Assistant Professor in Popular Fiction Writing and Literature (two positions)

Assistant Professor in Popular Fiction Writing and Literature (two positions)

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The Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions in the literature and writing of popular fiction. The Department seeks candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through ongoing interaction with students both inside and outside of the classroom in addition to creative work, teaching, and service. The appointment begins August 24, 2023 with a mandatory 2-day orientation August 24 & 25, 2023.
Emerson College believes the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus climate where everyone can thrive is only possible in an authentically inclusive, diverse, equitable, accessible, sustainable and socially just environment. As a community of storytellers, we continually strive to cultivate a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

The Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing is a vibrant community of scholars, writers, publishers, and designers with over 100 full- and part-time faculty members, 450 undergraduate majors, and 300 graduate students in its two Creative Writing MFA programs and Publishing and Writing MA program.

The MFA program in Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing is a fully asynchronous online program for students who wish to focus on writing and publishing creative work in genres typical of “commercial” trade publishing (fantasy, science-fiction, romance, horror, mystery, thrillers, and young adult). Established in 2016, the program is a highly ranked two-year MFA program that serves students from across the country and around the world.

Emerson's other MFA program, the Creative Writing MFA, is a residency program that culminates with a creative thesis in literary fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry.

Emerson College enrolls over 5,800 graduate and undergraduate students from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. Its main campus is located in the dynamic, multicultural city of Boston. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson's commitment to inclusive excellence is supported by a range of resources such as the Office of Internationalization & Equity, the Social Justice Center, and the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.


Primary teaching duties include popular fiction writing and literature courses for graduates in the asynchronous online MFA in Popular Fiction Writing as well as popular fiction writing and literature courses for residential graduates and undergraduates on the Boston campus. The successful candidates will be expected to normally teach at least one in-person class per semester in one of the residential programs on the Boston campus. Additional responsibilities include academic advising, student mentorship, assisting in the graduate admission process, and serving on other department and college committees.


The ideal candidates will be fiction writers who work in one or more genres covered in our Popular Fiction MFA (science fiction, fantasy, young adult, mystery, romance, horror, Afrofuturism and other Futurisms, etc.) with a published or forthcoming book. The candidates should also have experience teaching creative writing at the college level in both in-person and asynchronous online modalities.

Candidates should have an MFA in creative writing, a terminal degree in a related field, or substantial publications equivalent to a terminal degree.

Candidates who can teach writing workshops in popular fiction genres as well as literatures of popular fiction are encouraged to apply. Candidates whose work explicitly focuses on issues of racial, cultural, sexual, gendered, economic, or religious difference are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must have a demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds. A strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education beyond the classroom is essential. Candidates should be able to address issues of race and representation in all of their courses. Our ideal candidates will also possess a keen and developed awareness of the issues around inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility within the various facets of the popular fiction publishing industry, the teaching profession, and the classroom. The candidate should be able to demonstrate culturally responsive writing pedagogies and approaches, and possess a fluid overall pedagogy that is able to adapt and expand as the cultural conversation around representation, privilege-based difference, and inclusive excellence continues to evolve.

Interested applicants must complete an online application form and submit a cover letter, a current CV, and contact information for three references (not to be contacted without applicant's approval). The cover letter should address the candidate's record of writing and publishing, the candidate's teaching philosophy; and the candidate's approach to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. Applicants should also submit, if available, recent evidence of teaching effectiveness, which could include sample syllabi, sample lessons, and/or student evaluations.

Preference will be given to applications received by September 30th, 2022 but the position will remain open until filled.

Please note, in the job application where there is the "CV/Cover Letter/Additional Documents" drop box, you must include all of the required materials listed. You can upload each document separately or as a combined PDF. Your application will not be complete without these documents.

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