Job Announcement: 2 positions at U of IL, New and Emerging Media

Assistant Professors of New + Emerging Media

College of Media, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The College of Media invites applications for two entry-level, tenure-track assistant professor positions in New and Emerging Media. Successful candidates should demonstrate an innovative research and teaching agenda that complements the interdisciplinary profile of the College and the current research strengths across the university in New and Emerging Media. Appointments will be made on a tenure-track, 9-month academic year in one of the College’s three departments – Advertising, Journalism, or Media & Cinema Studies — beginning August 16, 2017.

Academic scholars and creative artists are both encouraged to apply. For candidates who are academic scholars, a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in mass communication, media studies or a related field (e.g., visual studies, design studies, digital studies, technology studies, social informatics, information and computer sciences, business, economics, psychology) is required. For candidates who are creative artists, a master’s degree or equivalent is required, and a terminal degree is preferred.  All candidates should possess the potential for high-quality research or creative endeavor, publication, and teaching.  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 one or more of the following areas:

Big data and society

Computational advertising and machine learning

Convergence culture and participatory media

Data semantics

Digital ethics, privacy, and policy

Digital humanities and digital archives

Digital/multimedia journalism

Disability studies in information communication technology

Game studies and digital narrative

Locative media, mapping, and platform studies

Media history and historiography of cinema and new media

Media literacy and multimodal scholarship

Mobile and interaction design

Natural Language Processing

Online /contextual advertising and behavioral targeting

Social media and new media use and effects

Virtual/augmented reality

Visual studies and data visualization

Successful candidates will be expected to develop funding for a strong research program, to work collaboratively with faculty and scholars within the College of Media, and to form collaborations with faculty engaged in new media research across the campus – including in Engineering, Fine and Applied Arts, Information Sciences, Business, and leading interdisciplinary research centers such as the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the Beckman Institute.  Successful applicants will teach current new media courses and develop conceptual courses and graduate seminars in a variety of areas related to new media.  An ability to advance the College’s commitment to diversity through research, teaching, and outreach with relevant programs 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, 2017. 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 November 18, 2016. 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.