This Knight Chair is currently vacant. Former Chair Joe Ritchie retired in 2013.
The Knight Professor oversees a program of professional development (focusing on both personal and professional skills), professional forums (involving on-campus guest lectures, student participation in professional conventions and seminars and student field trips to major communication centers), and recruitment (attracting additional high quality students and helping support them with scholarship assistance.) (1990)
The development fund would support professional internships for faculty, travel to professional and academic conferences and meetings, research and public service activities and assistance in completing terminal degrees. By strengthening the academic and professional performance of its entire journalism faculty, FAMU will increase its capacity to help journalism students to become more knowledgeable, more effective and better prepared for their work in the field. (1998)