The Department of English at Michigan State University invites applications to fill a two-year (9 month) full-time fixed-term Assistant Professor in Creative Writing beginning August 16, 2020.
Teaching responsibilities include three courses per semester (3/3 teaching load), to fill areas of department need. The successful applicant must be able to teach a multi-genre Introduction to Creative Writing course, as well as single-genre workshops in fiction at the introductory and advanced levels. Secondary areas of expertise in creative nonfiction and arts programming are desirable. Strong applicants should be committed to engaged learning practices, and have experience mentoring students from diverse backgrounds, including students of color, LGBTQ students, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities.
Housed in the Department of English, the Creative Writing Program offers a new minor in creative writing, as well as a rigorous undergraduate concentration within the BA in English, emphasizing the relationship between creative and critical practice and invested in community-engagement. The Department of English is a dynamic inclusive community that encourages intellectual and cultural diversity, prepares students for a range of careers that require global cultural knowledge, and is an integral part of the College of Arts & Letters and Michigan State University’s international engagement.
Doctorate -Creative Writing
Applicants must have an MFA or PhD in Creative Writing.
Applicants must have a demonstrated publication record in fiction.
Required Application Materials
a. a letter of application
b. a curriculum vitae
c. a fiction writing sample of approximately 20 pages
d. a teaching portfolio including a teaching statement, sample syllabi for a multi-genre Introduction to Creative Writing course and one upper-division course in fiction
e. a summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in your creative activity; any experience mentoring students from traditionally underrepresented groups
f. names and email addresses of three references, at least one of whom must be able to speak to your teaching experience
Review of applications will begin on May 25th, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.
Inquiries may be directed to the chair of the search: Professor Gordon Henry, firstname.lastname@example.org
Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.
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The Department of English is a dynamic inclusive community that encourages intellectual and cultural diversity, prepares students for a range of careers that require global cultural knowledge, and is an integral part of the College of Arts & Letters and Michigan State University’s international engagement. The department is deeply committed to initiatives such as the MUSE Scholars Program, which mentors graduate students in English from underrepresented groups, and the Women of Color Initiative, which organizes events for women of color and their allies working toward social and racial justice and equity. Digital Humanities at MSU (DH@MSU) is an academic program and a research center bringing together faculty, librarians, staff, and students in a broadly interdisciplinary exploration of the intersections of digital and computational technologies and the traditional content and questions of the humanities. Through projects such as the Consortium for Critical Diversity in a Digital Age Research, DH@MSU focuses on the potential for digital technologies to advance social justice.
The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.
Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.