Associate Professor in Journalism

Boroondara, Australia
12 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
26 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Focused on high-impact global research, high-quality teaching and active engagement with both industry and the community
  • Academic D, attractive salary and benefits on offer
  • Full-time ongoing, Hawthorn campus

About Swinburne 

Swinburne University of Technology has a long, proud history of educating and training students for over 100 years. Swinburne focuses on providing high-quality, career-oriented education with strong links to industry and the community. 

About the job

The Department of Media and Communication offers practical and industry linked courses that provide students with a real-world focus to their studies. The close link between our teaching and cutting edge research gives our students access to the latest developments in their disciplines. Swinburne’s Department of Media and Communication is consistently ranked in the top 200 worldwide according to the QS rankings. In 2015 the Excellence in Research Australia assessed Communication and Media Studies (FOR 2001) at ‘4’ or ‘above world class’.

The incumbent will be expected to have extensive experience and demonstrated achievement as a journalist practicing in industry and remain active in the field. They will contribute to our innovative and industry-responsive curriculum design through leading the development of learning materials and assessment, including teaching for publication through the use of our digital publication outlet The Standard. They will build on the discipline’s focus on sector-linked and collaborative projects that develop both real world and transferable skills. Additionally, the appointee will contribute to the research profile of the discipline and department by participating in, and leading research focused on journalism and journalism education. He/she will be actively involved in the supervision of postgraduate research students and mentoring of colleagues. 

The incumbent will be expected to operate as a member of both discipline-based and interdisciplinary teams in order to promote Faculty objectives. The incumbent will be expected to engage in appropriate activities that will maintain and develop their scholarly, research and professional expertise.

Skills and experience

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Doctoral Qualification in a relevant field 
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated achievement as a journalist practicing in industry 
  • Demonstrated experience in tertiary teaching, including leading the development of curriculum and engaging teaching, including teaching to publication

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description


To find out more about the extensive benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit:

How to apply

The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and our capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, workers of all ages, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2016 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. 

To start an application click on 'apply' at the bottom of this page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description.

Swinburne University of Technology is a Child Safe Organisation and as part of this commitment, we require all employees to have a current Working with Children’s Check. 

All appointments are subject to a valid Working with Children’s Check, therefore it will be a mandatory requirement to have and maintain a current Working with Children Check.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Dr Carolyn Beasley, Lecturer and Program Director on +61 3 9214 5938. 

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Position number: 27716
Applications close at 5pm, Thursday 26 October 2017