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Job TitleASSISTANT PROFESSORDepartmentWritingSchool/Parent OrganizationSchool of Humanities and SciencesDivisionProvost and Educational Affairs DivisionEmployment CategoryFulltime-RegularAcademic Year2020-2021Academic SemesterFall 2020 and Spring 2021Anticipated start date08/16/2020If temporary, expected end dateFaculty StatusTenure Eligible, Notice (TE)Position/Job Summary

The Department of Writing in the School of Humanities & Sciences at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, invites applications for a tenure-eligible position in nonfiction beginning on August 16, 2020. We offer one of the nation’s few comprehensive bachelor’s degrees in writing, including a concentration in nonfiction, and we seek a colleague to help us deliver and enrich our diverse curriculum.

As a department we conceptualize nonfiction as a capacious genre — one that includes personal writing (e.g. memoir and essay) in addition to forms that are more outward-looking (e.g. literary journalism, science writing, and ethnography) and experimental (e.g. lyric essay and hybrid work). As such, the successful candidate will teach core courses such as Introduction to the Essay, Creative Nonfiction, Personal Essay, and Academic Writing, as well as electives such as Autobiography, Feature Writing, and Travel Writing, among others in the nonfiction concentration.

The successful candidate will carry a 3/3 teaching load and will be expected to engage in writing/scholarship and service, including advising.

Interested applicants must apply online at by submitting a curriculum vita, cover letter, and a statement of teaching philosophy by November 15. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled. To ensure full consideration, please submit all materials by Nov. 15.

Instructions: The cover letter of no more than 2 single-spaced pages should detail the unique qualities the applicant brings to this position, including the candidate’s approach to nonfiction as a practitioner and scholar, past and current writing projects, and any other relevant experience the candidate wishes to highlight. The teaching statement of no more than 2 single-spaced pages should describe the candidate’s teaching experience, how they understand their role as a nonfiction teacher, and methods used in their pedagogy.

Candidates who pass the initial screening should be prepared on short notice to provide further materials including but not limited to: a syllabus for a nonfiction course, sample writing assignment, and a statement on engaging diversity in the writing classroom. Subsequent materials for advancing candidates will include a nonfiction writing sample (25 pages, maximum).

Semi-finalist candidates will be interviewed via teleconference. Three letters of recommendation will be requested from finalists for the position.

Ithaca College endorses the practice of inclusive excellence, which calls for institutions of higher education to address diversity, inclusion, and equity as critical contributions to the well-being of democratic culture. As part of its 5-Year Strategic Plan, the college is committed to becoming a national model of inclusive excellence, with culturally competent faculty and staff, an inclusive learning environment for students, and diversified curriculum that reflects the experience of students and a changing society. We strongly encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

Position/Job Qualifications

Minimum requirements: Ph.D. or M.F.A. in nonfiction or another terminal degree in a relevant field by August 2020; a record of nonfiction publications in nationally recognized media outlets, literary journals, and/or presses; and experience teaching writing, preferably nonfiction, at the college level.

Background in writing and/or teaching in one or more of the following areas is desirable: environmental writing, ethnographic writing, and literary journalism. Special consideration will be given to candidates whose teaching and writing engage with issues of diversity, social justice, and equity.

EEO Statement

Ithaca College is committed to building a diverse academic community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Experience that contributes to the diversity of the college is appreciated.

Instructions for submitting your application:

Interested applicants must apply online at and attach a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and statement of teaching philosophy. Questions about online application should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at (607) 274-8000. Screening of applications will begin immediately. To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received by November 15, 2019.

Work authorization (select one):Visa sponsorship will be considered for this position Department descriptionCollege description

At Ithaca College, a comprehensive residential campus community of 6,500 students, we strive to be at the forefront of the higher education landscape. We offer a distinct integrative learning experience that makes students ready for the personal, professional, and global challenges of our age.

We seek candidates who embrace integrative learning and want to be a part of this exciting time in Ithaca College history. We encourage creative collaboration and innovation in our faculty and staff, providing support and resources for them to grow in their fields and lead students to their own innovative ideas and achievements.

We welcome different ways of thinking and look for candidates with unique points of view and life experiences. We are inclusive of individuals with a wide range of cultural, personal, and professional backgrounds, talents, and skills. Our campus is a vibrant and rewarding community where diverse minds can learn, succeed, and excel.

When reviewing candidates, we are looking for indicators of a number of core competencies. Prospective candidates must be adaptable, collaborative, inclusive, respectful, responsive, results driven, and sustainable. They must communicate effectively, demonstrate leadership, exhibit professional integrity and ethics, take initiative, value personal and professional development, and show that they will engage in the college.

Nestled in the heart of New York State’s scenic Finger Lakes region, Ithaca College sits atop South Hill overlooking picturesque Cayuga Lake and is just minutes away from the city center. Combining small town warmth and charm with the vibrancy of a college community, the thriving and culturally diverse city of Ithaca has been rated by Kiplinger’s as one of the top 10 places to live in the United States.

To learn more about Ithaca College, visit us at

FLSA StatusExemptIs this position eligible for benefits?YesIs this position covered by the SEIU?NoVacancy IDF2184Quick Link Needed to ApplyRequired Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
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      Posted: 9/30/2019
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