Former NYT editor Jill Abramson joins Harvard University

Jill Abramson, former Executive Editor of the New York Times, waves after giving the commencement address at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on May 19, 2014. Credit: Reuters
Jill Abramson, former executive editor of the New York Times, waves after giving the commencement address at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on May 19, 2014. Credit: Reuters

The recently ousted executive editor of the New York Times will soon join be imparting words of wisdom to Harvard University students.

Jill Abramson will join the Cambridge university as a visiting lecturer, the school said on Thursday.

The New York Times let Abramson go last month and the Times in its own article called the move “unexpected.” Abramson was the newspaper’s first female executive editor, a post she held since 2011.

Abramson is a 1976 Harvard College graduate and will start her new role when the 2014-15 academic year begins. Harvard said she will teach undergraduate courses on narrative nonfiction.

“I’m honored and excited to be teaching at Harvard in the coming academic year,” Abramson said in a statement. “Narrative non-fiction journalism is more important than ever.  Its traditions and how it is changing in the digital transition are fascinating areas of study.”

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