International Reporting (tenure-stream position)

May 13, 2024

The School of Journalism, Writing, and Media at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver Campus, invites applications for a full-time tenure-stream faculty appointment in International Reporting. The position is expected to be filled at the rank of Assistant Professor (or, consideration may be given to appointment at the Associate Professor rank in the case of an outstanding candidate). The successful candidate will be expected to qualify for concurrent appointment to the endowment-funded Gary Coull Professorship in International Reporting at UBC. The Coull Professorship will be for an initial five-year term, which may be renewed, in accordance with the University’s Honorifics Policy and the terms of the Endowment that supports the Professorship. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2025.


The School of Journalism, Writing, and Media (JWAM) 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. It has recently launched an undergraduate Minor in Journalism and Social Change that invites UBC students of any academic discipline to think about and do journalism in the context of ongoing cultural and political shifts.


The successful candidate will possess an outstanding record 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, environmental, Indigenous, and social justice journalism, we are particularly interested in candidates with scholarly and professional expertise in International Reporting. The successful candidate will have experience in covering and analyzing global issues for a variety of professional and academic outlets. Expertise in contemporary and emerging fields of journalism, preferably in mobile, data or visual journalism, will be an asset.


A PhD degree is preferred by the time of the appointment. Candidates who have progressed to the point where completion of the PhD is imminent and who demonstrate clear and superior promise of excellent journalism research and practice, graduate supervision, and teaching will also be considered. Candidates with a Master’s degree may 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 field of International Journalism and related areas. They’re expected to be familiar with, and contribute to, the award-winning Global Reporting Centre, based within JWAM/UBC, including its recent research output and collaborative projects.


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 should be able to teach a range of courses currently on offer in the Master of Journalism degree and the Minor in Journalism and Social Change 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 and will include both graduate and undergraduate courses.


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Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. JWAM is committed to research and pedagogy that responds to and addresses historic inequities and therefore welcomes applicants who would contribute to our ongoing efforts to create an open and diverse community, one that fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged in the field of journalism and media. 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 beliefs, 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.


Application instructions


Applications are to be submitted via this online form: Applicants should be prepared to upload the following items (in the order listed) 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), and 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. Applicants with limited teaching experience may include evidence of newsroom mentorship and editorial innovation.


In addition, applicants should arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent directly to, with “Journalism AP 2024” in the subject line, by the deadline of August 1, 2024. [August 15, 2024].


Completed applications and confidential letters of reference must be received by August 1, 2024 [August 15, 2024]. Review of applications will begin soon after and will continue until the position is filled. The position is subject to final budgetary approval. The expected pay range for this position at the Assistant Professor rank is: $9,750/month – $10,833/month. The expected pay range for this position at the Associate Professor rank is $11,250/month – $12,083/month. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Enquiries should be directed to Dr. Kamal Al-Solaylee, Director and Professor at