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Visiting Lecturer in the Humanities/Ferris Professor of Journalism/McGraw Professor of Writing

Job Summary

The Program in Journalism and its academic home, the Council of the Humanities, welcome proposals from journalists to teach seminars in journalism as visiting Ferris Professors of Journalism and in nonfiction as visiting McGraw Professors of Writing. Positions are available for one-semester terms: fall 2023 or spring 2024.

The Program and the Council share a vision that is both local and global, and which spans disciplines and borders. They view a strong, ethical, and representational press as essential to participatory democracy. They are committed to innovation, public engagement, diversity and inclusive excellence.

Journalists from a range of backgrounds and media are encouraged to apply. Full-time visiting professors take a formal leave from daily journalism to devote themselves to teaching. They are expected be on campus four full days a week, on average; attend all faculty gatherings; and participate in University life. They give talks, participate in panels, advise students, and join in events.

Part-time visiting professors are expected to 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 a week for three hours, with enrollment limited to 16. Students devote about six hours a week to class preparation. Every week or two, students submit assignments, which the professor critiques 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 visiting professors are eligible to propose seminars that include a class trip over fall or spring break (subject to University travel policies at the time) during which students conduct reporting off-campus in a domestic or international location. These professors receive a salary of $90,000 and are normally expected to be "in residence," relocating to Princeton or the local vicinity for the semester.

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. The selection committee aims to complete its work by February 2023.

Applicants should submit a résumé or CV that includes recent publications; a proposal for a seminar; and a cover letter that describes their interest in teaching.

Innovative and cross-disciplinary proposals are encouraged. Many seminars fall under one of these broad course rubrics:

  • The Literature of Fact
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Writing about Racial Justice
  • Data Journalism
  • Writing about the Environment
  • Covering Politics
  • International News
  • Audio Journalism
  • Visual Journalism
  • Writing about - (Culture, Film, Ideas, Law, 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 nonfiction 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, photographer, 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


Organization: Princeton University Program in Journalism
Location: Princeton NJ US
Date Posted: July 20, 2022
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How to Apply

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

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