About Asian University for Women
Located in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Asian University for Women (AUW) is the first of its kind: an institution dedicated to the education and leadership development of women across Asia and the Middle East. With a student body of more than 1200 hailing from 18 countries, AUW promotes an ethos of cross-cultural understanding, academic curiosity, and ethical leadership. AUW provides a fast-paced work environment with new projects frequently on the horizon and strong opportunities for growth.
Learn more about AUW here: https://asian-university.org/
AUW is rooted in the belief that background does not indicate potential, and therefore is committed to admitting any student who shows talent and drive—regardless of their ability to pay tuition. Almost 98% of its student body is on scholarship. AUW students are refugees, former garment factory workers, and daughters of micro-finance borrowers; they have survived life under the Taliban, civil wars, and natural disasters; they are almost always the first in their family to attend university.
During the admissions process, AUW students are judged on their capacity for empathy, outrage at injustice, and courage. While at AUW, these characteristics are tested, as women from deeply diverse, and often conflicting, communities live and study together in an atmosphere of mutual discovery and collaborative exchanges. We require a candidate who will respond to and celebrate the diverse national, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds of our students. Our students have incredible stories to tell and dreams to achieve. It is imperative that they are equipped to express themselves creatively and clearly; excellent writing skills are essential to achieving both personal and professional empowerment.
The instructors will be expected to actively engage with students and foster a supportive and inclusive classroom environment. Instructors must be very devoted to all their students, some of whom will likely start at low levels of proficiency. Many will have recently completed a two-year college preparatory program.
Instructors will be expected to teach the following 2-3 courses per semester, with opportunities to invite guest lecturers. Courses will include:
- Creative Nonfiction: Autobiography and Memoir
- Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry and Fiction
- Analytical Writing
- Business Communication
Candidates who have completed their MFA in Creative Writing are encouraged to apply. AUW seeks individuals who have a passion for teaching, social justice, and women’s empowerment. Prior teaching experience, particularly at the tertiary level, is a plus.
This post will commence in August 2023.
AUW Creative Writing Instructors will receive an annual salary of $15,000 USD (income tax-free). They will also be provided with free faculty housing, meals at the AUW cafeteria, free local transportation to and from the University, and international health insurance. One round trip from the selected candidate’s home to Chittagong will also be covered, along with visas and vaccinations. Additionally, there will be opportunities for internships with significant social leaders in the region.
Interested applicants should submit a CV, contact information for three references, and a cover letter detailing the following: (1) your interest in the position, (2) a sample course proposal, and (3) a statement of teaching philosophy and method. Please send all materials to Katsuki.Sakai@asian-university.org.