Assistant Professor of English

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Posting Number F453P Quick Link for Posting http://jobs.uark.edu/postings/30579 Working Title Assistant Professor of English Department English About the University

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,600 students with 200+ academic programs. U of A students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent all 50 states and 120 countries.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life. Arkansas is a natural wonder of forests, mountains and lakes framed by picturesque rivers and streams. Some of the best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are a short drive from campus.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department

About the College:

The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most academically diverse unit on campus with 3 schools, 16 departments, and 43 academic programs and research centers. The college provides the core curriculum for all University of Arkansas students and is named for J. William Fulbright, former university president, and longtime U.S. senator. The mission of the College comes from the writings of Senator Fulbright: “…the highest function of higher education is the teaching of things in perspective, toward the purposes of enriching the life of the individual, cultivating the free and inquiring mind, and advancing the effort to bring reason, justice, and humanity into the relations of men and nations.”

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing an educational and work environment in which thought, creativity, and growth are stimulated, and in which individuals are free to realize their full potential. The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences promotes these ideals and welcomes applicants who foster an inclusive environment through an open exchange of voices and ideas from populations of diverse backgrounds.

About the Department:

The Department of English offers four degrees and an online certificate. Students can take courses in African American, Arab American, U.S. Latina/Latino, Native American, postcolonial and southern literatures, as well as in creative writing and translation, film and media studies, gender and sexuality studies, rhetoric and composition, digital humanities, service-learning and a constantly changing list of period- and genre-specific topics.

About the Community:

Northwest Arkansas frequently receives honors as one of America’s best places to live, by such publications as Forbes, Kiplingers, and Business Week. The area is home to an active locally-focused community and continues to grow as a premier destination for travel and business. For more information, visit:

Department Home Page english.uark.edu Job Type Faculty Faculty Status Tenure Track Appointment Percent 100 Benefits Eligible Yes Salary Commensurate with Qualifications Campus, Office Location Fayetteville Campus - Kimpel Hall Summary of Job Duties

The Program in Creative Writing & Translation at the University of Arkansas welcomes applications from published fiction writers to fill a tenure-track position starting in the Fall of 2019 as an Assistant Professor of Fiction Writing in the Department of English. Secondary interests in nonfiction, screenwriting, or translation are welcome, but not required. The teaching load is 2/2, generally one undergraduate and one graduate class per semester; other duties will include directing both graduate and undergraduate theses, screening MFA submissions, and some service work.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.
  • Master’s of Fine Arts or Ph.D. in creative writing or literature conferred by the time of appointment
  • At least one published book of fiction (may be under contract)
Preferred Qualifications
  • Specialization in writing fiction
  • Publications in creative nonfiction, screenwriting, or literary translation
  • Interest in international literature as evidenced in writing or teaching
  • Teaching experience
Physical activities associated with this position

The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.

Occasionally

  • Feeling
  • Walking

Frequently

  • Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding
  • Hearing
  • Repetitive motion
  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Talking

Employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and/or visual inspection at distances close to the eyes.

Types of Background Checks Required National criminal background and registered sex offender check Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Anticipated Start Date 08/19/2019 Anticipated End Date Recruitment Contact Information

J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
416 N. Campus Drive
Fayetteville, AR 72701-4002
Phone: (479) 575-6729
Email: [email protected]

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas employment system at jobs.uark.edu. Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions Summary

Completed applications received by December 1st, 2018 will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

Applicants must submit a resume, a cover letter/letter of application, a writing sample (up to 60 pages), and a sample syllabus for any writing or literature course (may be for a course candidate has taught or for one they would like to teach). A list of two professional references (name, title, email address, and contact number) willing to provide letters of reference will be requested during the application process.

Initial interviews may be held via Skype; on-campus visits will be conducted in February 2019.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701. EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Internal Posting No Work Location Fayetteville, AR Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed to Apply Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Writing Sample(s)
  4. Syllabi of classes taught
Optional Documents
  1. Proof of Veterans Status

 

 

 

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Posted: 3/9/2019
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