Robert P Hubbard Professor of Poetry

The Kenyon College Department of English seeks to appoint a poet and teacher to an endowed chair in creative writing at the rank of assistant professor. The Robert P Hubbard Professor of Poetry, beginning July 1, 2022, will teach mainly poetry-writing workshops and work to foster the appreciation of poetry across the Kenyon College community.  The Hubbard chair will teach four courses each year (two each semester) and contribute to the life of the English department and the College (advising students, directing honors projects, participating in faculty governance, and helping to enhance, develop, and diversify the department’s creative-writing program and curriculum).  Qualifications include: a strong record of teaching excellence; at least one collection of poetry, published by a highly regarded press; demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students; and an MFA or PhD.  A completed application will include 1) a cover letter detailing writing interests and accomplishments, teaching experience, and teaching philosophy with information on ways that issues and practices related to diversity, inclusion, and equity have been or will be included in teaching and advising; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) an unofficial graduate transcript (if relevant). Applicants should also submit the names and email addresses of three references, including at least one who can attest to the applicant’s teaching effectiveness and potential. These references may be prompted by email to upload their letters of recommendation to the application website at a later stage. All application materials must be submitted electronically through Kenyon’s website at Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled; to ensure full consideration, candidates should submit materials by December 17, 2021. Applications will be acknowledged by automatic response. Semi-finalists will be asked to submit writing samples prior to preliminary interviews, which will be held by Zoom or Google Meet, with on-campus interviews to follow.  An Equal Opportunity Employer, Kenyon College encourages applications from members of all underrepresented groups.

Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and are commensurate with experience. There are a number of faculty development opportunities (e.g. travel, research funds, etc.) for which appointees are eligible.

In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Faculty Handbook.

Kenyon College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion.  Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.

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