Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Open Genre)

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One-year position for Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (open genre), nonrenewable, beginning August 2021. Teaching load: 3/3, including a mix of multi-genre creative writing (fiction/poetry), literature, and first-year writing courses (capped at 15-16 students for writing courses and workshops, and 20 students for literature courses).  The position also confers the title of Visiting Writer-in-Residence, with responsibility for giving a public reading in the fall and for supporting creative writing-related activities through the year, such as assisting the faculty advisor to the student literary journal, the Wooden Tooth Review.  

A Ph.D. in Creative Writing or English, American, or Anglophone literature is preferred; well qualified applicants holding the M.F.A. will also be considered. We require a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching; willingness to participate in the life of a lively and collegial department; broad education in the discipline; a record of creative publication; and recent, successful experience in teaching college-level first-year and/or creative writing. We also have a particular interest in candidates who are prepared to teach world literature.  Relocation is expected.

How to apply: upload vita and letter (including descriptions of your teaching practices/philosophy, your research interests/publications, and literature courses you could offer) by 1 April 2021 at https://www.washjeff.edu/applicantpro/, addressed to Tara Fee, chair of the English department. No dossiers, letters, or writing samples until requested.

Washington & Jefferson College is a selective liberal arts college located thirty miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The oldest such college located west of the Allegheny mountains, W&J welcomes applications from creative and adaptable individuals who are dedicated to undergraduate liberal arts education, who cherish close interaction between faculty and students, and who enjoy participating in and promoting a diverse community committed to multicultural and global understanding.

The College is committed to increasing diversity in our community and actively pursues individuals from all backgrounds. Additionally, W&J complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and provides equal opportunity in all educational programs and activities, admission of students, and conditions of employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or national origin.


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