The University of British Columbia School of Journalism invites applications for a Lecturer position to complement the School’s core strengths in digital, international, environment and public policy journalism as listed on its website. This limited-term position is expected to be a year, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2017. The School offers concentrations in key areas of journalism, as well as academic specializations across disciplines. Candidates should demonstrate achievement of, or potential for, excellence in teaching in an integrated, collaborative and interdisciplinary environment.
The successful candidate will be expected to provide high quality journalism instruction, with a focus on digital storytelling formats and multimedia stories. Candidates should be prepared to teach students how to use digital tools for research, reporting, storytelling and audience engagement. A full-time 12-month Lecturer is expected to be responsible for 24 teaching credits (i.e., normally eight 3-credit courses) and related service duties that may include some administrative responsibilities normally undertaken by regular faculty members. It is expected that teaching assignments will be distributed across the 12-month period of appointment to include scheduling in the summer session, if possible. In some situations, a 3-credit teaching reduction may be granted where additional administrative responsibilities are assigned by the Director.
Normal duties include those related to the design and teaching of university-level credit courses, including preparation and delivery of course content; development, administration and marking of assignments and final portfolios; calculation and submission of grades; graduate student supervision; and holding regular office hours. Primary teaching responsibilities will be in the Master of Journalism and in the Bachelor of Media Studies (BMS) programs. These high quality professionally oriented programs engage innovative and creative teaching practices and offer the chance to work with outstanding students. The Lecturer may also be assigned responsibilities in connection with the School’s offering in the Vancouver Summer Program.
The ideal candidate will:
- have professional experience of working in a newsroom as a reporter and/or editor, together with strong professional experience in producing stories for multiple platforms
- possess university-level experience in teaching multimedia journalism theory and practice
- exhibit strong digital journalism skills, including knowledge of digital content management systems such as WordPress, mobile and multimedia production, and approaches to audience engagement
- demonstrate a commitment to a student-centred approach to teaching through inquiry-based and cooperative learning
- have proven experience of working collaboratively in a team in an open, experiential learning environment
- have capacity to innovate in technology-enriched and community-engaged educational settings
- demonstrate ability to function effectively in a university environment
A Master’s degree in Journalism, mass communications, or a related discipline is preferred; however, applicants with a Bachelor’s degree plus exceptional professional and teaching skills may also be considered.
This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Applicants should apply through the UBC faculty careers website at: www.facultycareers.ubc.ca/25171 and be prepared to submit their materials online by the extended deadline of February 28, 2017.
Applications must include:
- letter of interest
- curriculum vitae;
- statement of teaching philosophy
- evidence of teaching effectiveness
- names and e-mail addresses of at least three referees
In addition, applicants must arrange to have their referees submit their signed confidential letters of reference by the same deadline via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin after February 28, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.
Inquiries may be addressed to: Alfred Hermida, Director and Associate Professor, UBC School of Journalism at email@example.com
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity and diversity in its community. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified persons to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.