Assistant Professor in Race and Journalism

University of California Berkeley School of Journalism

Assistant Professor – Race & Journalism – Graduate School of Journalism

Job #JPF02780
  • School of Journalism - School of Journalism Dept

Recruitment Period

Open November 10th, 2020 through Monday, Jan 4, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


Assistant Professor of Race and Journalism

Graduate School of Journalism
University of California, Berkeley

Expected start date: July 1, 2021


The Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for an assistant professor specializing in race and 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. UC Berkeley is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples and single parents. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners or spouses, please visit:

Significant professional achievement in the field of journalism is required. The successful candidate will bring a distinguished body of work in reporting about racial injustice and social issues in America. The candidate will be expected to teach each Fall Semester in the school’s introductory news reporting course, which includes two hyperlocal sections covering the nearby cities of Richmond and Oakland. Each spring the candidate will teach a school-wide course on the subject of race and journalism that will be open to Journalism School students as well as qualified students from other departments across campus.

In addition to developing and overseeing a timely curriculum about these critical issues, the preferred candidate will encourage a broad conversation throughout the school about the role of news media in perpetuating racial injustice, guide student research on that topic, and infuse a consciousness about race in the broader journalism community.

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.

The School welcomes accomplished applicants from any and all journalism platforms.

As a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Journalism, 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.

The Graduate School of Journalism is a two-year Master of Journalism program enrolling a total of 120 students who specialize in news and long-form writing, visual journalism, multimedia, audio journalism, photography, and documentary.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 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 on this issue

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity

The University of California 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:

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To Apply: Complete an application at:

Prospective applicants should direct any questions to the following email address:

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 letters.

Applications must be received by January 4, 2021.

Job location

University of California, Berkeley


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Curriculum vitae or résumé.
  • Cover Letter - Summarizing qualifications and interest in the position
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • 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 addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service, and contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion including information about your understanding of these topics, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to
  • Work Samples 1 of 3 - PDFs or links to a work sample
  • Work Samples 2 of 3 - PDFs or links to a work sample
  • Work Samples 3 of 3 - PDFs or links to a work sample
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)