The 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.
The Pollner professors for the 2017-18 academic year are Cheryl Carpenter (fall) and Deborah Potter (spring).
If you are interested in applying to become a Pollner professor at the UM School of Journalism, please contact Carol Van Valkenburg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Former journalism student, Anthony Pollner, in whose honor the Pollner Professorship is offered.