Assistant Professor in Journalism and Communication (Media Production and Design)

Carleton University



About the Position:

The School of Journalism and Communication invites applications from qualified candidates for a tenure­ track Assistant Professor appointment in the Bachelor of Media Production and Design program beginning July 1, 2020.

The successful candidate will participate in curricular design/development/teaching in the program, which launched in 2018. Its core of distinctive courses fosters an innovative approach to the online production of fact-based stories, providing students with the academic foundation and professional skills to work creatively at the intersection of media, information, public engagement and design.

Playing a key role in supervising senior capstone projects, the successful candidate will have the experience and ability to develop/deliver courses in more than one of the following areas: digital storytelling; data storytelling/visual communication; online design; the relationship between technology, civic engagement and public institutions.

A research agenda relevant to design, fact-based storytelling and public engagement will facilitate contributions to the program while enhancing the School’s national/international profile.

The candidate will be committed to: effective teaching/research in the BMPD and potentially in Carleton’s Journalism program; student engagement; the life of the School, university and larger community.

About the Academic Unit:

The BMPD ( is an independent degree program with unique academic objectives/outcomes and administrative structure. Enrolment by 2022 is expected to be approximately 200. The School also offers Bachelor and Master of Journalism degrees, with combined enrolment of approximately 550.


Applicants should possess a combination of contemporary professional experience and research capability; an applied media track record in cross-platform and interactive fact-based storytelling and/or established research background in digital storytelling; experience in online media design and/or original data visualization from qualitative and/or quantitative sources. Assets: experience facilitating student-driven projects and project-based partnerships with external organizations; experience in interdisciplinary environments; familiarity with digital media platforms/development tools.

A record of innovative, creative storytelling output and practice and/or research will demonstrate ability to draw upon professional experience/expertise to develop and deliver lecture and workshop courses exploring relationships between various aspects of storytelling, online design and audience engagement around societal issues.

Evidence of and/or strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions and aptitude for incorporating inventive approaches to pedagogy is necessary, as is evidence of and/or strong potential for scholarly research in an area related to the integration of fact-based storytelling innovations and design, which can include public engagement and the evolving role of information media in democratic societies.

A graduate degree in a relevant discipline is required; a PhD may be considered an asset.

Application Instructions:

  • Signed cover letter;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Examples of types of capstone projects BMPD students working in groups might undertake (possibly with external institutions or organizations) based on what students have learned in the program (two pages);
  • Description of research interests/capabilities and relevance to the program (two pages);
  • Three samples of professional work and/or relevant research (links acceptable);
  • Names/contact information of three referees.

Shortlisted candidates must arrange for letters of reference to be sent by their referees. Please submit applications (as separate PDFs) to:
Ms. Melanie Leblanc
Administrator, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University

Address Applications to:
Professor Chris Waddell
Program Director – Bachelor of Media Production and Design
School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University

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

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