Visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism/McGraw Professor of Writing

Princeton, New Jersey (US)
Oct 10, 2018
Metro Area
Full Time, Part Time

The Humanities Council and the Program in Journalism at Princeton University welcome proposals from journalists and writers who wish to teach seminars in journalism as visiting Ferris Professors of Journalism, or seminars in other kinds of non-fiction related to journalism as visiting McGraw Professors of Writing.

Full-time and part-time positions are available for one semester only: fall 2019 (September 1 through January 31) or spring 2020 (February 1 through June 30).

Full-time visiting professors take a leave from daily journalism to devote themselves fully to teaching. They must be present on campus four days each week (on average) and participate fully in University life.

Part-time visiting professors must commute to campus once per week for the 12-week term, as well as the week of Reading Period.

Applications must be received by 11:59pm EST on Monday, October 22, 2018. The selection committee aims to complete its work by January 2019.

Salary is competitive.

Seminars meet once per week for three hours, with enrollment limited to 16 students. Students are expected to devote four to six hours per week to class preparation. Every one or two weeks they submit assignments, which are critiqued by the professor during mandatory one-on-one writing conferences. Professors often invite guest speakers and arrange a class visit to a newspaper or magazine.

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Applicants should submit: a résumé or CV that includes employment history, recent publications, and at least one reference we may contact; a proposal for a seminar related to journalism or nonfiction writing; and a cover letter that describes your interest in teaching and states your preferred type of appointment. Include in your cover letter one link to a favorite published article that you have written. You may also include one link to an audio or video file.

Most seminars fall under one of these broad course rubrics:

-The Literature of Fact -Investigative Journalism
-Politics and the Media
-The Media and Social Issues
-International News
-Audio Journalism
-Computer-Assisted Journalism
-Visual Journalism (video, photography, multimedia, and/or data visualization)
-Writing about (Culture, Film, Ideas, Law, Medicine, Science, etc.)

Seminar proposals should include:

-A short course description for the course catalog (75 words)
-One or two paragraphs about the focus of the course
-Specific topics for each of the 12 weeks of the course
-A sample reading list of no more than six titles (books, articles, websites, etc.)
-Possible writing assignments (typically 5-8 short pieces, one of which might be developed into a longer project to be submitted during the Reading Period)

Former Ferris and McGraw Professors are eligible to propose seminars that include leading a class trip over fall or spring break, during which students do on-the-ground reporting from an off-campus site (domestic or international).

Essential Qualifications:

-Applicants should have achieved distinction in journalism or other kinds of non-fiction writing
-Must be able to communicate their experience effectively to students, peers, and members of the community
-Must be a practicing journalist-a reporter, editor, producer, journalistic historian, cultural critic, or documentarian
-Must have at least five years' experience working at a news organization or writing regularly for major news publications, including in the year immediately prior to submitting application
-Must not have a tenure-track or administrative position at an academic institution
-Must have a bachelor's degree or equivalent experience

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