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

Applications are to be submitted via this online form: . 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, 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

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