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Creative Writing Faculty

Institute of American Indian Arts
New Mexico, United States
$56,645.00 - $61,645.00
Posted Date
Mar 15, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Other Arts, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Other Education, Humanities, English & Literature
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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DEPARTMENT:                   Creative Writing



LAST UPDATED:               March 2022



Summary of Responsibilities:

The IAIA Creative Writing Department (CRWR) invites applications for a fulltime professor in creative writing with a focus on fiction or creative nonfiction and/or journalism. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate creative writing coursework, both online and face-to-face, and will assist with the development and review of creative writing curriculum and assessment. The candidate will also participate in scholarship and/or creative activity and service to Institute of American Indian Arts and to the wider community.

We seek a colleague who views teaching, creative writing, and community engagement as mutually inspiring practices and that demonstrates knowledge and experience working with and for Indigenous people. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators to support IAIA’s mission, vision, and core values.



Essential Position Functions:

  • Teach all levels of Fiction Writing, Creative Nonfiction and/or Journalism as assigned.
  • Teach three courses per semester.
  • Assess and improve student learning.
  • Develop curriculum.
  • Provide leadership, mentorship, and support to the creative writing students individually and as a cohort.
  • Oversee independent studies, apprenticeships, internships, and senior projects.
  • Keep the appropriate number of office hours per week.
  • Maintain on-going, professional practices and demonstrate recognized standing as an artist.
  • Participate in educational and professional activities within the IAIA.
  • Provide students with proficient advising in the Creative Writing Degree Program and career opportunities.
  • Participate in assigned FacultyGgovernance Committee work and meetings as required.
  • Collaboratively prepare department course schedule and manage department activities.
  • Participate in as required/assigned in all assessment and/or accreditation activities.
  • Participate in as required/assigned all IAIA Institutional initiatives.
  • Participate in all required activities during in-service periods.
  • Collaborate with related departments.
  • Contribute to student learning, growth, and advancement
    • Maintain a growth mindset toward student learning, teaching practice, and personal/collective professional development
    • Advocate for students
    • Facilitate problem-solving with students and colleagues
    • Encourage and utilize critical thinking skills
    • Creatively implement data-driven curriculum and practice
    • Act as a role model encouraging innovaton, creative learning and self-awareness
    • Collaborate effectively with a variety of departments and within the organization
    • Collaborate with external partners to increase student performance and contribute to advancing the teaching and learning craft
    • Demonstrate competence in how their work will impact Indigneous students, their families, local and global communities.
    • Invest in the learners’ well-being, health, and safety, physically, socially, and emotionally.
    • Recognize the relationship between social-emotional learning and academic performance
    • Design and facilitate differentiated and personalized learning goals and activities that follow a coherent sequence, are aligned to instructional goals, and engage students in high-level cognitive activity.
  • Other duties and funcitons as assigned



Required Skills, Knowledges and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of creative writing pedagogy, critical theory, and traditional and contemporary Indigenous and world literature.
  • Publication and teaching experience in fiction and creative nonfiction and/or journalism.
  • Knowledge of Academic Technologies.
  • Proven ability in problem solving skills.
  • Proven ability to use Academic Technology in seminar and lecture-based courses.
  • Proven ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Proven ability to interact and work collaborate successfully with faculty, students, and staff as related to job responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to adapt teaching style towards learning outcomes and student needs.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to support program goals and objectives and take a leadership role in further developing strategic goals of the Creative Writing Department.
  • Demonstrated ability to guide and facilitate students through a process of knowledge and skill building.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity towards Native American culture and an ability to motivate and teach students from diverse ethnic and socio-economic
  • Demonstrated commitment to assuming faculty responsibilities beyond the classroom in a shared governance environment.
  • The faculty member must adhere to appropriate professional standards of conduct and ethics, including:
    • confidentiality
    • integrity, and honesty
    • compliance with directives
    • cooperation and respectful collaboration with others
  • Ability to adapt quickly and effectively to changes in the work environment.
  • Ability to respond to requests in a timely manner.
  • Ability to work with moderate supervision, to begin assignments independently (or as assigned), and to bring assignments to conclusion on a timely basis.
  • Demonstrate compliance with all applicable and essential IAIA policies, processes and/or procedures.
  • Ability to perform other duties as assigned.



Required Education:

Requires MFA in Creative Writing with recent and relevant teaching and curriculum development experience at the college level. Experience with American Indian/Alaska Native cultures, students, artists and/or communities preferred. Hire must demonstrate a high level of professional achievement with significant documented publications and awards, including at least one published book or a verifiable current book contract.  Must exhibit a knowledge of the current literary field and contemporaries, including Native American literature. Must have a satisfactory background check. IAIA adheres to a “Native American preference” hiring policy.”


Working Conditions:

  • Duties are performed online via IAIA Learning Mangment System and Online meeting software and/or on campus in classrooms, offices, studios, labs and meeting rooms
  • Duties require extended periods of standing, walking, sitting, and talking
  • Occasional travel for meetings, conferences, and other events using personal or company vehicle
  • Ability and flexibility to work some evening and weekend hours, in order to meet departmental and institutional deadlines
  • May be instructed to perform other instructions and duties as needed
  • Performance evaluation will include assessment of work results as described herein
  • This job description does not list all the duties of the job
  • IAIA administration reserves the right to revise this job description at any time
  • The job description is not a contract for employment
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