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Writing - Nonfiction Tenure Track Position

Sarah Lawrence College
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jun 30, 2023

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

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Writing - Nonfiction Tenure Track Position

Sarah Lawrence College

Position Information

Classification Title:

Rank: Undefined

Tenure Information: Tenure Track

Job Description

Sarah Lawrence College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Nonfiction Writing expected to begin in Fall 2024. The successful candidate will be multi-disciplinary in creative nonfiction and have a track record of writing in several areas (with an emphasis on the creative, e.g., memoir, personal essay, lyric/narrative essay, literary journalism, etc.). We seek an individual with broad interests and the ability to teach a variety of courses beneath the general umbrella of nonfiction. Given that the successful candidate will lead workshops and craft classes in both the undergraduate division of the college and the graduate MFA program, prior teaching experience at the college level is strongly encouraged.

The application should include the following: cover letter; curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy, including consideration of pedagogical and curricular inclusivity; two sample syllabi for courses that the candidate might offer at Sarah Lawrence; a 20-30 page sample of writing; and three letters of recommendation. Writing samples should ideally reveal the applicant's ability to work within more than one area of creative nonfiction. We encourage candidates to learn more about the philosophy of education and pedagogical approach that makes Sarah Lawrence distinctive and to indicate both in their letters and in their syllabi how they might envision working in this format.

Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2023, and will continue until a successful candidate is chosen. Should the review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by email.

Compensation listed for this position is for a full-time tenure-track faculty position and will be contingent on teaching experience.

Required Qualifications

Applicants must hold an MFA or its equivalent and have a strong publication history, including at least one book released from a recognized press.

Preferred Qualifications

Requirements for Employment

Effective October 15, 2021, all employees of Sarah Lawrence College must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Exceptions to this requirement will only be considered for documented medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs. Any offers of employment will be contingent on successful completion of a background check and submission of proof of vaccination.

Salary: $70,000 to $85,000

EEO Statement

Sarah Lawrence College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has as one of its goals the recruitment and retention of a racially and culturally diverse administration, staff and faculty. To that end, every job opening is seen as an opportunity to increase diversity and every effort will be made to expand the applicant pool in accordance with these goals.

Sarah Lawrence College is located in southern Westchester County, 25 minutes by train from midtown Manhattan, NYC. For further information on Sarah Lawrence College, our curriculum, teaching methods, and philosophy of education, please see our website at

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number: F00150P

Open Date:

Close Date:

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents

1. CV/Resume
2. Cover Letter
3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
4. 2 Sample Syllabi
5. Writing Sample 1

Optional Documents

1. Sample Syllabi

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Sarah Lawrence College

Sarah Lawrence is a prestigious, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Founded in 1926 and consistently ranked among the leading liberal arts colleges in the country, Sarah Lawrence is known for its pioneering approach to education, rich history of impassioned intellectual and civic engagement, and vibrant, successful alumni. In close proximity to the unparalleled offerings of New York City, our historic campus is home to an inclusive, intellectually curious, and diverse community.

Talented, creative students choose Sarah Lawrence for the opportunity to take charge of their education. In close collaboration with our dedicated, distinguished faculty, students create a rigorous, personalized course of study and connect their passions across a wide array of disciplines. They graduate knowing how to apply the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking necessary for life after college.

At Sarah Lawrence, students spend more time one-on-one with award-winning faculty than do students at any other college in the country

Sarah Lawrence College occupies 44 wooded acres in Yonkers, NY, near the Village of Bronxville—just north of New York City. A 30-minute train ride from the Bronxville station takes students into Midtown Manhattan. Learn more about the area

The iconic college campus, located just north of New York City, is not the only reason to work at Sarah Lawrence College.

As a Sarah Lawrence employee, you will join a warm, challenging, and diverse community that offers both quality of life advantages and tangible, valuable employee benefits.

When you work at Sarah Lawrence, you:

  • Receive outstanding benefits, such as medical, dental, and vision plans that exceed the standard plans offered by many companies and institutions, and an exceptional retirement plan through TIAA-CREF.
  • Have unparalleled educational opportunities, such as tuition benefits on campus for employees, their spouses, and their children; discounted tuition to the College’s renowned nursery school; and tuition benefit programs for dependent children who attend other colleges.
  • Have continuous opportunities for advancement, as it is College policy to fill vacancies by promotion or transfer whenever possible.
  • Enjoy boundless cultural experiences, including readings, lectures, music, theater, film screenings, dance performances, art exhibitions, and a state-of-the-art library, free to employees.
  • Have free access to the 48,000-square-foot Campbell Sports Center, with a six-lane pool, modern weight/fitness training center, squash courts, gymnasium, indoor track, outdoor tennis courts, and fitness classes, open to employees seven days per week.
  • Have several on-campus options for meals, plus off-campus discounts at local restaurants and stores.
  • Work in a convenient location close to all major highways, easily accessed from the Metro-North Harlem line, and 35 minutes from mid-town Manhattan.
  • Enjoy free parking on campus, a 10% discount at the college bookstore, and a 35-hour office workweek, with flexible summer hours for office staff on Fridays.


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