Professor in Journalism

Dublin, Ireland
06 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
01 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Communications


Dublin City University (www.dcu.ie) is a research-intensive and globally-engaged institution distinguished by the quality and impact of its graduates and its focus on the translation of knowledge into societal and economic benefit. DCU prepares its students for success in life and in the workplace by providing a rounded education appropriate to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

The School of Communications

The School of Communications at DCU is home to almost 1,000 students at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD levels. With a tradition stretching back almost 40 years, the School is defined by excellence in both teaching and research in journalism, multimedia and communications studies. In the QS global subject rankings in 2018 DCU was in the top 200 of almost 4,500 universities worldwide in the area of communications. The School’s academics undertake research that contributes to national and international debates and to public policy formation. They have also led research projects supported by national and international funders.

DCU has a strong track record in attracting both Irish and European Union funding under FP7, Horizon 2020, Marie Curie Actions and Erasmus. We offer a dynamic and internationally focused environment in which to advance your academic career.

The School offers undergraduate degrees in Journalism, Multimedia and Communication Studies as well as Media Studies on the Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours) programme. It offers seven postgraduate degrees in Journalism, Political Communication, Public Relations, Emerging Media, Science and Health Communication, Contemporary Screen Industries, and Social Media Studies. The School also offers structured PhD programmes in Communication Studies and Journalism Studies.

The School is now seeking to appoint a Full Professor of Journalism.

Full Professor in Journalism: skills and experience

The successful candidate will have significant professional experience in journalism across traditional and emerging media formats. She/he will have a PhD in Journalism or another related subject. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of excellence in teaching and of inspiring students. They will have an excellent and sustained publication record of the highest international standard and experience of successfully supervising PhD students. The appointed candidate will be expected to make a significant leadership contribution in the School, have the willingness and capacity to take on a significant senior role in School and to support and mentor junior Faculty colleagues.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will take a senior leadership role in making a significant contribution to development of the School and to academic excellence in the University. Through her/his work the successful candidate will promote the discipline of journalism - both nationally and internationally - by means of high-quality and innovative teaching, providing excellent research supervision producing internationally ranked research publications, attracting research funding and having significant senior-level industry engagement to further enhance the reputation of the School and University.

The duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide leadership in Journalism and within the School of Communications.
  • Teach onto modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  • Pursue an active research agenda with on-going research publications in leading international academic journals and with high profile book publishers, both individually and, where appropriate, in collaboration with colleagues in DCU and elsewhere
  • Supervise postgraduate research students.
  • Participate actively in School activities and contribute to the development of the

School’s profile in teaching and research.

  • Undertake administrative duties related to the position.

Informal Enquiries to:

Professor Kevin Rafter, Head of School of Communications E-mail: kevin.rafter@dcu.ie

*Please do not send applications to this email address.

Further information:

More information on the School may be found at: https://www.dcu.ie/communications/index.shtml

Salary Scales:

Full Professor €115,887 – €145,646

  • Appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and will be made on the appropriate point of the salary scale in line with current Government pay policy.

Closing date: 1st March 2019

Application Procedure:

Application forms are available from the DCU Current Vacancies (Open Competitions) website at http://www4.dcu.ie/hr/vacancies/current.shtml and also from the Human Resources Department, Dublin City University, Dublin 9. Tel: +353 (0)1 700 5149; Fax: +353 (0)1 700 5500 Email: hr.applications@dcu.ie

Please clearly state the role that you are applying for in your application and email subject line: Job Ref #1130 Full Professor in Journalism.

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to hr.applications@dcu.ie or by Fax: +353 (0)1 700 5500 or by post to the Human Resources Department, Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland.

Dublin City University is an equal opportunities employer