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Instructor/Lecturer, Agricultural Communications Program

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Agricultural Communications

College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Position: Instructor/Lecturer, Agricultural Communications Program, 100% 12-month, non-tenure-track appointment.


Description: The Program seeks an Instructor/Lecturer who will provide instruction for undergraduate courses in Agricultural Communications. Reporting to the Director of the Agricultural Communications Program, the position is responsible for teaching Agricultural Communications coursework and coordinating services for students enrolled in the Agricultural Communications major.




  • Teach courses for the Agricultural Communications Program that defines agriculture broadly to pertain to all dimensions of the food system and natural resources. Courses will serve majors and non-majors.
  • Coordinate student service activities for the Program, which includes student recruitment and retention, advising, career services, alumni and corporate relations, program marketing and public relations, interaction with the Illini Chapter of the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) and other program and student service needs.
  • Collaborate with the College of Media’s Office of Student Services and the Departments of Journalism and Advertising as students take required concentration coursework in these units.
  • Collaborate with student, alumni, and marketing/communications services available in the College of ACES.
  • Serve as member of the Agricultural Communications Program Committee and assist in course and curricula development and other programmatic activities.
  • Assist with outreach and related projects that will advance the teaching, research and public service agendas of the Program.






  • Master’s degree or Ph.D., preferably in agricultural communications, mass communications, or a field relevant to agricultural, consumer and environmental sciences
    • Candidates who hold a Master’s degree will be considered as an Instructor.
    • Candidates with a Ph.D, by the time of appointment will be considered as a Lecturer.


  • At least two years of experience in the teaching of agricultural communications OR (2) two years of professional experience in agricultural communications with the ability to teach courses in this discipline that may include agricultural and environmental journalism, agricultural advertising and public relations, science and risk communication; the application of new and emerging media in communicating ag and environmental issues; sales communications; multimedia storytelling; and development communication.



  • Experience in advising and mentoring students, student recruitment and retention, career placement, and/or pedagogical approaches to online teaching.


  • Three or more years of teaching or professional experience in agricultural communications.



Salary:           Commensurate with education and experience


Start Date:     August 1, 2016.


Applications: To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by July 6, 2016. The committee may begin reviewing applications before the close date but no decision will be made until after the close date. Please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a resume, cover letter, the names and contact information for three references and three professional work samples (news article, multimedia, photographs, etc.).


For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Dr. Lulu Rodriguez at (217) 300-1045 or lulurod@illinois.edu.


The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

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