Bernstein won acclaim in the 1970s for helping uncover the presidential scandal when he worked for the Washington Post. He will be a guest lecturer at Stony Brook, focusing on courses in the school of journalism, as well as the English, history, political science and other departments.
Bernstein also will be involved in fundraising efforts at the college on eastern Long Island.
He and Bob Woodward won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1973 for their coverage of the Watergate scandal.
In a statement, the 69-year-old Bernstein says he has wanted to do more teaching and found Stony Brook's student body, faculty and location were ideal.
"I've known for a while that I want to do more teaching, but I was determined not to be pigeonholed in a single academic department or discipline," Bernstein said. "The idea was to develop an interdisciplinary agenda, focused on the history and politics and culture of America and its place in the world, from the 1950s to the present."