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Assistant Professor of Creating Writing (Poetry)

Warren Wilson College
Job Location:
Asheville, North Carolina
English and Literature

The creative writing department of Warren Wilson College seeks a poet to join our undergraduate faculty and assist us in shaping our growing program. We offer a creative writing major and minor with emphases in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Our curriculum is research-focused and critically examines the cultural implications of craft. The department enjoys a close relationship with the renowned Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, including an undergraduate course where students participate in an MFA residency and a twice-yearly Writer-in-Residence drawn from the MFA faculty. In addition, we support a lively writing community by hosting a weekly writing studio time, holding a reading series, and producing a literary journal.

This is a full-time, Assistant Professor position in an extended contract system with a 3-3 load beginning August 2023. All faculty at the College teach within their expertise and, as appropriate to the department, teach courses that contribute to general education. In addition to their teaching, all faculty are expected to demonstrate their continued engagement in scholarship and/or creative activity and to engage in collegial institutional service. All writing faculty teach broadly, with courses that include multi-genre classes and single-genre workshops. Faculty in this position would develop introductory and advanced courses in poetry that seek to expose students to the breadth of the genre; to a diverse group of writers and styles of texts; and to key issues, controversies, and critiques in the field. Faculty would also develop reading courses in their area of expertise aimed at diversifying and deepening our students' exposure to contemporary literature. In addition, faculty have opportunities to teach study-away courses, summer courses, and first-year seminars.

About the College:

Warren Wilson College is located on a beautiful 1,135-acre campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. We enroll approximately 750 undergraduates and 100 graduates. Rooted in liberal arts education, the College provides educational programs that foster students' curiosity, empathy, and integrity to prepare graduates to engage in groundbreaking scholarship and creative work; to to pursue meaningful careers with professionalism; and to lead purposeful lives dedicated to fostering a just, equitable, and sustainable world. The College utilizes an innovative educational approach that intentionally integrates academics and experiential learning (through campus work and community engagement) for a rich, challenging student experience. Our students matriculate through deliberately scaffolded courses and signature capstone experiences that combine intellectual foundations with experiential skill development and problem solving.

To fulfill this mission, the College, through its Strategic Imperative for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is unwavering in our commitment to the dignity of all people-particularly those populations who have been both historically oppressed and continue to experience systemic oppression. As we value the breadth of diversity necessary for a rich campus culture, we also recognize the particular challenge and opportunity for growth and leadership around race, noting that such a focus necessarily intersects with deepening efforts around other aspects of identity (such as ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, sexuality, class, and worldview). We are committed to a culture of educational access and to ensuring that students and employees from a diverse range of identities and experiences will thrive in this community. We seek and support an academically and culturally diverse faculty and staff with a genuine interest in our innovative approach to education and focus on inclusive excellence, as well as a willingness to fully participate in the life of the College. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups (e.g., people of African, Latine, Indigenous, and/or Asian descent) and individuals who have experience working with diverse student populations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • M.F.A. and/or Ph.D. in Creative Writing or a related field in hand by August 2023 (ABD will be considered);
  • at least two years teaching experience;
  • significant and relevant publications in poetry;
  • demonstrated experience with advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in learning spaces. For instance, experience incorporating inclusive teaching modalities and working with diverse student populations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • demonstrated research and creative interests in the field including but not limited to Indigenous, Asian-American, Latinx, or Black literatures; writing in translation; disability studies; queer studies; digital media; design; or book arts;
  • demonstrated interest in and commitment to anti-racist, accessible writing pedagogy and to continued innovation and inclusivity in the field and in the curriculum.

Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter which includes a discussion of your demonstrated engagement in diversity, equity, and inclusion in learning spaces. Applicants should also describe how their teaching, research, and/or creative scholarly activity connects to Warren Wilson's distinctive learning approach and community. First consideration will be given to candidates who apply by November 7, 2022. Electronic submission is required.

Warren Wilson College is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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