Top Canadian journalism ethicist heads to the US

Some big changes are under way at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia where I am on faculty.

The director of the school, Stephen J.A. Ward, is leaving for the U.S. to be the first James E. Burgess Chair and Professor in Journalism Ethics, and director of a new Center for Journalism Ethics, at the the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The announcement from the Dean of Arts sums up how we feel about his departure:

Dear Faculty, Students, Staff, and Friends of the UBC School of Journalism:

I write to inform you that Dr. Stephen J.A. Ward, Director of the Graduate School of Journalism, is leaving the University of British Columbia to take up an academic position in the United States. The University of Wisconsin-Madison has selected Prof. Ward to be the first James E. Burgess Chair and Professor in Journalism Ethics, and the director of a new Center for Journalism Ethics, beginning in August 2008.

It is with regret that I make this announcement for we are sad to see Prof. Ward leave the School and UBC after ten years of devoted service and noted accomplishments. But it is a testament to the strength and calibre of the faculty at the School of Journalism, reflecting the School’s leadership position in journalism education, that Prof. Ward was offered one of the most prestigious and sought-after positions in journalism ethics.

The Faculty of Arts will support the School of Journalism in the coming months to ensure a smooth transition to the next director. With its outstanding faculty, staff, and graduate students, the School will continue to develop its innovative curriculum and pursue new initiatives, providing the best in graduate theoretical and applied studies.

I congratulate Prof. Ward, and I thank you for your support for the UBC School of Journalism.

Yours truly,

Nancy Gallini
Dean, Faculty of Arts
University of British Columbia