Ithaca College

Assistant Professor (Nonfiction)

The Department of Writing in the School of Humanities & Sciences at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, invites applications for a tenure-eligible position in nonfiction beginning on August 16, 2020. We offer one of the nation’s few comprehensive bachelor’s degrees in writing, including a concentration in nonfiction, and we seek a colleague to help us deliver and enrich our diverse curriculum.

As a department we conceptualize nonfiction as a capacious genre—one that includes personal writing (e.g. memoir and essay) in addition to forms that are more outward-looking (e.g. literary journalism, science writing, and ethnography) and experimental (e.g. lyric essay and hybrid work). As such, the successful candidate will teach core courses such as Introduction to the Essay, Creative Nonfiction, Personal Essay, and Academic Writing, as well as electives such as Autobiography, Feature Writing, and Travel Writing, among others in the nonfiction concentration.

The successful candidate will carry a 3/3 teaching load and will be expected to engage in writing/scholarship and service, including advising.

Interested applicants must apply online at by submitting a curriculum vita, cover letter, and a statement of teaching philosophy by November 15. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled. To ensure full consideration, please submit all materials by Nov. 15.

Instructions: The cover letter of no more than 2 single-spaced pages should detail the unique qualities the applicant brings to this position, including the candidate’s approach to nonfiction as a practitioner and scholar, past and current writing projects, and any other relevant experience the candidate wishes to highlight. The teaching statement of no more than 2 single-spaced pages should describe the candidate’s teaching experience, how they understand their role as a nonfiction teacher, and methods used in their pedagogy.

Candidates who pass the initial screening should be prepared on short notice to provide further materials including but not limited to: a syllabus for a nonfiction course, sample writing assignment, and a statement on engaging diversity in the writing classroom. Subsequent materials for advancing candidates will include a nonfiction writing sample (25 pages, maximum).

Semi-finalist candidates will be interviewed via teleconference. Three letters of recommendation will be requested from finalists for the position.

Ithaca College endorses the practice of inclusive excellence, which calls for institutions of higher education to address diversity, inclusion, and equity as critical contributions to the well-being of democratic culture. As part of its 5-Year Strategic Plan, the college is committed to becoming a national model of inclusive excellence, with culturally competent faculty and staff, an inclusive learning environment for students, and diversified curriculum that reflects the experience of students and a changing society. We strongly encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

Minimum requirements: Ph.D. or M.F.A. in nonfiction or another terminal degree in a relevant field by August 2020; a record of nonfiction publications in nationally recognized media outlets, literary journals, and/or presses; and experience teaching writing, preferably nonfiction, at the college level.

Background in writing and/or teaching in one or more of the following areas is desirable: environmental writing, ethnographic writing, and literary journalism. Special consideration will be given to candidates whose teaching and writing engage with issues of diversity, social justice, and equity.

Contact Information

Nick Kowalczyk, Associate Professor
415 Smiddy Hall
753 Danby Road
Contact Phone: 
(607) 274-5146
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