Lecturer Positions in Sports Media or Public Relations

Job description

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 http://jobs.illinois.edu. 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 [email protected] 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 http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.




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Posted: 12/28/2020
Application Due: 2/26/2021
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