Faculty - Creative Writing

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Rider University Lifting Barriers https://explore.rider.edu/lifting-barriers/

The Department of English at Rider University invites applications for a tenure-track position in creative writing at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning in September 2021.

The successful candidate, in addition to teaching and pursuing scholarship and/or creative activity in his/her field of expertise, is expected to teach composition regularly and to become actively involved in our Composition Program. All Rider faculty members are expected to maintain excellence in student-centered undergraduate teaching and advising, scholarly activity, and departmental and institutional service. 

The teaching load at Rider University is six sections per academic year and this position may include upper-division courses in creative writing and for our certificate in Publishing and Professional Writing, along with general-education literature courses and composition.


  • Ph.D. or MFA in creative writing
  • Coursework or professional experience in literary editing and publishing
  • Undergraduate teaching experience with a diverse body of students
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preferred specializations include playwriting, screenwriting, or genre fiction (e.g., fantasy, science fiction, Afrofuturism, Africanfuturism, magical realism)
  • Training or experience in the teaching of grant writing

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom in January. For best consideration, applications should be received by December 15, 2020.                                             

Rider is a private, coeducational university located near Princeton, NJ, and within easy driving distance or train ride to New York City and Philadelphia. Rider is ranked in the top quarter of northern regional universities by US News and World Report. Further information is available at www.rider.edu.                                                            

All applicants must apply for position no.  312289 online at http://rider.peopleadmin.com/postings/6706.  Please attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and goals, a statement of demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, and creative writing sample of 25 pages or fewer. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts and three letters of recommendation are also required. 

Rider University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to excellence through diversity.

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