Assistant Professor in Fiction Writing

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Emerson College

Assistant Professor in Fiction Writing

The Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Fiction Writing. The Department seeks candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through teaching, other forms of engagement with students outside of the classroom, creative work and service activities. The appointment begins September 1, 2019 with a mandatory 2-day orientation August 22 & 23, 2019.

Primary Duties, Responsibilities, and Tasks:
Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in the College’s intellectual, social, cultural, and geographical communities. Emerson endorses a framework of inclusive excellence, which recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.

The Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing is a vibrant and engaged community of writers, scholars, publishers, and designers. The department has over 100 full- and part-time faculty members, 550 undergraduate majors, and 250 graduate students in the Creative Writing MFA program, online MFA program in Popular Writing and Publishing, and the Publishing MA program.

Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. It is located in Boston’s Literary Cultural District in the dynamic multi-cultural city of Boston in close proximity to major publishing houses, arts institutions, and research centers. The college enrolls 4,446 undergraduate and graduate students from 52 countries and all 50 states.


The ideal candidate will be a fiction writer with a published or forthcoming book and experience teaching creative writing at the college level. Candidates should have an MFA in creative writing, a terminal degree in a related field, or substantial publications equivalent to a terminal degree. Candidates who can teach in multiple genres, such as literary fiction and popular fiction, are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must have demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds. A strong commitment to undergraduate education beyond the classroom is essential.

Primary teaching duties include fiction writing courses at both the BFA and MFA level, and in both the residential and online programs. Additional responsibilities include academic advising, student mentorship, assisting in the graduate admission process, and serving on other department and college committees.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, and contact information for three references (not to be contacted without the applicants permission).

Priority will be given to applications received by December 1, 2018 but the position will remain open until filled.

Annual Clery Report:
In accordance with the federal Clery and Campus SaVE Acts, Emerson College commits to providing all current and prospective students and employees with access to the annual campus security reports for each of our campuses. This report may be accessed from the Emerson College Police Department website.

Open Date: 08/22/2019

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Posted: 10/29/2018
Application Due: 7/2/2019
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