite-sex partners) who also meet certain US citizenship or visa requirements. For specific questions please contact University Payroll and Benefits Office at 217-333-3111.

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

College Name or Administrative Unit:College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Category:1-Faculty Title:College of Liberal Arts & Sciences: Assistant Professor - Department of Communication (121227) Open Date:08/30/2019 Organization Name:Communication




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Posted: 9/5/2019
Application Due: 11/22/2019
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