Associate Professor, Bachelor of Media Production and Design
Carleton University - School of Journalism and Communication
September 2, 2017
Full Time - Experienced
Journalism and Communication
Category of appointment:
Field of specialization:
Digital media storytelling and online design
July 1, 2018
Closing date for applications:
Consideration of complete applications will begin November 20, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.
The School of Journalism and Communication invites applications from qualified candidates for a preliminary (tenure-track) appointment in the School's new Bachelor of Media Production and Design honours program at the rank of Associate Professor beginning on July 1, 2018. An appointment with tenure will also be considered, depending on the qualifications of the successful candidate.
The successful candidate will play a leadership role in the ongoing design, development and teaching of curriculum for the School's new Bachelor of Media Production and Design (BMPD) honours degree program, launching in September 2018. With its own core of distinctive courses, the BMPD will also draw on elements from two of Carleton University’s most successful programs - Journalism, and Information Technology (SIT)/lnteractive Multimedia and Design (IMD) - to foster an innovative and unique approach to the ways we connect through fact-based "story" in the 21st century. It will provide a solid academic foundation and professional skills to those who wish to work creatively in the space where media, information, public engagement and design intersect.
The person who fills this position will lead the BMPD through its initial years; she/he will also teach within it. With respect to teaching, the successful candidate will have the demonstrated experience and ability to develop and deliver core theoretical and practical courses in more than one of the following areas: digital storytelling; visual communication; online design; the relationship between technology, civic engagement and public institutions. She/he will play a key role in supervising capstone projects for senior students.
With respect to leadership, the successful candidate is expected to assume - after a year of mentoring - the role of program director for the BMPD’s initial years, responsible for refining and growing the program. As such, duties will include: managing the evolution of the program's curriculum to ensure it delivers theoretical and practical courses that enable students to design, produce and present multifaceted stories online, engage audiences and explain complex issues; liaising with industry; overseeing the BMPD co-op option in co-ordination with Carleton's Co-operative Education team; co-ordinating program delivery with our BMPD partners in the university's School of Information Technology. SIT will provide the backbone of the IT/design components of the curriculum.
A research agenda in an area relevant to design and fact-based storytelling innovations vis-a-vis public engagement in the 21st century will facilitate the successful candidate's contributions to the BMPD program, its students, and the School's national/international profile.
She/he will be dedicated to effective and enterprising teaching and research in the BMPD and potentially at the graduate level in Journalism in future, have a strong commitment to student engagement, and will contribute meaningfully as a committed faculty member to the academic and administrative life of the School, the university and the larger community.
About the Academic Unit
The Bachelor of Media Production and Design will operate as an independent degree program, with its own unique academic objectives/outcomes and administrative structure, under the auspices of Carleton's Journalism program in the School of Journalism and Communication. Total capacity of the BMPD by 2022 is expected to be in excess of 200 students over the four curricular years of the program.
Currently, the School offers a Bachelor of Journalism degree - Canada's oldest and most storied - as well as a Master of Journalism degree. The combined Journalism undergraduate/graduate enrolment is approximately 550.
This position requires a combination of contemporary professional experience and research capability.
Applicants should have an applied media track-record in cross-platform and interactive fact-based storytelling, and knowledge and experience in online media design and/or original data visualization from qualitative and/or quantitative sources. Such a record of innovative and creative storytelling output and practice will demonstrate clear ability to draw upon professional experience and expertise to develop and deliver in-depth lecture and workshop courses that explore the relationships between a variety of aspects of storytelling, online design and audience engagement around societal issues.
Applicants must exhibit evidence of and/or strong potential for scholarly research in an area related to the integration of storytelling and design, particularly as it pertains to the evolving role of information media in democratic societies. As noted above, research interests and capabilities must be relevant to fact-based storytelling innovations and design vis-a-vis public engagement in the 21st century. A graduate degree in a relevant discipline is required; a PhD, while not mandatory, may be considered an asset.
Applicants must possess a clear vision of how the BMPD might push the boundaries of fact-based story tied to creative design thinking, as well as the expertise and imagination to deliver on that vision.
The successful candidate will also display evidence of and/or strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions, including an aptitude and enthusiasm for incorporating inventive approaches to pedagogy.
A demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team in a collaborative environment, along with evidence of the capacity and initiative to assume a leadership role - pedagogically and administratively - in the new program is crucial.
Candidates should prepare an electronic dossier that includes the following:
Signed cover letter;
Current curriculum vitae;
An outline of their vision of how the Bachelor of Media Production and Design can push the boundaries of fact-based story and design vis-a-vis public engagement (using current examples where possible), and how it differs from journalism (two pages);
An evaluation of the BMPD four-year curriculum on website (one page);
A description of research interests and capabilities, and the fit with and relevance to the BMPD program (two pages);
Three samples of professional work (or links to the works);
Names and contact information of three referees. Candidates who are selected for an interview will be asked to arrange for letters of reference and should advise their referees of this.
Applications must be submitted in pdf format electronically to:
Ms. Carole Craswell
Administrator, School of Journalism and Communication
Please ensure application materials are addressed to:
Professor Chris Waddell
School of Journalism and Communication
Program Director - Bachelor of Media Production and Design Room
4105 Richcraft Hall
Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1S 5B6.
Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
About Carleton University:
Join our intellectual and collaborative community of scholars. Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution with a national and international reputation as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance. To learn more about our University and the City of Ottawa, please visit www.carleton.ca/provost.
Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions.
Applicants selected for an interview are asked to contact the Chair of the Search Committee as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made in a timely manner.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. All positions are subject to budgetary approval.
About Carleton University - School of Journalism and Communication
Located in Ottawa, Ontario, Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution committed to developing solutions to real world problems by pushing the boundaries of knowledge and understanding. Its internationally recognized faculty, staff, and researchers provide academic opportunities in more than 100 programs of study to more than 28,000 full- and part-time stude...nts, from every province and more than 100 countries around the world. Carleton’s creative, interdisciplinary, and international approach to research has led to many significant discoveries and creative work in science and technology, business, governance, public policy, and the arts.
Carleton's School of Journalism and Communication houses Canada's first post-secondary Journalism program. Founded during the golden age of newspapers, the Journalism program remains the country's top Journalism degree program in a digital world dominated by ever more social, mobile and dynamic means of spreading news, opinion and information. We are now a diverse multi-program community of some 550, offering a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of Journalism degree.
Minutes from downtown, Carleton University is located on a beautiful campus, bordered by the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal. With more than 12 national museums and the spectacular Gatineau Park close by, there are many excellent recreational opportunities for individuals and families to enjoy. The City of Ottawa, with a population of almost one million, is Canada’s capital city and reflects the country’s bilingual and multicultural character. Carleton’s location in the nation’s capital provides many opportunities for research with groups and institutions that reflect the diversity of the country.