Associate Professor/Professor

University of Georgia
Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 19, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Medicine, Other Health & Medicine, Professional Fields, Journalism, Other Professional Fields, Administrative, Student Affairs, Health Services
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Summary

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 (

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Associate Professor/Professor


Grady-Journalism Department

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 ( ). 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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Benefits Eligible


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Open until filled


Location of Vacancy

Athens Area

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Open Rank


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Open Rank

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Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status


Minimum Qualifications

Terminal degree for the discipline.

Additional Requirements

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 Certification

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

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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Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


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