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Lecturer and Teacher-Special Programs Pool -- Journalism -- Graduate School of Journalism

Position overview

Position title: Lecturer in Summer Sessions,
Lecturer by Academic Year,
Lecturer by Semester,
Teacher-Special Programs
Salary range: N/A
Percent time: Varies depending on course; typically 11% to 33%
Anticipated start: Review for fall semester teaching needs will begin in April. Review for spring semester 2022 teaching needs will begin in July. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed through the final date. If you wish to remain in the pool after the final date, you will need to reapply. Lecturers hired to teach during the Academic Year are employed from July through June. Lecturers hired to teach during the Fall semester are employed from August through December. Lecturers hired to teach during the Spring semester are employed from January through May. Summer Sessions appointments will be made for two six-week terms: from May 24 to July 2, and from July 6 to August 13.
Position duration: One semester, academic year, or Summer Session

Application Window

Open date: April 27th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Dec 6, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Apr 27, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Lecturer and Teacher-Special Programs Pool – Journalism – Graduate School of Journalism

• Lecturer
• Teacher–Special Programs

The School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley is generating an applicant pool of qualified temporary, part-time instructors to teach both during the regular academic-year year and in our Summer Sessions program.

We are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and encourage equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching and service.

Selected candidates will either be a lead instructor holding the title of Lecturer, or in a supporting role as a Teacher–Special Programs (TSP). These are not tenure-track positions.

UC Lecturers and TSPs are academic appointees in an organized bargaining unit and are exclusively represented by American Federation of Teachers - Unit 18.

This pool recruitment is where we draw all new Lecturer / TSP hires. If you are interested in teaching any course at Berkeley Journalism in Summer, and / or the academic year, this is the place to apply. The number of available positions vary between Summer Sessions, and from semester to semester, depending upon the needs of the School.

For Lecturers, time commitments vary depending on the class, but are typically one or two days a week and include classroom teaching responsibilities, holding regular office hours, assigning grades, attending appropriate meetings / orientations, advising students, preparing course materials (e.g., syllabus), and maintaining a course website.

It is anticipated classes will be held in-person or in a hybrid model, so candidates will be required in most cases to physically teach at UC Berkeley campus. Please refer to future supplemental job ads for any limited remote-teaching opportunities. Because of the uncertain nature of the pandemic, instructors must be prepared to adjust pedagogical approaches with a remote setting and use new teaching tools if needed.

Our needs for Journalism courses in Summer Sessions include, but may not be limited to:

-J111 Journalism and Social Media
-J120 Investigative Reporting

For the academic year, we generally have needs in, but may not be limited to:

-News writing and reporting, both daily news reporting and long-form narrative.
-Video news, including cinematography, video editing (Adobe Premiere), sound editing, lighting and respective camera gear (Sony and Canon).
-Audio news, including podcasting and radio reporting, audio editing (Adobe Audition), and sound design.
-Multimedia storytelling, including visual design and layout, audience engagement, social media, emerging story forms like VR/AR, and mobile platforms.
-Data journalism, including data visualization, data coding (Python or R), spreadsheets, public records, and similar tools used for data-driven stories.
-Topical expertise, including but not limited to climate change, science, politics, business, race and inequality, investigative reporting, or other topical expertise.

Please indicate the specialization(s) for which you would like to be considered.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor's degree or international equivalent

Preferred qualifications

Ten years of professional journalistic experience. Prior experience teaching undergraduates, or similar experience, for summer sessions, and prior experience teaching graduate students, or similar experience, for classes in fall 2021 and spring 2022. In addition, a demonstrated record of professional achievement.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

  • Sample Syllabi (Optional)

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Campus Information

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letter.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

Job location

Berkeley, CA