Open-Rank Position in Industrial / Employment Relations
Job Posted: 21 September, 2020
Company: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Closing Date: 1 November 2020
Location: Urbana, Illinois


Illinois is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. 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. Illinois is the place where we embrace difference. We embrace it because we value it. Illinois is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.


The School of Labor and Employment Relations invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Employment / Industrial Relations at either the Assistant Professor, Associate Professor (with tenure) or Full Professor (with tenure) level. Exceptional candidates at the Full Professor level may also be considered for the named Reuben G. Soderstrom Professorship.

We are generally interested in candidates who have teaching and research interests in industrial relations, employment relations, employment policy and labor market analysis, work and employment, or other areas where organizations, unions, and workplace institutions are a major research interest. This is a full-time tenure-track position that combines research with teaching in the School’s master’s and PhD programs in human resources and employment relations. The School is a multi-disciplinary academic unit that concentrates on research and teaching in the HR-ER fields. For more information, please see our website at


• Conduct original, high quality scholarly research for publication in leading academic journals

• Teach in the School’s master’s and PhD programs

• Participate on School-wide service committees


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in an appropriate social science discipline or equivalent degree in a professional area of study (e.g., JD); ABDs who demonstrate a strong potential for conducting exemplary research and teaching and anticipate Ph.D. completion no later than August 2021 will also be considered. Candidates for the Soderstrom professorship should have a record of research excellence in top refereed journals and teaching commensurate with the rank of full professor.


For Soderstrom professorship candidates only, preference will be given to candidates who have engaged workers and workers’ organizations through scholarship, teaching, and service, as well as those who have a body of work on workers in union settings.

SALARY: Salary will be commensurate with experience and rank

APPOINTMENT STATUS: Regular, 100% time, tenure-track faculty appointment (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor)

PROPOSED STARTING DATE: Proposed starting date is August 16, 2021

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Please create your candidate profile at and upload your statement of interest, vitae, a writing sample, and the identity of three professional references (name, institution, email address and phone number) by November 1, 2020.  Interviews may be conducted before the closing date, although no hiring decisions will be made until after the search has closed. Interviews may be conducted remotely if candidates cannot travel to campus due to COVID restrictions.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Associate Professor Ryan Lamare by email at [email protected] or by phone at 217-244-6241. You may also visit for additional information.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

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 To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit