Data Journalism Faculty

The Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications,
at Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Application Deadline: Oct. 23, 2023

Job Qualifications

The Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University invites applications for a full-time, tenure track or clinical position in Journalism beginning in Fall 2024.

Medill seeks a scholar or practitioner with deep expertise in data journalism or quantitative data analysis. The ideal candidate would be a practitioner with a national or international reputation for award-winning, data-driven journalism or a scholar whose quantitative research addresses critical issues facing the journalism industry. Scholar candidates should have a Ph.D. in journalism, mass communications, or a related field, and should have a strong ambition to conduct and publish high caliber, impactful, and innovative research. Practitioner candidates should have substantial achievements in data-driven journalism, at least seven years of industry experience and hold an undergraduate degree, although a master’s degree is preferred. The ideal candidate will have interests that align with one or more research initiatives at Medill: The Local News Initiative, The Knight Lab, and The Spiegel Research Center.

The position will involve teaching introductory and advanced data journalism courses to undergraduate and graduate Medill students and leading high-impact, student-centered data journalism projects, often in collaboration with industry partners. In addition, whomever holds this position will be expected to work with industry partners and to contribute to further integrating data journalism in the core curriculum.

The Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications has two departments and offers a range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs. The Department of Journalism and the Department of Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) feature an interdisciplinary mix of over 70 faculty from industry and academia. In addition to the main Evanston campus, the Medill School has campuses in Chicago, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Qatar. Founded in 1921, the Medill School has a rich history of educating the next generation of leaders in journalism and marketing. Medill faculty are expected to teach undergraduate and graduate students and perform professional service commensurate with rank.

Medill is dedicated to creating a socially just community by strengthening policies, developing programs, and fostering acceptance for a broad range of communities and concepts. We aim to welcome students, staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds and support them so they may thrive in our community. We are interested in applicants who will advance DEI through their teaching, journalism projects, research, and/or service. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion. In their statement of interest, candidates are asked to discuss their understanding of these issues and how, through research, journalism or life experiences, they may contribute to our goal of advancing equity and inclusion at Medill.

Northwestern University is a federal contractor that actively participates in affirmative action planning in the areas of recruitment and retention. For each employment and promotional opportunity, Northwestern University actively seeks women, racial and ethnic minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities to maintain a university community that is based on equal opportunity and reflects the diversity of American society. Hiring is contingent on eligibility to work in the United States.

Applicants should submit:

  • A CV or Resume
  • A statement of interest. Candidates should be specific about how, through research, journalism or life experiences, they may contribute to our goal of advancing equity and inclusion at Medill.
  • A list of three recommenders – please note they will not be contacted for letters until later in the process. You will be notified before they are contacted.
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