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[Commlist] Assistant Professor in Digital Journalism - USI Università della Svizzera italiana
Fri Jul 05 23:43:53 GMT 2019
The Institute of Media and Journalism (IMeG) in the Faculty of
Communication Sciences, Università Svizzera italiana (USI),
Lugano, invites applications for a position as
Assistant Professor in Digital Journalism
Profile of the Faculty and of the Institute
The Faculty of Communication Sciences is committed to research and
teaching excellence in innovative communication and media areas, with
strong societal and cultural import. We consider communication as a
fundamental process of the organizing of social endeavours, which we
approach from multiple disciplines both within the social sciences and
humanities. The Faculty is embedded within a diverse, dynamic, and
highly international university, fostering collaborations across
faculties (Architecture, Biomedical Sciences, Economics and Informatics).
The Institute of Media and Journalism (IMeG) was created in 2004 within
the Faculty of Communication Sciences. The Institute contributes to the
teaching activities at Bachelor level, particularly by providing the
area of specialization in Comunicazione e media (Communication and
Media), at the Master level, by running the Master in 'Media Management
and by offering Ph.D. level supervision. IMeG engages in research
activities in the following areas: organizational analysis and business
strategies adopted by media companies; the historical evolution of media
production processes and the media use within different socio-political,
economic and cultural contexts; and the evolution of media-related
professions, with particular regard to journalism; the history of media
technologies; digital usage among young people; and climate change
communications. The Director of the Institute is Professor Matthew Hibberd.
The Institute of Media and Journalism (IMeG) wishes to appoint a
suitably qualified and experienced candidate at Assistant Professor
level to undertake academic research, service existing undergraduate
module/s and to develop a new Master-level course in Digital Journalism.
The successful candidate will already hold a Ph.D. and will have
experience in publishing in peer-reviewed journals. S/he will have
teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including
coordinating and managing modules, allowing the successful candidate the
opportunity to participate in both undergraduate and master-level
programmes by developing specialist journalism provision. The successful
candidate will take the lead role in developing a new Master's programme
in the area of Digital Journalism at USI and will also help supervise
doctoral student/s. IMeG currently hosts the European Journalism
Observatory’s (EJO) Italian web site and the successful candidate will
have the opportunity to work with EJO colleagues. Applications will be
welcome from those who have teaching and research specialisms in a range
of areas across digital journalism, including practice-based teaching,
especially in the following areas:
- Journalist research and practice in Switzerland and Europe.
- News Reporting and understanding of key techniques and issues used
across multi-platform journalism, including key standards, issues of
journalistic balance and media ethics.
- Journalism and the use of big data, artificial intelligence and
algorithm processing including knowledge of recent media controversies
surrounding WikiLeaks, etc.
- Social media and the use of alternative forms of journalism.
The ideal candidate will have:
- potential to research in his/her field at an international level;
- experience in teaching including managing modules;
The ability to teach and work in various languages and a commitment to
service to the University and to the academic profession are a plus.
This post offers the opportunity and resources for a young scholar of
excellence to become an important member of a vibrant research group and
be involved in the Institute’s research and teaching programmes.
The successful candidate will be expected to:
- promote research internationally and locally. Switzerland provides
the opportunity of accessing relevant research funds provided by the
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and similar institutions;
- teach courses and hold seminars on digital journalism at different
levels: Bachelor, Master and Doctoral (9 ECTS per year);
- co-ordinate an assistant’s activities and act in an advisory
capacity for PhD candidates; actively participate in the work of the
Faculty Council and related ad-hoc committees.
The position involves 60% research, 30% teaching, and 10% service, and
will start in April 2020 or as soon as thereafter. The employment
package is competitive according to international standards, including
also one fully funded Ph.D. position with generous travel funds.
Residence and Language
The professor should normally take residence in Ticino (Italian-speaking
part of Switzerland). The University’s postgraduate programmes are
taught mainly in English, while most Bachelor classes are taught in
Italian. Fluency in Italian is preferential, but is required within
three years of taking up the post. B2 level of French and/or German is
Application and Required Documentation:
Applicants should submit:
- a letter of motivation addressed to the Dean of the Faculty;
- a detailed CV including a list of publications, together with
documentation of relevant academic qualifications, teaching, service and
- copies of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 10 publications of
relevance for the position;
- names and contacts of three referees.
Please send the application in digital form to (concorsi.com /at/ usi.com)
Since USI aims to increase the percentage of women in research and
teaching, women academics are particularly encouraged to apply.
Applications received by 15th September 2019 will be given priority.
Please send your electronic application to the Dean of Faculty by
e-mail, addressed to:
Prof. Andrea Rocci
Facoltà di scienze della comunicazione
Università della Svizzera italiana
Via Giuseppe Buffi 13
E-mail: (concorsi.com /at/ usi.ch)
For further information, please contact Prof. Matthew Hibberd Vice-Dean
and Director of the Institute of Media and Journalism (IMeG). Phone 0041
586664725. Email (matthew.hibberd /at/ usi.ch).
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