Swarthmore College: English Literature Department

Assistant/Associate Professor of English Literature in Creative Writing

The Department of English Literature at Swarthmore College invites applications for a tenure-track open-rank position in creative writing with a specialization in fiction; secondary expertise in fields including but not limited to creative nonfiction or poetry desirable but not required. Teaching load is 2/2. This position will start in August 2021.

In addition to teaching literature in English and housing the Creative Writing Program, the Swarthmore College English Department supports work in critical race and ethnic studies, feminist studies, environmental humanities, and queer studies, and contributes to interdisciplinary programs in these fields. The strongest candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to creative teaching and mentorship of undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. The College has a generous leave policy and provides strong support for research and faculty development.

Located in the suburbs of Philadelphia and near Wilmington DE, Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Fore more information on Faculty Diversity and Excellence at Swarthmore, see http://www.swarthmore.edu/faculty-diversity-excellence/information-candidates-new-faculty.


Candidates must have the MFA or Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, as well as experience in and a commitment to undergraduate teaching. Candidates should have published at least one book or have one in contract. They should demonstrate capacity to produce programming, mentor diverse student writers, and contribute to the leadership and future direction of the creative writing program within our department.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter, a CV, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample of 30 pages maximum. Review of application willl begin on October 1 and continue until the position is filled. Please address any questions you may have to Donna McKeever, Administrative Assistant (dmkeev1@swarthmore.edu) or Betsy Bolton, Chair of the Department (ebolton1@swarthmore.edu).

Apply at apply.interfolio.com/77409.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college, located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence thorugh diversity in its educational program and employment practices. The College actively seeks and welcomes those with applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world.

Contact Information

Donna McKeever, Administrative Assistant
Swarthmore College
500 College Ave.
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