Clinical Assistant Professor in Journalism

University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, Illinois)

Posted 1 month ago

The College of Media at the University of Illinois seeks a multimedia journalist with a talent for university teaching to coordinate projects with students, faculty and Illinois Public Media professionals and collaborate across the campus and wider community. This is a full-time, non-tenure track appointment.  

The successful candidate will be highly organized and eager to work with a wide variety of students, from aspiring journalists and filmmakers to science communicators and audience engagement strategists. The Clinical Assistant Professor’s department home will be in Journalism, though they will coordinate across all three academic units in the College – Advertising, Media & Cinema Studies and Journalism – as well as with Illinois Public Media (WILL-AM-FM-TV-Online), the public media service that also calls the College of Media home.

Qualifications

This faculty member’s work will happen in the newsroom and the classroom. Candidates should demonstrate significant experience and a proven track record of achievement in reporting and producing news across platforms. Teaching responsibilities may include but are not limited to news reporting, multimedia, and community engagement courses.

Expertise in some of the following areas will be considered a plus:

  • Project planning and management
  • Writing and editing quality audio stories
  • Podcasting
  • Reporting and editing with mobile devices
  • Basic data analysis skills
  • Using social media for reporting
  • Basic news photography and photo editing
  • Multilingual storytelling, especially Spanish
  • Employing media analytics
  • Teaching and advising at the college level

Ideal candidates will have at least a master’s degree in journalism or a related field. All candidates should seek to contribute to our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.

The media landscape at the University of Illinois

Illinois Public Media airs public television and radio programs and produces local content for broadcast and the Web across a number of digital and over-the-air broadcasting channels. It is a founding partner of the Illinois Newsroom, a regional journalism collaboration focused on covering three key statewide issues: education, political impact, and health and the environment. Students in the College  of Media 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; submit short films to a student-run film festival.

About our community

The University of Illinois at 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. Three faculty and 18 alumni are Pulitzer Prize winners. The twin cities of Champaign and Urbana have a combined population of 100,000. 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 2020; an earlier start may be possible. 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; links to samples of work; 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 Oct. 15, 2019. 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 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.

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