Chair Professor of School of Journalism
Ryerson University

Chair, School of Journalism


Posted: September 28, 2021

Deadline to Apply: Posted until filled

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in  Canada and on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the  Wendat Peoples, Ryerson University is a distinctly urban university with a  focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. It is guided by a bold Academic  Plan, an ambitious research agenda, and a Master Plan to revitalize the  campus and surrounding neighbourhood. The special mission of the  University is the advancement of applied knowledge and research to address  societal need, and the provision of programs of study that offer a balance  between theory and application and that prepare students for careers in  professional and quasi-professional fields. It is the most applied-to university  in Ontario relative to available spaces and its reputation with business and  community leaders continues to rise. It is clearly a university on the move. 

In August 2021, the University announced that it would begin a renaming  process to reconcile the legacy of Egerton Ryerson for a more inclusive future.  To learn more, please visit: 

The University’s Creative School (formerly the Faculty of Communication &  Design) is the Creative Innovation Hub and is a national leader for  educational programs in media, applied communication, design, and the  fine and performing arts. Nearly 6,000 students are enrolled in The Creative  School, across nine professional schools (Journalism, Image Arts, RTA School  of Media, Performance, Fashion, Interior Design, Professional  Communication, Graphic Communications Management, and Creative  Industries). The Faculty is actively involved in graduate studies with Master’s  programs in Film and Photography Preservation & Collections Management, Documentary Media, Fashion, Journalism, Media Production, and  Professional Communication, as well as the joint York/Ryerson program in  Communication and Culture. 

Inside The Creative School is Ryerson’s School of Journalism, a leader in the  innovative teaching of journalism in Canada and a centre of excellence for  research and creative activity. The School’s student body, comprising more  than 500 undergraduates and 55 Master of Journalism students, has an  outstanding record of achievement. The School of Journalism embraces its  responsibility to honour the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to  Action 86, asking journalism schools to educate students about the complex  social, political, legal and economic histories of Indigenous peoples. It  welcomes in particular applications from candidates who embrace and  participate in these teaching and research areas. 

It is within this context that The School of Journalism at The Creative School  (formerly the Faculty of Communication and Design) at Ryerson University  invites applications and nominations for the appointment of its next Chair of  the School of Journalism. This appointment will be for a term of five years  (subject to renewal in year 3), commencing early in 2022 with the possibility  of renewal for an additional three- or five-year term. 

In recognition of the under-representation of marginalized, racialized and  Indigenous persons in academic administrative roles and in support of the  School of Journalism’s Action Plan which focuses on equity and student  collaboration, The Creative School especially welcomes applications from  racialized and Indigenous persons. We seek candidates from equity deserving groups who can demonstrate a deep commitment to the  principles of equity, inclusion and student support. 

Reporting to the Dean, the Chair will be a visionary, energetic,  entrepreneurial and an accomplished team builder who will: i) actively  support and implement the School of Journalism’s Action Plan; ii) provide  exemplary academic and administrative leadership, including stewardship of  human and financial resources; iii) work collaboratively to provide leadership  for curriculum and faculty development, research and scholarly activity, while  promoting and coordinating the continued evolution of the School , and; iv) participate actively in the intellectual life of the School of Journalism, The  Creative School, the University, the community, and collaborate with other  academic institutions and the industry. To read more about the duties and  responsibilities of Department Chair, please see article 26.1.E. of the Ryerson Faculty Association Collective Agreement. 

The successful candidate will be a dynamic academic leader and educator  who is a tenured faculty member or who will be eligible for tenure upon  appointment. In addition to being appointed as the Chair, the successful  candidate must be eligible for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor  in The Creative School. An industry professional with a background in  journalism, the successful candidate must hold a PhD or Master’s degree,  ideally in Journalism. Candidates must have an understanding of the  broadening of journalistic roles, and demonstrated experience covering, or  teaching the coverage, of underrepresented communities in Canada, such as  Black and Indigenous communities. As the ideal candidate, you have the  capacity to provide effective academic and administrative leadership,  including stewardship of human and financial resources, and are comfortable  mediating, facilitating, nurturing, and implementing transformational  change. You have an excellent record of scholarly or creative activities, and  proven excellence in teaching and/or coaching emerging journalists. You  have exceptional communication, organizational and interpersonal skills, and  a proven record of collaboration. You have experience with strategic planning,  and a comfort and willingness to be an ambassador in promoting the School  across the University and externally with industry, including academic  partnerships, liaising with industry, and community engagement. You hold a  deep commitment to the well-being and development of students and to the  evolution of education. The ideal candidate must embody the following traits:  academic excellence, collegiality, innovation and entrepreneurship,  leadership, nimbleness and responsiveness. Candidates must also have a  deep and proven commitment to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion;  related lived and personal experience is considered an asset.  

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) ( The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found.

The University encourages applications from members of groups that have  been historically underserved, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples,  Indigenous peoples, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those  who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. 

To apply or explore this key academic leadership position at Ryerson  University further, please contact Jane Griffith ( and  Sam Walton (, or visit 

Ryerson University is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the  Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, upon  request, accommodation will be provided by both Griffith Group and Ryerson  University throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process  to applicants with disabilities.

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