Assistant/Associate Professor of Creative Writing: Fiction. Tenure-track

Assistant/Associate Professor of Creative Writing: Fiction. Tenure-track. Starting August 2020, with exceptional candidates invited to join our faculty in January 2020.

The English Department at Allegheny College invites applications for fiction writers interested in joining a vibrant program dedicated to outstanding undergraduate education in creative writing and literature. Our program enjoys a strong record of alumni accomplishment, reflected in MFA and PhD program admissions, several Stegner Fellowships, frequent literary publications, and national awards. Faculty publish widely and receive considerable travel and research support from the College, which is dedicated to a balanced teacher-scholar model that lies at the core of Liberal Arts colleges.

Our future colleague will be an active writer of literary fiction whose work and professional interests demonstrate an earnest engagement with a diverse world.  While primary teaching responsibilities will be in fiction writing and literature, Allegheny College has committed ongoing resources to build faculty clusters with expertise in race, gender, and/or social justice who could contribute to the core curriculum in one (or more) of three interdisciplinary programs:  Black Studies, Community & Justice Studies, and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies.  This position will be in the cluster program and applicants are asked to demonstrate how their teaching and research experience intersects with one (or more of) these fields in their submitted materials; we have particular interest in candidates whose work is conversant with Black Studies.  Faculty in the cluster program will be appointed in the hiring department, for this position the English Department, with clearly established guidelines and evaluation processes for contributions to other program(s).  The cluster program will offer professional development opportunities, and we welcome teacher-scholars who are enthusiastic about collaborating with faculty colleagues and mentoring undergraduate students in the above interdisciplinary areas.

All Allegheny faculty teach in the college-wide first-year/sophomore seminars and advise senior projects. The teaching load is 3/3, with course releases earned for Senior Project advising.

Qualifications: Ph.D. with an M.F.A. in creative writing preferred, a promising record of publication in fiction, and college teaching experience. Strong candidates will demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate education, including pedagogy and experience consistent with diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Allegheny College is a highly selective private liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania with an increasingly diverse student body. We take seriously our responsibility to increase the diversity of our dedicated faculty, recognizing that diversity is an integral aspect of high quality education. Allegheny College is deeply committed to creating an inclusive community that actively challenges racism, sexism, heterosexism, religious bigotry, and other forms of bias (see Allegheny College Statement of Community). Women, racial and ethnic minorities, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please submit a letter of application, CV, and diversity statement (describing how you incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion in your teaching, research, and/or service), by email to Matthew Ferrence, Chair of English, at Writing samples and letters of recommendation will be requested at a later date. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2019, with short-listed candidates invited to interview via teleconference, followed by anticipated campus visits in late autumn. Please indicate in your application if you wish to be considered for a January 2020 start date.

Allegheny College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, with a strong institutional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Allegheny College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, or national origin.


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