Associate or Assistant Professor in journalism


The Brantford campus of Wilfrid Laurier University invites applications for one position in the Journalism program at the rank of Associate or Assistant Professor, tenure-track. This position begins July 1, 2011, and is subject to budgetary approval.

Laurier Brantford’s Journalism program is interdisciplinary in nature and emphasizes critical thinking as essential to producing quality journalism and an engaged citizenry. Our approach emphasizes journalism skills and practices as embedded in social and political contexts. This includes examining the ways in which the news media uphold or challenge power relations in society. We are currently developing an MA in Critical and Investigative Journalism that reflects this approach, and are seeking someone who can play a key role in building this initiative while also contributing to our undergraduate program.

The preferred candidate will have experience in investigative journalism. We will consider candidates with expertise in : investigative research and/or reporting ; ; traditional investigative journalism ; database, computer-assisted or computational research ; deep ethnography ; social justice and/or public interest research. The candidate’s professional work should evidence superior research abilities and emphasize journalism as a means to explore deeper social and cultural issues and/or promote social change.

The candidate must have a Master’s degree or be near completion and offer evidence of scholarly research. Teaching experience will also be considered an asset.

The candidate will teach into the undergraduate Journalism program, as well as the proposed graduate program. Their courses will focus on news reporting methods and critique, and researching social and political issues. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the Laurier Brantford campus, the candidate will have the opportunity to teach courses related to their area of research, delivered inside and outside of the Journalism program.

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Applications are due March 31, 2011, and should consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, evidence of academic research, a statement of teaching interests and evidence of teaching effectiveness. A portfolio consisting of published or broadcast work that highlights the candidate’s ability to conduct in-depth research will also be considered.

Applications should be directed to :

Journalism Program Hiring Committee Laurier Brantford 73 George St. Brantford, ON N3T 2Y3

In addition to application documents and materials, candidates should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to Journalism Program Coordinator, Dr. Sue Ferguson. Letters can be sent to the address above or emailed to the Journalism Program Assistant, Sarah Willey, at

Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to equity and values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including persons of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons, and persons of a visible minority.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply ; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Women do not need to self-identify ; however, members of the other designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity. Candidates may self-identify, in confidence, to the Dean of the Brantford Campus, Dr. Bruce Arai.

Laurier Brantford is a relatively small, growing campus with a range of programs committed to interdisciplinary education. Academic offerings combine the liberal arts and sciences with applied professional degrees. We are located in Brantford, Ontario, a community of 96,000, located 110 kilometres west of Toronto on the banks of the Grand River in Southwestern Ontario.

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