Job Opening: Visiting Professor of Media & Public Affairs

April 22, 2022

The School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University seeks an environmental journalist and/or filmmaker to advance the school’s commitment to rigorous education, journalistic excellence, sustainability, and student preparation to be compelling environmental storytellers. This is a full-time, non-tenure-accruing, two-year term faculty position offered the rank of visiting professor. Appointment begins as early as Fall 2022. We seek individuals with substantial professional experience in environmental journalism and/or filmmaking, a proven agenda of continuing practice and/or research, and potential for teaching excellence. We encourage applications from those who have demonstrated expertise covering the issues related to the environment; sustainability; climate change; environmental equity, justice, policy, and underserved communities.

This is a full-time, two-year term appointment with a proposed start date of August 1, 2022. 


Responsibilities Include: 

Teaching environmental reporting and related courses at the undergraduate level

Advising students

Performing department and university service

Continuing journalistic and creative activity and/or research

Convening events

Collaborating with colleagues focused on sustainability and in SMPA’s Planet Forward project.



Applicants must have: a bachelor’s degree; at least seven years of experience as a working professional environmental journalist, filmmaker, and/or author with demonstrated impact; potential for teaching excellence as demonstrated by relevant work and/or teaching experience, evaluations, letters of recommendation, and faculty presentations. The candidate must have a significant profile and outstanding reputation in the field as demonstrated by environmentally relevant achievements and professional recognition.

How to Apply: 

Complete an online faculty application and upload a cover letter; resume; samples of professional work; a statement of current and future practice or research interests; and a statement of teaching philosophy, interest and experience. Three letters of recommendation should be sent directly by referees to Frank Sesno, Environmental Journalism Search Committee Chair, School of Media and Public Affairs, 805 21st Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20052, or via email at [email protected]. Review of applications will begin on May 25, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered. Full job posting can be found here