Program Director
Columbia University 285 reviews - New York, NY

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We are seeking a full-time, temporary Program Director to work with the Directors of the Tow Center and the Brown Institute to create course offerings for, lead courses in, and help recruit students for a new technology and journalism program "Year Zero." Year Zero will prepare journalists and students in the humanities for computational and data-driven research practices and is seen as a prelude to the two-year dual Masters degree in Computer Science and Journalism offered at Columbia

This is a full-time, two-year position, but the position is renewable based on performance of the incumbent and the success of the program.

The incumbent will cultivate a two-semester (summer-fall) collection of classes. The first semester will consist of new computing and data classes taught in the context of journalistic practice (computing with a humanities perspective) and developed under the direction of the incumbent. The second semester of Year Zero will consist of a sampling of undergraduate Computer Science and Statistics classes, as well as some offered through the IDSE (Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering) certificate program, the selection and coordination of which will be under the direction of the incumbent.


Oversees and participates in the development of syllabi for (already defined) courses in the summer semester of the Year Zero program. Establishes multifaceted and well-organized structure for courses and eventually teaches one of the first semester classes. Coordinates with Computer Science, Statistics and other departments at Columbia in the selection and staffing of the second semester courses. Participates in the recruitment of students for the program.

Builds relationships with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, and associated departments of other Columbia University graduate schools to facilitate inter-department communication and productivity in support of course and program development and objectives.

Identifies instructors and teaching assistants to work in the program. Responsible for the management and support of these instructors. Identifies opportunities for instructor improvement and maintains the standard of excellence in quality of instructors.

Shepherds the program through the relevant approval processes and oversees its launch. Establishes pattern and process for periodic and ongoing programmatic reviews of the program, its faculty, and its curriculum.

Oversees administration of the program. Develops, oversees, and meets budget goals. Works closely with Journalism Building Services to schedule courses.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications for Grade
Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

Education: Master's degree or equivalent.

Experience: 5 years related experience, specifically in developing curricula.

Other Skills: Applicant should have a close interest in and knowledge of current practices and issues relating to computational and data journalism

Additional Position-Specific Minimum Qualifications
Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in developing inter-disciplinary tools or courses that cross storytelling and technology.
Other Skills: Applicant must be willing to fully integrate with life in the school; should be able to work closely with the students and faculty of both the Journalism School and other graduate schools within the University.

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