Lecturer (College of Media)


In addition to classroom teaching, specialized faculty members also work with master’s students in Journalism’s M.S. program, mentor undergraduate students, and participate in department, college and campus service activities and shared governance. Specialized faculty members also are encouraged to continue to produce their own professional work. 

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it 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 the nation. It employs more than 4,000 faculty members who serve almost 35,000 undergraduates and more than 20,000 graduate and professional students. As a member of the Big Ten conference athletic conference, the University is a vibrant sports community with many venues for publishing original content. The University also supports the growing field of Esports through both tournaments and academics. The College of Media is home to Illinois Public Media (WILL-AM-FM-TV-Online), the public broadcasting service of the University of Illinois; UI-7, the university’s cable channel; and CU-Citizen Access, a community-based newsroom with a heavy emphasis on data journalism. The Department of Journalism will start offering an innovative flexible hybrid/ online M.S. program with a focus on science and technology beginning Fall 2023.

Minimum Qualifications:

·      Master's degree in journalism or a related field. Bachelor’s degrees will be considered if accompanied by significantly greater professional experience.
·      Three years of professional reporting experience on any medium or platform. 

Preferred Qualifications:

·      At least five years of professional experience in journalism. 
·      Experience teaching and developing courses at the university level.
·      Ability to teach electives in sports, community, long-form or science and technology reporting.
·      Familiarity and ability to teach data journalism, or integrate it into other courses, is considered a plus.

Appointment Information

This is a full-time, renewable non-tenure track faculty position appointed on a 9-month service basis (fall and spring semesters). The expected start date is August 16, 2023. Salary is commensurate with experience. Opportunities for summer salary also may be available. Immigration sponsorship is not available for this position.

Application Procedures & Deadline Information

Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on February 28, 2023. Apply for this position at http://jobs.illinois.edu. Applications not submitted through https://jobs.illinois.edu will not be considered. To ensure full consideration, please include: cover letter addressing your interest in teaching reporting and writing, a current CV or resume, contact information for three professional references who can speak to your teaching and professional experience and expertise, a statement on commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in teaching and service. For further information about this specific position, please contact Jane Dowler at dowler@illinois.edu or 217-333-2351. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

About the Campus and Community:
The university is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana (situated in Champaign County which has a total population 207,000 (est.) in east-central Illinois, and is situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 125 miles west of Indianapolis, and 180 northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. For more information about the community, visit: https://with.illinois.edu/advancement/living-in-c-u/ or https://www.champaigncounty.org/


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 accessibility@illinois.edu.