Vassar College

Assistant Professor of English

The Department of English at Vassar College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor who specializes in fiction writing. This position will start in August 2020. 

Vassar College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity, equality, inclusion and respect for difference within its community. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in these areas. Applicants who have demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion are particularly encouraged to apply.

Candidates must have the MFA or Ph.D. in English in hand at the time of appointment, experience in and a commitment to undergraduate teaching, and a strong record of publication, including but not limited to a collection of short stories or a novel. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to one or more of the following multi-disciplinary programs: Environmental Studies, Urban Studies, and American Studies. 

Teaching in the first year is four courses. In ensuing years, it will be five courses or four courses plus a group tutorial. The selected candidate is expected to further develop creative writing at Vassar, advise students, and serve on college-wide and departmental committees. The College has a generous leave policy, provides strong support for research and faculty development, and encourages multidisciplinary approaches to teaching.  

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college of about 2,450 undergraduates (no graduate students) located in the Hudson Valley seventy-five miles north of New York City.

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In addition to a letter of application, candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, diversity statement, graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable for the initial application), three letters of recommendation, and a published writing sample of no more than 20–25 pages. Additional information on candidate diversity statements can be found at

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.

For inquiries, e-mail Wendy Graham, Chair, Department of English, Vassar College,

Contact Information

Wendy Graham, Chair
Department of English
Vassar College
124 Raymond Avenue
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