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.”

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:

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

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.