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Assistant Professor, Journalism, Rogers Chair in Journalism

Assistant Professor, Journalism, Rogers Chair in Journalism

The University of King’s College School of Journalism, Writing & Publishing invites applications for the position of Rogers Chair in Journalism. This is a three-year limited-term appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor (Journalism) beginning July 1, 2023, with the possibility of renewal for another three years.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in journalism with at least eight years of experience as a reporter, editor, or producer and will have broad knowledge of the practices and skills of contemporary journalism. Their body of work will show evidence of rigour, enterprise and storytelling skill. It will display strong evidence of serving the public interest and having impact in the community. Expertise in a specialized topic area of journalism, such as data and/or investigative journalism, will be an important asset.

The successful candidate will initially be expected to teach intermediate and advanced courses and workshops across the school’s undergraduate programs and will additionally be expected to teach at the graduate level in the Master of Journalism program, depending on qualifications.

Strong preference will be given to candidates with graduate degrees in fields relevant to journalism and to those who have experience in the classroom as a lead instructor.

At King’s, the successful candidate is expected to engage actively in professional and/or research activity directly relevant to the practice of journalism. This person will also possess a willingness to take on administrative and service duties at the program and university levels.

King’s offers three degrees in journalism — the four-year Bachelor of Journalism Honours, the one-year Bachelor of Journalism and the two-year Master of Journalism. It also offers a Minor in Journalism Studies to students who are majoring in another program or discipline. The programs draw students from across Canada and abroad. The School of Journalism, Writing & Publishing enjoys a national reputation for excellence, with graduates working in news outlets across Canada and beyond, as well as in a wide variety of other fields such as law, communications and education.

Additionally, the School delivers the limited-residency Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction and Fiction. (The successful candidate for the Rogers Chair would not normally be expected to teach in the MFA programs.)

The School recognizes the importance of training students to practice journalism with an awareness of the varied nature of society. We want instructors to bring their valuable perspectives, skills and expertise to the University. We are especially committed to furthering our response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action 86 on journalism education. We also aim to strengthen our students’ ability to report effectively about traditionally underserved communities and the specific issues that affect them.

The University of King’s College is a small teaching-intensive institution in Halifax, Nova Scotia, focusing on journalism and the humanities. It is associated with Dalhousie University and located adjacent to it.

Candidates should address applications to Fred Vallance-Jones, Director of Journalism, by May 19, 2023. They are requested to send them via email to jemploy@ukings.ca. Their digital file will include a complete CV, examples of professional work, a statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching competence (such as evaluation summaries), a plan for research and/or professional work, at least two references attesting to the candidate’s suitability for the position, and any other materials that would shed light on their suitability. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by late May and will be interviewed by the hiring committee by the beginning of June.

The University of King’s College is committed to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. We encourage and welcome applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons with a disability, racialized persons, including persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversification of our community