Assistant Professor, Longform Narrative

Syracuse University
New York, United States
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Posted Date
Oct 6, 2022
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Assistant Professor, Longform Narrative

Syracuse, NY

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Commensurate w/Experience

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As determined by department chair

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Syracuse, NY

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Job Description

The Magazine, News & Digital Journalism Department ( MND ) seeks a tenure-track faculty member to teach longform narrative, with an emphasis on multiplatform story-producing, to undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will have professional experience in writing, editing and/or producing longform journalism in audio, video or other digital formats, and be able to lead students in project-based learning from pitch through research/reporting, production and distribution. The role will involve collaboration with other faculty and staff to produce innovative student journalism with professional aspirations. This position has a start date of August 21, 2023.

About the Newhouse School
Widely regarded as the nation’s leading school of communications, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University is home to approximately 2,000 undergraduates, 200 residential master’s degree students, 200 online master’s degree students and 15 doctoral degree students. They are among the best in the country, having secured a place in the class through a highly competitive admissions process. The typical admitted first-year student has a 3.8 GPA and an SAT score in the 1300s

The school’s 250,000-square-foot, three-building complex is a leading-edge learning environment where students are exposed to the tools and technologies used by professionals in the field. Features include Dick Clark Studios, a high-tech entertainment production facility that rivals many Hollywood studios; the Diane and Bob Miron Digital News Center, complete with a contemporary news set, a green screen, state-of-the-art lighting systems and cameras; the Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation, a creative hub where Newhouse expertise in content development and production meets the latest media technology and programming trends; the Emerging Insights Lab, a state-of-the-art social media command center; and the Collaborative Media Room, home to
the student-produced multimedia news site, The NewsHouse.

In January 2020, the S.I. Newhouse Foundation announced a $75 million gift to the Newhouse School, the largest donation to Syracuse University in its 150-year history and one of the largest ever to any communications school.

To learn more about the Newhouse School, visit

The Magazine, News & Digital Journalism Department has a strong tradition of excellence and alumni placement at leading media organizations, including the Washington Post, New York Times, Vox/New York Magazine, Conde Nast, Apple News, etc. The faculty prides itself on an innovative curriculum that prepares students to work in today’s journalism world and lead the one that comes next. As a department, we value collaboration and community building among students, staff and faculty.
Our 17 full-time faculty members – all of whom come from industry – teach required courses in writing, reporting, data, editing, diversity and ethics, along with a variety of electives in emerging technology, multimedia and social media. The curriculum emphasizes understanding audience and multiplatform content creation.
More than 200 undergraduates and graduate students in the MND program participate in project-based learning that encourages experimentation and creativity. Several recent class or schoolwide journalism projects have gone on to win national honors from the Online News Association, Hearst Journalism Awards and the Society of Professional Journalism. The NewsHouse , a long-running digital news magazine, gives students both a learning environment and a public-facing outlet. Recent projects include topics such as student mental health , the consequences of I-81 on the Syracuse community and the 50th Anniversary of Title IX .
Program alumni maintain strong connections to Newhouse and Syracuse University. Our alumni are editors, reporters, podcast producers and social media editors, and work on audience engagement, design/dev and editorial strategy teams. They are found in numerous leadership positions and often return to campus to share their knowledge.
Please visit Syracuse University , Newhouse School and Magazine, News and Digital Journalism to learn more about our school and programs.


Successful candidates must have a portfolio of work demonstrating excellence in longform narrative. Previous teaching experience is desirable, but successful candidates will show a commitment to mentorship or development of young journalists. A bachelor’s degree is required. An MFA, MA or MS is preferred.

Job Specific Qualifications

The successful candidate must show potential for conducting academic scholarship or industry-related creative activity/research that will position the hire as a recognized expert in the field. This could include producing work for professional outlets, conducting applied research targeted toward industry; and/or traditional academic scholarship. Participation in service and committee work for the department, the Newhouse School, and Syracuse University is expected.
The Newhouse School is committed to diversity in faculty and staff hiring, student recruitment, curriculum and ideas. Applicants should have the communication skills and ability to maximize cross-cultural effectiveness when working with diverse groups of students, colleagues and community members. Successful candidates should also be committed to journalism that informs and empowers the disenfranchised.


Teach five courses a year at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Teaching responsibilities will include upper-level journalism capstone and reporting courses. Engage in a research/creative agenda that brings national visibility to the Newhouse School. Contribute to service-related initiatives, including academic and career advising of students, school and university committee service, curriculum development and assessment, and community/professional outreach.


Physical Requirements

“Not Applicable”


“Not Applicable”

Application Instructions

Applications should include the following:
· Cover letter, emphasizing prior university teaching experience or identify the ways in which professional experience will translate into the classroom
· Resume/Curriculum Vitae
· Three Statements addressing each of the following:
o TEACHING : The Newhouse School prides itself on the high quality of education it provides. Please submit a statement describing your philosophy of teaching and learning.
o DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION : The Newhouse School seeks candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of students, colleagues, and community members. Please describe how your past experience has prepared you to contribute to the School’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.
o RESEARCH / CREATIVE ACTIVITY : The Newhouse School prides itself on being inclusive of scholarly research, such as peer-reviewed journal articles, grant procurement, conference presentations and book development and creative activity such as exhibitions, juried-selections, works of art, video, audio, and trade/professional focused articles. Please describe how your experience will help you contribute to the University and School’s commitment to research and creative initiatives.
· List of three references with knowledge of your work, with complete contact information
Applications will be reviewed as they arrive, with a priority submission deadline and full consideration given to those received in full by November 11, 2022. The search will continue until this position is filled.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.

EEO Statement

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.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

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