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Director, Program in Journalism at Princeton University

Program in Journalism at Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey
Salary is commensurate with experience, and the salary range starts at $180,000
Start date
Aug 8, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Journalism
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Council of the Humanities seeks a dynamic leader to serve as Director of Princeton University's undergraduate Program in Journalism. We are looking for a seasoned journalist with fresh ideas about diversifying our faculty and students, and expanding our curriculum. As a Ferris Professor in Residence, the Director also teaches one course each semester in journalism or creative nonfiction.

Princeton's program in Journalism ( was established in 1957 and comprises the Ferris Seminars in Journalism and the McGraw Seminars in Writing. A key feature of the humanities landscape at Princeton, our journalism program is grounded in humanistic inquiry and narrative storytelling, and is committed to journalism as a public service.

Journalists from a range of backgrounds and media are encouraged to apply, as are teachers and editors who maintain an active research and writing agenda. The Director/Visiting Professor normally relocates to Princeton or the vicinity from the start of September through the end of May, and maintains a full-time presence on campus during the teaching semester.

The Director/Visiting Professor works closely with the Chair and Executive Director of the Humanities Council to sustain and develop the undergraduate program in Journalism. The Humanities Council ( fosters cutting-edge research and advocates for the humanities on campus, in the community, and in the public conversation.

The three-year position is for a 9-month academic-year appointment, with potential for renewal. It requires teaching one seminar in each of the fall and spring semesters. Salary is commensurate with experience, and the salary range starts at $180,000.

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, October 12, 2023 at The selection committee aims to invite finalists to campus in January and make its decision by February 2024.

Teaching Responsibilities

Our journalism program hosts about a dozen courses per year, each taught by a distinguished visiting journalist. In the Seminars, limited to 16 students, students submit weekly assignments, which the instructor critiques during mandatory one-on-one writing conferences. Faculty often invite guest speakers and arrange a class visit to a newspaper or magazine.

Applications should include proposals for two courses. The first should be for one of the three existing gateway courses to the Minor:

  • The Media in America;
  • The Literature of Fact
  • Creative Nonfiction

The second course would be in the candidate's specific field of expertise. Innovative, interdisciplinary topics are encouraged. Seminars may also include a class trip over fall or spring break, during which students conduct guided field reporting.

Course proposals should include:

  • An overview of the course focus
  • Specific topics for each of the 12 weeks of the course
  • A sample reading list of six book/article titles
  • Five to six possible writing assignments

Program Directorship

The Director will cultivate a diverse faculty and meet the needs of a diverse student body, ensuring an inclusive program with local and international impact.

The Director will:

  • Recruit, select, train, and mentor visiting faculty.
  • Oversee the undergraduate Minor in Journalism.
  • Develop new courses; create new "field experiences" in journalism.
  • Curate a series of public lectures and workshops.
  • Advise student publications and projects.
  • Increase the visibility of Journalism at Princeton and beyond.

Essential Qualifications:

  • A record of distinction in journalism or other kinds of nonfiction writing.
  • 10+ years' experience as a practicing journalist - as reporter, editor, producer, photographer, critic, biographer, or documentarian.
  • At least five years' experience writing regularly for major publications.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, access, and inclusive excellence.
  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.

Requisition No: D-24-JRN-00003

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