Visiting Teaching and Research Specialist, Initiative for Qualitative Research in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (INQUIRE)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Gies College of Business, Department of Business Administration

Visiting Teaching and Research Specialist, Initiative for Qualitative Research in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (INQUIRE)

The Department of Business Administration in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, has a position as Visiting Teaching and Research Specialist with the Initiative for Qualitative Research in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (INQUIRE). The successful candidate will conduct research and create teaching content alongside the INQUIRE faculty director and any future affiliates. The position may become non-visiting at a later time depending on funding and programmatic needs.

The Initiative for Qualitative Research in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (INQUIRE) aims to take a global leadership role in the use of qualitative methods for business research and practice, especially in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship. We work with faculty and doctoral students across the Gies College of Business and foster interdisciplinary research that connects Gies with other parts of the University.  Our activities include a speaker series, conferences, and provision of research grants for qualitative studies. In addition, INQUIRE has launched the Illinois Cases for Management Education (ICME) program. This program develops teaching cases featuring University of Illinois alumni and/or describing innovations that emerged from the University.

The Gies College of Business at 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. Gies Business is committed to being a model for a diverse, equitable and inclusive community, being actively anti-racist, helping the next generation of business leaders do the same, and engaging the public and our corporate partners in these efforts

The University of Illinois offers an outstanding tradition of scholarship and a supportive environment for faculty development and excellence. The Gies College of Business at Illinois received a monumental $150 million investment from Larry and Beth Gies. This gift ranks amongst the largest to any business school in U.S. history. This investment will grow and strengthen our investment in students, faculty and world-class programs and will solidify our distinction as a global innovator in business.

The Department of Business Administration is a large and diverse unit, which includes graduate and undergraduate programs across seven academic areas (i.e., Organizational Behavior, Strategic Management, International Business, Marketing, Operations Management, Information Systems, and Supply Chain). We offer a uniquely nurturing environment for interdisciplinary research, as well as the opportunity to work with talented doctoral students. We seek like-minded individuals who are committed to engaged scholarship of the highest caliber. Additional information about the Department may be found here.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit


Teaching & Course Development

  • Collaborate with faculty to create and write case studies for teaching curriculum.
  • Identify sources and conduct interviews for case studies in conjunction with faculty and advancement and development offices.
  • Manage distribution of current and future teaching materials.
  • Distribute course/teaching development award funding upon selection from principal(s).
  • Document methodologies to ensure reproducibility.


  • Plan, schedule, and promote events and seminars, and organize meeting logistics.
  • Supervise undergraduate students, including training, assigning tasks, tracking work performance and deliverables, organizing datasets, and creating an inclusive and collaborative environment.
  • Track and advise on annual expenditures including personnel, equipment, and travel for assigned principal(s) funds.
  • Work with the department business office to administer grants and manage the funding for initiatives.
  • Assist in preparing and managing faculty calendars, meeting agendas, and future follow up.
  • Provide presentation creation and support.
  • Process travel and purchasing expenses via P- & T-Card as necessary.
  • Manage and update website and social media for assigned areas and initiatives.
  • Support communication activities in conjunction with the College marketing office.
  • Produce Annual reports
  • Assume additional appropriate related duties to further the mission of the unit


  • Conduct field research through interviews, data collection, and analysis.
  • Coordinate research and project proposals with faculty and stakeholders.
  • Opportunity to assist with data analysis and manuscript preparation.
  • Transition research into practice to facilitate dissemination.
  • Build collaborations with academic researchers, sponsoring agencies, corporations, students, and other stakeholders.



Required: Bachelor’s degree in business administration, social science, or a related field.

Preferred: Master’s degree in business administration or a related field


Required:  If applying with a completed bachelor’s degree, 5 years of experience in an academic and/or research environment.  If applying with a completed master’s degree, two years of experience in an academic and/or research environment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Required: Strong oral and written communication skills, and the ability to interact with a broad array of internal and external constituents.  Knowledge and familiarity with the Microsoft Office suite of applications.  Because there are a variety of tasks to perform in this position, it is necessary to be able to prioritize tasks accordingly.  Ability to process a high volume of transactions in an accurate and efficient manner with high level of attention to detail and the ability to concurrently manage multiple complex tasks.

Environmental Demands

This position is in an office setting, no adverse working conditions


This is a 12-month, 100% academic professional position.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


This position is available as soon as possible after the closing date.


For consideration, please create your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information of three professional references by October 8, 2021.  Interviews may occur prior to the close. However, no hire will be made prior to the close date. Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board will be considered.  For questions regarding application procedures, please email

University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

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