Assistant Professor of English

Denison University seeks an active creative nonfiction writer and an engaged and effective teacher for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of English. The successful candidate must be able to teach across the genres (including creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry) and to contribute to courses in Denison’s English and journalism majors. The annual 3/2 teaching assignment will typically include some combination of the following courses: a multi-genre introductory creative writing course, a survey course in literary journalism that is a core requirement in the journalism major, an advanced creative writing workshop in creative nonfiction, and introductory and advanced courses of the candidate’s own design.  Teaching in the department also includes the supervision of small groups of senior creative writing majors on their year-long senior projects.  We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in the literary traditions of historically marginalized or underrepresented peoples and with the potential to contribute to one or more of Denison's interdisciplinary programs.

Successful candidates must be engaged and effective teachers who have a strong record of publication and an active creative agenda.  Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience.  They will be expected to actively contribute to the English Department and the college community as a whole. We anticipate our new colleague will engage in service activities within these communities in a way that is congruent with their work as a teacher-scholar. Our new colleague will be expected to maintain an active creative agenda that results in publications in order to gain tenure.

Denison is an increasingly diverse, highly selective, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 2,300 students from across the nation and around the world.  The college is located in the village of Granville, 30 minutes from Columbus, Ohio, the state capital, which hosts a wide range of cultural and artistic opportunities.  Granville offers an excellent public school system and easy access to outdoor activities.  Denison is committed to attracting and supporting an academically and culturally diverse faculty and is committed to providing a work and learning environment free from discrimination.  A supportive environment for teacher-scholars who value both classroom and research excellence, Denison offers extensive support for its faculty, including competitive professional development funding, a one-semester research leave after a successful pre-tenure review, opportunities for student-faculty research collaboration, and a range of workshops and mentoring programs to develop our strengths as teacher-scholars.  Denison offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including tuition benefits to attend Denison or other affiliated colleges and a generous retirement contribution.

Candidates are required to have an MFA or PhD in English or Creative Writing by start date (ABD will be considered as Instructor until MFA/PhD is attained).

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2023 and applications received by that date will be given full consideration.
Please submit a letter of interest, current CV, a statement of teaching philosophy (no more than 2 pages), a writing sample of creative work (no more than 15 pages), and three letters of recommendation via  In your letter and teaching philosophy, please discuss specific methods you have used or envision using to support a diverse student community and expose students to a wide range of ideas and perspectives.  We plan to conduct Zoom interviews in early December.

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to attract and hire candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities. Denison fosters a campus community that recognizes the value of all persons regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender expression and identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background. For additional information and resources about diversity at Denison, please see our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and antiracism (IDEA) at

Denison University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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