Assistant Professor in Fiction Writing

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The Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Fiction Writing. The appointment begins August 20, 2020. The Department seeks candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through teaching, other forms of engagement with students outside of the classroom, creative work, and service activities.

Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in the College’s intellectual, social, cultural, and geographical communities. Emerson endorses a framework of inclusive excellence, which recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.

The Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing is a vibrant and engaged community of writers, scholars, and publishers. The department has over 100 full- and part-time faculty members, 550 undergraduate majors, and 250 graduate students in the Creative Writing MFA program, the online MFA program in Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing, and the Publishing and Writing MA program.

Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. Its main campus is located in the center of the dynamic multicultural city of Boston, in close proximity to major publishing houses, arts institutions and research centers. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson College enrolls over 4,535 graduate and undergraduate students from more than 75 countries and all 50 states.


The ideal candidate will be a fiction writer with a published or forthcoming book and experience teaching creative writing at the college level.  Candidates should have an MFA in creative writing, a terminal degree in a related field, or substantial publications equivalent to a terminal degree. Candidates whose work explicitly engages with the pressing issues of racial, cultural, sexual, gendered, economic, or religious difference are encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will demonstrate ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds.  A strong commitment to undergraduate education beyond the classroom is essential.

Primary teaching duties include fiction writing courses at both the BFA and MFA level, and in both the residential and online programs. Additional responsibilities include academic advising, student mentorship, assisting in the graduate admission process, and serving on other department and college committees.

People who identify as LGBTQIA+, Indigenous/Native people, other racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.        

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, and contact information for three references. Each material should be saved as a separate PDF or Word doc. and uploaded into the upload section where it requests your CV. Although the upload section just shows "upload CV" - you should upload all materials in this section as the separate documents. To apply – CLICK here.



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