Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, a renowned scholar, journalist and social commentator who grew up in North Philadelphia and attended Temple University, is returning to his alma mater to focus on how media can help solve challenges faced by cities.
Hill will join the faculty of the Lew Klein College of Media and Communication, as the first Steve Charles Chair in Media, Cities and Solutions. The chair was endowed last year with a $2 million gift from Temple trustee and alumnus Steve Charles.
"Dr. Hill is a superb teacher, an outstanding researcher, and a high-profile, highly respected journalist and public intellectual," said Klein College Dean David Boardman. "Add to that his connections in the Philadelphia community, and he is perfect for this role."
Hill is currently a Distinguished Professor of Africana Studies at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Previously, he taught at Columbia University and in Temple's College of Education. In his new role, he will also teach in Temple's Urban Education program and hold an appointment in the College of Education, where he was the commencement speaker last year.
"I am pleased Marc Lamont Hill will return to the faculty of the College of Education, where he will continue his prolific career as a leading intellectual voice, advocate for social justice and scholar of urban education," said Dean Gregory Anderson.
Hill is the author of four books and editor of two others, and has been widely published in academic and popular journals. Ebony Magazine has named him one of America's 100 most influential black leaders. He is a frequent guest on CNN, and a host on the VH1 and BET networks. He was also the inaugural host of HuffPost Live.
Hill received his undergraduate degree from Temple in 2000, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the intersections between media, culture, politics and education.
"I couldn't be more excited about my return to Temple University," Hill said. "This chair will give me the opportunity to link academic inquiry and rigorous journalism to actual problem-solving, something insufficiently done in the academy and mainstream media.
"I can't imagine a better position than this one, as it allows me to come back home to North Philly and do my part to make home even better."
The Steve Charles Chair in Media, Cities and Solutions was conceived by Dean Boardman and Trustee Charles as a means to train students in journalism and media that can positively impact communities by focusing on potential solutions rather than solely on problems. Also joining that effort will be another new Klein College professor, Dr. Andrea Wenzel, currently a research fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. She is a former journalist who has done extensive field work in solutions-based journalism.
Hill was strongly recommended for the chair position by scholars across the country. Dr. Na'ilah Suad Nasir, Vice Chancellor of Equity & Inclusion at the University of California, Berkeley, called Hill "one of the most well-respected African American journalists and public figures of our time, and he is single-handedly the best speaker I have ever seen. Temple is very wise to recruit him, as he could indeed have his choice of institutional homes."