Asper Visiting Professor

The UBC School of Journalism is seeking applicants for the position of Asper Visiting Professor for 2016-2017. Applicants should write to Alfred Hermida, Director and Associate Professor, School of Journalism: soj.director@ubc.ca, with “Asper Visiting Professor 2016” in the subject line. Applications should include an up-to-date CV as well as a two-page cover letter.

A call for applications will be made in late 2016.

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 the existing curriculum, while bringing a new set of skills or area of expertise. The Asper Visiting Professor will have an opportunity to interact with students, as well as deliver one public lecture.

The purpose of the Visiting Professor Program is two-fold:

  • to provide students with an opportunity to study with people actively engaged in the field of journalism
  • to provide the recipient with an opportunity to think and teach about journalistic issues

The Visiting Professor is expected to be in Vancouver for the duration of their contract. The Visiting Professor will participate in courses during the fall or winter semesters.

The ideal candidate would have:

  • Substantial experience of working in journalism across platforms (print, broadcast and digital)
  • Proven record of editorial leadership in the field of journalism
  • In-depth knowledge of issues and topics relevant to Vancouver and the Lower Mainland
  • Track record of working in a collegiate and collaborative environment

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