COLLEGE PARK (1/14/20) — The University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism is seeking an accomplished journalist and mentor to lead its Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism.

The position is named for founding director George Solomon, who is retiring after the Spring 2020 semester. The Povich family has agreed to contribute $1 million toward the George Solomon Endowed Chair in Sports Journalism if Merrill College first raises $500,000 from alumni and friends.

The Povich Center serves Merrill College students and professional journalists, as well as the university and greater community through its panels, workshops and support of the college’s academic offerings as well as research and analysis.

For more information and to apply, visit the university’s jobs website.



Position Summary/Purpose of Position: Merrill College is seeking a director to lead its Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism. Funded by the university and an endowment from the Povich family and other supporters, the Povich Center produces outstanding public programs, sponsors and facilitates research related to sports journalism and serves the college and university community. The director will teach sports journalism courses and may be eligible for designation as a “Professor of the Practice” or a tenure-track faculty position, depending on education and experience.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required. Newsroom leadership or mentoring experience required as well as seven or more years of professional experience in sports journalism. The position requires a deep understanding of sports journalism, the ability to manage collaborations, an abiding commitment to mentoring student journalists and an appetite for scholarly research on issues of importance to sports journalism. The successful candidate will be a reporter, an editor, a leader, a collaborator and a powerful advocate for the importance of sports journalism in American culture. We are looking for someone who is excited to explore new forms of storytelling and eager to mentor the next generation of sports journalists.

Preferences: Advanced degree and/or university-level teaching experience