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Director of Washington Programs/Professor of Practice

Job Summary

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University seeks a news professional with national experience to expand and lead our Washington, D.C., student programs across multiple communications majors with a primary focus on journalism. The ideal candidate is a passionate, accomplished journalist who cares deeply about the industry and is motivated and inspired to help shape the careers of the next generation of journalists.

The Newhouse School has a long tradition of students in Washington, D.C., including a summer Broadcast Journalism graduate bureau, a fall Public Diplomacy program and the annual Toner Award for Political Reporting banquet in the spring. Now, the Newhouse School is expanding its footprint in our nation’s capital to a year-round venture that will provide students meaningful experiences and impact the D.C. media landscape through content creation in collaboration with professional partners.

The director's primary charge is to develop and deliver a dynamic slate of academic experiences for undergraduate and graduate students. The heart of our D.C. programs is a six-week newsroom capstone experience for broadcast journalism students; the director will build on the program's success and elevate it to a year-round experience. The director will also oversee sports-related capstone experiences and administer other D.C.-based classes and faculty. And as part of the new Center for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship, the school's Washington, D.C. programs will serve as a semester destination for students in public diplomacy, public relations, and advertising. The director will engage and support those students, too, and in doing so, help build an interdisciplinary hub of learning and idea exchange in our nation's capital.

The ideal candidate is a journalist with a strong D.C. network, a history of successful partnerships, a growth mindset and a strong motivation to nurture early-career communicators.

This position will hold the faculty rank of Professor of Practice and report to the Executive Director of the Center for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship.

To learn more about the Newhouse School, visit

Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.


Organization: Syracuse University
Location: Syracuse NY US
Date Posted: April 15, 2022
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How to Apply

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Applicants should submit a cover letter of interest which includes two important areas:

  1. Teaching – The Newhouse School prides itself on the high quality of education it provides and its ability to get students job-ready Day One. Please describe your teaching interests and philosophy of how students best learn. Please also identify the ways in which your professional experience will translate into the classroom.
  2. Diversity and Inclusion – Please describe how your past experience has prepared you to contribute to the School’s and the University’s strategic commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in higher education.

In addition to the cover letter, applications should include:

  • Resume/vitae
  • List of three references with knowledge of your work, including name, title, address and email/phone contact information for each reference.

Applications will be reviewed as they arrive with priority consideration given to those received by May 15, 2022. However, the School will continue to consider applications after that date. This position is open until filled.

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