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About the Professorship

The Journalism Program at SUNY at New Paltz seeks a distinguished journalist for the James H. Ottaway Sr. Endowed Professorship each spring semester. The Ottaway professor will teach advanced undergraduate journalism students; participate in workshop/round table discussions with students, faculty and local journalists; and give one major campus presentation. The ideal candidate will have extensive and prestigious journalism experience.

The length of time in residence at SUNY New Paltz is flexible and will be determined by the selection committee in cooperation with the candidate selected for the position. Visiting professors who teach a class for the full semester receive a stipend up to $50,000. Visitors who teach for shorter time periods (not the full semester) are supported by a smaller stipend that is pro-rated according to the duration of the course.

SUNY New Paltz is located in the Mid-Hudson Valley, 70 miles from New York City. The college is among the most selective small liberal arts colleges in the Northeast; it receives more applications than any other SUNY college. It has 8,000 students, many of whom study communication, media and journalism in high-quality facilities. Past holders of the professorship include Deborah Amos, an award-winning international correspondent for NPR; Sydney Schanberg, 1976 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting; and Ann M. Simmons, currently the Wall Street Journal’s Moscow Bureau Chief.

How to Apply

To apply, please send your resume and an application letter that discusses relevant experience and the course that you propose teaching to Rachel Somerstein, Ottaway Committee Coordinator, at somerstr@newpaltz.edu. In your letter, please note if you propose teaching a full semester or for a shorter period.

The committee works about 1.5 years in advance; applications for the 2022 Ottaway professor will be accepted until May 1.

SUNY is an AA/EOE employer.