Asper Visiting Professor 2017-2018

The UBC School of Journalism is seeking applicants for the position of Asper Visiting Professor for 2017-2018 to join its high calibre journalism faculty and students.

Applicants should write to Alfred Hermida, Director and Associate Professor, School of Journalism at soj.director AT ubc.ca, with “Asper Visiting Professor 2017-2018” in the subject line. Applications should include an up-to-date CV and a two-page cover letter.

The deadline to apply is March 31 2017.

This appointment, made possible by the Asper Visiting Professor Endowment Fund, allows a prominent journalist to come to the School of Journalism and contribute to teaching and learning in its professional graduate program.

The purpose of the Visiting Professor Program is to provide students with additional opportunities to learn from professionals from the field of journalism, as well as to provide the recipient with an opportunity to think and teach about journalistic themes and issues

The Visiting Professor is expected to be in Vancouver for the duration of their contract. The journalist will participate in teaching during the fall or winter semesters, either contributing to existing courses or teaching a new course, interact with students and deliver one public talk.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Substantial experience in journalism across platforms (print, broadcast and digital)
  • Proven record of editorial leadership in the field of journalism
  • Track record of working in a collegiate and collaborative environment
  • Capacity to contribute to a technology-enriched and community-engaged educational setting

The School of Journalism provides office space and administrative support, a robust research setting with high quality Master’s students and contact with other professors in the School, at UBC, and in neighbouring universities.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience of teaching and mentoring journalism students at a graduate level. The candidate will be selected by a board composed of the School’s director and faculty.


Current Visiting Professor:

Sandra Bartlett
Former CBC and NPR investigative journalist
Topic: Investigative journalism

Past Canwest Visiting Professors:

Claire Ward
Producer/shooter for VICE News
Topic: Innovative approaches in reporting on HIV/AIDS

Craig Silverman
Journalist-entrepreneur known for his Regret the Error blog.
Topic: Trends and issues regarding media accuracy and verification

Michelle Aleksandrovics
Executive Producer, SBS Radio Living Black
Topic: Indigenous reporting

Ying Chan
Founding Director, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, University of Hong Kong
Topic: China 2.0: The New Digital Superpower

Frances Bula
Reporter, The Globe and Mail
Topic: Integrated Journalism

Diane Nottle
Editor, The New York Times and independent writer
Topic: Arts and Culture Journalism

Steve Pratt
Director, CBC Radio 3
Topic: Arts and Culture Journalism

David Paperny
Paperny Films
Topic: Advanced Video Story-telling

Eric Ulken
Editor, LATimes.com
Topic: Database & Visual Analytics Journalism

Sarah Carter
Bureau Chief, CBS News Johannesburg
Topic: International Reporting

Miro Cernetig
Documentary Maker, Columnist, Vancouver Sun
Topic: Current Affairs

Rob Cribb
Investigative Journalist, Toronto Star
Topic: Advanced Reporting

Peter Klein
Producer, 60 Minutes and CBS News
Topic: Investigative Journalism

Margaret Munro
Science Journalist, Senior Writer with Canwest newspapers
Topic: Science Journalism

Claude Adams
Former Washington bureau chief, former CBC National News foreign correspondent
Topic: Broadcast Journalism

Giselle Portenier
Investigative Journalist/Producer, BBC Television
Topic: Television Current Affairs and Human Rights