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Faculty Position in Literature at Bennington College

Bennington College
Vermont, United States
Posted date
Aug 8, 2019

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Bennington College seeks to add a creative writer to its undergraduate Literature faculty beginning in the fall of 2020 to teach literature coursework covering different historical periods, styles, cultures, and traditions, with the option of also regularly teaching writing workshops in rotation with colleagues. All members of Bennington’s Literature faculty have published book-length works of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, literary journalism, or translation. While applications from writers in all genres are welcome, we are particularly interested in considering fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and dual-genre authors for the position. Applicants should have a strong record of publication, including at least one book published or under contract with a nationally recognized press.

Faculty members at Bennington are teacher-practitioners whose professional work is in ongoing dialogue with their teaching and advising. Faculty teach five courses per year, and fully engaged student advising is an expectation. Additionally, the successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to developing curriculum that invites the participation of students with a broad range of interests. We seek candidates excited to branch out of their primary areas of expertise, who demonstrate both depth and breadth in their writing and teaching, and whose record of achievement will contribute to the diversity goals of the institution.

Bennington College is a small residential liberal arts college in southern Vermont, long distinguished for its progressive approach to higher education. The College was founded in 1932 on the principle of active engagement in learning, which is manifest in individualized plans of study developed by students together with faculty. We serve a diverse student population, and our faculty and staff also reflect diverse backgrounds and identities. Our aim is to educate students towards self-fulfillment and constructive social purposes, and we believe that equity, diversity, and inclusivity--in community and in curriculum--are vital to achieving those aims. 

Candidates should apply online at by submitting: 1) a letter of application that describes teaching experience, professional work and includes a reflection on the candidate's potential to contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through teaching, research, and/or service; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) a 25-page writing sample; 4) descriptions of at least three non-creative writing-focused courses in literature that you would be interested in offering; and 5) contact information for three references.

In recognition of the employment challenges sometimes faced by academic couples in small communities, the College will also consider applications to share equally a single full-time faculty position. Applicants must each submit an individual application and indicate in their cover letters that they are applying jointly.

Review of applications will begin on September 15 and will continue until the position is filled. This position requires the successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.

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