Non-Tenure Track (Open Rank) Teaching Specialized Faculty and Director for Learning Innovation and E-Learning



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Urbana, IL

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Everything we do is designed to improve the quality of life of the people in the state of Illinois, across the nation, and around the world. We discover, develop, translate, and disseminate knowledge to address societal concerns and train the next generation of experts and leaders in a way that empowers them to expand the boundaries of science to higher levels of understanding and influence.

Within the College of ACES you’ll be joining a team of 190 tenure-system faculty members; nearly 1,400 academic professionals, civil service staff, and assistants; 2,800 undergraduates; and 750 graduate students each year. The Director for Learning Innovation and E-Learningposition is housed within the Office of Academic Programs which includes student advising and registration, career services, diversity programs, leadership programs, study abroad, and student recruitment and outreach.

You’ll join a remarkable community of faculty, staff and students within the College of ACES who are striving to meet the critical challenges of our time. We’re proud to report our four-year graduation rate (74%) is the highest in the nation among comparable programs, according to US News & World Report, and is more than double the national average for public universities (33%, according to the U.S. Department of Education). In fact, an impressive 87% of our alumni are in the workforce or graduate school within six months of graduation.

We have nearly 36,000 living alumni and raise approximately $30 million annually in private support from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Our annual expenditures from all sources are more than $160 million. ACES plays a key role in national and international research initiatives in bioenergy, biotechnology, integrated landscapes, environmental sustainability, food and agricultural systems, global climate change, family resiliency, public policy, and much more.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

POSITION:The position is a 9-month academic year, benefits-eligible, non-tenure track Teaching appointment. The successful candidate will hold the title of Director for Learning Innovation and E-Learning, which will require an additional 2 months in administrative service during summer months. The specialized faculty position will include an organizational relationship with the Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications (ALEC) Program or another academic unit, program or department within the College of ACES.


The Director for Learning Innovation and E-Learning will provide creative, logistical, and fiscal oversight for college-wide innovations in online education for credit and noncredit courses, certificate, and degree programs. The Coordinator will work with the Associate Dean for Academic Programs, faculty within ACES, personnel for Illinois Extension, undergraduate and graduate e-learning support assistants, and campus partners in the Office of the Provost as well as the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning to assist faculty, departments, programs and Extension personnel with developing effective and innovative online educational programming.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate the development of new online courses, certificates and programs by directly assisting faculty/personnel and connecting faculty with the appropriate support through campus and college offices.
  • Guide departments through online course and curriculum planning including timeline development, best practice integration, and campus approval processes.
  • Work with faculty to develop college-level policies and best practices to ensure quality online educational programs are delivered across ACES and Illinois Extension.
  • Stay informed on current and emerging issues and pedogigical practices in effective online education.
  • Manage undergraduate and graduate e-learning assistants and other staff in developing and supporting technologies and systems critical to online delivery (i.e. course management systems, course evaluation, online assessment, academic integrity, copyright permissions, etc.)
  • Assess the effectiveness of online programs from enrollment, return on investment, and student learning perspectives.


All candidates should hold a Master’s Degree or higher degree in an academic discipline associated with education, instructional technology, or related disciplines. Minimum of three years of experience with strategic development and administration of educational technology inititatives at a major research institution. Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills are required.

Open Track/Open Rank Specialized Faculty: Teaching experience is preferred. For the instructional dimension of the position, candidates who hold a Master’s degree will be considered as an Instructor or Sr. Instructor depending on experience and qualifications. Candidates with an earned Ph.D by the time of appointment may be considered as a Lecturer, Sr. Lecturer, Teaching Assistant Professor or Teaching Associate Professor depending on their instructional and curricular records and potential to provide curricular and pedagogical leadership.


Knowledge of the technology infrastructure at the University of Illinois and demonstrated ability to oversee educational budgets is preferred.


Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


By June 16, 2020, or as soon after a suitable candidate is identified and available.

How to apply

To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by February 19, 2020. Please create your candidate profile at and upload a letter of application/interest, curriculum vita and contact information for three (3) professional references (include name, title, address, phone, email) by close of business on February 19, 2020. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be given full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

For additional information or discussion, please contact Dr. Jeff Brawn, Search Committee Chair, via e-mail ([email protected]).

For technical assistance with the online application process, call 217-333-6747 or email [email protected].

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

We serve the state, the nation, and the world by creating knowledge, preparing students for lives of impact, and addressing critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge.