Berea College

Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing-Poetry

Berea College’s Creative Writing Program and Department of English invites applications for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing with an emphasis in poetry, for a two-year term with a start date of August 2020. We seek a poet and teacher passionate about connecting with students and programs while continuing to produce creative work. 

The program and department offers a minor in creative writing, as well as a major and minor in literature, and features a vibrant curriculum, a thriving visiting writers series, and is also home to Appalachian Heritage, a flourishing regional literary magazine with a national reach. Position responsibilities are for a 3:3 teaching load and include a multi-genre introductory course for creative writing students, an intermediate poetry workshop, an interdisciplinary and/or special topics course rooted in creative writing and/or literature, and the opportunity to develop an imaginative general studies course. In the second year, two of the six total courses taught would be in the general studies curriculum. 

Required qualifications include an MFA or a PhD in Creative Writing; demonstrated excellence in teaching; a history of high-quality, significant publications, including at least one full collection of poetry from a reputable publisher; and a commitment to exploring interdisciplinary connections, which can include a wide-range of departments and disciplines, such as Women & Gender studies, African-American studies, Latinx studies and/or Appalachian studies. 

Prospective candidates should come from the Upper South, southern Ohio or the Appalachian diaspora. Members of the African-American, Appalachian, Latinx, LGBTQ+, non-binary, and women’s communities are encouraged to apply. 

To apply, please submit a cover letter articulating teaching philosophy and ongoing creative interests, curriculum vitae, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample of ten poems by May 25, 2020, to: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, contact Jason Kyle Howard, Creative Writing Program Coordinator, at

Founded in 1855, Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. Berea has a longstanding commitment to interracial education, and is one of the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. With an emphasis on service to Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,650 students from 40 states and 60 countries. Berea College only admits students who are unable to afford tuition and provides all of them a no-tuition promise, valued at more than $176,000 over four years. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive yet demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate college. As one of eight federally recognized Work Colleges, all Berea students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours weekly. Washington Monthly ranked Berea College No. 1 in the South, while the Wall Street Journal and Times (of London) Higher Education ranked Berea the No. 1 College in the country in terms of affordability. In their 2019 report U.S. News and World Report ranked Berea as the best liberal arts college in Kentucky; No. 8 in Best Undergraduate Teaching; and No. 2 in Most Innovative Schools. Berea’s recognition comes from success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities.

Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 14,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea College is available at

Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social equality, welcomes all people of the earth to learn and work here.

Berea College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status. 

Contact Information

Sarah S. Broomfiels, Executive Assistant to the Dean of Faculty
Academic Affairs
101 Chestnut Street
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