Assistant Professor of Creative Writing

The Department of English and Comparative Literature at Oglethorpe University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Creative Writing with ability to teach first-year writing. We are especially interested in applicants who can make connections with one or more of Oglethorpe’s interdisciplinary programs such as African American Studies, Film and Media Studies, or Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies. Anticipated start date is August 15, 2022. 


The full-time teaching load is 3/3 (12 units per semester), with correspondingly reasonable expectations for service and professional practice. The successful applicant will typically teach courses ranging from introductory to advanced in a variety of Creative Writing genres, including fiction, nonfiction, dramatic writing, and poetry as part of our undergraduate program in English. Candidates must also be prepared to contribute to the growth and planning of the Creative Writing minor, including but not limited to curricular planning and revision, contribution to assessment materials, providing leadership for university-related writing events, inviting and promoting author guest speakers, and advising students within the minor program. All English department faculty also teach in interdisciplinary Core “Narratives of the Self” courses that emphasize first-year writing instruction through a selection of shared texts. Strong undergraduate teaching and serious commitment to writing instruction necessary. All candidates must have a terminal degree in creative writing (MFA or PhD) by June 2022; experience teaching creative writing at the post-secondary level; and significant publications or promise thereof. 


Applicants should submit a letter of application in which they address their demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to teaching students from diverse racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; a CV; a writing sample of at least 20 pages; and 3 letters of recommendation. Priority will be given to those applications received by February 1, 2022. We expect to conduct initial interviews via video call. Questions about the position may be directed to:


Oglethorpe University, located in Atlanta and with an enrollment of about 1,500 students, is a member of the Annapolis group of the nation’s most selective liberal arts colleges. Faculty in the department of English and Comparative Literature, which houses the Creative Writing minor, typically teach majors and minors within department offerings in small, seminar-style courses and have opportunities to cross-list courses with other related disciplines. Our smaller department (currently 4TT faculty with active scholarly agendas) manages a thorough curriculum, from courses in ancient literature to diverse approaches to modern and contemporary global literature. Our major particularly emphasizes opportunities for student research. Oglethorpe faculty have the opportunity to develop creative courses, serve on interdepartmental committees, and are actively involved in shared governance. They are also encouraged to participate in community building, both on campus and globally. A growing number of study abroad experiences are available. Civic engagement and experiential learning taking advantage of the many opportunities in Atlanta are also key institutional objectives supported by our faculty. 


Oglethorpe is committed to fostering a campus community and intellectual environment that recruits and maintains diverse faculty and staff, promotes a culture of respect for diverse experiences and perspectives, and understands and addresses the role of inequality in shaping our individual and collective identities. We value faculty mentorship and support faculty teaching, research, and development through the Office of the Provost which works closely with the VP of DEI.


The university currently enrolls a diverse population of nearly 1,500 students who represent more than 30 states and 30 countries. More than half of Oglethorpe’s students identify as persons of color and 40 percent are the first in their families to attend college. Candidates from historically excluded groups, whose work furthers the institution’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals, and who bring varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.


Oglethorpe University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce. Oglethorpe prohibits discrimination against all applicants and employees based on race; age; color; religion; national origin or ancestry; sex; sexual orientation; gender; gender identity or gender expression; marital status; pregnancy; childbirth or related medical conditions; disability; genetic information; citizenship status; veteran status; or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.

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