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[Commlist] New Post as Assistant Professor in Digital Journalism, Università Svizzera Italiana
Wed Sep 04 11:07:39 GMT 2019
Please note that the deadine for applications for the new Lugano-based
post as Assistant Professor of Digital Journalism post is 15th
September. Furthermore, while fluency in Italian is preferential, this
will only be required within three years of taking up the post.
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 a
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, Communication Sciences, Informatics, Biomedical
Sciences, and Economics).
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 'Communications and
Media'<https://www.usi.ch/mmm>, at the Master level, by running the
Master in 'Media Management and by offering PhD- 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 PhD 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 the new Masters in
Digital Journalism at USI and will also help supervise doctoral
student/s. IMeG currently host 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/or 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-related 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 PhD 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 of three referees
Please send the application in digital form to
(concorsi.com /at/ usi.com)<mailto:(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) <mailto:(concorsi.com /at/ usi.ch)%20>
For further information, please contact Professor Matthew Hibberd
Vice-Dean and Director, Institute of Media and Journalism (IMeG). Phone
0041 586664725. Email (matthew.hibberd /at/ usi.ch)<mailto:(matthew.hibberd /at/ usi.ch)>
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