Wichita State University

Assistant Professor in Fiction Writing

The Department of English at Wichita State University is now accepting applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in fiction writing to begin fall 2022. Wichita State offers an MFA and undergraduate creative writing program. Our MFA students take a three-year course of study, which includes creative and academic courses; in their final year, students work one-to-one with a faculty member on a final project. Wichita State’s MFA Program was established in 1974 and is one of the oldest MFA Programs in the country. Recent visiting distinguished writers in residence have included Kim Addonizio, Jericho Brown, Andrew Sean Greer, Laura Kalpakian, Antonya Nelson, Michael Parker, Ariana Reines, and Mary Ruefle.

The requirements for the position include an MFA or Ph.D. in Creative Writing with a concentration in fiction at the time of appointment; a demonstrated commitment to literary excellence with at least one book of fiction in print or press by a nationally recognized publisher; and a record of successful teaching. The Department is also interested in qualified candidates who have experience in teaching students from diverse backgrounds as well as interest in fostering an equitable and inclusive creative and scholarly environment at an urban-serving institution. Members of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach classes as needs arise in creative writing, composition, and literature at the undergraduate and graduate level based on their qualifications; direct MFA theses; and participate in recruitment efforts. The position carries a 3/3 teaching load. Other responsibilities will include active engagement with publishing and other creative and scholarly practices; assisting in maintaining the department’s Creative Writing Program; and service to the department, the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the university.

Applicants must submit a letter of application; a vita with contact information for three references; a teaching statement; a statement detailing the applicant’s experiences with issues related to diversity; and a writing sample of 20-50 pages of fiction by January 21, 2022. Screening will begin on January 24, 2022 and will continue until position is filled. Candidates must apply online and submit materials at http://jobs.wichita.edu. Candidates should be prepared to submit three letters of recommendation upon request. Finalists may be asked to mail a copy of their book to the search committee chair.

All employees of Wichita State University are expected to support the WSU Vision, Mission, and Values and to help foster an environment rich in diversity of culture, thought, and experience. Candidates for faculty positions should be able to demonstrate the ability to effectively educate and empower a diverse student population.

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Contact Information

Rebeccah Bechtold, Associate Professor of English
Department of English
1845 Fairmount