Contract Instructor Teaching Opportunities

Media Production and Design

Fall and Winter Terms 2021-22

A note to all applicants: As per Articles 16.3 and 16.4 in the CUPE 4600 (Unit 2) Collective Agreement, the posted vacancies listed above are first offered to applicants meeting the incumbency criterion. A link to the current CUPE 4600 (Unit 2) Collective Agreement can be found at the Academic Staff Agreements webpage on the Carleton University website.

Course availabilities:

MPAD2003 [0.5 credit] – Introductory data storytelling

Calendar description

Governments use data for tracking. Numbers guide public policy and can become powerful and important stories. Students will gain a theoretical understanding of the promise and pitfalls of data availability alongside the practical skills needed for powerful data-based storytelling.

Includes: Experiential Learning Activity
Prerequisite(s): MPAD1002 – for second-year MPAD students

Lectures, discussion and practicum three hours a week.

Fall term 2021

If public health restrictions allow, the planned mode of delivery for this course will be in-person face-to-face lectures. The University may require that all or part of this course be delivered remotely, including online.

Course details

Data storytelling is the art of translating data analysis into a cohesive and coherent narrative that is understandable to the desired audience. The use of data visualizations helps isolate and highlight the critical data, making an otherwise chaotic mess of facts and numbers into an understandable format. This course will introduce students into how to convert data into legible and insightful data visualizations by teaching the fundamental principles for creating successful layouts. Students will learn how to analyze data and turn it into data narratives through software, such as Tableau. By the end of the course, students will know how to read and create data visualizations and dashboards that utilize colour, text, and layout effectively. The class will be composed of lectures, hands-on activities, and software tutorials.

There is no exam in this course.

Required skills and qualifications

The instructor for this course must have the following:

  • a desire to teach and inspire students through formal and informal instruction, and by setting an example of professionalism and commitment to the role, principles and ethics involved in storytelling;
  • significant experience in the collection, analysis and use of data and its presentation in different software and formats as an element of online storytelling;
  • an understanding of the requirements and practices of digital media, including basic familiarity with a range of data visualization techniques and programs;
  • a demonstrated ability to (a) develop and deliver lessons to teach data skills and principles at the university level, (b) provide firm and constructive guidance to second-year, and (c) provide fair, constructive and timely critiquing and grading of student work;
  • a willingness to be accessible to students outside of class time to discuss and advise on assignments or projects they have underway;

How to apply

Please submit a CV and cover letter listing other courses previously taught at Carleton (if any) to Vicky McArthur, Program Director, Bachelor of Media Production and Design – c/o melanie.leblanc@carleton.ca.

Application deadline

Friday, May 28, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EDT

All positions are subject to budgetary approval. Some of these courses may be taught by employees who have the right to automatic reappointment. Advertisement is not a guarantee that a particular course will be offered.

MPAD 3001 [0.5 credit] – Storytelling and Social Media

Calendar description

Social media in storytelling. Theory-based lectures, hands-on course modules, discussions and presentations. Students will learn tactics to apply social media for research, gathering information, finding contacts and promoting their own work.

Includes: Experiential Learning Activity

Prerequisite(s): MPAD2004 – for third-year MPAD students

Lecture – three hours a week.

Winter term 2022

If public health restrictions allow, the planned mode of delivery for this course will be in-person face-to-face lectures. The University may require that all or part of this course be delivered remotely, including online.

Course details  

This course examines the roles of social media both as an element in online storytelling and on its own as a distinctive way of delivering information to audiences and engaging with them. It will explore the evolution of social media; how, why and where specific social media platforms work; new trends and ideas and the longevity and changing public interest in specific social media platforms. Students will learn and practice their skills in research, gathering information from social media uses, finding characters for stories and for promoting their work on social media. They will also be encouraged to develop and experiment with new methodologies and techniques for reaching audiences and presenting stories to them in an engaging and informative manner.

There is no exam in this course.

Required skills and qualifications

The instructor for this course must have the following:

  • a desire to teach and inspire students through formal and informal instruction, and by setting an example of professionalism and commitment to the role, principles and ethics involved in storytelling;
  • significant experience in the collection, analysis and use of social media and its presentation in different software and formats as an element of online storytelling;
  • an understanding of the requirements and practices of digital media;
  • a demonstrated ability to (a) develop and deliver lessons to teach social media skills and principles at the university level, (b) provide firm and constructive guidance to third-year students, and (c) provide fair, constructive and timely critiquing and grading of student work;
  • a willingness to be accessible to students outside of class time to discuss and advise on assignments or projects they have underway;

How to apply

Please submit a CV and cover letter listing other courses previously taught at Carleton (if any) to Vicky McArthur, Program Director, Bachelor of Media Production and Design – c/o melanie.leblanc@carleton.ca.

Application deadline

Friday, May 28, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EDT

All positions are subject to budgetary approval. Some of these courses may be taught by employees who have the right to automatic reappointment. Advertisement is not a guarantee that a particular course will be offered.

MPAD 3501 [0.5 credit] – Internet and Big Data Law

Calendar description

The legal use of big data to create content and analyze information. Who owns data; privacy and security implications within a landscape fraught with legal concerns and policy challenges

Includes: Experiential Learning Activity
Prerequisite(s): MPAD2501, JOUR 2501, COMM2501 – for third-year MPAD students

Lectures – three hours a week.

Winter term 2022

If public health restrictions allow, the planned mode of delivery for this course will be in-person face-to-face lectures. The University may require that all or part of this course be delivered remotely, including online.

Course details

This course builds on the second-year Media Law course by examining both the Canadian and international dimensions of the evolving world of the specific legal issues that are relevant to the Internet and the use of big data in storytelling. This includes everything from how the law in Canada currently applies to the Internet, proposals to regulate the Internet, an examination of cases that pertain to use of the Internet and Canadian and international debate about any proposed legal constraints on online activity. Lectures will explore case law, court decisions and issues related to online storytelling including copyright, privacy, the sources and use of data, and access to information. Students will acquire the knowledge they require to ensure their online projects and activity comply with contemporary Canadian law.

There is no exam in this course.

Required skills and qualifications

Candidates should hold a postgraduate degree in law and/or journalism. Professional experience in media law and/or legal journalism and teaching at the university level are assets. In addition, the instructor for this course must have the following:

  • a desire to teach and inspire students through formal and informal instruction, and by setting an example of professionalism and commitment to the role, principles and ethics of online storytelling;
  • experience in editing work produced by others, checking it for accuracy, clarity, fairness, consistency of style, and precision in grammar and spelling.
  • a willingness to be accessible to students outside of class time to discuss and advise on assignments or projects they have underway; 

How to apply

Please submit a CV and cover letter listing other courses previously taught at Carleton (if any) to Vicky McArthur, Program Director, Bachelor of Media Production and Design – c/o melanie.leblanc@carleton.ca.

Application deadline

Friday, May 28, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EDT

All positions are subject to budgetary approval. Some of these courses may be taught by employees who have the right to automatic reappointment. Advertisement is not a guarantee that a particular course will be offered.

MPAD 3600 [0.5 credit] – Special Topic: Multimedia Computation

Calendar description

Examination of a topic in storytelling and media not covered in depth in other courses.

Includes: Practical programming in Python

Prerequisite(s): for second and third-year MPAD students

Lecture – three hours a week.

Winter term 2022

If public health restrictions allow, the planned mode of delivery for this course will be in-person face-to-face lectures. The University may require that all or part of this course be delivered remotely, including online.

Course details  

This course is designed to prepare fourth year BMPD students with the skills necessary to navigate the freelance media production landscape. Students will be trained to sell their skills across multiple platforms and grow their brand, study innovative ways to reach audiences, and investigate different platforms to fund and advance their career as a media professionals. The course should also prepare students for the RFP process and familiarize them with the different ways media production work is solicited by companies, communities, and para-public institutions. This course is designed to provide students with the core professional practices necessary to launch, tailor and sustain their careers in an ever-changing media landscape as a self-employed freelancer.

Required skills and qualifications

The instructor for this course must have the following:

  • a desire to teach and inspire students through formal and informal instruction, and by setting an example of professionalism and commitment to the role, principles and ethics involved in freelance media work;
  • demonstrated experience as a freelance media developer or designer;
  • an understanding of the requirements and practices of freelance media work;
  • familiarity with the digital platforms necessary to support freelance work;
  • a demonstrated ability to (a) develop and deliver lessons to teach freelance skills and principles at the university level, (b) provide firm and constructive guidance to fourth-year students, and (c) provide fair, constructive and timely critiquing and grading of student work;
  • a willingness to be accessible to students outside of class time to discuss and advise on assignments or projects they have underway; 

How to apply

Please submit a CV and cover letter listing other courses previously taught at Carleton (if any) to Vicky McArthur, Program Director, Bachelor of Media Production and Design – c/o melanie.leblanc@carleton.ca.

Application deadline

Friday, May 28, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EDT

All positions are subject to budgetary approval. Some of these courses may be taught by employees who have the right to automatic reappointment. Advertisement is not a guarantee that a particular course will be offered.

MPAD4200 [0.5 credit] – Freelance Media Survival Skills

Calendar description

Preparation for freelancing to publications and production houses. Resumes, finding potential buyers, interviews, establishing and marketing an individual as a business, accounting and management and dealing with taxes and benefits. Pitching stories, ideas and services.

Prerequisite(s): Fourth-year standing in the Bachelor of Media Production and Design program.

Winter Term, 2022

If public health restrictions allow, the planned mode of delivery for this course will be in-person face-to-face lectures. The University may require that all or part of this course be delivered remotely, including online.

Course details

Data storytelling is the art of translating data analysis into a cohesive and coherent narrative that is understandable to the desired audience. The use of data visualizations helps isolate and highlight the critical data, making an otherwise chaotic mess of facts and numbers into an understandable format. This course will introduce students into how to convert data into legible and insightful data visualizations by teaching the fundamental principles for creating successful layouts. Students will learn how to analyze data and turn it into data narratives through software, such as Tableau. By the end of the course, students will know how to read and create data visualizations and dashboards that utilize colour, text, and layout effectively. The class will be composed of lectures, hands-on activities, and software tutorials.

There is no exam in this course.

Required skills and qualifications

The instructor for this course must have the following:

  • a desire to teach and inspire students through formal and informal instruction, and by setting an example of professionalism and commitment to the role, principles and ethics involved in storytelling;
  • significant experience in the collection, analysis and use of data and its presentation in different software and formats as an element of online storytelling;
  • an understanding of the requirements and practices of digital media, including basic familiarity with a range of data visualization techniques and programs;
  • a demonstrated ability to (a) develop and deliver lessons to teach data skills and principles at the university level, (b) provide firm and constructive guidance to second-year, and (c) provide fair, constructive and timely critiquing and grading of student work;
  • a willingness to be accessible to students outside of class time to discuss and advise on assignments or projects they have underway;

How to apply

Please submit a CV and cover letter listing other courses previously taught at Carleton (if any) to Vicky McArthur, Program Director, Bachelor of Media Production and Design – c/o melanie.leblanc@carleton.ca.

Application deadline

Friday, May 28, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EDT

All positions are subject to budgetary approval. Some of these courses may be taught by employees who have the right to automatic reappointment. Advertisement is not a guarantee that a particular course will be offered.

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A note to all applicants: As per Articles 16.3 and 16.4 in the CUPE 4600-2 Collective Agreement, the posted vacancies listed above are first offered to applicants meeting the incumbency criterion. A link to the current CUPE 4600-2 Collective Agreement can be found at the Employment Agreements webpage on the Carleton University Human Resources website https://carleton.ca/hr/collective-agreements/academic-staff-agreements/ and the CUPE 4600-2 website http://4600.cupe.ca/.