Join UBC Journalism as the Asper Visiting Professor for 2024-2025



The UBC School of Journalism, Writing, and Media is accepting applicants for the position of Asper Visiting Professor for 2024-2025 to join its high-calibre journalism faculty and students.

The School is a recognized leader in journalism education, research and practice. It currently offers a Master of Journalism degree and a Minor in Journalism and Social Change.

The successful candidate will have professional and teaching experience in contemporary and emerging fields of journalism, complementing and enhancing the School’s core strengths in digital, international, environment, Indigenous, and public policy journalism.

We encourage applications from candidates with expertise in Indigenous journalism, or in entrepreneurship and media innovation in particular.

The purpose of the Asper Visiting Professor position is to provide students with additional opportunities to learn from professionals from the field of journalism. The appointment provides the successful candidate with an opportunity to think about and teach journalistic themes and issues.

Application deadline

April 19, 2024, 4.30 p.m. PST.

We provide office space and administrative support, a robust research setting with high quality graduate and undergraduate students as well as contact with other professors in the School, at UBC, and in neighbouring universities.

The School of Journalism, Writing, and Media is committed to research, pedagogy and practice that responds to and addresses historic inequities and therefore welcomes applicants who would contribute to our ongoing efforts to create an open and diverse community.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience teaching and mentoring journalism students at a graduate level. The candidate will be selected by a hiring committee composed of the School’s director and faculty.

  • The Visiting Professor is expected to be in Vancouver for the duration of their contract. The duration of the appointment can range from two weeks to two full 13-week semesters.
  • The journalist will participate in teaching during the 2024-2025 academic year (either in both terms, or in Term 1: September to December or Term 2: January to April). Priority will be given to applicants who can teach one of our existing courses or propose a new course in an area of their expertise.
  • Applicants are expected to interact with students and deliver one public talk.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Substantial experience in journalism across platforms (print, broadcast and digital)
  • A proven record of editorial leadership in the field of journalism
  • Exceptional storytelling skills that integrate text, video, photo, graphics and data
  • A passion for training the next generation of journalists at a time of significant change in the media
  • A track record of working in a collegial and collaborative environment
  • Capacity to contribute to a technology-enriched and community-engaged educational setting

  • Applicants should write to Kamal Al-Solaylee, Director and Professor, School of Journalism, Writing, and Media at jwam.director@ubc.ca, with “Asper Visiting Professor 2024” in the subject line.
  • Applicants should include an up-to-date CV as well as a two-page cover letter that outlines their interest in the position and the courses they wish to teach.