JOB: Endowed associate or full professor and director of agricultural communications

  • Outdoor Market: jobCompany: University of Illinois
  • Position: Endowed associate or full professor and director, agricultural communications
  • Location: Urbana, Ill.
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job description expires: March 28, 2013

Position: James F. Evans Endowed Associate or Full Professor in Agricultural Communications and Director, Agricultural Communications Program. This full-time position is a nine-month tenured appointment as is standard at the University of Illinois. The position (approximately 60% teaching/program administration and 40% research/scholarship) is within the Agricultural Communications Program which is jointly sponsored by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and the College of Media. The successful candidate will hold a 75% appointment in ACES and 25% in Media and hold the inaugural James F. Evans Endowed Professorship of Agricultural Communications.
The James F. Evans Endowed Professorshipis the transition step to a new James F. Evans Endowed Chair in Agricultural Communications at the University of Illinois. The chair position, being established through a $2 million campaign, is believed to be the first endowed chair in agricultural journalism/communications nationwide.
Available: Aug. 16, 2013, or as soon as possible after the closing date.
Required qualifications: The successful candidate must be qualified to hold the rank of associate or full professor with tenure in one of the departments in the College of ACES and the College of Media. A doctorate relevant to this field of study is preferred, although candidates may qualify for tenured faculty appointment through unique and exceptional skills and a distinguished record of professional and creative achievement in agricultural journalism/communications and/or advertising. To serve in this leadership position, candidates must demonstrate strong scholarship in the discipline and have a deep appreciation of the land-grant mission and the role of communications related to agriculture, broadly defined. They need demonstrated familiarity with agricultural media and methods, careers, personnel, trends and issues related to agricultural journalism and persuasive communications in the U.S. They need strong communication skills and demonstrated effectiveness in applying those skills through their understanding of the unique audiences, settings and technologies involved in agriculture. They need strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated leadership and administrative ability, with capacity to foster an environment that encourages excellence in teaching, research and outreach.
Preferred qualifications: The preferred candidate will have successful experience in mobilizing and carrying out funded projects of research and practice in this field. Skills in issue management, especially in communications aspects of specialized and public issues related to agriculture.Interest and experience in the international dimensions of agricultural communications.
Responsibilities: Serve as Director of the Agricultural Communications Program and as liaison to administrators of the two colleges. Coordinate the Agricultural Communications Program Committee.
Provide visionary leadership for teaching, research and service missions of the Program. Lead planning for program development and growth, including assessment of potential for partner initiatives in environmental communications, consumer messages, and science journalism.
Facilitate continued faculty and student excellence and diversity in the Program and program development for advanced degrees and professional development.
Teach undergraduate agricultural communications courses as well as guide efforts to support professional development for journalists, advertisers and communicators in this field.
Carry out and stimulate throughout the Program an agenda of research and creative endeavor to advance the effectiveness of communications related to agriculture (defined broadly to pertain to all dimensions of the food system, and natural resources related to it). Collaborate in programming with the Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, a special resource for research and teaching.
Represent the Program, the host colleges, and the University of Illinois through active association with colleagues, alumni, programming partners and other related publics, locally to internationally.
About the Agricultural Communications Program and University of Illinois: The Agricultural Communications Programis offered jointly by the College of ACES and College of Media in innovatively-close collaboration. Associate Deans for Academic Programs in each college are responsible for joint oversight of the Program and make recommendations to the Deans. A joint Agricultural Communications Program Committee provides liaison and recommendations on educational and programmatic matters. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive land-gran tinstitution with a mission to provide undergraduate and graduate education, conduct research and creative endeavors, and support extension, continuing education and other public engagement activities. More than 42,000 on-campus students represent 48 states and 115 other countries. It hosts the largest public university library in the nation, including the most extensive existing collection of resources in agricultural journalism/communications. The College of Media is a highly selective, accredited and internationally respected college serving almost 1,100 undergraduate and graduate students. It is an educational leader in the fields of advertising, journalism and communications research. The College of ACES has a distinguished 145-year record of advancing agricultural, consumer and environmental sciences through teaching, research, extension and international programs. It does so through an academic staff of nearly 800 on campus, throughout the state, and beyond. On-campus student enrollment totals nearly 3,300.
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. This is a 9-month paid over 12 month appointment. Attractive startup package. Opportunities for summer salary compensation.
Closing Date: To receive full consideration, all application materials must be uploaded by March 8, 2013. The committee may begin reviewing applications before the close date, but no decision will be made until after this date.
Applications: Please create your candidate profile at and upload a curriculum vitae, letter of interest, copies of three publications,and the names and contact information for three professional references. For further information,you may contact Anne Stites,, 217-333-3380.
The University of Illinoisis an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

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