Walsh chosen for national faculty success program

Sunday, October 3, 2021 - 9:00am

Jessica Fargen Walsh, an assistant professor of journalism, was chosen to participate in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity’s Faculty Success Program in spring 2022.  

The Faculty Success Program is a 12-week online program designed to teach tenure-track and tenured faculty the skills to increase research and writing productivity while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Walsh was nominated for the program by Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs John Bender.  

Walsh joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications faculty in January 2020. Before joining the faculty, Walsh was a reporter for 12 years at news organizations including The Associated Press, The Patriot Ledger and the Boston Herald, where she learned to cultivate sources, turn curiosity into front-page stories, dig for public records and relentlessly knock on doors. She has won several regional press awards including a share in one award for breaking news and another for a series of stories about a Boston plastic surgeon who was accused of operating while impaired. She also led the Boston Herald’s effort to get the Massachusetts state parole board to make its votes public.  

She taught part-time at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications for seven years before joining the faculty full-time in 2020. She is co-author and editor of the textbook "Everybody's an Editor" and the course leader for JOUR200A, a required class for all majors. In 2019, she created, reported, edited and took photos and videos for a special project website on Nebraska's drinking water quality. In 2020, she was selected as a Kopenhaver Center Fellow. She is also a member of UNL's 2020 Peer Evaluation of Teaching Task Force. 

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity was founded in 2010 and is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community for faculty members, postdocs and graduate students. 

Jessica Walsh Headshot
Jessica Fargen Walsh, assistant professor