Tenure-Track Childrens Literature Position

Tenure-Track Childrens Literature Position


Main Campus - Boston, MAEric Carle Museum Campus2 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 tenure-track appointment to begin in the 2022-2023 academic year.

We seek a versatile scholar of literature for children and young adults at ease with theory-driven graduate seminars and undergraduate courses. The candidate will have a strong teaching record and an active research agenda. The ideal candidate brings an interdisciplinarity to their work and welcomes the cross-professional engagement that characterizes our graduate programs in Children's Literature.

In addition to core courses in critical theory, children's literature histories, and genre studies, we seek the ability to employ perspectives from critical race studies, ecocriticism and environmental justice, and queer studies. We have a strong preference for faculty accomplished in the teaching of writing and argument. This position teaches in the Simmons signature undergraduate general education program (PLAN) and may have teaching responsibilities at the Carle Museum in Amherst.

This unique MA graduate program 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. Founded with funds from the National Endowment of the Humanities, the program benefits from deep connections in the publishing industry, vital 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. preferred. ABD, MA, or MFA 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 jobs.simmons.edu:



  • a cover letter describing their interest in the position, teaching experience and philosophy, research 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 cathryn.mercier@simmons.edu.

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.

To apply, visit https://simmons.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Simmons-Careers/job/Main-Campus---Boston-MA/Tenure-Track-Children-s-Literature-Position_R08257

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