Hendrix College

Murphy Visiting Fellow in Literature and Language

Hendrix College invites applications for a Murphy Visiting Fellow in Literature and Language, to begin in August 2021 for a two-year term position. The College seeks to extend its tradition of excellence in teaching and scholarship by attracting faculty who combine mastery of their disciplines with broad intellectual interests and commitment to the aims of a liberal arts college. The Foundation seeks applications from post-doctoral or post-MFA scholars whose teaching and writing focus on creative writing with a primary field of poetry and a secondary field of open specialty, creative nonfiction writing preferred. Experience teaching introductory literature and writing courses is also desirable. The Fellow will have the opportunity to teach an Oxford-style tutorial course in literature or creative writing; appropriate training in that pedagogy will be provided by the college.

The Murphy Visiting Fellow in English is expected to be in residence at Hendrix throughout two academic years. This is a blended teaching-programmatic position and is one of three Murphy Visiting Fellows, concurrently employed with staggered terms, in the departments of Theatre Arts and Dance, English, and Languages. As a faculty member, the Murphy Visiting Fellow in English will teach four courses in the first year (two in the fall semester and two in the spring) and four courses in the second year (two in the fall and two in the spring). As program staff, the Fellow will support the Murphy Scholars Program through organizational assistance, informal advising and mentoring of Scholars, and community-building, and in the second year will also serve as coordinator of the Creative Writing Program. The MFA or other appropriate terminal degree is required. The salary is $50,000 annually, plus benefits, plus $2,000 in moving expenses and $1,200 in professional development funds.

The programmatic part of the position serves the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation (https://www.hendrixmurphy.org/), an endowment whose mission is the enrichment and enhancement of literature and language at Hendrix College. Although much of the Foundation’s programming is college-wide, its core activity centers on the Murphy Scholars Program in Literature and Language (https://www.hendrixmurphy.org/o/hendrix-...).

While the Murphy Visiting Fellows teach non–Murphy Scholars as well as Murphy Scholars, beyond the classroom their primary role is mentorship of the Murphy Scholars. Under the supervision of the Foundation Director, Fellows assist with program organization, advise Scholars about literature and language cocurricular projects, and attend literary and language-related events (such as talks by visiting writers, student reading series, and brown-bag literature and language discussions). Fellows are encouraged to take part collegially in the general life of their departments and Hendrix as a whole.

Applications should include a cover letter addressing the candidate’s interest in teaching in a demanding liberal arts environment, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Applications should be submitted online at: https://jobapply.page.link/kRKq. In addition, three letters of recommendation should be sent by e-mail to facultyrecs@hendrix.edu. Address cover letter to Dr. Kristi McKim, English Department Chair. Review of materials will begin on June 10, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Hendrix is a distinguished liberal arts college located in Conway, Arkansas, thirty miles from Little Rock at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. The College, affiliated with the United Methodist Church, has a strong commitment to excellence in teaching liberal arts. Hendrix College strives to maintain an environment free from discrimination and harassment, where members of the Hendrix Community treat each other with respect, dignity and courtesy. The College adheres to the principle of equal educational and employment opportunity without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or national origin.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Shawn Goicoechea, Assistant Director of Human Resources & Title IX Deputy Coordinator 1600 Washington Ave, Conway, AR 72032 501-450-1415 goicoechea@hendrix.edu

Julie Brown, Director of Academic Success and Section 504 Coordinator, brownj@hendrix.edu (not for applications), 501-505-2954