Professor of the Practice, Journalism Program

Brandeis University Journalism Program   Waltham, MA   Full-time     Education
Posted on November 2, 2023
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Are you an innovative journalist with an exemplary body of work and a burning desire to help the next generation take flight? Are you a deep thinker and an inspiring leader who brings out the best in your students and colleagues? Are you curious about the world, open to new perspectives, and eager to pilot new approaches? If so, you may be an ideal candidate to join our dynamic team, which is building an entrepreneurial, fast-growing multimedia journalism program.

The Journalism Program at Brandeis University seeks a full-time Professor of the Practice of Journalism to begin in Fall 2024. This position is subject to budgetary approval. Research and media format specialization is open, and preference will be given to candidates whose interests and experience complement and expand those of existing faculty.

The successful candidate will be equipped to teach core undergraduate courses, such as Journalism 101, while also developing and leading new courses that emphasize deep critical thinking and cutting-edge practical application. The successful candidate must be a first-rate, creative collaborator who is committed to mentoring students and helping to bring intellectual vitality to campus. The successful candidate will receive an initial three-year contract, which is renewable, and a competitive salary and benefits package. Brandeis recognizes that diversity in its student body, staff, and faculty is important to its primary mission of providing quality education. The search committee is therefore particularly interested in candidates who, through their backgrounds and experience in journalism, teaching and service, will increase Brandeis’s reputation for academic excellence and better prepare its students to adapt to a rapidly changing world and live and work in a pluralistic society.

Applications should be submitted online through AcademicJobsOnline at and include:

-a cover letter (not to exceed 3 pages) describing your relevant experience in both journalism and teaching; your teaching/mentoring philosophy; an example of a project you worked on that showcased your ability to adapt and innovate; and an example of your work to deepen and diversify your coverage area and/or your newsroom staff.

-your curriculum vitae;

-three to five examples of your most ambitious journalistic work (if you work in a variety of media formats, make sure your samples reflect that range);

-the title and description of a course you would add to the curriculum. Provide a sampling of work you would assign students for the course, and a short rationale for why contemporary journalism students would benefit from this course;

-the names and contact information for three references who know you and your abilities well.

First consideration will be given to applications received by November 30, 2023. Letters of recommendation will be solicited once a short list of candidates is compiled. At that time, the search committee will also seek teaching evaluations (if applicable) and a longer draft syllabus of a new course you would develop. Zoom interviews will be held initially, followed by campus visits and sample classes for finalists. Questions about the position may be directed to the chair of the search committee, and director of the Journalism Program, Neil Swidey (neilswidey[at] At Brandeis, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential components of academic excellence. Brandeis University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating equitable access and opportunities for applicants to all employment positions.