Visiting Professorships in Journalism

The Council of the Humanities welcomes proposals from writers and journalists who wish to teach seminars in journalism as Ferris Professors of Journalism and other kinds of non-fiction related to journalism as McGraw Professors of Writing.                 

Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year should be submitted at Jobs at Princeton (job requisition number 1500728, Visiting Lecturer/Council of the Humanities). Application deadline is October 12, 2015.

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;
  • must have at least 5 years experience working at a news organization (print, radio, television, internet) or writing regularly for major news publications;
  • must have experience in the two years immediately prior to submitting an application; and
  • must not have a tenure-track position at an academic institution.

A bachelor’s degree is required.

Some writers 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. These writers in residence are required to spend a significant part of the week on campus. Others commute to campus once a week for the 12 weeks of the term, as well as the week of Reading Period. Journalists residing within a 60-mile radius of Princeton (including New York and Philadelphia) typically are eligible only for a commuting appointment. In 2016-2017 the stipend for commuting appointments will be $36,000, and the stipend for writers in residence will be $90,000 for one semester.

Appointments are for one semester only. Fall appointments are September 1, 2016, through January 31, 2017. Spring appointments are February 1, 2017, through June 30, 2017.
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.

Applicants should submit the following: 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; and 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 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 web address whenever possible, although you may upload a document if necessary.

Many courses fit under one of these broad rubrics:

  • Politics and the Media

  • The Literature of Fact

  • Investigative Journalism

  • International News

  • Digital Journalism
  • Audio Journalism
  • The Media and Social Issues

  • Writing about (Culture, Nature, Law, Medicine, etc.)

Seminar proposals should include

  • a course description for the catalogue (restricted to 75 words)
  • 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.

Questions may be addressed to Ms. Lin DeTitta, Journalism Program Manager:, telephone 609 258 6948.


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