Jeanne Lyet Gassman
Sep 15, 2009, 5:29 PM
Post #2055 of 2683
We had a great panel discussion about teaching at the last Vermont residency. The discussion was led by Robin Behn and Robert Vivian, both full-time instructors at traditional universities and instructors at Vermont. Their advice:
Re: [writerle] Low-Residency MFAs
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If you want to teach when you graduate, start looking for part-time teaching opportunities now. Consider teaching at park and rec programs, adult ed centers, tutoring centers, literary programs, and high schools. If you want a tenure-track position, you need some publications under your belt, preferably a book and/or a major award. Robin also pointed out that there are more opportunities for MFAs to teach overseas than people realize. And don't overlook the ESL factor. She said that they had a 100% placement rate for MFAs from her school who were trained in ESL. The irony of all this is that you don't have to be bi-lingual. Other countries want you to teach their students to read and write English. Robert stressed that CW jobs are becoming increasingly more competitive, and many schools are now showing preference for those with a PhD, although the AWP considers the MFA to be a terminal degree.
Some things to think about...