Mary Rogers Field and Marion Field McKenna Distinguished Professorship in Creative Writing

DePauw University - Mary Rogers Field and Marion Field McKenna Distinguished Professorship in Creative Writing

DePauw University invites applications for its Mary Rogers Field and Marion Field McKenna Distinguished Professorship in Creative Writing to begin August of 2022.

Candidates should be dedicated teachers and writers of short fiction who have published at least one book (novel, novella, or collection of short stories) and achieved distinction in their writing, whose work explores the intersections of race, identity and the lived experiences of people from Latinx and/or African American heritages. Candidates must hold an MFA or PhD in Creative Writing.

The Field Professor should be prepared to teach 2 courses per semester, including introductory creative writing courses, upper-level workshops in fiction writing, first-year seminar, and introductory literature courses in their specialty. Candidates should be prepared to teach creative writing and literature courses reflecting the experiences of communities of color. They should be willing to perform public readings of their work, lead occasional craft talks for students and faculty, and participate in department service and student advising. The Field Professor will also be provided funds to invite, in consultation with our department, a visiting writer for our Kelly Writers Series once a year ( This is a three year term position, with the possibility of a three year renewal. Additionally, the department plans to request a tenure-track position in this field in the near future. Salary will be commensurate with rank and experience and will account for the distinguished nature of this appointment. The Field Professor is eligible for programming funds and professional development funds, as well as reimbursement of relocation costs and an allowance to defray the cost of housing. To learn more about the DePauw University English Department, candidates are encouraged to visit

DePauw is a leading, nationally-recognized liberal arts university dedicated to educating just over 1,700 highly talented, motivated, and diverse students from across the country and around the globe. Connected to the liberal arts college is one of the nation’s first Schools of Music. For more than 175 years, DePauw has created an atmosphere of intellectual challenge and social engagement that prepares students for lifelong success. Located in Greencastle, Indiana, about a 45-minute drive west of Indianapolis, DePauw is a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association. DePauw has exceptional faculty development programs, which can help the candidate maintain an active research agenda and improve their pedagogy. DePauw also has an ongoing commitment to diversity and seeks to strengthen our institution through equitable and inclusive practices. 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, a short writing sample (20 pages), evidence of teaching excellence, and three letters of recommendation to Interfolio ( Review of applications will begin October 18, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. The DePauw English Department is committed to the core values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism, and we encourage all applicants to describe, either in their cover letter or in their teaching philosophy, the ways in which their writing, their teaching and/or service experience will enhance our efforts to support these values and the needs of an increasingly diverse student population. Queries should be sent to Amity Reading, Chair of English Department, DePauw University,

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