Bennington College

Literature Faculty Positions at Bennington College

Bennington College seeks to add two writers to its undergraduate Literature faculty beginning in the fall of 2018. One position is for a prose writer, and the other is for a prose writer and/or a poet. Applicants should have a strong record of publication, including at least one book published or under contract with a nationally recognized press.

Faculty members at Bennington are teacher-practitioners whose professional work is in ongoing dialogue with their teaching and advising. Faculty teach five courses per year, and fully engaged student advising is an expectation. Additionally, the successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to developing curriculum that invites the participation of students with a broad range of interests. Candidates should expect to teach courses in fiction writing or poetry writing, but also extending to wide-ranging coursework in literature covering different historical periods, styles, and traditions. We seek candidates who demonstrate both depth and breadth in their writing and teaching, whose record of achievement will contribute to the diversity goals of the institution, and whose teaching interests include African-American, African, Caribbean, Latino, Asian-American, Asian, and/or Native American literature.

Bennington College is a small residential liberal arts college in southern Vermont, long distinguished for its progressive approach to higher education. The College was founded in 1932 on the principle of active engagement in learning, which is manifest in individualized plans of study developed by students together with faculty. We aim to educate students towards self-fulfillment and constructive social purposes, and we believe that equity, diversity, and inclusivity--in community and in curriculum--are vital to achieving those aims.

Candidates should apply online to by submitting: a) letter of application that describes teaching experience, professional work and includes a reflection on the candidate’s potential to contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through teaching, research, and/or service; b) curriculum vitae; c) a 25-page writing sample in prose or poetry; d) descriptions of at least three courses in literature that you would be interested in offering; and e) the names and contact information for three references.

In recognition of the employment challenges sometimes faced by academic couples in small communities, the College will also consider applications to share equally a single full-time faculty position. Applicants must each submit an individual application and indicate in their cover letters that that they are applying jointly.

Review of applications will begin on September 15 and will continue until the position is filled.

Contact Information

Veronica Jorgensen, Program Coordinator
Contact Phone: 
(802) 440-4376