Gonzaga University

Assistant Professor, English, Fiction Writing

The English Department at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Fiction Writing, beginning Fall semester 2022. 

Position closes October 29, 2021. Details below; apply at Gonzaga's employment site: https://gonzaga.peopleadmin.com/postings... 

Position Overview

The successful colleague will demonstrate excellence in reflective and effective teaching and will offer a vision and commitment to the development of a dynamic undergraduate program. The Department is committed to an inclusive learning environment and to increasing the diversity of the campus community. In alignment with Gonzaga University’s mission, colleagues should demonstrate, via teaching, research, and/or service, a strong commitment to Gonzaga’s Jesuit, Catholic, and humanistic identity and mission which includes issues of social justice, diversity, global engagement, and care for/solidarity with vulnerable and marginalized communities. Colleagues who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students and who can contribute to the departmental ethos and campus climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas. 

Teaching responsibilities include an 18-credit annual course load; classes will include fiction writing courses, composition courses, and occasionally lower division courses on literature by people of color and people with other marginalized identities, as determined by the department and the department’s needs. All members of the department contribute to and participate in student advising, reflective and effective teaching, department assessment and evaluation, academic citizenship, an active and well-defined research agenda, program development, and recruiting. 

Gonzaga University is an internationally prominent university with a faculty dedicated both to innovative teaching and to socially aware and justice-oriented research. University centers of global engagement include Colombia, Zambia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Italy, where Gonzaga has an established branch campus. We know that our recognition as a premier institution of higher education depends on the diversity of our community and our intellectual endeavors. We believe that excellence and inclusive teaching and learning environments are mutually interconnected. Therefore, applicants whose work grows out of, represents, or informs traditionally underrepresented or marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply. In alignment with Gonzaga University’s mission, we expect applicants to demonstrate a strong commitment to issues of social justice, diversity, global engagement, and care for/solidarity with vulnerable and marginalized communities. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the departmental ethos and campus climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experience and vision in these areas. 

Essential Functions

  • Three-courses (3-credits/ea. each semester) teaching load to teach fiction and other genres of creative writing, lower division composition classes, and occasional opportunities to teach literature of underrepresented populations.
  • Support the administration and coordination of our undergraduate Writing Concentration.
  • Continued engagement with publishing and other creative and scholarly practices.
  • Engagement in the life of the university as an academic citizen, including mentoring senior writing projects, committee service at both the department and university level, and – after the first year-undergraduate academic advising.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in English or closely related field or ABDs considered with the expectation degree in hand by July 15, 2022 or MFA in Writing, with a specialty in fiction writing.
  • Evidence of creative or scholarly achievement and the potential for future production.
  • Evidence of superior teaching in both creative writing and composition, including the ability to respond effectively to the creative and academic needs of learners from diverse backgrounds.
  • Evidence of classroom strategies and pedagogies that advance equity and inclusion.  

Desired qualifications

  • Ability or interest in advising student publications.
  • Ability or interest in organizing visiting-writer events.
  • Ability or interest in developing or teaching interdisciplinary seminars (such as Gonzaga’s University Core First-Year Seminars).
  • Demonstrate record of teaching and mentoring undergraduate students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities.

Contact Information

Dr. Linda Tredennick, Professor, English Department
Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone
Spokane
WA
99258
Contact Phone: 
(509) 313-6970
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