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Pollner Professorship

Anthony PollnerThe Pollner Professorship was established to honor the memory of Anthony Pollner, a 1999 graduate of the School of Journalism. After Anthony died in an accident in May 2001, his friends and family created an endowment that makes this professorship possible. In 2014, friends and family expanded the endowment to allow a distinguished professorship in both fall and spring semesters. 

The Pollner family’s commitment is to invite working journalists with diverse and distinguished backgrounds to share their experiences with the school’s best students in a seminar devoted to a topic of the Pollner professor’s choosing. Professors chosen for fall will focus on writing and reporting. The spring semester will be devoted to visual or online journalism or the business of journalism. And because Anthony was most devoted to his work at the Kaimin, the Pollner professor's most important responsibility is to work daily with the Kaimin staff to help them hone their skills.

The Pollner professor also delivers a public lecture or a professional workshop on a journalism issue in a presentation that attracts an audience from the campus, the community and the region. 

Teach in MONTANA next spring.

The School of Journalism at the University of Montana is taking applications until July 11, 2014 for the new T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professorship.

Applicants should have a national reputation and an ability to mentor aspiring journalists. The successful candidate will teach a course spring semester 2015 on a topic of his or her choosing and work with the staff of the student newspaper.

The Pollner professor will also work with the dean and faculty to create a workshop for high school students or media professionals.

Recent Pollner professors have included Hank Stuever, television critic at the Washington Post; Karen Coates, a freelance journalist who covers Southeast Asia; and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters Eli Saslow, a national reporter for the Washington Post,Tamara Jones, John Woestendiek and Maurice Possley.

The stipend is $40,000.


Send a letter of interest that includes a proposal for a course topic, a resume, three references and links to published work to

For more information and a list of all previous Pollner professors, please click here.