Seeking a Creative Writer

(readers of the post below may recognize that this year we are seeking a replacement for Maxine Clair, who had the gall to retire on us last year. Maxine is, of course, irreplaceable … but we will hope for the best).

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing

For appointment beginning in the fall of 2009, we seek a tenure track assistant professor. The position is open to a fiction writer, playwright, poet, or creative nonfiction writer who works with the African American experience, to join a thriving Creative Writing program in an English department with a strong cluster of African-American literature specialists. Through this appointment we seek to deepen our strengths in US literature and to bolster a college-wide emphasis on African American studies.

The successful candidate will teach in our all-undergraduate Creative Writing program; may teach literature courses, including in the graduate program; will advise students and perform other departmental and university service; and will continue to publish at a high level. The English Department of the George Washington University is a research-active community of scholars who prize excellence in teaching, service, and publication.

Basic Qualifications: MFA or PhD by August 1, 2009, and excellent teaching skill as evidenced by teaching assessments. Preferred Qualifications: Successful experience teaching Creative Writing and notable publications are preferred. Application Procedure: To be considered, please send a cover letter, sample of publications and curriculum vitae to Jeffrey Cohen, Chair, Department of English, George Washington University, Washington DC 20052. Only complete applications will be considered. Review of all applications will begin on November 17, 2008, and will continue until the position is filled. The George Washington University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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