Senior Lecturer in Journalism

Swansea University - College of Arts and Humanities - Media and Communication

To help deliver its top 20 ambition Swansea University is seeking to appoint a Senior Lecturer with demonstrable research excellence in any area of journalism. 

We are looking for someone with the motivation and capability to play a significant role in the development of the research culture for the Media & Communication Department at Swansea University. 

Some experience of journalism practice would also be positive, as well as expertise or an ability to teach in the areas of multi-media journalism and war / terrorism reporting.   The post-holder will deliver exciting and innovative undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and contribute to the University and Department’s ambitions to be at the forefront of digitally-enhanced learning, helping to build on the Department’s excellent student experience record. 

The successful candidate will take on the role of Programme Director for the department’s flagship Erasmus mundus MA in Journalism, Media & Globalisation.  The candidate will work alongside the existing media teaching and programme management team to continue to manage, deliver and continue to develop this successful international programme and will be expected to have the ability to travel to partner institutions in Europe to help support the successful running of the programme.

Role-Specific Duties

The appointee will be expected:

  • To expand their own research activities and explore links with other research areas and research teams in the Department, the College, the University and the wider research environment.
  • To continue to extend their portfolio of funded research and to participate in collaborative projects, engaging in research activities at a national and international level, and publishing research in appropriate contexts.
  • To continue to identify and apply for external funding for research.
  • To support and extend the continued development of teaching, undergraduate and postgraduate supervision, and research in Media & Communication.
  • To specifically take on the role of Programme Director for the MA Journalism, Media & Globalisation.
  • To teach on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Media & Communication including:
    • MS-309 Online Journalism
    • MS-M12 Online Journalism
    • MSJM40 Risk Reporting
    • MSJM99 Reporting Terrorism
  • To make a significant contribution to the development of further modules and/or programmes.
  • To supervise undergraduate dissertations, taught postgraduate dissertations and postgraduate research students.

Essential Criteria 

  1. A PhD in a relevant media and communication subject area
  2. A proven research publication record in the area of journalism commensurate with a Senior Lecturer
  3. An understanding of research funding mechanisms and processes
  4. Experience and success in applying for external funding for own or joint research
  5. Evidence of contributing to the discipline by giving research papers at conferences, workshops, seminars or equivalent
  6. The ability to undertake successful teaching at all levels across the subject area of media and communication and journalism, as evidenced by high quality feedback scores
  7. Experience of supervising undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students
  8. The ability to communicate the subject to an academic and student audience
  9. Commitment to a student-focused learning environment
  10. Commitment to continuous professional development

Informal enquiries should be directed to the Head of Media & Communication, Dr Sian Rees:

Terms and Conditions of Employment

It is expected that the successful candidate will take up this appointment as soon as possible.

Closing date: 5th October at 11pm

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