The Program in Journalism and the Humanities Council welcome proposals from journalists 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 terms only: fall 2021 or spring 2022.

Full-time visiting professors take a formal leave from daily journalism to devote themselves to teaching. They must be present on campus four full days each week, on average; attend all faculty gatherings; and participate in University life. They give public talks, participate in panel discussions, advise certificate students, and join in events.

Part-time visiting professors must spend two full days, on average, on campus each week for the 12-week term, as well as during the week of Reading Period. Part-time professors are expected to attend faculty gatherings whenever possible.

Seminars meet once per week for three hours, with enrollment limited to 16 students. Students are expected to devote four to six hours a week to class preparation. Every week or two, students 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.

Part-time appointments offer a salary of $37,500. Full-time appointments offer a salary of $75,000. Former Ferris and McGraw Professors are invited to apply.

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. The selection committee aims to complete its work by February 2021. For more visit:

Applicants should submit: a résumé or CV that includes employment history, recent publications, and at least one reference that we may contact; a proposal for a seminar related to journalism or non-fiction writing; and a cover letter that describes your interest in teaching.

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
– Data Journalism
– Visual Journalism (video, photography, multimedia, and/or data visualization)
– Writing about (Culture, Film, Ideas, Law, Science, etc.)

Seminar proposals should include:
– One or two paragraphs about the focus of the course
– A short course description for the course catalog (75 words)
– 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 Reading Period)

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 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

The application for these positions can be found at:

Questions may be addressed to Margo Bresnen, Journalism Program Manager, at or 609-258-9948.