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Assistant Professor -- Data Journalism -- School of Journalism

University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco

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Assistant Professor
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Assistant Professor -- Data Journalism -- School of Journalism
Position overview
Position title: Assistant Professor Anticipated start: July 1, 2023 Application Window

Open September 13, 2022 through Friday, Oct 21, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

The School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for an Assistant Professor specializing in Data Journalism.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at UC Berkeley and the Graduate School of Journalism. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion. The School is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths or who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia.

The successful candidate would help broaden the School's curriculum to emphasize a key domain that has come to define the journalism industry in recent years. We seek a candidate who can instill a type of journalism that relies on quantitative evidentiary analysis, with deep data-driven research into understanding stories and corroborating assumptions with documents and records, to place the School at the forefront of journalism education and to support our stellar Investigative Reporting Program (IRP) in its publishing work. We expect this non-tenure faculty member to teach our Data Journalism courses, to play a key role in developing this core competency of our curriculum, and to place Berkeley Journalism at the epicenter of an industry in unprecedented flux. This candidate would collaborate with the IRP on key publishing projects, allowing journalists in that program to have data expertise in the production of their stories.

Significant professional achievement in the field of journalism is required. The successful candidate will bring a distinguished body of work in either reporting or editing journalism that incorporates Data Journalism techniques.

The successful candidate will teach within a journalism curriculum in which the craft of reporting, writing, ethics, narrative, and digital storytelling remain central. The School expects the candidate selected to remain engaged with the field, and continue to produce significant works of reporting and participate in critical discourse surrounding the field. Berkeley Journalism will strive to hire new faculty who excel or will excel in research and creative work, but also faculty who are committed to all of the University's objectives: in addition to excellence in research and creative work, successful candidates should also demonstrate a commitment and capacity to teach, mentor students, provide service, and to further the University's equity, inclusion, and belonging goals. In accordance with the above, the successful candidate would be expected to participate actively in student advising and take part in faculty governance activities, including service on Journalism School committees. A full-time commitment to the classroom and the program is expected. This is a full-time, tenure-track appointment.

The School of Journalism is a two-year Master of Journalism program enrolling more than 100 students who specialize in news and long-form writing, visual journalism, multimedia, audio journalism, photography, and documentary.
Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Bachelor's degree or equivalent international degree, or 10 years minimum professional experience at time of application
Preferred qualifications
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor or teach at the professional level
  • A record of accomplishment in producing award-winning journalism
  • Promise of producing impactful journalism that incorporates data
Application Requirements
Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching - A statement on mentoring and/or teaching experience: one page detailing your prior work (formal or informal) advising, instructing and training early career professionals, students, or interns.

  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

  • Work Sample (1)

  • Work Sample (2)

  • Work Sample (3)

  • Work Sample (4)

  • Work Sample (5)
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Help contact: [email protected]
Campus Information

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letter.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Positions that are represented by a collective bargaining unit or agent have particular contracts. For more information, please refer to the relevant contract: Lecturer contract, Postdoctoral contract, Research Series contract, and Librarian contract. Questions about represented positions can be directed to the hiring unit.
Job location
Berkeley, CA

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