Lecturer - English (Creative Writing)

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The State University of New York at Fredonia is a comprehensive, selective, public, residential, liberal arts university located in beautiful Western New York, just minutes from Lake Erie. Founded in 1826, the university is among the most storied in the State University of New York system and is the first in the SUNY system to be awarded the SUNY Shared Governance Award. It is home to a world-renowned School of Music and over 100 degree programs in the liberal arts, natural and social sciences, education, mathematics, and business. Fredonia also features cutting-edge programs in the emerging fields of technology, service, and communication and is consistently ranked among the top public, master's granting universities in the North by U.S. News and World Report.

Fredonia is known for its strong academic programs, attractive architecture and grounds, rich campus life, and commitment to student engagement and success.  Fredonia is focused on ensuring that all Fredonia students, utilizing knowledge developed through a broad range of intellectual experiences, will be:

  • Skilled (develop Intellectual and Applied Skills, Literacies and Knowledge),
  • Connected (engage Community and Diversity: Local Stewardship, Global Citizenship),
  • Creative (demonstrate Scholarship, Artistry, and Innovation), and
  • Responsible (activate Sustainability, Ethics, Leadership, and Professionalism).

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Job Description:

The State University of New York at Fredonia is searching for two Lecturers in multi-genre creative writing for the 2017-2019 academic years (two year appointments). Lecturers will support our Creative Writing Minor by teaching 4/4 schedules that include introductory, intermediate, and advanced undergraduate fiction and/or poetry workshops; Creative Non-Fiction, Form and Theory, and Literary Publishing courses; and existing or new courses in other genres. Lecturers' professional obligation includes departmental service, which encompasses advising students and student organizations, serving on a department committee, and contributing to departmental efforts to design a new writing major. Candidates with experience in editing a literary journal, organizing a visiting writers series, teaching literature, and/or teaching in genres other than fiction or poetry are encouraged to apply. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

The English Department is home to numerous faculty and staff members dedicated to providing students with engaging and meaningful classes that explore the power of language and image in the 21st century. We offer majors in English and English Adolescence Education, minors in English, Creative Writing, and Writing and Rhetoric, a post-baccalaureate Certificate of Advanced Study in Professional Writing, and M.A. degrees in English and English 7-12.  For more, see http://home.fredonia.edu/English.

Rewards & Benefits

  • Competitive compensation plus comprehensive benefits plan including health, dental, and vision insurance and retirement plan options including a fixed pension plan or a 401(A) with generous employer contributions;
  • Paid leave provisions including sick and holiday leave; impressive educational benefits including tuition-free study plus supplemental tuition aid;
  • A rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of their personal life, including professional development programs and services, employee EAP and wellness programs, discounted membership to the on-campus fitness center, and access to the Campus and Community Child Care Center.


Reporting to the Department Chairperson, the two successful candidates will:

  • Support our Creative Writing Minor by teaching a 4/4 schedule that includes introductory, intermediate, and advanced undergraduate fiction and/or poetry workshops; Creative Non-Fiction, Form and Theory, and Literary Publishing courses; and existing or new courses in other genres;
  • Contribute to curriculum development and refinement, including departmental efforts to design a new writing major;
  • Provide academic advisement to students;
  • Participate in committees and provide service to the department, college, university, and profession;
  • Be aware of, understand, and follow all university policies.



  • Terminal degree (M.F.A., Ph.D.) in creative writing in hand at start of 2017-2018 academic year;
  • Demonstrated excellence in university teaching;
  • Demonstrated capacity to successfully teach a variety of core courses in Fredonia's Creative Writing Minor;
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to work with a diverse group of students, faculty, staff and constituents in support of campus and department mission;


  • Successful teaching experience and/or capacity to develop courses in high-demand and/or emergent genres and/or media;
  • Experience in teaching literature;
  • Experience in editing a literary journal;
  • Experience in organizing a visiting writers series;
  • Experience in curriculum and/or program development;
  • Demonstrated experience with appropriate instructional technology;
  • Interest in, and commitment to, community engagement and/or other forms of applied learning;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the department, college, division, university, and profession;
  • Demonstrated capacity to contribute to diversity;
  • Publication experience.

Additional Information:

These are full-time, 10 month, two year, temporary positions beginning with the fall 2017 semester.

Visa sponsorship is not available for these positions.

Fredonia prides itself on an outstanding workforce. To continually support organizational excellence, the university conducts background screens on applicants.

An Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer, Fredonia provides for, and promotes, equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment, without discrimination.

Pursuant to University policy, the University is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, or domestic violence victim status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law, or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.

The University's policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting unlawful discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at [email protected].

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates shall apply and submit the required documents listed below by clicking on the APPLY NOW button. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Writing Sample (10-15 pg.)

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Posted: 6/27/2017
Application Due: 6/27/2018
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