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Lecturer & Teacher-Special Programs - Graduate School of Journalism

Position overview

Salary range: The posted UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay at appointment. See the following table for the salary scale for this position: The current full-time salary range for both Lecturer and TSP positions is $66,259–$186,446.
Percent time: Part-time; varies depending on course
Anticipated start: 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 20 to June 28, and from July 1 to August 9.
Position duration: One semester, academic year, or Summer Session

Application Window

Open date: January 17, 2024

Most recent review date: Thursday, Apr 4, 2024 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: Friday, Jan 10, 2025 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

The School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley is accepting applications for qualified temporary, part-time instructors to teach both during the regular academic-year year and in our Summer Minor program. Applicants will be reviewed for positions as needs arise. As a professional school, the School of Journalism is seeking practitioners to bring real-world experience to the classroom. Among the needs we generally have, we are often seeking practitioners with skills in:

– News writing and reporting, either in daily reporting or long-form narrative writing.
– Video news, including documentary filmmaking or short form video storytelling.
– Audio news, including podcasting, radio reporting, audio editing or sound design.
– Multimedia storytelling, including visual design, 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.

We are interested in candidates who express strong commitments to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and justice. Instructors will be offered pedagogical training on inclusive teaching practices to ensure their teaching materials come from the widest range of perspectives along race, gender identity, socioeconomics, and geography.

Appointments for primary instructors will be made in the Lecturer title. Time commitments vary depending on the class, but are typically one day a week of teaching for two or three hours. Other duties include ancillary responsibilities like holding office hours, assigning grades, attending appropriate meetings / orientations, advising students, preparing course materials (e.g., syllabus), and maintaining a course website. Candidates may also be considered for hourly appointments as Teacher-Special Programs (TSP). TSPs teach a narrow subject as part of another course, or assist courses in other ways. Time commitments for TSPs vary, and in most cases are only for a limited period of the semester.

Unless otherwise noted, it should be expected that classes will be held in-person so candidates will be required in most cases to physically teach at UC Berkeley campus. Please refer to our supplemental job ad for any limited remote-teaching opportunities.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor's degree or equivalent international degree, or 10 years of professional journalism experience.

Preferred qualifications

Bachelor's degree (or international equivalent) and 10 years of professional journalism experience, or journalism-adjacent experience. Ideal candidates will have worked as journalists, or in journalism-adjacent environments, and have experience in publishing, editing, or creating content for public consumption. Teaching and mentorship experience is preferred but not required, and may include college teaching, conference workshops, mentorship programs, or other forms of instruction.

In addition, a demonstrated record of professional achievement, such as significant published work, journalism awards, or other accomplishments is preferred.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - Please optionally include any course proposals.

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • 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

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Candidates will be notified before the references are contacted and only after an interview is performed.

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About UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

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.

Please refer to the University of California’s Affirmative Action Policy and the University of California’s Anti-Discrimination Policy.

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 University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Berkeley, CA