Named Chairs & Professorships

Alexia Tsairis Chair for Documentary Photography

The Alexia Chair supports photographers whose work contributes to the improvement of the human condition. It was established in the Newhouse School through a generous gift from the Alexia Foundation and Peter and Aphrodite Tsairis, the parents of Pan Am 103 victim Alexia Tsairis, who was a Newhouse photojournalism student at the time of her death. Mike Davis, a photography editor and educator who has served as a picture editor for National Geographic magazine, the White House and several newspapers, holds the position.

Horvitz Endowed Chair in Journalism Innovation

The Peter A. Horvitz Endowed Chair in Journalism Innovation was established to develop and teach new courses that will allow students to explore the intersection of journalism and technology, and to work collaboratively to develop new content models and new forms of storytelling. Professor Dan Pacheco holds the position, which was funded by Newhouse alumnus Peter Horvitz ’76, chairman, president and CEO of Horvitz Newspapers LLC.

John Ben Snow Endowed Research Chair

The John Ben Snow Endowed Research Chair was established by the John Ben Snow Foundation, whose mission is to make grants to enhance the quality of life in Central and Northern New York state. The Newhouse School is conducting a search to fill the position. For more information, see Syracuse University Job Opps.

Knight Chair in Data and Explanatory Journalism

Headshot of Jodi Upton

The Knight Chair in Data and Explanatory Journalism is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and was established at the Newhouse School in 2016. Jodi Upton, a 20-year data journalist holds the position. Previously, she was a senior database editor at USA Today where she worked on data-driven coverage of topics including Veterans Administration hospitals, new economy jobs, mass killings and college football coaches’ salaries. She will teach data analytics and help build a data journalism curriculum.

Levidow Professor of Communications Law & Policy

The David Levidow Professor of Communications Law & Policy was created by Newhouse alumnus David Levidow '48 to further research and discussion relating to the laws and regulations that govern all parts of the communications sector. Professor Patricia Longstaff holds the position. A member of the U.S. Department of State’s advisory committee on international communications policy, she has conducted internationally recognized research on resilience.

Newhouse Chair

Headshot of Frank Biocca

Newhouse Professor Frank Biocca directs the Newhouse School’s M.I.N.D. Lab, part of a network of collaborative research labs for scholary work in communication, cognitive science and human-computer interaction.

Newhouse Endowed Chair of Public Communications

Photo of professor Tula Goenka

Tula Goenka G’86, associate professor of television, radio and film in the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, is the Newhouse Endowed Chair of Public Communications for 2016-19. The position is awarded to a distinguished faculty member whose accomplishments significantly advance the school’s reputation in research and creative activity.

Trustee Professor of Television & Popular Culture

Professor Robert Thompson is one of the most quoted experts on popular culture in the world. At Newhouse, he serves as director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture, which is supported by a gift from longtime media executive and Newhouse alumnus Edward Bleier '51.

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