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Marc Lamont Hill to join Temple faculty :: News :: phillytrib.com

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Philadelphia native Marc Lamont Hill, a commentator and scholar, is leaving his post as a distinguished professor of African American studies at Morehouse College to join the faculty at Temple University, the college announced on Friday.

Hill, who graduated from Temple, will serve as Klein College's 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.

Additionally, Hill will teach in Temple's Urban Education program and hold an appointment in the College of Education.

"I couldn't be more excited about my return to Temple University," Hill said in a statement. "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."

Hill is a graduate of the city's Carver High School. After attending Temple, he received his doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania where his research focused on the intersections between media, culture, politics and education.

He has appeared on numerous television programs and taught at Columbia University. Ebony named him as one of America's 100 most influential Black leaders.

"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."

The Steve Charles Chair in Media, Cities and Solutions was conceived by Boardman and Charles to train students in journalism and media that can positively impact communities by focusing on potential solutions rather than problems.

Also, joining the effort will be Andrea Wenzel, another Klein College professor, who currently is a research fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia.

Hill had been at Morehouse, the historically Black college in Atlanta, since 2014.

"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," Hill said.