Ted Turner Visiting Professor of Environmental Journalism

February 16, 2024

Position Announcement:  Ted Turner Visiting Professor of Environmental Journalism

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, open rank, contract faculty position. Appointment begins as early Fall 2024. 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. 

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

Minimum Qualifications: 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 presentations. The candidate must have a significant profile and outstanding reputation in the field as demonstrated by environmentally relevant achievements and professional recognition.

Application Procedure: Complete an online faculty application at https://www.gwu.jobs/postings/108533 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 Jason Osder, Environmental Journalism Search, 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 March 18, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled.  Only complete applications will be considered. Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.

The George Washington University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

The university and department have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among the faculty.  We strongly encourage underrepresented groups including women and persons of color to apply.

An internationally recognized center for research and teaching in political and international communication and journalism, The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs is a dynamic, interdisciplinary program based in the heart of Washington, D.C., where media, public affairs and politics intersect. We offer two undergraduate majors (journalism/mass communication and political communication) as well as an MA degree in media and public affairs focused on strategic political communication. We also offer an MA degree in global communication jointly with the Elliott School of International Affairs.  More information on the School can be found at  http://smpa.gwu.edu/.