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Teaching Assistant Professor in Digital Storytelling and Journalism

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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School of Journalism and Media - 350100

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Position Type:

Permanent Faculty

Working Title:

Teaching Assistant Professor in Digital Storytelling and Journalism

Appointment Type:

Fixed Term Faculty

Vacancy ID:



Full-Time Permanent

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Position Location:

North Carolina, US

Hiring Range:

Dependent on experience and qualifications

Proposed Start Date:


Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

The UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and administers a variety of professional development and distance-learning programs to students and working professionals. Enrollment includes about 1,000 undergraduates and 125 graduate students, in addition to professional development and distance education students. Our faculty members are international thought leaders whose scholarly and creative activities are visible and respected across academia, industry, and the public realm.

In addition to its robust undergraduate programs in journalism, advertising, and public relations, graduate program offerings within the School include the Ph.D. in Media and Communication, the M.A. in Media and Communication, the online M.A. in Digital Communication, and a post baccalaureate certificate program in digital communication.

The school is known for its digital media innovation and its leadership in new storytelling technologies. We are one of the top-ranked journalism programs in the country and provide strong foundations in multimedia storytelling, writing, conceptual thinking, and ethical practices.

Our school is committed to diversity and inclusion, which we consider in all aspects of our school as we prepare students for an increasingly complex world. We welcome candidates whose work (research/creative, teaching, service, etc.) supports those values. In line with this commitment, we request that candidates submit a vision statement to describe how their teaching, advising, and professional activities will enrich our learning community. Applicants who identify as members of minoritized / marginalized groups can seek information and resources from our school’s diversity committee (, as well as from the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion (

Position Summary:

The Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking an experienced digital storyteller to join the faculty in Spring 2023. This is a full-time permanent fixed term appointment at the rank of Teaching Assistant Professor.

The selected candidate will teach six (6) semester-long courses per academic year (3 in fall, 3 in spring) and will help to expand our course offerings as needed. Specifically, the successful candidate will contribute to the school’s continued excellence in digital storytelling by teaching two introductory digital media classes each semester. The candidate will also teach one class per semester from the school’s journalism curriculum, relevant to their area(s) of expertise. We ask that applicants review the school’s journalism curriculum ( and and indicate in their cover letter which courses they believe they would be qualified to teach.

The candidate is expected to have engaged in professional digital storytelling work. They will promote the school’s association with digital media leaders as well as community partners to connect students with professional experiences that enhance their education and career preparation. The person in this position will serve on or lead master’s student thesis committees and serve on other school committees.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

A master’s degree or doctoral degree in journalism, digital media, communication, or a related discipline is strongly preferred. An earned terminal degree may be substituted by relevant professional experience or by a combination of education and experience.

The successful candidate will have experience as a digital storyteller, at either the local or national level, with at least five years of experience creating digital content. Applicants must be proficient in the latest storytelling technologies and in multiple reporting techniques such as audio, video, information graphics, data visualization, interactive media, and/or emerging technologies. Candidates also must demonstrate knowledge of the Adobe Creative Cloud and other relevant software. Candidates are encouraged to submit a portfolio demonstrating their work.

Demonstrated excellence in college-level teaching with the ability to teach students effectively in the classroom is of great importance. Prior experience in teaching courses in digital media or related disciplines is required. Leading seminars or workshops with university-level students or industry professionals will be considered in lieu of teaching experience. Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., summary of teaching evaluations) is requested.

Fostering a trajectory for students is a key component of this position, particularly through advising beginning-level students. A strong interest in mentoring and coaching is essential.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

An interest or experience in online instruction is a plus. Administrative experience in higher education and/or the profession is also a plus.

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities:

Not Applicable.

Special Instructions:

Please apply online at and upload the following documents:
1. Curriculum vitae / resume;
2. Cover letter highlighting qualifications;
3. Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., summary of teaching evaluations, optional)
4. Vision statement describing how your teaching, advising, and professional activities will enrich our academic community (optional, upload as “Other Document”).
5. Portfolio demonstrating your work (optional, upload as “Other Document 2”).

As part of the application, you will be asked to provide a list of names and contact information for two to three professional references. If selected for an interview, your professional references will be contacted with a request to provide a letter of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin on August 19, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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