Assistant to Director of Research and Instructional Technology

The Department of Communication‘s Office of Research & Instructional Technology (COM-RIT), located in the Grehan-Journalism Building, applicants for an “Assistant to Director of Research & Instructional Technology.”

Responsibilities:
Administrative Support: Provides database and listserv updates; requests new listservs and accounts for users; isolates lecture capture files for assessment; coordinates and tracks shipping items; supports department labs; and schedules facilities.

Research Support: Prepares facilities and supports researchers for research studies; responds to correspondence related to student research subject pool; assists with monitoring the SONA research participant pool and provides timely and effective communications with student participants and researchers; and provides on-site technical support during research studies.

Project Support: Researches answers to technical questions; assists with Kentucky Conference on Health Communication and related conference planning and technical support; performs media manipulation, editing, and conversion; designs departmental promotional materials and process electronic mailings for students, faculty, alumni and others (as needed by task); provides video and still photography for department events; produces video for department of communication events; designs department promotional materials, as needed; and conducts in-person trainings related to the use of digital content design and maintenance for faculty developers.

Instructional Technology Support & Training: Conducts Echo360 scheduling and provides user support; generates class and student reports for instructors; provides classroom hardware and software support; creates training videos for students and faculty on the use of instructional technology, as needed; participates in new instructor orientation and provides information about Canvas, classroom technology and department resources; and provides faculty and staff desktop computer support.

Resource Management: Assists in purchasing appropriate technology; identifies purchasing needs for faculty computer maintenances; organizes media labs, workspaces and storage; participates in equipment inventory scanning and tracking the lifecycle of technical assets; and coordinates the surplus, transfers and moving of assets.

Who we are:
COM-RIT provides technical development and support for Communication faculty research projects, most of which are related to media studies, risk & crisis communication, and health communication. Our office also supports instructional technology in 5 smart classrooms and participates in administering course assessments and managing instructor data. Team members may also be asked to assist faculty with their workstations or presentation needs.

What we do:
COM-RIT provides technical support and development for Communication faculty research projects, most of which are related to these areas of study: risk and crisis, mass, interpersonal, organizational, and health communication.

Current and recent projects include:

  • Development and maintenance of a streamable television archive, searchable by transcripts, and delivered via the web.
  • Development of social media analysis systems and data scraping techniques to generate and visualize data for media research.
  • Creation of multi-lingual audio-assisted mobile surveys for data collection in Eastern Kentucky, SE Asia, and Africa to assess behaviors and attitudes related to risky decision-making.
  • Analysis of subject response to media content by measuring heart-rate and skin-conductance, along with handheld self-interviews.
  • Development of web-data applications to enhance instructional and administrative efforts of department.
  • Technical development and support for the department’s biennial Kentucky Conference on Health Communication.
  • Creation of multi-media materials (newsletters, digital signage, web sites, videos) to inform students and promote the department’s image.
  • Support for technology-enhanced classrooms and participation in administering assessments and managing data.

Historically, COM-RIT team alumni have gained the practical experience needed to help secure strong positions in companies such as Pardot, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Morris Digitalworks, NetGain Technologies, The Jockey Club, Lexmark, KnowledgeCoop, CirrusMio, MakeTime, Republic Bank, UK and U of SC, and launch regional tech companies such as Apax Software, Awesome Inc., and Gun Media.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities:
Mac/Windows support, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite or equivalent, Databases; Web content management system (WordPress, Drupal, or equivalent.) NOTE: Skills and experience are important, but interest, eagerness to learn, quality of character, and sense of humor are equally valued. Simply put, we work hard and laugh a lot. Big egos need not apply.

Hours and Workload: 37.5 hours/week

Rate of Pay: $13.43 – 21.51/hour (based on experience)

How to apply
Apply at the UK Jobs web site using this link:  https://ukjobs.uky.edu/postings/157505

You must apply online, BUT…if you feel stifled by the constraints of an online application, feel free to write a brief description of the interests, abilities, experience, cleverness, and wit you can bring to this team. Email this or any questions to me directly at Scott.Johnson@UKY.edu.

Review of applications begins September 11, 2017 and continues until the position is filled, pending final budgetary approval; interviews are anticipated to begin in mid-September. Upon offer of employment, successful applicants for all positions must undergo a national background check as required by University of Kentucky Human Resources.