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Assistant Professor, Creative Writing (Fiction)

Employer
Wake Forest University
Location
Winston Salem, NC

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Job Description Summary

Job Description:

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY’S Department of English invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Creative Writing (Fiction) at the level of Assistant Professor beginning in July 2024. We seek candidates who hold a terminal degree in creative writing or literature (MFAor PhD), and whose literary practice engages African American contexts.

The creative writing program at Wake Forest is dynamic and dedicated to contributing to the artistic and intellectual life of the university. We house the prestigious publisher of innovative fiction, Fiction Collective Two (FC2), directed by Joanna Ruocco; host a distinguished visiting author reading series featuring writers such as Chris Abani, Renee Gladman, and George Saunders; and sponsor a lively student reading series. We offer a popular minor and teach masters students seeking a creative writing concentration. Our students have been accepted to top graduate programs, including the MFA programs at Iowa and Notre Dame. We value collaboration, creative openness, and interdisciplinarity in our programming and courses. The successful candidate may also work with the African American Studies Program, which features signature distinctions in African American arts, aesthetics, and expressive culture.

Applicants should have a book or record of significant publication, experience teaching creative writing workshops, ability to shape an ambitious creative writing program, and commitment to co-directing the reading series. Salary is competitive. The teaching load is 2/2.

Additional Job Description

Wake Forest University actively embraces diversity and inclusivity and welcomes applicants with a demonstrated commitment to and success in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest University is an AA/EEO employer and values an inclusive and diverse learning community and campus climate.

Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational institution dedicated to academic excellence in liberal arts, graduate and professional education. With 5,200 undergraduates and 3,200 graduate and professional students, the student-faculty ratio is 11:1. Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities and an active athletics community. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “Pro Humanitate.” For quick facts about the University, visit https://admissions.wfu.edu/facts/.

A cover letter, CV, 20-30 page fiction writing sample, and teaching philosophy should be submitted as a single PDF at http://www.wfu.careers/. Applicants should arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to english@wfu.edu. Review of applications will begin on November 3, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but to guarantee full consideration they should be received by November 1, 2023. Initial interviews will be conducted by videoconference; finalists will be invited for on-campus interviews. Questions about the position may be addressed to: english@wfu.edu. Inquiries about the application process and document submission may be addressed to wakejobs@wfu.edu.

Time Type Requirement

Full time

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for all final faculty candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

Organization

Wake Forest University, formed in 1834, has experienced decades of growth and innovation.  WFU is a distinctive university that combines a liberal arts core with graduate and professional schools and innovative research programs.  The University embraces the teacher-scholar ideal, which prizes the personal interaction between students and faculty.  It is a place where exceptional teaching, fundamental research and discovery, and the engagement of faculty and students in the classroom and the laboratory are paramount.

Wake Forest University is a community that seeks the enlightenment and freedom which come through diligent study and learning. Its higher goal, however, is to give life to the University motto "Pro Humanitate," as members translate a passion for knowledge into compassionate service. The community shares a tradition that embraces freedom and integrity and acknowledges the worth of the individual. The heritage, established by the school's founders and nurtured by succeeding generations, promotes a democratic spirit arising from open-mindedness and discourse. Wake Forest fosters compassion and caring for others. Its collective strength and character are derived from the values and distinctive experiences of each individual; therefore, it affirms the richness of human intellect and culture and its contribution to knowledge, faith, reason, and dialogue. Furthermore, it strives toward a society in which good will, respect, and equality prevail. To that end, Wake Forest University rejects hatred and bigotry in any form and promotes justice, honor, and mutual trust.​

The University is comprised of:  the undergraduate college, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, and School of Medicine (located on the Bowman Gray campus with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center) and today enrolls about 4,846 undergraduates and 2,823 students in graduate programs at its principal location, the Reynolda campus.  Students at Wake Forest University enjoy a great deal of access to and interaction with world-class faculty both in and out of the classroom setting with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.  Wake Forest employs approximately 2,772 full and part-time faculty and staff.

Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant, intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and a strong athletics program competing in the fifteen-team Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Since its founding, the university has adopted the motto “pro humanitate,” which is exemplified by a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world. Wake Forest has a strong commitment to holistic, eight-dimensional well-being for students, faculty and staff as evidenced in the Thrive initiative.

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, NC, a beautiful, mid-sized city centrally located in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina.  Winston-Salem is a family-friendly city with high quality schools, numerous outdoor recreational activities and events, and is known for its vibrant and thriving arts scene.

Winston-Salem residents enjoy close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains (1.5 hours) and Atlantic beaches (4 hours), a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, a very reasonable cost of living, and an eclectic variety of restaurants, wine bars, and breweries for dining with friends and family.  Winston-Salem offers many of the amenities of a large city but with the sense of community and quality of life of a smaller town (www.visitwinstonsalem.com).

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