tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing

Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing. Both entry-level and experienced candidates are encouraged to apply. This is a full-time position beginning July 1, 2024. Please visit this web page (https://www.hollins.edu/about-hollins/jobs/) to learn more about Hollins; its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; faculty development; the university’s students; and the Roanoke Valley.

Position and Qualifications

Hollins University is proud to have a highly diverse student body, and we are seeking to recruit and retain outstanding faculty who exhibit a clear commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We invite applications from writers with book publication in fiction (or under contract) and some publication or experience in poetry, nonfiction, or hybrid forms to teach multi-genre creative writing and literature at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

For full consideration, candidates must have a M.F.A. or Ph.D. in hand at time of appointment, evidence of ongoing creative work and accomplishment, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The successful candidate will bring a multicultural perspective to the teaching of engaged undergraduate and graduate students at all levels. Teaching load is six courses per year. Other duties include advising students, participating in department and university service, supporting the department’s reading series as a committed literary citizen, ongoing creative work, and active participation in campus-wide faculty governance.

Preferred candidates will have experience teaching both creative and critical writing and a strong commitment to teaching excellence and innovation at a liberal arts institution.

With 14 faculty members, the Department of English and Creative Writing, which houses the Jackson Center for Creative Writing, is a collaborative department with interconnected literature and creative writing programs. Degrees offered include a B.A. in English and Creative Writing and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. The department also manages the annual publication of the Children’s Literature Association Children’s Literature and three student-produced publications: Cargoes (literary magazine), Gravel (focus on multicultural writing), and The Cyborg Griffin (speculative fiction).

About Hollins

Known for its creative and highly engaged student body, Hollins University prides itself on its nationally recognized and award-winning undergraduate and graduate academic programs, its deeply committed alumnae/i network, its extraordinarily beautiful campus surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, and its unique ability to ensure that each of its students has the opportunity to design a transformational college experience.  

Application Process

Screening of candidates will begin September 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • A cover letter; and
  • A curriculum vitae.

Candidates advanced to the second phase of review will be invited to submit the following materials:

  • A writing sample;
  • Evidence of effective teaching (e.g., sample syllabi, course evaluations, etc.);
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one of which must focus specifically on the candidate’s teaching experience and abilities); and
  • Unofficial copy of graduate school transcripts.

Applicants should submit materials to cwsearch@hollins.edu. The selected candidate will be asked to submit official transcripts to the Office of the Provost, and once they accept a contingent employment offer, a criminal history background check will be conducted. For questions about the position, please contact search chair Thorpe Moeckel (tmoeckel@hollins.edu).

Hollins is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity at every level of the university. Persons of all genders; persons with disabilities; persons of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; and first-generation college graduates are encouraged to apply.

For more information about Hollins, please visit our website (www.hollins.edu).


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