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Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Prose Genres)

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Illinois State University
Location
Normal, Illinois

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Work type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois

Title: Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Prose Genres)
Division Name: Academic Affairs
College/Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: English
Campus Location: Normal, IL

Job Summary

The Department of English at Illinois State University, located in Normal, Illinois, invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Prose Genres). We seek innovative prose writers working in non-fiction, fiction, and/or hybrid forms with interest/specialization in one or more of the following areas: Literary Book and Journal Publishing, Publishing Studies, Literary Translation, Creative Writing Pedagogy, Transformative Justice and Community Engagement, and Digital Storytelling. The successful candidate must show evidence of excellent creative productivity in appropriate publishing venues (with preference given to candidates with a book or equivalent from a notable publisher), as well as evidence of excellence in teaching. We also keenly seek candidates whose creative practices and lived experiences give voice to historically underrepresented communities.

Responsibilities of the position include a consistent trajectory of creative activity/publishing, effective undergraduate and graduate teaching and mentorship, and departmental service. The normal teaching load is fifteen credit hours per academic year. The individual in this position is thus expected to teach a 2/3 load each year in the Department of English.

The position is a nine-month, tenure track appointment with the possibility of summer teaching. Salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience. The locus of annual evaluation, tenure, and promotion in rank will be in the Department of English. A comprehensive benefits package is included.

Additional Information

Department of English: The ISU Department of English’s Creative Writing program has built a distinguished national reputation for encouraging alternative and hybrid forms of writing while emphasizing the study of theory and Creative Writing pedagogy. In addition to an undergraduate major sequence in Creative Writing, the department also offers degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels with a focus in Creative Writing. The department is also home to ISU’s Publications Unit, a unique publishing organization that supports a vibrant and diverse group of affiliated literary publications and presses—including the award-winning platform Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review), the small press Downstate Legacies, and the teaching chapbook press and workshop, PRESS 254—while creating hands-on, applied learning experiences for students. For more information about our program visit: http://english.illinoisstate.edu.

Illinois State University: Illinois State University http://www.illinoisstate.edu, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. There are approximately 21,000 students in the six colleges of Illinois State University. In our most recent strategic plan Educate ∙ Connect ∙ Elevate, we have committed our resources to realizing seven core values: Learning and Scholarship, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect, Collaboration, Individualized Attention, Civic Engagement, and Integrity. By acting on these values, we create a learning environment that results in our University being the first-choice public university in Illinois for high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized educational experience combined with the resources of a large university. Also visit the University’s metrics of excellence at (http://illinoisstate.edu/pointsofpride/).

Bloomington-Normal Community: Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a metro population of approximately 172,000. The community is also home to Illinois Wesleyan University, Heartland Community College, St. Joseph Medical Center, Carle BroMenn Medical Center, COUNTRY Financial, State Farm Insurance’s International Headquarters, Central Illinois Regional Airport, and electric truck manufacturer Rivian Motors. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and its citizens’ high level of educational attainment, as well as its parks and recreation, health care, vibrant fine arts scene, job growth, economic opportunity, historic sites, and low crime rates. SmartAsset ranked Bloomington IL, in the top 20 of the most livable cities in the U.S. (2022). Zippia named Bloomington, IL, as #1 on their “Happiest Cities” list (2020), and Best Choice Schools listed the area on its “30 Small College Towns with Great Quality of Life” (2020). Bloomington-Normal is conveniently located about three hours from Indianapolis, two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis, and an hour from Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, and Springfield; many of these locations are accessible from Bloomington-Normal via the Amtrak located 1 block from ISU’s campus. For more information on our community, please visit (http://visitbn.org/).

Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Required Qualifications

1) Hold a terminal degree (MFA or PhD) in Creative Writing or related field; however, exceptional candidates will also be considered with an expected completion of their terminal degree before August 15, 2024.
2) Evidence of excellent creative productivity in appropriate publishing venues (with preference given to candidates with a book or equivalent from a notable publisher).
3) Evidence of excellence in teaching.
4) Candidates must be able to demonstrate oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position, as mandated by state law.

Work Hours

Varies

Proposed Starting Date

August 16, 2024

Required Applicant Documents

1) Letter of application
2) Teaching philosophy
3) Writing sample (no more than 30 pages)
4) Curriculum vitae
5) Names and contact information of three recommenders (letters will be solicited after an initial review of applications)

Please Note: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply".

Special Instructions for Applicants

Review of applications will begin November 13, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.

Applications will be considered incomplete until all required items are uploaded and will not be reviewed until complete. Initial Zoom interviews will be conducted around the middle of December with campus visits to follow in mid-to-late January.

Contact Information for Applicants

Dr. Katherine Ellison
Chair of English
keellis@ilstu.edu

Dr. Brian Rejack
Search Committee Chair
brejack@ilstu.edu

Important Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a criminal background investigation and if applicable, an employment history review, based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation and/or an employment history review. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.

Application Opened: 09/28/2023 09:00 AM CST
Application Closes: Open until filled


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About

Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. Illinois State is a co-educational, residential university committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities and promoting the highest academic standards in teaching, scholarship, and community service. Serving more than 20,000 students, our six colleges offer 178 undergraduate majors, 77 minors, 102 master’s programs, 18 doctoral degrees, and 42 certificate options. We have repeatedly been named a “Great Place to Work” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Illinois State University is committed to and accountable for advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our mission.

Vision

Illinois State University, a first-choice public university, will be increasingly recognized as a national leader for educating high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized and transformative experience at an institution that:

  • Offers premier undergraduate and graduate programs that integrate traditional knowledge and methods with emerging ideas and innovations
  • Generates knowledge through high-quality research, scholarship, and creative activities
  • Supports student learning and development inside and outside of the classroom
  • Serves the region, state, nation, and world through its commitments to responsible stewardship, meaningful civic engagement, cultural enrichment, and the development of global citizens

Mission

We at Illinois State University work as a diverse community of scholars with a commitment to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. We promote the highest academic standards in our teaching, scholarship, public service and the connections we build among them. We devote all of our resources and energies to creating the most supportive and productive community possible to serve the citizens of Illinois and beyond.

Values

Pursuit of Learning and Scholarship

Illinois State University works with students as partners in their educational development inside and outside of the classroom so that students come to appreciate learning as an active and lifelong process. The University contributes new knowledge through research, scholarship, and creative activities in which all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate. Faculty members embrace a balanced teacher–scholar model that values their contributions as teachers (facilitators of learning) and scholars (creators and discoverers of knowledge and information). 

Individualized Attention

Illinois State University provides a supportive environment that places all learners at the center of teaching and scholarship. Innovative curricular and cocurricular programs, strong student-faculty-staff connections, and superior student services focus on each student as an individual. The University fosters academic and personal growth, recognizes unique educational aspirations, and acknowledges that each faculty and staff member is integral to student success.

Diversity

Illinois State University affirms and encourages community and a respect for differences by fostering an inclusive environment characterized by cultural understanding, ethical behavior, and social justice. The University supports a diverse faculty and staff who mentor a diverse student population. The University endeavors to provide opportunities for all students, staff, and faculty to participate in a global society.

Integrity

Illinois State University promotes an environment defined by the highest ethical standards. Leadership of the University is characterized by stability, adherence to shared values, collaborative decision making, and accountable stewardship of all university resources. Members of the University community work collaboratively through shared governance to ensure the success of the University and are dedicated to making ongoing improvements, always enhancing their contribution to Illinois State University and building on prior accomplishments. Teaching and learning, including research and creative activities, are conducted at the highest level of academic quality and integrity.

Civic Engagement

Illinois State University prepares students to be informed and engaged global citizens who will promote and further the goals of society. The University promotes active learning experiences through which students will gain an awareness and understanding of civic engagement as a lifelong responsibility. The University partners with business, industry, government, and educational entities providing leadership in local, statewide, national, and international initiatives; expanding service and outreach; and enhancing financial support for instructional, scholarly, and service activities.

Illinois State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding affirmative action, nondiscrimination, and anti-harassment. Illinois State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, order of protection, gender identity and expression, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, genetic information, unfavorable military discharge, or status as a veteran in employment, educational programs and activities, or admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed by contacting the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access by email at EqualOpportunity@IllinoisState.edu, by calling (309) 438-3383, or by mail at Illinois State University, Campus Box 1280, Normal, IL 61790.

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Illinois State University
Normal
Illinois
61790
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