Viebranz Visiting Professor of Creative Writing

Creative writers with significant publications and teaching experience are invited to apply for the position of Viebranz Visiting Professor of Creative Writing for the academic year 2020-2021. Publications and teaching experience in two genres are preferable. The individual hired will teach two genre-specific courses each semester (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, flash-prose, screenwriting) at the beginning or advanced level, and be an active participant in the English Department. Departmental activities will include giving a reading as part of the St. Lawrence University Writers Series, serving as a reader on a senior honors thesis and possibly directing a senior independent project, and leading occasional workshops for senior writing majors or giving a craft talk on writing. Evidence will be sought of a proven record of innovative pedagogy in creative writing and an enthusiasm for teaching. Minimum two years of undergraduate teaching experience required.

Salary commensurate with experience. A fully-furnished house is provided as part of the compensation package.

Minimum Qualifications
M.F.A. or Ph.D. with creative dissertation, at least two books published by contract start date, and significant additional publications are required. The successful candidate will join a department with a curricular commitment to teaching the mutuality of the study of literature and the practice of creative expression.

Interested applicants must apply online at uploading all required materials which are defined in the “special instructions to applicant” section.  . Applications should be received by October 14, 2019; review will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Paul Graham, Search Chair at

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

Located at 23 Romoda Drive, Canton, NY, St. Lawrence University is a coeducational, private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,400 students from more than 40 states and 40 nations. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global.

The University is committed to and seeks diversity among its faculty, staff and students. Such a commitment ensures an atmosphere that is diverse and complex in ways that are intellectually and socially enriching for the entire campus community. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups, as well as from individuals with experience teaching or working in a multicultural environment, are encouraged. St. Lawrence University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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