Assistant Professor of Data Journalism

The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Journalism to begin August 2020.

Faculty salary/rank

We are hiring at the rank of assistant professor. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The department seeks a scholar to instruct our students in, and educate the public about, the use of data in telling stories as well as providing public accountability using data. The successful candidate will show potential for excellence in teaching and research on topics such as scraping data from the web, coding both for data gathering and for presentation, data visualization, and using analytics to evaluate story engagement. The person selected for the position will teach two courses per semester and conduct research in journalism and media-related areas. Courses may include data journalism, investigative journalism, and others in the core curriculum.


A Ph.D. in journalism/mass communication or a Ph.D. in another field or discipline that includes a stream of media-focused research is required. A.B.D. candidates who will complete their degrees by April 1, 2021, will be considered.

Preference will be given to candidates who 1) demonstrate familiarity with journalism practice and issues and 2) have at least one year of professional experience in journalism, policy, and/or analytics. Preference also will be given to candidates who demonstrate an interest in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, as well as an ability to engage students from diverse backgrounds.

Application Deadline

Grady College, its departments, and the University of Georgia are committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students, and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive. Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University is an EEO/AA institution.

Applications received by Oct. 1, 2019 will be assured of full consideration. To apply, go to Questions may be addressed to Professor Welch Suggs, search committee chair, at

About the Grady College

The Grady College celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015. The college is home to the Peabody Awards, the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism awards. In addition to its undergraduate programs, the Grady College also houses graduate programs offering M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. degrees. The college hosts student chapters of the Association for Women in Sports Media, the National Association of Black Journalists, NPPA, the Online News Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Learn more about the Department of Journalism and the Grady College at

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ( Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.

Athens, the home of UGA, is a vibrant, diverse community that is consistently rated as one of the nation’s best college towns. UGA is a Research I, land grant/sea institution located 70 miles northeast of Atlanta. More information about UGA is available at