Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing

Sweet Briar College, a women’s college increasingly defined by innovation, has launched a bold academic program that integrates the liberal arts with women’s leadership to prepare graduates to address the challenges facing our world. Faculty are committed to cultivating the habits of mind—in problem solving, decision making, and creativity—that are critical for leaders. These values are embedded in the College’s institutional vision and supported by our confidence that academic excellence, small classes, and dedication to empowering young women will position Sweet Briar and its graduates to thrive. 


As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Sweet Briar College is committed to enhancing our community and encourages applications from qualified individuals with varied backgrounds, experiences and ideas who would increase the diversity of the College. 


Job Title: Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing


Classification: Full-time, three-year, benefits eligible faculty position, with the possibility of tenure-track appointment

Reports To: Director of English and Creative Writing Program 


Job Summary/Objective

Sweet Briar College invites applications for a three-year position of Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing, with the possibility of conversion to a tenure-track appointment. Although the position, which begins in the Fall of 2022, is open to writers in any literary genre, we are particularly interested in those who will add to the diversity of our program’s courses by their interest in, and experience teaching, in one or more of the following areas of study: Latinx, Black, Indigenous, Asian American, World Literature, LGBTQ studies, Disability studies, and environmental writing.


The English and Creative Writing program at Sweet Briar College employs a studio curriculum with an emphasis on project-based learning. As working writers, our faculty engage in projects that shift and develop over time and are informed by what we’re reading and what we discover as we write and by the changing world around us. English and Creative Writing courses at Sweet Briar combine the reading and discussion of classic and contemporary literature with instruction in both analytical and creative writing. 


The standard teaching load is three courses per semester and includes teaching in our general education Leadership Core curriculum.  The successful candidate will teach at least one section each year of one of those Leadership Core courses, The Mindful Writer, a first-year writing course in which students receive subscriptions to the New Yorker magazine and use those articles as models for their own writing.  Other opportunities to teach in the Leadership Core and across the curriculum are possible based on the candidate’s qualifications and interests. 


Candidates ready to work with a diverse student body are especially welcome. Sweet Briar prides itself on creating a learning environment that encourages young women to fulfill their highest potential. Leadership in all walks of life is fostered by the special connections our faculty make with their students, and Sweet Briar women translate their academic experiences into interesting and important lives. 


Required Qualifications

  • An M.F.A. in creative writing or Ph.D. in English or a related field;
  • Demonstrated commitment to outstanding teaching; 
  • Demonstrated interest in working across disciplines and engaging in collaborative teaching and service; and
  • Excellent communication skills. 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching first-year writing and literary fiction at the college level and 
  • At least one book, published by or under contract with, a national press.

How to Apply: 

To apply, visit the Sweet Briar College Career Center: All applications should include: 1) cover letter; 2) CV; 3) statement on teaching; 4) a statement highlighting contributions to or future plans for promoting diversity and inclusion through work in this position; 5) the names and full contact information for three professional references; and 6) a writing sample of 25 pages (published book excerpts or work published or forthcoming in literary journals). Items should be in a single PDF file, if possible. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 



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