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

Princeton University

The Humanities Council 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 commuting (part-time) and residential (full-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). Applications must be received by no later than 11:59pm EST on October 25, 2017. 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. 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. Applicants residing within a 60-mile radius of Princeton (including New York City and Philadelphia) typically are eligible only for a commuting appointment, 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, and the stipend for residential appointments is $90,000. 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. Applicants should submit: a resume 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. 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 Digital Journalism Visual Journalism (storytelling through 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 (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