CREATIVE WRITING FACULTY
EXEMPT- FULL/TIME FACULTY
DEAN OF THE COLLEGE or DEAN’S DESIGNEE (DEPARTMENT
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
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
- 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
- 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
- Participate in as required/assigned in all assessment and/or
- Participate in as required/assigned all IAIA Institutional
- Participate in all required activities during in-service
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Other duties and funcitons as assigned
Required Skills, Knowledges and
- 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
- Proven ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
- Proven ability to interact and work collaborate successfully
with faculty, students, and staff as related to job
- 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
- 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:
- integrity, and honesty
- compliance with directives
- cooperation and respectful collaboration with others
- Ability to adapt quickly and effectively to changes in the work
- 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.
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.”
- 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,
- 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
- Performance evaluation will include assessment of work results
as described herein
- This job description does not list all the duties of the
- IAIA administration reserves the right to revise this job
description at any time
- The job description is not a contract for employment