David Hajdu is a tenured professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he co-teaches the seminar in Arts and Culture in collaboration with the program founder, Alisa Solomon.
At Columbia, Hajdu is the elected representative of the Journalism School to the University Senate. He also serves on the Committee for Arts and Prizes, which confers honorary degrees. Prior to joining the full-time faculty of Columbia, Hajdu was a professor of journalism at Syracuse University. For several years before that, he was an adjunct professor in the Graduate Writing Program at the New School University. He has also taught literary nonfiction at the University of Chicago, where was the Robert Vare Nonfiction Writer in Residence.