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University Fellow for Faculty Diversity in Creative Writing

University of North Carolina at Asheville
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Feb 5, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

University Fellow for Faculty Diversity in Creative Writing (Poetry)

To support the development of a more diverse professoriate, the Department of English at the University of North Carolina Asheville invites applications for the new University Fellowship for Faculty Diversity (University Fellows) Program, to begin Fall 2021. The program invites pre-doctoral and post-doctoral candidates seeking a faculty position at a liberal arts institution that takes equal pride in the excellence of its faculty’s teaching and the quality of its faculty’s scholarship and creative production. Applicants must have recently earned a Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing or be a Ph.D. candidate nearing the completion of their degree (ABD), and specialize in poetry writing (with additional expertise in fiction/nonfiction/playwriting a plus). The University Fellow will teach undergraduate creative writing workshops in multiple genres, first-year writing, and introductory and upper-level literature courses. The department particularly welcomes candidates who can teach African American Literature, Ethnic Literatures, and/or Postcolonial Literature, although other specialty areas are welcome.

The successful candidate will have a lightened teaching load, extensive mentorship, and support for the development of their pedagogy and scholarship. The term of appointment is 2 (post doc) to 3 (pre doc) years. Following this term, the University Fellow may be offered a tenure-track position in the Department. Additional information about the University Fellowship program may be found at this link:

Applicants should submit the following electronically at
● Cover Letter addressing your interest in this position and why you are a fit for our institution, your teaching philosophy, and a description of your scholarly interests and the ways in which you engage or contribute to the evolution of your discipline.
● Curriculum Vitae
● Diversity Statement: 1-2 pages describing: (a) your experience in advancing diversity in teaching, scholarship and/or service; (b) examples of demonstrated leadership potential in the area of equity and inclusion; and © your understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion to the mission of a liberal arts university.
● References: Names and contact information for three references from whom we will request letters of reference to be sent separately; these references should address your written, verbal and interpersonal skills; ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students; and potential to develop and maintain a successful research program.

Review of applications will begin March 1 and continue until the position is filled.

Inquiries only should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Kirk Boyle (

UNC Asheville is one of the nation’s top public liberal arts & sciences colleges with a deep commitment to teaching. We are the only designated liberal arts institution in the North Carolina university system and are the founders of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. We offer an extraordinary liberal arts education at an incredibly affordable rate (tuition is under $7500 per year for in-state students), all in the beautiful mountain town of Asheville, NC.

UNC Asheville is committed to equality and diversity of experiences for our students, applicants and employees. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply regardless of socio-economic status, gender expression, gender and sexual identity, culture, and ideological beliefs. UNC Asheville is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will not discriminate against applicants and employees on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other legally protected status with respect to all terms, conditions, and privileges of university-sponsored activities, employment, and the use of university facilities.



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