DeRogatis signs on full time

By BenitaZepeda

Jim DeRogatis, currently a part-time faculty member at Columbia, left his position as Pop Music Critic at the Chicago Sun-Times to accept a full-time position in the English Department.

DeRogatis started at the Sun-Times in 1992. After a two-and-a-half year run, he briefly served as an assistant editor at Rolling Stone Magazine. In 1996, DeRogatis came back to Chicago to work at the Sun-Times again. His last day with the paper will be May 5.

In addition to Rolling Stone Magazine, DeRogatis also served as assistant editor for Request Magazine. Spin, Guitar World, Modern Drummer, Penthouse and GQ are also part of his resume.

“It’s incredibly flattering that [Columbia] thought I was worthy of the offer of a full- time position as lecturer,” DeRogatis said. “It just feels like home.”

DeRogatis will continue to host the WBEZ radio show “Sound Opinions” along side Greg Kot, while also blogging for

He is the author of nine books, including a biography on Lester Bangs, which inspired the 2000 film “Almost Famous.”

“It’s a privilege to work with kids who are so eager to get out there in all these different fields of art,” DeRogatis said.

See next week’s issue of The Chronicle for a follow-up on this new faculty addition to the college.