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Assistant Professor - Writing of fiction

Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 6, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Other Arts, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Humanities, English & Literature, Other Humanities
Employment Type
Full Time
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Mission or Goal of Unit:

The mission of the College of Humanities and Sciences is to serve as the intellectual heart and soul of our institution and wider community. The College of Humanities and Sciences:
  • Prepares lifelong learners to participate actively as engaged and responsible citizens
  • Propels scientific research and scholarship to improve the human condition, cure and treat diseases, and promote healthy environments
  • Grounds us in our history, critically examines our present human condition and empowers students to create more equitable local and global communities
  • Provides communities with a passionate and creative workforce that serves as a powerful engine for economic development and innovative solutions to problems
As the intellectual lifeblood of VCU and our community, the College of Humanities and Sciences seeks to inspire our students to explore their passions and dreams as individuals and provide the context to understand their place in the world and connections with others—locally, globally and throughout time. Most importantly, our educational and research environment addresses an array of technological, health-related and societal problems, as well as providing profound insights and reflections of what it means to be human and humane.

Chief Purpose of this position: The English Department at Virginia Commonwealth University seeks to hire in the writing of fiction, with the successful candidate joining our faculty in the Fall of 2022. This is a tenure-eligible position at the rank of Assistant Professor.

As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion - an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence. One of the most important criteria for all candidates is that they have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU; similarly, experiential learning through lived experiences and/or professional service that inform worldviews and/or perspectives about minoritized group status, to include race, age, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and disability is desirable. We also seek candidates who will welcome the opportunity to be engaged in the work of the department as well as be a supportive member of a lively group of accomplished writers, scholars, and teachers who share a commitment to contributing to the larger Richmond community through their partnerships with area institutions.

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a state-supported research institution enrolling 30,000 students, located in the capital city of Richmond. With a metropolitan-area population of about 1,000,000, Richmond is one of the fastest-growing cities on the eastern seaboard, and is a financial, corporate, and cultural center. The VCU English Department has approximately 35 full-time faculty, 30 GTAs (including fellowships specifically designated for MFA students), and a diverse undergraduate student population representing first-generation college students, minoritized, and historically excluded groups. The faculty includes individuals with scholarly and teaching expertise in literature, digital rhetoric, creative writing, and other fields. In addition to nearly 400 undergraduate majors, the department enrolls graduate students within the M.A., the M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program Media, Art, and Text. The record of publication and awards of M.F.A. graduates is notable and steadily increasing. The M.F.A. program currently enrolls, on average, 35 students who work closely with a core faculty of 7 writers (in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction), supported by an administrative Graduate Programs Coordinator who manages the graduate programs’ daily business. For additional information about VCU and the English Department, you may consult the university's website at For direct questions, you may contact the department chair, Catherine Ingrassia, the director of creative writing, David Wojahn, or the chair of the search committee, Shelli Fowler.

To apply, please send a letter of application, a current cv, a recently published book, and dossier including three letters of recommendation. Please also submit a diversity statement. That statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion should include ideas for integrating multicultural experiences in instruction, diversity themes in curricula, and your career aspirations and contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement, you can share how your lived experiences, and academic and professional activities will impact your contribution to VCU’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion. Further information about the university’s expectations for a diversity statement can be found here. The review of applications will begin on February 1 and continue until the position is filled.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or disability. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Position Responsibilities: Teaching responsibilities will include graduate workshops in fiction, thesis supervision within our nationally recognized M.F.A. program, as well as graduate and undergraduate creative writing and literature courses. A secondary interest in media other than print (to connect to our PhD in Media, Art, and Text and with the department’s online journal of letters and arts, Blackbird) is desirable but not essential. Teaching load is typically two courses per semester.

Required Qualifications: Candidates for the position should hold an appropriate degree, such as an M.F.A. or a Ph.D. with creative dissertation, and must have published at least one book by a reputable press in their primary genre.

Position Type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Full time equivalent: 100
Tenure: Tenure Track
Rank: Assistant Professor
Months: 9
Department: English

Contact Information:

Contact Name: Shelli Fowler
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 827-8226

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