School of Journalism

 

Associate Professor, Writing Studies (Associate Professor, tenure-track)

6 Dec, 2019

The School of Journalism, Writing, and Media  in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, invites applications for full-time tenure-stream position at the rank of Associate Professor, beginning July 1, 2020.

Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in writing studies or a related field, and will have a proven research record in writing studies, with specializations in one or more of the following areas:

  • research writing and disciplinary discourse
  • rhetorical genre studies with an emphasis on public genres
  • ideologies of language
  • anti-racist and decolonial writing pedagogies
  • research methods for inquiring into current questions about public debate, privacy, and publicity
  • multimodal writing, digital and social media rhetoric

The School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, an exciting expansion of programs known for their leadership in the fields of journalism and writing studies, offers research and teaching innovation in journalism and media, writing and communication, and knowledge-making and mobilization. Contributing to the development of scholarly and professional communication and media competencies across and beyond UBC, the School creates unique opportunities for students to succeed as practiced writers and media professionals in an era of significant shifts in communication technology and culture.

UBC is undergoing significant changes in writing and communication instruction. The School of Journalism, Writing, and Media will play a lead role in envisioning and implementing these changes. Building on existing initiatives, the successful candidate will work collaboratively to develop and deliver new courses within the School and new projects beyond it. The successful candidate will also take a crucial role in shaping the School’s research on and approaches to writing, media, and pedagogy.

The School currently offers two undergraduate courses (WRDS 150 and WRDS 350) that teach research writing to 5,000 students a year. We use writing-in-the-disciplines, genre-based, and discourse analytic approaches informed by current research in the field of rhetoric and writing studies.  The successful candidate will teach sections of WRDS 150 and WRDS 350 and new courses as they are developed. This teaching will involve student supervision at the undergraduate level. The successful candidate will also be expected to maintain an active program of research and publication. The successful candidate will also be expected to:

  • take on administrative duties in the newly configured School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
  • mentor junior faculty
  • contribute to writing initiatives across faculties at UBC
  • play a lead role in the development of the writing studies program

Application materials must be submitted electronically as PDFs. Please follow the instructions provided on the application webpage: https://asrw.arts.ubc.ca/working-with-us/apply/. Review of applications will begin on February 3, 2020and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should upload the following materials as PDFs, in the order listed:

  • a letter of application
  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of research (500 words max) and teaching philosophy (500 words max)
  • a 500-word (maximum) statement about the applicant’s experience working with a diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion.
  • a sample publication
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching evaluations, sample syllabi)
  • the names and contact information for 3 academic references

We will contact the referees of long-listed applicants for confidential reference letters. Applicants should ensure that their referees are aware that this is a position in the Educational Leadership stream and should accordingly provide evidence with a focus on teaching and educational leadership.  Enquiries addressed to Dr. Laurie McNeill, Chair of the Search Committee, c/o Jennifer Suratos, may be sent to admin.fyp@ubc.ca.

UBC-Vancouver’s Point Grey Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam people, with whom UBC shares a framework Memorandum of Affiliation. For information relating to Aboriginal initiatives that are available at UBC, visit the UBC Vancouver Aboriginal portal at: http://aboriginal.ubc.ca/.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Writing Studies (Instructor, tenure-track)

6 Dec, 2019

The School of Journalism, Writing, and Media in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, invites applications for a tenure-track position, to begin July 1, 2020, with appointment at the rank of Instructor (in UBC’s Educational Leadership stream; see: http://ctlt.ubc.ca/programs/all-our-programs/teaching-and-educational-leadership/).

The School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, a momentous expansion of programs known for their leadership in the fields of journalism and writing studies, offers innovative research and teaching in journalism and media, writing and communication, and knowledge-production and mobilization. The School contributes to the development of new analyses of scholarly and professional communication and new uses of media competencies across and beyond UBC, in Canadian society, and in a global context. The School‘s team of faculty is committed to creating  unique opportunities for students to succeed as practiced writers and media professionals in an era of significant shifts in communication technology and culture.

UBC is undergoing exciting changes in writing and communication instruction. The School of Journalism, Writing, and Media will play a lead role in envisioning and implementing these changes. Building on existing initiatives, the successful candidates will work collaboratively to develop and deliver new courses and projects within the School and therefore play crucial roles in shaping the School’s approaches to writing, media, and pedagogy.

The School currently offers two undergraduate courses (WRDS 150 and WRDS 350) that teach research writing to 5,000 students a year. We use writing-in-the-disciplines, genre-based, and discourse analytic approaches informed by current research in the field of rhetoric and writing studies.  The successful candidate will teach sections of WRDS 150 and WRDS 350 and new courses as they are developed, both for students in the Faculty of Arts and students from other faculties. Teaching load is 18 credits. Applicants will be expected to:

  • demonstrate a record of or potential for high-quality educational leadership, especially in the area of undergraduate curriculum development and renewal
  • maintain excellence in teaching
  • actively engage in service for The School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
  • coordinate multiple sections of first-year writing courses
  • play a leading role in the development of new courses, including courses that foster connections between units in the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
  • collaborate, across campus, on university writing initiatives
  • contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning in areas of writing studies

Applicants must have a PhD in writing studies or a related sub-field of writing studies (e.g. discourse studies, rhetoric, applied language studies, communications), or a PhD and significant experience teaching writing in university settings (this teaching should be informed by current writing theory). We particularly welcome applications from applicants with cutting-edge methodological and theoretical approaches to the study of (1) public genres, specifically social media genres and (2) writing in disciplines outside the humanities and social sciences.

As this is a tenure-track position, the successful candidate will be reviewed for reappointment, tenure, and promotion in subsequent years, in accordance with the Collective Agreement. For a description of the Instructor rank and criteria for reappointment and promotion, visit: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-relations/collective-agreements/appointment-faculty/.

Applicants are asked to provide:

  • a letter of application
  • curriculum vitae,
  • a teaching dossier that includes: 1) a 500-word (maximum) teaching statement related to the teaching of writing, 2) course evaluations and peer-review of teaching reports if available, 3) examples of pedagogical materials, and 4) examples of any published or unpublished scholarship of teaching and learning,
  • a 500-word (maximum) statement of past and potential contributions to educational leadership, including curriculum development, faculty mentoring, and contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning,
  • a 500-word (maximum) statement about the applicant’s experience working with a diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion.
  • the names and contact information for 3 academic references

Application materials must be submitted electronically as PDFs. Please follow the instructions provided on the application webpage: https://asrw.arts.ubc.ca/working-with-us/apply/. Review of applications will begin on February 3, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

We will contact the referees of long-listed applicants for confidential reference letters. Applicants should ensure that their referees are aware that this is a position in the Educational Leadership stream and should accordingly provide evidence with a focus on teaching and educational leadership. Enquiries addressed to Dr. Laurie McNeill, Chair of the Search Committee, c/o Jennifer Suratos, may be sent to admin.fyp@ubc.ca.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

UBC-Vancouver’s Point Grey Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam people, with whom UBC shares a framework Memorandum of Affiliation. For information relating to Aboriginal initiatives that are available at UBC, visit the UBC Vancouver Aboriginal portal at: http://aboriginal.ubc.ca/.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

 

Journalism (Assistant Professor, tenure-track)

27 Nov, 2019

The School of Journalism, Writing and Media* at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. Expected start date is July 1, 2020. The School offers a Master of Journalism degree that aims to prepare a global cohort of graduate students to thrive in an evolving media environment, using research and journalistic practices to contribute to meaningful public discourse across all forms of media.

The successful candidate will show outstanding potential as an innovative scholar and researcher, as evidenced by their record of intellectual engagement, teaching, published work, and/or work in progress, combined with experience in professional journalism practice. To complement current strengths in digital, international, environmental, Indigenous, and public policy journalism, we are particularly interested in candidates with scholarly and professional expertise in contemporary and emerging fields of journalism, preferably in political communication, science and environment, or visual journalism.

A PhD degree is preferred by the time of the appointment, though candidates with a Master’s degree will be considered. Candidates who have progressed to the point where completion of the PhD is imminent and who demonstrate clear and superior promise of excellent research, practice and teaching may also be considered. Candidates must demonstrate professional experience, strong evidence of research activity, and a publication record commensurate with experience, with a proven commitment to the advancement of research, practice and public scholarship in the fields of journalism, media and communications.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to excellence and innovation in teaching and advising, and be skilled in methods of engaged and inclusive learning and the appropriate use of instructional technology. Candidates will be able to teach on a range of courses currently on offer within the Master of Journalism degree and to contribute to areas not currently covered, as well as the ability to participate fully in graduate supervision and undertake service duties as assigned by the director. The teaching load will be four 3-credit courses per year.

Additional information about the School may be found at https://journalism.ubc.ca/

Applications are to be submitted via this online form: https://jrnl.air.arts.ubc.ca/job36036/ . Applicants should be prepared to upload in the following order and in a single PDF (max size 15MB): a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a description of current and future research and teaching interests, and a teaching portfolio (statement of teaching philosophy, student evaluations, peer assessments, one graduate course syllabus and one undergraduate course syllabus). Please also include a one-page statement about your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion.

In addition, applicants should arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent directly to soj.admin@ubc.ca, with “Journalism AP 2020” in the subject line by the deadline of January 10, 2020.

Enquiries should be directed to Dr. Alfred Hermida, director and associate professor at soj.director@ubc.ca.

Completed applications and reference letters must be received by January 10, 2020. Review of applications will begin soon after January 10, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

*Subject to approval by the Board of Governors