Assistant Professor of English

Denison University seeks an active creative nonfiction writer and experienced teacher for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of English. The successful candidate must be able to teach a wide range of forms (e.g., memoir, literary journalism, poetry, fiction, etc.) and to contribute to the English Department’s core creative writing courses, to elective offerings within the English major, and to courses within Denison’s new Journalism major. The annual 3/2 teaching assignment will typically include a multi-genre introductory creative writing course, a survey of literary nonfiction that also serves the Journalism major, advanced creative writing workshops in creative nonfiction, and courses that the candidate creates and develops based on their area(s) of expertise. In addition to teaching such courses, this colleague will also be expected to work with and advise senior creative writing majors on their year-long senior projects in some years. We are particularly interested in candidates with additional expertise in the literary traditions of historically marginalized or underrepresented peoples. 

Denison University is a highly selective, residential liberal arts college recognized for excellence in undergraduate education and close student-faculty interaction. The college offers generous annual professional development funds, a pre-tenure research leave after a successful third-year review, opportunities for student-faculty research collaboration, and workshops and mentoring programs to develop our strengths as teacher-scholars.

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to attract and hire candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities. Denison fosters a campus community that recognizes the value of all persons regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender expression and identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background. For additional information and resources about diversity at Denison, please see our Diversity Guide ( Denison University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. 

Candidates are expected to be engaged and effective teachers who can maintain a productive scholarly and creative program and contribute actively to the English Department and the college. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience. In your cover letter, please talk about your commitment to a liberal arts education, teaching and working closely with students as a primary responsibility of the job, working with and supporting a diverse student community, and exposing students to a wide range of ideas and perspectives. Candidates are required to have by start date an MFA or a PhD in English or Creative Writing (ABD will be considered as Instructor until PhD is attained).

Please submit a letter of interest, c.v., and the names and contact information for 3 references at by 18 October 2021; we will conduct Zoom interviews in early December. 

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