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Crookes Professorship in Environmental & Climate Journalism

Post Date:Feb 17, 2021Type:Full time
Start Date:July 1, 2021Salary:
Location: Canada - Victoria Job Reference:
Job Description:

The Department of Writing, University of Victoria, invites applications for a limited term, five-year position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to commence July 1, 2021, in the area of environmental and climate journalism. After the initial five-year term, the position may be renewed for another two years, with the aspiration of establishing a permanent tenure-track position. 

Who We Are

The University of Victoria is a leading research university on the territories of the Lekwungen and SEN?O?EN-speaking peoples. Established in 1973, the Department of Writing is one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious programs in writing, situated in an internationally recognized Faculty of Fine Arts. The department offers a BA, BFA and MFA in Writing, as well as a Professional Writing Minor in Journalism & Publishing, and supports a long history of research, creative activity and publishing in the areas of environmental journalism and ecological writing amongst faculty, students and alumni. 

The Wayne Crookes Professorship is the result of a gift from B.C. businessman Wayne Crookes to increase the quantity, quality, depth and prominence of science-based journalism, in Canada and internationally, that investigates the global impact of climate crisis and biodiversity loss.

The successful candidate will oversee a Research and Outreach Fund to undertake a variety of community-based research projects, advocacy initiatives and educational activities. Examples of such activities include: tracking and reporting on media coverage of climate change; maintaining a database to connect journalists with climate scientists; publishing a report on climate research and broadcasting alerts about climate science for journalists; obtaining records through freedom of information requests; and/or organizing outreach events to improve the communications skills of environmental scientists, to update the scientific knowledge of working journalists, and to connect the scientific and journalism communities.

As a new colleague, the candidate will be mentored by a senior faculty member, contribute to the collaborative and mutually respectful learning, administrative and creative environment of the department, and support students of diverse genders and backgrounds. 

Application deadline and procedure

To be considered, applications must be received by Midnight PST on Wednesday, March 192021. Applicants should submit the following (electronic only, in PDF or Word format) to Prof. Kevin Kerr, Acting Chair, Department of Writing via email to

  • a cover letter that addresses the full scope of the job requirements and assets
  • a curriculum vitae (including publications)
  • a portfolio of published or forthcoming journalism or research activity (up to 20 pages)
  • a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and evidence of teaching skills (if available)
  • a one-page statement of current and potential contributions and/or experiences relating to equity and diversity in research, professional work and/or teaching
  • contact information for three academic and/or professional references 

Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process. 





The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

* a master’s degree or equivalent professional experience in journalism, communications, or a related field

* demonstrated expertise and a record of publications in the areas of investigative journalism, environmental and climate journalism and communications, and/or media studies

* experience in successfully leading collaborative projects

* evidence of a potential for effective teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels
a capacity to develop courses related to environmental and climate journalism and communications

* demonstrated capacity to share in administrative duties at the departmental, faculty and university levels

In addition, the following qualifications would be considered assets:

* a track record of receiving grants and awards
* an understanding of data journalism and/or database design and management
experience of high-impact community engagement and outreach, especially active connections with journalism and/or climate-science communities
* a background in editing, publishing and/or multimedia production
* evidence of active connections with communities impacted by climate change, including racialized and/or Indigenous communities

At the Associate Professor level, the candidate will be an accomplished scholar with the following qualifications:

* a demonstrated excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels
* administrative experience
* a publication/production record that has made a substantial contribution to the field(s) of investigative journalism, environmental and climate journalism and communications, and/or media studies.

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. Read our full equity statement here: .

The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.

Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement. Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association (

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

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Contact Information
University of Victoria
Kevin Kerr
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria, V8W 2Y2
Ph: 250-721-7314

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