The Humanities Council at Princeton University welcomes 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. Both residential (full-time) and commuting (part-time) positions are available. Appointments are for one semester only: fall 2018 (September 1 through January 31) or spring 2019 (February 1 through June 30).
Residential appointments are open to applicants who reside beyond a 60-mile radius of Princeton. Visiting professors in residence relocate to Princeton for a semester, taking a leave from daily journalism to teach. They are required to spend a significant portion of the week on campus. In 2018-19 the stipend for residential appointments is $90,000 for one semester.
Applicants who reside within a 60-mile radius of Princeton (including New York City and Philadelphia) typically are eligible only for commuting appointments, in which they commute to campus once per week for the 12 weeks of the term, as well as the week of Reading Period. In 2018-19 the stipend for commuting appointments is $36,000 for one semester.
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 one-on-one writing conferences with the students. Professors often invite guest speakers and arrange a class visit to their newspaper or magazine.
Most seminars fall under one of these broad course rubrics:
The Literature of Fact
Politics and the Media
The Media and Social Issues
Visual Journalism (storytelling through video, photography, multimedia, and/or data visualization)
Writing about (Culture, Film, Ideas, Law, Medicine, Science, etc.)
Applicants should prepare to 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 non-fiction writing; and a cover letter that describes your interest in teaching and states your preference for a commuting or residential 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.
Seminar proposals should include:
A short course description for the course catalogue (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).
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 (print, radio, television, or digital) or writing regularly for major news publications, including in the year immediately prior to submitting an application
Must not have a tenure-track or administrative position at an academic institution
Must have a bachelor’s degree
Applications must be received by 11:59pm EST on October 25, 2017, at https://puwebp.princeton.edu/AcadHire/apply/application.xhtml?listingId=3401.
Learn more at https://journalism.princeton.edu/opportunities/#visiting.
The selection committee aims to complete its work by the end of December.
We cannot confirm receipt of applications nor can we accept applications after the deadline.
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW.