Brown University

Mellon Gateway Fellow/Assistant Professor of Literary Arts with Emphasis in Poetry, Tenure Track

Brown University Department of Literary Arts seeks a poet with a strong secondary practice, such as hybrid genre, fiction, non-fiction, film/video, new media, language-driven installation, digital mediation/composition, or performance. Supplemental publication in theory, art criticism or translation would also be considered a plus. The department is committed to cross-genre experimentation and has transitioned to a three-mode program: poetry, fiction, and cross-disciplinarity to include digital language art. Duties of the position include teaching poetry as well as elective seminars/workshops and literature or critical/creative courses, directing undergraduate and graduate theses, advising undergraduate and graduate students, and contributing to the creative and intellectual life of the department through individual and collaborative initiatives.

The successful candidates will hold a two-year Andrew W. Mellon Gateway Post-MFA or Post-Doctoral Fellowship to be followed by a Tenure Track Assistant Professorship. The goal of Brown’s Andrew W. Mellon Gateway Fellowship is to support the early career development of scholars and artists from historically underrepresented groups as well as those with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities in higher education.

In addition to conducting research and normal teaching duties, candidates will be expected to contribute to the undergraduate curriculum and fulfill normal service appropriate to the position.

Applicants should hold an MFA or equivalent, with a career-appropriate publication record, and be able to demonstrate the potential for excellence and innovation in teaching poetry and cross-disciplinary practice.

Please submit via Interfolio——a letter of application, including artistic statement and visions for how you would incorporate diversity and inclusion in an academic, artistic setting; a CV; a statement of teaching philosophy; a writing sample with 15–25 pages of recent work; and a list of at least three references. Applications will only be guaranteed full consideration if they arrive by November 15. We ask that recommenders also upload letters by this date, however they may still be uploaded after it has passed.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

Contact Information

Gale Nelson, Academic Program Director/Senior Lecturer
Literary Arts
Box 1923
Contact Phone: 
(401) 863-3265
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