Chartered in 1983, Aga Khan University (AKU, www.aku.edu) is a private, autonomous and self-governing international university, with 13 teaching sites in 6 countries over three continents. An integral part of the Aga Khan Development Network (www.akdn.org), AKU provides higher education in multiple health science and social science disciplines, carries out research pertinent primarily to low- and middle-income countries and operates 7 hospitals (soon 8) and over 325 outreach clinics, all at international standards. It has almost 2,500 students and 14,000 staff. The University is both a model of academic excellence and an agent of social change. As a leading international institution dedicated to excellence and change, AKU operates on the core principles of quality, relevance, impact and access.
Launched in 2015, the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) is the premier source of education and tailored training for journalists, communicators and media executives and entrepreneurs in East Africa and beyond. Guided by the principles of global excellence and local relevance, GSMC helps individuals to transform their careers and organizations to seize opportunities and reap the benefits of innovation.
Reporting to the Dean, the Assistant Professor will support teaching in Multi-platform and/or Data Journalism. The position holder will teach academic courses and professional training workshops on multi-platform journalism, mobile journalism, social media, and/or understanding and visualizing data for use in news stories and research. The individual will be experienced in using media convergence technology and social media. Proficiency in the use of relevant video and audio editing, database management, data analytics, and graphic presentation software and ability to collect and analyze big data trends on social media is an advantage.
The incumbent will be based in Nairobi, Kenya. He/she should be prepared to operate across AKU campuses, potentially including short assignments in other African locations, in fulfilment of their role.