College of the Holy Cross Department of English

Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters

The College of the Holy Cross seeks applications for its Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters.  Candidates should be dedicated teachers and creative writers with a distinguished publication record in any genre.  Although the Jenks Chair is located in the Department of English, we especially welcome candidates whose work engages questions of diversity and extends across disciplines.

Each year the Jenks Chair teaches three undergraduate seminars in creative writing, sponsors two public lectures or readings, and conducts a seminar for faculty from across the College.  Programming funds and discretionary funds for professional development are available.  The initial two- or three-year appointment will begin in August, 2018; a single renewal is possible up to a maximum of five years.  Salary and benefits are at the level of a Visiting Professor and are competitive with comparable appointments nationwide.  We invite candidates to learn more about the College’s Creative Writing Program at https://www.holycross.edu/academics/programs/english/creative-writing.

Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement on teaching, transcripts, three confidential letters of recommendation, and a sample of your recent creative work (40 pages or the equivalent).  In your letter, in addition to describing your teaching interests, please address how your work as a writer, teacher, and mentor might support the College’s mission as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college (see http://holycross.edu/mission) and its core commitment to diversity and inclusion (http://holycross.edu/diversity).  To learn more about faculty life at the College, please visit http://holycross.edu/join.

The College of the Holy Cross uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications electronically.  Please submit all application materials to https://apply.interfolio.com/46946. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until 3 December 2017.  We will conduct initial interviews of selected applicants by Skype or at the Modern Language Association Convention 4–7 January.  Questions about this search may be directed to Christine Coch, Chair, Department of English, ccoch@holycross.edu

The College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective Catholic liberal arts college in the Jesuit tradition.  It enrolls about 2,900 students and is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a medium-sized city 45 miles west of Boston.  The College seeks faculty members whose scholarly and creative work, teaching, advising, and on-and off-campus service demonstrate commitment to the educational benefits of a richly diverse community.  Holy Cross aspires to meet the needs of dual-career couples, in part through its membership in the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (http://www.newenglandherc.org). The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action in the workplace.

Contact Information

Elise Saad, Administrative Assistant
Department of English
College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610
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(508) 793-2562
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