Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters

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College of the Holy Cross Department of English

Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters


The College of the Holy Cross invites applications for its Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters to begin August 2021. Candidates should be dedicated teachers and creative writers with a distinguished publication record in any genre whose work explores issues of race, racism, and Latinx, African American, Native American and Indigenous, and/or Asian American expressive cultures. Although the Jenks Chair is located in the Department of English, we welcome candidates whose work extends across disciplines.

Each year the Jenks Chair teaches three undergraduate seminars in creative writing, sponsors two public lectures or readings, and conducts a seminar for faculty from across the College. Programming funds and discretionary funds for professional development are available. The initial two- or three-year appointment may be renewed for up to a maximum of five years. Salary and benefits are at the level of a full professor and are competitive with comparable appointments nationwide. The Jenks Chair is eligible for reimbursement of relocation costs within the College’s published policies. To learn more about faculty life at the College & the Worcester area, candidates are encouraged to visit


Please submit a cover letter addressing the position requirements listed above, curriculum vitae, statement on teaching, transcripts, three confidential letters of recommendation, and a sample of your creative work (40 pages or the equivalent). 

In your cover letter, in addition to describing your creative and teaching interests, please address how your scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and/or service might support the College’s mission as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college (see and its core commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more information, please visit 

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Review of applications will begin on February 5, 2021 and continue until the position has been filled. Initial interviews of selected applicants will take place March 1 - 5. We will conduct these preliminary interviews by Zoom. Virtual interviews of finalists will take place March 22 – 26. Questions about this search may be directed to Stephanie Reents, Chair, Department of English,


The College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective Catholic liberal arts college in the Jesuit tradition. It enrolls about 3,000 students and is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a medium-sized city 45 miles west of Boston. The College seeks faculty members whose scholarship, teaching, advising, and on- and off-campus service demonstrate commitment to the educational benefits of a richly diverse community. 

Holy Cross aspires to meet the needs of dual-career couples, in part through its membership in the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium ( The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action in the workplace.


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