Hampshire College’s Creative Writing Program invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and African American Literary Arts, to begin in fall 2014. We seek a writer (of poetry, creative nonfiction, and/or fiction) whose artistic and critical work is engaged with the histories, literary arts, and cultures of people of African descent, particularly in the United States. We are especially interested in candidates whose work explores the intersections of creative practice, research and issues of social justice. In addition to experience with workshop methods, serious candidates must also be interested in developing and teaching courses that model for students some of the ways that literary artists themselves can approach the study of literatures, histories, or contemporary social issues.
At least two years of college level teaching, a terminal degree (such as an MFA or PhD), a clear interest in critical pedagogy, and a record of publication are essential. The Creative Writing Program is part of the School for Interdisciplinary Arts, which includes arts and social action as one of its key mandates. In keeping with the School’s mission statement, students routinely consider issues of social justice and know the power of art to change lives. The School’s robust collegial atmosphere depends on close collaboration and collective openness to experimentation.
Hampshire is committed to building a diverse creative community and energetically invites applications from scholar-artists who are underrepresented in the academy. The reading of applications will begin on Monday October 21, 2013. Applicants are requested to submit: a cover letter describing their professional experience, current interests and projects, and envisaged contribution to Hampshire’s unique experimenting environment; a one-page statement of teaching philosophy; a current curriculum vitae; a writing sample of no more than fifteen pages; and the names and contact information for three recommenders via our website at https://jobs.hampshire.edu/.
*Please note that we will accept, in addition to your online application, hard copies of your writing sample (only) if you feel your work is best represented in this way. These materials can be mailed to us at:
Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and African American Literary Arts
School for Interdisciplinary Arts—WP
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002