Field of Specialization: Journalism
Academic Unit: Journalism and Communication
Category of Appointment: Preliminary (Tenure-track)
Rank/Position Title: Assistant Professor
Start Date: July 1, 2020
Closing Date: Consideration of complete applications will begin February 14, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

About the Position

The School of Journalism and Communication invites applications from qualified candidates for a preliminary (tenure track) appointment in journalism at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2020.

The successful candidate will participate in the development and teaching of new and existing curricula at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as the supervision of graduate research projects and theses. A related research agenda in journalism and journalistic practice will enable leading contributions to the Journalism program’s national/international profile as well as to courses exploring the meaning and impact of journalism and journalistic innovation.

The successful candidate will be dedicated to effective and enterprising teaching, have a strong commitment to student inclusion and engagement, and will contribute meaningfully as a committed faculty member to the academic and administrative life of the Journalism program, the School, the University and larger community.

About the Academic Unit

Carleton’s Journalism program is Canada’s oldest. The School offers Bachelor and Master of Journalism degrees; current combined enrolment is approximately 500. It launched the Bachelor of Media Production and Design program in Fall 2018; total capacity by 2022 is expected to be more than 200.



This position requires a combination of active contemporary professional journalism experience, a research agenda focusing on current journalism and journalistic practice, and a graduate degree in a relevant field. A PhD, while not mandatory, may be considered an asset.

Qualified candidates will have a journalism track record that includes examples of innovative and creative journalistic output and practice, with the ability to draw upon current professional experience and expertise in order to develop and deliver in-depth digital journalism workshops at all levels.

Applicants must exhibit evidence of or strong potential for scholarly research in the area of journalism and journalistic practice in the 21st century, particularly as it pertains to the evolving role of news in democratic society. Demonstrated aptitude for developing and delivering lecture courses that explore relationships between a variety of aspects of journalism, media and society is desirable.

The successful candidate will display evidence of or strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions, including a capability and enthusiasm for incorporating inventive approaches to pedagogy.

A clear track record demonstrating the ability to work collegially and effectively as part of a team in a collaborative and inclusive environment, along with evidence of the capacity, willingness and initiative to step into leadership roles as necessary, are required attributes.

Application Instructions

Dossier requirements:

  • Signed cover letter;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Proposal (including description of course content and student activity) for an innovative course that the applicant is qualified to implement, which would provide value to Journalism students and the program (500 words);
  • Description of research interests/capabilities (500 words);
  • Three samples of journalistic work (links acceptable);
  • Names/contact information of three referees. Shortlisted candidates must arrange for submission of confidential letters of reference.

Please submit applications (as separate PDFs) to:

Ms. Melanie Leblanc

Administrator, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University

Please address applications to:

Professor Susan Harada

Director – School of Journalism and Communication; Program Head – Journalism, Carleton University


***Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.


About Carleton University

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

Carleton University is 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, gender identity and/or expression. Carleton understands that career paths vary. Legitimate career interruptions will in no way prejudice the assessment process and their impact will be carefully considered.

Applicants selected for an interview are asked to contact the Chair 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.