University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Director, Richard and Leslie Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation in Media and Clinical Assistant or Associate Professor in Journalism

Director, Richard and Leslie Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation in Media
Clinical Assistant or Associate Professor in Journalism

Department of Journalism
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Richard and Leslie Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation in Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a journalist and educator to serve as its inaugural director and as a faculty member in Journalism.

The Frank Center at Illinois will enhance opportunities for students to develop as leaders in their professions by offering access to a diverse group of experts and practitioners through residencies, a speaker series and other programming, and by supporting outside learning opportunities such as professional immersion experiences, conference participation, and internships. 

The Frank Center Director is a full-time, renewable non-tenure-track faculty position appointed on a 9-month service basis with the academic title of Clinical Assistant or Clinical Associate Professor (appointment level commensurate with experience). Opportunities for summer salary also may be available. The Center Director reports to the Department Head of Journalism.

The Frank Center Director will have the following administrative and faculty responsibilities:

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Create, promote, and coordinate a variety of activities related to media leadership and innovation, such as:
    • Public programs on current topics in media and a speaker series featuring noted journalism professionals and newsmakers
    • Residencies for professional journalists to come to campus to teach and work with students and faculty
    • Professional immersion experiences for students.
    • Campus collaborations and public engagement activities aimed at enhancing understanding of media
  • Develop and teach training workshops, short courses or other professional education programs related to media leadership and innovation for participants outside the university setting.
  • Work with College and Department staff to manage financial accounts.
  • Supervise the Center’s undergraduate and graduate interns.
  • Collaborate with faculty members across the College of Media. 

Faculty Responsibilities:

  • Teach Journalism courses to meet departmental demands.
  • Fulfill other academic duties typically performed by faculty, such as participating on committees, attending academic events, and contributing to other department initiatives.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in journalism, media or a related field. 
  • Three years of professional experience. Lesser degrees will be considered if accompanied by significantly greater professional experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least five years of professional experience in journalism or media. 
  • Demonstrated experience teaching and developing courses and/or public engagement programs.
  • Administrative experience in a higher education, non-profit, community or other relevant organizational setting. 
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate effectively.

Proposed Starting Date: January 1, 2022.  Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at, by October 4, 2021, and upload the following:

  • A cover letter addressing your interest in directing the Frank Center and teaching
  • A current CV or resume
  • Contact information for three professional references who can speak to your teaching and professional experience and expertise.

Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.

About the Campus and Community:
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 about 3,000 faculty members who serve nearly 34,000 undergraduates and 16,000 graduate and professional students. More information about the campus is available at 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: or

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