Visiting Professorships in Journalism 2017-2018

We welcome proposals from writers and journalists who wish to teach:

  • seminars in journalism as Ferris Professors of Journalism
  • other kinds of non-fiction related to journalism as McGraw Professors of Writing                


October 10, 2016


Candidates should have achieved distinction in journalism and other kinds of writing and be skilled at communicating their experience to students, peers, and members of the community. In addition, candidates must:

  • be a practicing journalist--a reporter, editor, producer, journalistic historian, cultural critic, or documentarian
  • have at least 5 years experience working at a news organization (print, radio, television, internet) or writing regularly for major news publications
  • have experience in the two years immediately prior to submitting an application
  • not have a tenure-track position at an academic institution
  • have a bachelor's degree.

Types of Professorships

Writers in Residence

  • relocate to Princeton for a semester, taking a leave from daily journalism and using this appointment to teach and also to conduct research, attend lectures, and participate in the University community
  • required to spend a significant part of the week on campus
  • 2017-2018 stipend is $90,000 for one semester

Commuting Appointments

  • commute to campus once a week for the 12 weeks of the term, as well as the week of Reading Period
  • for journalists residing within a 60-mile radius of Princeton (including New York and Philadelphia)
  • 2017-2018 stipend is $36,000 for one semester

About the Appointments

Appointments are for one semester only.

  • Fall: September 1, 2017 through January 31, 2018
  • Spring: February 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018

Seminars typically meet once a week for three hours, with enrollment limited to 16 students. Students are expected to devote four to six hours a week to class preparation (including reading and writing). They submit assignments every week or two, which are critiqued during individual conferences. Professors often invite guest speakers and arrange a class visit to their newspaper or magazine. In these seminars, we do not seek to duplicate courses in academic departments, but rather to offer the insights and experience that only practicing journalists can provide. The most successful seminars offer frequent, short, hands-on writing and reporting assignments and more writing than reading.

Many courses fit under one of these broad rubrics:

  • Politics and the Media

  • The Literature of Fact

  • Investigative Journalism

  • International News

  • Digital Journalism
  • Documentary Journalism (photo/video)
  • Audio Journalism
  • The Media and Social Issues

  • Writing about (Culture, Film, Science, etc.)

How to Apply

Apply at Jobs at Princeton . The position is posted under requisition number 1600741, visiting lecturer in the Council of the Humanities.
Applicants should be prepared to submit the following online:

  • a résumé showing employment history and recent publications
  • the name of a reference whom we may contact
  • a proposal for a seminar related to journalism or non-fiction writing
  • a cover letter describing your interest in teaching and stating your preference for a residential or commuting appointment. 

Please also include in your cover letter the URL (web address) to a favorite published article you have written. You may also include one URL for an audio or video file. We prefer to receive your writing sample as a URL whenever possible, although you may upload a document if necessary. The cover letter may be addressed to the Ferris Committee.

Seminar proposals should include:

  • a 75-word course description
  • a paragraph or two about the focus of the course
  • specific topics for each of the twelve weeks
  • a sample reading list of 6-8 titles (articles, websites, chapters, books)
  • possible writing assignments (typically 5-8 short pieces, one of which might be developed into a longer project, submitted during reading period)    

We cannot confirm receipt of applications nor can we accept applications after the deadline.

The selection committee tries to complete its work by the end of December.


Contact Ms. Lin DeTitta, Journalism Program Manager:, 609-258-6948.


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