Wilkes University

Director of Maslow Family Graduate Creative Writing Program

Wilkes University invites applicants for a Director of the Maslow Family Graduate Creative Writing Program in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Founded in 2005, the program offers both the M.A. and M.F.A. in five genres: fiction, playwriting, creative nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting, as well as tracks in publishing, documentary filmmaking, and creative writing education. The program is consistently rated as one of the top low-residency programs in the country and also offers a weekender option. 

The Director of the Maslow Program performs a broad range of duties in this dual faculty/administrative role, and requires proven organizational and administrative skills and a strong teaching and publishing and/or producing record. The Director works with university departments on marketing, faculty and student recruiting, admissions, budgeting, student and alumni relations, and strategic direction of the program. The Director oversees, plans, and teaches courses in the bi-yearly residency sessions, and is responsible for maintaining relationships with associated independent presses and literary organizations.

The Director will develop and implement the residency schedule of courses, workshops, craft seminars, and panel discussions for students and faculty. With support from and consultation with the staff and faculty, the Director will plan and host two eight-day residencies annually (January and June), provide administrative oversight for distance learning and curriculum development, and respond to student, faculty, and administrative concerns, as needed.

An M.F.A. or Ph.D. is required. The ideal candidate will have prior experience in higher education administration and teaching and a notable record of achievement as a writer, director, or producer. The ability to recruit and manage program faculty and staff will be an important consideration in identifying the candidate. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Wilkes University is an independent, comprehensive university dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts, sciences, and selected professional programs. The university has approximately 2,450 students at the undergraduate level and over 2,400 graduate students.

Its institutional focus is on developing strong mentoring relationships with each of its students and contributing vitally to economic development of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The university is located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, a revitalized city that is located on the lovely Susquehanna River and is within two and one-half hours driving distance of New York City and Philadelphia.

To apply, visit https://wilkesuniversitycareers.applicantpro.com/jobs/. Please be sure to include a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references. The position is open until filled.

Wilkes University is constantly seeking to become a more diverse community and to enhance its capacity to value and capitalize on the cultural richness that diversity brings. The University strongly encourages applications from persons with diverse backgrounds.

Contact Information

Dr. J. Michael Lennon, Chair of the Search Committee
Wilkes University
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