Open Rank (Fixed Term or Tenure Track) in Business Journalism

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Date Posted March 04, 2020
Industry Academia
Specialty Not Specified
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified


Vacancy ID: FAC0003148

Position Summary
The Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking an experienced professional in business journalism to join the faculty in Fall 2020. The School offers one of the few business journalism programs in the country and is known for providing strong foundations in writing, conceptual thinking and ethical practices. The successful candidate will contribute to the school's continued excellence in journalism with a particular focus on business journalism. Candidates will be proficient in business journalism and multiple reporting techniques, such as data gathering and analysis, records requests, business document navigation and the uses of new technologies.

The selected candidate will teach five semester-long courses per academic year (if hired on tenure track) or six semester-long courses per year (if hired on a fixed-term appointment). During the interview process, the specifics of each appointment will be discussed.

This person will administer the school's business journalism certificate program, will be expected to teach current courses and will expand our course offerings in business journalism. The selected candidate also is expected to engage with business journalism leaders as well as community partners to connect students with professional experiences that enhance their education and career preparation. Fostering the trajectory of students is a key component of this position, particularly through advising and mentoring. The person in this position will serve on or lead master's student thesis committees and serve on other school committees. An interest or experience in online instruction is a plus. Additional responsibilities will include service to the school and the university.

About the School: The UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees and administers a variety of professional development and distance-learning programs to students and working professionals. Enrollment includes about 1,000 undergraduates and 125 graduate students, in addition to professional development and distance education students. Our faculty members are international thought leaders whose scholarly and creative activities are visible and respected across academia, industry, and the public realm.

Educational Requirements
A bachelor's degree in journalism, communication, business or a related discipline is required; a master's degree or terminal degree is preferred.

Qualifications and Experience
The successful candidate will have a distinguished career as a business journalist, at either the local or national level, with at least 10 years of experience writing or editing in the field of business or economics news. The candidate should be proficient in business journalism and multiple reporting techniques, such as data gathering and analysis, records requests, navigating business documents and the uses of new technologies. Abilities in digital media are a plus, as is administrative experience in higher education and/or the profession. Interest in online teaching is also a plus. Candidates are encouraged to submit a business journalism portfolio demonstrating their prior work.

The ability to teach students effectively in the classroom is of great importance. Prior experience in teaching university courses in business journalism or related disciplines is required. Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., summary of teaching evaluations) is requested. Leading seminars or workshops with university-level students or industry professionals will be considered in lieu of teaching experience, provided evidence of effectiveness is included.

Special Instructions
Please apply online at and upload the following documents:

  1. Letter of application;
  2. Curriculum vitae or resume;
  3. Professional portfolio of business journalism work (if possible) – uploaded as “Other Document”;
  4. Evidence of teaching effectiveness (if possible).

As part of the application, you will be asked to provide a list of names and contact information for 4 to 5 professional references. If selected for an interview, your professional references will be contacted with a request to provide a letter of recommendation.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.



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