Contract Faculty (NTT) Childrens Literature Position

Contract Faculty (NTT) Childrens Literature Position


Main Campus - Boston, MA2 Locations

The Children's Literature graduate degree (Master of Arts in Children's Literature-MA, Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children- MFA, and dual degree) programs in the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts and Humanities at Simmons University in Boston seek a one-year teaching contract appointment for the 2022-2023 academic year. The rank of this non-tenure track position will be determined at time of hire.

Competitive candidates will have a record of strong teaching and demonstrated connections throughout the vibrant children's and young adult literature publishing, writing, and reviewing communities. The ideal candidate brings an interdisciplinarity to their work and welcomes the cross-professional engagement that characterizes our graduate programs, including foundational work in the historical materials and depth in contemporary works published for readers through age 18.

The seven-course load involves core and elective courses in the MFA and MA programs in addition to courses in the Simmons signature undergraduate education core (PLAN). The position includes coordinating the MFA mentorship program and may include teaching at the Carle Museum. Duties also include remaining current and engaged in the field, advising students, and service that advance the mission of the institution.

This unique MA in Children's Literature at Simmons was the first of its kind to attend solely to works published for young people and has grown to embrace dual degree programs that combine humanities and liberal arts inquiry with specific professional credentials. The programs benefit from deep connections in the publishing industry, strong partnerships with The Horn Book and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, and houses the Center for the Study of Children's Literature for research and biennial summer institutes.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Ph.D. or MFA preferred. ABD or MA considered.

2. Demonstrated record of quality teaching at the college level

Required Application Materials

Application review will begin January 20 and continue until the position is filled. To apply, submit the following materials online at



  • a cover letter describing their interest in the position, teaching experience and philosophy, publication record, interests, and commitment to diversity;
  • a current CV;
  • and a list of three references. Letters of recommendation will be requested only for short-listed candidates.


Please address any questions to Cathryn M. Mercier, Chair and Director of Graduate Programs in Children's Literature at

Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the Application Materials box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.

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