West Virginia University

Assistant Professor in Creative Writing – Poetry

Assistant Professor in Creative Writing – Poetry

Job Number: 07601

The Department of English at West Virginia University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track assistant professor in creative writing—poetry. Candidates must hold an M.F.A. or Ph.D., have at least one book of poetry in print or in press with a highly regarded publisher, and be able to demonstrate strong teaching ability. Duties will include undergraduate and graduate courses in creative writing, mentoring of M.F.A. students and supervision of their theses, and service in the department and M.F.A. program.

The Department of English has 34 full-time faculty members in creative writing, literature, linguistics, composition and rhetoric, and professional writing and we offer a full range of academic programs (B.A., M.A., M.A. in Professional Writing and Editing, M.F.A., and Ph.D.). The teaching load is 2–2 with teaching opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We require a degree in hand by August 10, 2018; strong evidence of current and future publication; and demonstrated potential for teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

West Virginia University is a comprehensive land grant university that enrolls 29,000 students. It is classified as “highest research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation. The Morgantown campus is situated along the Mon River Rail-Trail and within 10 miles of Cooper’s Rock State Forest, yet it is also within easy traveling distance of Washington, D.C. to the east, Pittsburgh to the north, and Cleveland and Columbus to the west. The university provides a supportive environment to develop a visible and productive career.  WVU also offers a Dual Career Program to assist partners in their career transition and job search.

REVIEW DATE. We will begin reviewing applications March 1st and will accept applications until the position is filled. We will acknowledge all applications and plan to conduct initial interviews via Skype or phone.

APPLICATION. To apply, please visit http://jobs.wvu.edu and navigate to the position title listed above.  Upload a cover letter, C.V., and writing sample (10-12 poems). Please have three letters of recommendation sent directly to Kelly Johnson at: kjohnso2@mail.wvu.edu.  For more information, please visit our website: http://english.wvu.edu.  Additional questions can be sent to the search committee chair, Mary Ann Samyn at: maryann.samyn@mail.wvu.edu.

WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and all protected classes within higher education.

Contact Information

Mary Ann Samyn, Committee Chair
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