University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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.
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