Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing - Open Genre)

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The College of Charleston’s Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Creative Writing (Open Genre) beginning August 16, 2021. The Department of English is committed to a diverse and inclusive educational environment and especially encourages applicants from underrepresented groups. The department offers both an MFA in Creative Writing and a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and houses the literary journal Crazyhorse, which is currently in the process of rebranding.

We seek applicants with either an MFA or a PhD in Creative Writing; a strong publication record in one genre (at least one book published, or under contract, with a nationally recognized press); publications/expertise in a second genre (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry); and a record of teaching excellence. We seek to attract a candidate with a demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially and with a willingness to eventually serve in Creative Writing program administrative roles.

The ordinary teaching assignment is 3/3. Teaching duties will include all levels of creative writing workshops from beginning to graduate, along with mentoring MFA theses. Faculty are encouraged to develop special topics creative writing courses fueled by their interests; to participate in the periodic teaching of first-year writing; to pursue interdisciplinary program affiliations such as with our African American Studies or Women’s and Gender Studies programs; and to mentor undergraduate independent studies and Bachelor’s Essays.

Responsibilities of every faculty member include a commitment to teaching excellence, maintaining an outstanding program of research and/or creative activity, and providing service to the department and College.

Founded in 1770 and located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, the College of Charleston is a public liberal arts institution with a strong commitment to the teacher-scholar model for faculty. Charleston is a thriving, culturally rich city. The College of Charleston, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Department of English have a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students, and to sustaining an inclusive work and learning environment.

Please submit a letter of application, CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, three letters of recommendation, and current transcript to Interfolio by Feb 15, 2021. Contact Department Chair Dr. Myra Seaman (seamanm@cofc.edu) with questions about applying. Preliminary interviews will be conducted by Zoom.


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