Skip to main content

Assistant Professor - Media Effects and Socially Important Topics

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Communication
Occupational fields: 
Zip Code: 
Fields of study: 
Media / Communication
Employment type: 
Full time
Vision Accommodations
Hearing Accommodations
Mental Health
Remote Position: 
Job Expiration Date: 
Required degree level: 
Doctoral Degree

The Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a nine month full-time Assistant Professor in the area of Media Effects and Socially Important Topics. A Ph.D. in Communication or related field is required at the time of appointment. Applicants must show evidence or promise of developing a record of teaching effectiveness and independent social scientific research. Applicants also should demonstrate promise of securing external funding.

We seek candidates who studying contemporary media effects using a social scientific approach with an emphasis on a socially important topic, such as gender, sexuality, children, violence, or health disparities.

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.

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. Successful candidates also must demonstrate commitment to joining a department that strives to build and nurture inclusiveness, equity, and diversity as an integral part of the department culture (for more information, see: The candidate will join departmental colleagues with varied disciplinary backgrounds in a unit of 20
graduate faculty members and 11 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

A PhD in communication or related field is required before the target start date of August 16, 2024. Candidates whose PhD may be delayed but 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. Applicants must show evidence of a promising research agenda indicative of appointments as assistant professor.

This is a full-time, 9-month appointment, tenure-track position. The expected start date is August 16, 2024. Salary is commensurate with qualifications.

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at
Applicants must submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and statement of research interests. We also ask applicants to 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 their academic field. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further Illinois’ and College of LAS’ commitment to Inclusive Excellence and the success of all students. We ask that all documents be uploaded in a single .pdf file as an upload in the “Resume/CV” section. 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 15, 2023.
Employee benefits are competitive and include those in recognized marriages or civil unions (for same sex and different-sex partners). Please reference:

To find out more about the resources available at the university and Urbana-Champaign
community, please visit these sites:

Dual Career Program:
Living in Champaign-Urbana:

For further information about the position, please contact: Travis Dixon, Professor and Search
Chair; For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants. The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify. Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process.
Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

The Department of Communication is home to 37 nationally and internationally recognized faculty members (23 graduate faculty; 14 specialized faculty) who are engaged in cutting-edge research that deals with socially pressing problems in communication. Our faculty and instructors are also creative and committed teachers who bring passion and enthusiasm to the classroom.

Nearly 900 students are pursuing B.A., M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in communication. Our department provides students with in-depth understanding of how people communicate across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. Our graduates enter the workforce with the written and oral communication and analytical skills that employers seek. For the past 20 years, the department has been ranked in the top 10 programs nationally in the field of communication.