Assistant Professor

Job description

CREATIVE WRITING (POETRY). The Department of English at Hartwick College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor starting in August 2017, pending final administrative approval.  We seek candidates with expertise in the practice, history, and theory of poetry writing, with preference given to those with at least one book of poetry published. While our strong preference is for candidates with a Ph.D. in creative writing or literature by the time of the appointment, we will consider candidates with an M.F.A.  Specific teaching assignments will include introductory creative writing (poetry and fiction), intermediate and advanced poetry workshops, supervision of independent and directed studies (including Capstone Senior Projects in poetry), and courses in composition and literature (which may include early to contemporary poetry and general education courses such as First Year Seminars).  Teaching load will average 20 semester credit hours or the equivalent per academic year, which includes the College’s distinctive four-week January Term.  The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to excellence, innovation, and diversity in undergraduate teaching; active engagement in creative activities, not exclusive of scholarship, if available for review; and close interaction with students in a small college environment. Committee service and academic advising also are expected for tenure and promotion.

An independent, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1400 full-time undergraduates, Hartwick embraces the teacher-scholar model, with teaching excellence as the first priority, and seeks to recruit, retain and promote a diverse workforce. Located in the scenic Susquehanna River valley in Oneonta, NY, near the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, the College features a Liberal Arts in Practice general education curriculum and aspires to “be the best at melding liberal arts education with experiential learning.”

Hartwick offers health benefits to domestic partners of employees, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression. Hartwick is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to broadening “the understanding, awareness, and appreciation of diversity among all members of the Hartwick community.” Underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Additional information about Hartwick (an institutional member of the Council on Undergraduate Research) and the Department may be found on our web site at

Hartwick College is committed to providing a safe and secure educational environment. Employment at Hartwick College is therefore contingent upon a successful background check of every new employee.  Candidates to whom an offer of employment is made will be required to sign a Release of Information Form authorizing the College to conduct a thorough background check.

To apply, please send

  • cover letter;
  • curriculum vitae;
  • statements of teaching philosophy and research interests;
  • evidence of teaching, creative, and scholarly achievement, or the potential for it;
  • a Diversity Statement: viz, a statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity will support Hartwick College’s Diversity Statement (; and,
  • an individual letter of reference sent from each of three referees.

Letters should be addressed to Dr. David Cody, Professor, Department of English, and all materials must be sent electronically to [email protected]. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.




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Posted: 9/20/2016
Application Due: 11/20/2016
Work Type: Full Time