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Assistant Professor Creative Writing

Oglethorpe University
Oglethorpe University - Atlanta, GA, 30319
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Job Location: Oglethorpe University - Atlanta, GA

Position Type: Full-Time Faculty

Education Level: Graduate Degree

Job Category: Education

The Department of English and Comparative Literature at Oglethorpe University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Creative Writing with ability to teach first-year writing. We are especially interested in applicants who can make connections with one or more of Oglethorpes interdisciplinary programs such as African American Studies, Film and Media Studies, or Womens, Gender, and Sexuality studies. Anticipated start date is August 15, 2022.

The full-time teaching load is 3/3 (12 units per semester), with correspondingly reasonable expectations for service and professional practice. The successful applicant will typically teach courses ranging from introductory to advanced in a variety of Creative Writing genres, including fiction, nonfiction, dramatic writing, and poetry as part of our undergraduate program in English. Candidates must also be prepared to contribute to the growth and planning of the Creative Writing minor, including but not limited to curricular planning and revision, contribution to assessment materials, providing leadership for university-related writing events, inviting and promoting author guest speakers, and advising students within the minor program. All English department faculty also teach in interdisciplinary Core Narratives of the Self courses that emphasize first-year writing instruction through a selection of shared texts.

Oglethorpe University, located in Atlanta and with an enrollment of about 1,500 students, is a member of the Annapolis group of the nations most selective liberal arts colleges. Faculty in the department of English and Comparative Literature, which houses the Creative Writing minor, typically teach majors and minors within department offerings in small, seminar-style courses and have opportunities to cross-list courses with other related disciplines. Our smaller department (currently 4TT faculty with active scholarly agendas) manages a thorough curriculum, from courses in ancient literature to diverse approaches to modern and contemporary global literature. Our major particularly emphasizes opportunities for student research. Oglethorpe faculty have the opportunity to develop creative courses, serve on interdepartmental committees, and are actively involved in shared governance. They are also encouraged to participate in community building, both on campus and globally. A growing number of study abroad experiences are available. Civic engagement and experiential learning taking advantage of the many opportunities in Atlanta are also key institutional objectives supported by our faculty.

Oglethorpe is committed to fostering a campus community and intellectual environment that recruits and maintains diverse faculty and staff, promotes a culture of respect for diverse experiences and perspectives, and understands and addresses the role of inequality in shaping our individual and collective identities. We value faculty mentorship and support faculty teaching, research, and development through the Office of the Provost which works closely with the VP of DEI.

The university currently enrolls a diverse population of nearly 1,500 students who represent more than 30 states and 30 countries. More than half of Oglethorpes students identify as persons of color and 40 percent are the first in their families to attend college. Candidates from historically excluded groups, whose work furthers the institutions diversity, equity, and inclusion goals, and who bring varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

All candidates must have a terminal degree in creative writing (MFA or PhD) by June 2022; experience teaching creative writing at the post-secondary level; and significant publications or promise thereof.

Strong undergraduate teaching and serious commitment to writing instruction necessary.

Applicants should submit a letter of application in which they address their demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to teaching students from diverse racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; a CV; a writing sample of at least 20 pages; and 3 letters of recommendation. Priority will be given to those applications received by February 1, 2022. We expect to conduct initial interviews via video call. Questions about the position may be directed to: [email protected] Please note that the letters of recommendation should be confidential and submitted directly to: [email protected]


Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe University is Atlanta’s only co-educational small private college, home to more than 1350 eclectic and engaged students from 33 states and 31 countries.

Renowned for the groundbreaking Oglethorpe Core, Oglethorpe's academically rigorous programs emphasize intellectual curiosity, individual attention, close collaboration among faculty and students, and active learning in relevant field experiences. Students connect theory and practice with the help of Oglethorpe’s A_LAB (Atlanta Laboratory for Learning), an incubator for experiential learning through internships, study abroad, civic engagement, and undergraduate research.

Oglethorpe is in an unprecedented era of growth and innovation, evidenced by increased enrollment and philanthropic giving, and new strategic entrepreneurial partnerships and programs. In 2018, Oglethorpe launched Flagship 50, a groundbreaking merit tuition scholarship program that matches all 50 states’ flagship tuition for qualified students. The 2020 Fiske Guide to Colleges named Oglethorpe one of only 20 “Best Buy Schools” in the nation and the only one in Georgia for the third year in a row.

This year marks the opening of the I.W. “Ike” Cousins Center for Science and Innovation and the Q. William Hammack, Jr. School of Business. Oglethorpe received a $50 million gift commitment, the largest in its history, from alumnus Bill Hammack ’73 to establish the new school of business. 

In the past five years, Oglethorpe has seen the addition of an award-winning campus center; a residential complex with six state-of-the-art classrooms; and the expansion of arts and athletics facilities. Oglethorpe’s study abroad venture with LeadAbroad has expanded its global footprint, with the development of five global campuses in Barcelona, Cape Town, Greece, Paris, and Rome.

Oglethorpe is home to the Conant Performing Arts Center, Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, and the Piedmont School of Atlanta. The Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels compete in the NCAA Division III Southern Athletic Association.


Oglethorpe is ideally located in the newly-formed city of Brookhaven, an inner suburb of Atlanta recently cited as the safest city in the metro area and one of the most popular destinations for singles and families alike. The campus is situated on Atlanta’s famous Peachtree Road, less than a mile from the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe University MARTA station and easily accessed from all major interstates. The university is just minutes from Atlanta’s best shopping and dining.

Brookhaven boasts a variety of living options from large historic homes, mid-century bungalows, and newly-constructed homes, townhomes and apartments, including a new luxury rental apartment complex on Oglethorpe’s campus. Residents enjoy an extensive and growing system of parks and walking trails, nature preserves, annual festivals, and top-notch public and private schools.

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