Core Candidate Assistant or Associate Professor

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Core Candidate Assistant or Associate Professor
We are searching for an experienced Core Candidate Assistant or Associate Professor at our Nalanda Campus facility. 

Position Title: Core Candidate Assistant or Associate Professor
No. of Positions to Fill 1
Department/Program: Jack Kerouac School 12100
Work Location: Arapahoe & Nalanda Campus
Reports to: Dean of Naropa College & Graduate Collective
FLSA Classification: Exempt/Salaried
FTE: 100% (40 hrs/week)
Compensation: $55,000 - $70,000 DOE

Job Summary

Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics invites applications for a full-time core candidate Assistant or Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Poetics, specializing in creative nonfiction. We seek a candidate with a strong history of publication, including at least one book of creative nonfiction, and a record of excellence in teaching a range of genres and forms, including cross-genre and text & image. Additional experience with Latinx literature, the Black Arts Movement, queer literature & theory, Asian-American literature, or indigenous literatures is keenly sought. An ideal candidate will also have the potential for developing, administering, and leading the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics following a period of mentorship. As a department, we are actively seeking to diversify our faculty.

Duties include teaching creative writing workshops, literary studies, and professional development courses across the department’s programs (undergraduate, graduate, and low-residency graduate), advising MFA thesis students; serving the department and university; and contributing to the creative, intellectual, and contemplative culture of the Jack Kerouac School through individual and collaborative efforts, while promoting diversity and inclusivity. Teaching load: 3/3 plus MFA thesis advising. Appointment to begin fall 2022.
 
The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics is a dynamic department with a progressive curriculum that includes a BA in Creative Writing & Literature, an MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics, and a low-residency MFA in Creative Writing. The Kerouac School also hosts the Summer Writing Program, an intensive colloquy of writers, artists, and performers who come together for three-weeks in the summer and offer workshops, lectures, conferences, and explore the possibilities of community. Since 1974, the Kerouac School has manifested an on-going commitment to poetry, experimental prose, activism, an engagement with material poetics––from letterpress to digital to somatic practices––small press publishing, performance, and hybrid/cross-disciplinary collaborations. Excerpts of this history, and oral archive can be accessed at this link: https://archive.org/details/naropa.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

•Serve the school and university as described in the Faculty Handbook, including willingness to serve as chair in the future.
•Teach creative writing workshops, literary and poetics seminars, professional development courses, and Core courses.
•Share in the administration of the department. 
•Develop and assess curriculum.
•Engage in personal and professional development in contemplative practice and education.
•Prepare a course syllabus according to the Academic Affairs syllabi instructions and submit the syllabus to the Office of Academic Affairs by the established deadline.
•Provide five office hours each week plus availability to students by appointment.
•Serve on and actively participate in appointed university committees.
•Understand and adhere to the policies, procedures, and protocols outlined in the Faculty and Employee Handbooks.
•Obtain permission from the copyright owner for any copyrighted material to be used in sourcebooks.
•Complete any and all faculty and staff trainings as required by the Human Resources Office or the Office of Academic Affairs within the time period set for completion by those departments.

Required Qualifications

•2 years of post-graduate instructor teaching for Assistant Professor and 5 years of post-graduate instructor teaching for Associate Professor
•MFA or PhD in Creative Writing or Literature.
•College-level teaching in creative writing and literary studies.
•One published book of creative nonfiction; two books total for Assistant Professor and three books total for Associate Professor.
•Experience in teaching diverse creative nonfiction, cross-genre, text & image, literature, and poetics courses.
•Computer skills, including Microsoft Office.
•Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
•An understanding of the dynamics of privilege and oppression, and the impact these have on equity, access, and opportunity in higher education/the workplace.
•Commitment to co-create an inclusive community and actively participate in related professional development, including openness to feedback and ongoing self-examination.
Candidates must hold a commitment to co-create a diverse and inclusive community and actively participate in related professional development regarding the dynamics of privilege and oppression and the impact these have in the workplace.
Candidates must demonstrate their level of understanding of the dynamics of privilege and oppression, and the impact these have on equity, access, and opportunity.
Candidates must be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of understanding of and appreciation for the values of Naropa University for this job and the capacity to provide a rigorous clinical approach as evidenced in work, communication, collaboration styles, and other general workplace behaviors.

Preferred Qualifications

•Familiarity with and commitment to Naropa University’s mission of contemplative education, diversity, and sustainability.
•Familiarity with the lineage of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, including its Summer Writing Program and the history of poetics, activism, small press publishing, letterpress print shop, performance, and hybrid/cross-disciplinary collaborations.
•Experience with correspondence-based or distance learning.
•Experience with higher education curricular planning and assessment.
•Background in teaching Latinx literature, Asian-American literature, the Black Arts Movement, queer literature & theory, or indigenous literatures.
•Experience in publishing, journal editing, overseeing events, and college-level administration.
•Supervisory experience of staff or student employees.

Supplemental Application Materials

•A letter of interest, including primary professional qualifications.
•A statement of teaching philosophy that speaks to your experience with and potential to develop experimental and contemplative pedagogies as well as your commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racist & anti-oppressive teaching, and culturally responsive pedagogies. 
•Curriculum vitae, highlighting publications, teaching experience, community engagement, and administrative experience.
•One published book of innovative prose (fiction, creative nonfiction). Upload PDF. 
•Three recent course syllabi of your own design.
•Three letters of recommendation from writers or colleagues in equal or higher academic positions, highlighting teaching, publications, and collegiality. 


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