Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor of Creative Writing – Fiction
The English Department at Allegheny College invites applications for fiction writers interested in joining a vibrant program dedicated to outstanding undergraduate education in creative writing and literature. Our program enjoys a strong record of alumni accomplishment, reflected in MFA and PhD program admissions, several Stegner Fellowships, frequent literary publications, and national awards. Faculty publish widely and receive considerable travel and research support from the College, which is dedicated to a balanced teacher-scholar model that lies at the core of Liberal Arts colleges.
This is a tenure-track position beginning in August of 2023. Our future colleague will be an active writer of literary fiction whose work and professional interests demonstrate an earnest engagement with a diverse world. Primary teaching responsibilities will be in fiction writing and literature. All Allegheny faculty teach in the college-wide first-year/sophomore seminars. The teaching load is 3/3, with course releases earned for Senior Project advising.
Qualifications: Ph.D. in creative writing preferred, a promising record of publication in fiction, and college teaching experience. Strong candidates will demonstrate a dedication to undergraduate education and inclusive pedagogy.
While primary teaching responsibilities will be in English, Allegheny College has committed ongoing resources to build faculty cohorts with experience in race, gender, and/or social justice who could contribute to the core curriculum in one (or more) of three interdisciplinary programs: Black Studies; Community & Justice Studies; and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies. This position will be in the cohort program and applicants are asked to demonstrate how their teaching and creative activity intersects with one (or more) of these fields in their submitted materials. Faculty in the cohort program will be appointed in the Department of English with clearly established guidelines and evaluation processes for contributions to other program(s). The cohort program will offer professional development opportunities and we welcome teacher-practitioners who are enthusiastic to collaborate with faculty colleagues and to mentor undergraduate students in the above interdisciplinary areas.
Please submit a letter of application, CV, and diversity statement (describing how you incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion in your teaching, writing, and/or service), by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Writing samples and letters of recommendation will be requested at a later date. Applications must be received by October 17, 2022. Short-listed candidates will be invited to interview via teleconference, followed by anticipated campus visits in early 2023.
ALLEGHENY STATEMENT OF COMMUNITY
Allegheny students and employees are committed to creating an inclusive, respectful and safe residential learning community that will actively confront and challenge racism, sexism, heterosexism, religious bigotry, and other forms of harassment and discrimination. We encourage individual growth by promoting a free exchange of ideas in a setting that values diversity, trust and equality. So that the right of all to participate in a shared learning experience is upheld, Allegheny affirms its commitment to the principles of freedom of speech and inquiry, while at the same time fostering responsibility and accountability in the exercise of these freedoms. This statement does not replace existing personnel policies and codes of conduct.
As one of the nation’s oldest liberal arts colleges, Allegheny College celebrated its bicentennial in 2015. A selective residential college in Meadville, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh near Lake Erie, Allegheny is one of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s “Colleges That Change Lives.” Allegheny also is one of the few colleges in the country that requires students to choose both a major and a minor, helping to cultivate intellectual growth and the creative, big-picture thinking desired by employers and graduate schools. In its 2020 rankings, U.S. News & World Report recognized Allegheny in the top 20 among all national liberal arts colleges for best undergraduate teaching.
The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Allegheny as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, specifically in the areas of compensation and benefits. Allegheny has a total undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,800 with students from 47 states (plus AE, DC, PR, and VI) and 70 countries. The College’s picturesque location is ideal for outdoor recreation, with eight freshwater lakes, ski areas and recreational opportunities all within easy reach.
Allegheny College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Allegheny does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.
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