As an honorary professor in journalism and media studies, he will share with students his knowledge of the industry gained over the last 35 years and help shape the university’s courses.
Charles set up his own media consultancy in 2009 after resigning from The Herald the previous year after three years as its editor and six years at the helm of the Evening Times before then.
He said: “I am delighted to be associated with Glasgow Caledonian University, which has one of the most sought after multi-media journalism programmes in the UK.
“I have been highly impressed with the enthusiasm, energy and commitment of the staff and students and look forward to working with them as they develop their ambitious plans for today’s challenging media environment.”
Pamela Gillies, principal professor at the university, said: “Glasgow Caledonian University is a leading force in the field of Scottish education and research in journalism.
“We are delighted to welcome Charles McGhee as an honorary professor of our academic community.
“Charles’ intellectual acuity, experience and insight will guide the university’s future development in this important area. He will also be an inspirational role model for our students.”