Richard L. Thomas Professor in Creative Writing - Tenure Track

Job description

The Kenyon College English Department invites applications from distinguished, mid-career teachers and writers for an endowed chair in creative writing, to begin in August 2019. Appointment rank will depend on prior experience. A preference will be given to writers of fiction and/or nonfiction prose, especially in innovative subfields such as graphic, speculative, or young adult literary fiction. A successful candidate will already have earned significant public recognition. The Thomas Professor will be in residence throughout the academic year, with a 2/2 teaching load primarily dedicated to courses in fiction-writing and nonfiction-writing at all levels. This position will require contributions to the life of the English department and the College (including advising students, directing honors projects, and participating in faculty governance). This chair will also have significant leadership expectations for enhancing, developing, diversifying, and supporting the department’s creative writing curriculum.

Qualifications include significant teaching experience and publication in fiction and/or nonfiction prose (at least two books). Ph.D. or MFA preferred.

Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors. 


To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at Applications must include a cover letter detailing writing achievement and aspirations; as well as teaching experience and teaching philosophy, including methods for incorporating issues related to diversity, inclusivity, and equity into teaching and advising; a Curriculum Vitae; three letters of recommendation (at least one of which must speak to the candidate’s teaching excellence); and a writing sample (up to 20 pages).

All application materials must be submitted electronically through Kenyon’s website at
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  To ensure full consideration, apply by November 1.

Kenyon College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status,
or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law.




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Job No: 492539
Posted: 9/10/2018
Application Due: 11/9/2018
Work Type:
Salary: competitive