Job Center

Data Visualization Instructor

The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism is seeking applications for a part-time data visualization instructor. This is a non-tenure track lecturer position.

The chosen candidate will teach a class on visualizing statistical information as it pertains to journalism. The specific topics covered in this class are flexible and open to discussion. They can potentially include the following:

  • Understanding principles of visualizing quantitative information
  • Understanding chart types, and types of data they are most effective for communicating information
  • Data interrogation, finding stories in databases
  • Data cleaning or formatting, and common pitfalls when working with data
  • Finding data, either in online repositories or by requesting from agencies and organizationsinstruction in software programs, which could include any of the following: Google Spreadsheet Charts, Fusion Tables, Refine, D3, R Studio
  • Mapping technologies using Google API, Leaflet or Mapbox
  • Other database software not listed here (we prefer open source or free tools)
  • Case studies or analyzing examples of effective data visualizations
  • Hands-on tutorials for building data visualizations
  • Guest lecturers from the industry talking about data journalism projects
  • Other topics the instructor might want to introduce

The timing of the class sessions is flexible and open to discussion. We generally prefer one three-hour class per week for 15 weeks, but this might also be separated into two 1.5 hour classes per week. Evening classes preferred. Several additional office hours each week for meeting with students is required.

General Duties: Additional teaching responsibilities include holding office hours, assigning grades, advising students, preparing course materials (e.g., syllabus or handouts), and maintaining a class website.

Experience: Minimum basic qualifications are either a bachelor's degree or ten years of professional journalistic experience. A track record of teaching (at the graduate level) is a preferred qualification.

How to apply:

  • Curriculum Vitae (showing teaching or equivalent experience)
  • Cover Letter (detailing the candidate's teaching experience and philosophy and, optionally, evidence of teaching effectiveness or potential)
  • 2-4 references required (contact information only)

TO APPLY: Upload above application materials to:

Questions? Contact Jeremy Rue at:

Deadline to apply: June 30, 2014