The Department of Journalism in the Grady College at the University
of Georgia invites applications for the Knight Chair in Health and
Medical Journalism, a tenured faculty position, at the rank of
Associate or full Professor. We seek a health and medical
journalist of national or international stature to direct and
expand the professional master’s degree program currently in its
13th year of teaching students to cover health, medicine and the
science behind them across emerging and established media markets,
platforms and audiences.
The Knight Chair instructs, supervises and advises graduate
students as they report and produce news stories for the College’s
laboratory newsroom as well as for professional media
organizations. An entrepreneurial sense of the possible and a
willingness to experiment with new forms of news media storytelling
to engage audiences around health, medical and related science
topics are essential as we seek to deepen ties between the College
and the profession. The chair will have the opportunity to create
programs and collaborations with journalism organizations, internal
University of Georgia programs (e.g., College of Public Health),
external health and medical-related organizations (e.g., the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and others (e.g., the
Medical College of Georgia and the Morehouse School of Medicine).
The chair also may periodically teach undergraduate courses related
to health and medical journalism.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants should submit a letter of application, a résumé or
curriculum vita and names, addresses and phone numbers of three
references. Applications from women and individuals from groups
underrepresented in the profession and higher education are
strongly encouraged. Screening of applications will begin in
mid-October 2022, with the chair holder joining the faculty of
Grady College in August 2023. Questions may be directed to the
search committee chair, Dr. Keith Herndon (email@example.com).
About the University of Georgia
The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grant
university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the
state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified
institution of higher education ( https://www.uga.edu/
). UGA is currently
ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News &
World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens,
approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses
in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785
by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered
University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800
full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time
staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students
including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and
professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and
colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University
housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.
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Academic (9 mo.)
Terminal degree for the discipline.
Candidates for the rank of professor must document a successful
career in evidence-based health and medical journalism and hold a
terminal degree. Candidates for the rank of associate professor
must document exceptional professional accomplishments in
evidence-based health and medical journalism, hold a master’s
degree and be approved for a terminal degree exception before hire.
Candidates who have not been tenured at a prior institution must be
approved for tenure on appointment by the Chancellor of the
University System of Georgia.
Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or
We seek an innovative, digital-savvy health and medical journalist
with expertise in recognizing and reporting on current and emerging
health, medical and related science topics, using basic reporting
and interviewing, datasets and secondary information sources for
story ideas and reporting, bringing diverse voices into coverage
and using a broad range of media channels and platforms to deliver
health and medical news stories (i.e., multimedia reporting). The
candidate should be adept at using and teaching how to produce and
disseminate health and medical stories using interactive, immersive
and multi-platform media formats. Digital news gathering skills and
the ability to teach the fundamentals of health and medical
reporting and journalism, including the basics of data-based
reporting, are essential.
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under the age of 18 or direct patient care?
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security, personnel records, patient records, or access to
chemicals and medications)
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