Adjunct Faculty: MA in Writing

Johns Hopkins University
Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Mar 23, 2023

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Position Overview
Adjunct Faculty, MA in Writing
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Advanced Academic Programs
Johns Hopkins University

Institution Description
Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) is a division of the Johns Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. As part of the nation’s first research university, AAP offers high-quality master’s degrees and certificate programs at its Washington, D.C., Center, at JHU’s Homewood Campus in Baltimore, Maryland, and online. AAP enrolls almost 6,000 students each academic year in over 45 programs and distinguishes itself through its intensive instructional assistance, selective admissions, and 60 dedicated full-time faculty. Tenured Krieger School faculty members serve as program chairs to oversee the academic rigor of AAP’s graduate offerings. AAP’s website, , provides additional information.

Position description
The Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) division seeks non-tenure-track adjunct faculty to teach courses within the MA in Writing program. Our classes are offered online--asynchronously in Canvas or in real-time via Zoom. We are looking for fiction and nonfiction writers who have published extensively. The ideal candidate will have published at least one book and will have online teaching experience. Of particular interest are candidates who have experience engaging students from diverse backgrounds. We are looking for faculty who can teach one or more of the following courses:

Fiction Workshop - 490.660
Fiction Workshops concentrate on intensive writing and revision, with some required reading. As members of a general workshop, students submit short stories or novel chapters to their instructor and peers for critique. Typically, two or three stories or chapters are submitted during a semester; revisions are usually required. Workshop participants also submit detailed critiques of their fellow students’ writing.

Nonfiction Workshop - 490.670
These general workshops give students extensive experience in writing and revising their factual work, regardless of topic or form. Submissions are critiqued by peers as well as by the instructor. Students typically submit two to four essays, articles, or book chapters. Revisions, exercises, and readings also are required. Students may take this general workshop or any specialized workshop to meet the requirement of three workshops for the MA in Writing. The 670-1-2 sequential numbering of workshops relates only to the three annual academic terms and does not indicate cumulative coursework.

Writing Memoir & Personal Essay Workshop - 490.693
Writers have long enjoyed a major impact on contemporary thought by producing compelling essays about personal experiences, feelings, or ideas. In this specialized nonfiction workshop, students experiment with memoir and the personal essay as distinct forms and as explorations of the self. Seminal essays are read to clarify students’ thoughts and to help them develop their own voice and style in personal nonfiction. This workshop counts as one of the three required for a nonfiction degree. Enrollees must have completed or waived the nonfiction core courses. Fiction students may enroll only with program permission.

Heritage of Literature--Examining the 20th Century - 490.684
This reading elective examines the historical development of fiction and nonfiction from a craft perspective, emphasizing the interrelationship of social and cultural development with the maturation of writing. Students learn to appreciate how contemporary authors have roots in the past, and how they themselves might be inspired by those who came before them. Readings and discussions will revolve around William Carlos Williams and T.S. Eliot, two giants who locked horns for forty years and whose disagreements have gone a very long way toward shaping literature in their own era and ever since. All of the authors students study in the class purposely challenged narrative art in the name of forging new and more relevant literary models. The reading list may include James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, James Baldwin, Philip Roth, and Toni Morrison. The course requires extensive reading as well as creative and critical writing. Both nonfiction and fiction students are invited to enroll.

Voice in Fiction and Nonfiction - 490.745
In this cross-concentration craft elective, students examine aspects of voice in fiction and factual writing, considering how style, point of view, tone, structure, and culture all contribute to an author's or narrator's individual writing personality. Students use exercises to strengthen their individual styles or the voices of the characters they portray. Readings include novels, short stories, essays, articles, and nonfiction books, as well as articles on craft. Class assignments may include response writings and original fiction or nonfiction as well as oral presentations. This course is the dual-concentration version of 490.683 Voice in Modern Fiction, which covers only fictional works, and 490.705 Crafting a Nonfiction Voice, for factual writers.


Minimum Qualifications
  • An advanced degree in creative writing, English, or journalism with a master’s degree at minimum
  • 1-3 years of higher education teaching experience, fiction or nonfiction classes
  • Extensive publication (electronic or print) of original fiction or nonfiction in the popular press, literary journals, and/or in book form
Preferred Qualifications
  • A terminal degree in Fiction Writing or in a relevant field, such as Creative Writing or English
  • 1-3 years of graduate-level experience teaching creative writing
  • Online teaching experience
  • Familiarity with Canvas
  • The background to teach a wide variety of writing courses.
Application Instructions

The position will remain open until it is filled. Candidates must submit the following:
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching evaluations for two most recently taught courses
  • Transcript from your highest degree earned
The selected candidate will undergo a background check and provide three references.

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