Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

11/23/2018: Tenure-track Asst Prof, Creative Nonfiction with commitment to FYW
West Chester University

Location: Philadelphia
Description: Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania is seeking applicants for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of English, with proven expertise in creative nonfiction.

Responsibilities include teaching a 4/4 load, with at least two of those courses being first year writing. Creative writing courses include undergraduate introductory-level, multi-genre workshops; workshops in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction; and special topics courses, as well as courses at the graduate level. Other duties may include overseeing graduate theses.

Minimum Qualifications

Required qualifications include: Ph.D. or M.F.A. (or equivalent) in Creative Writing, completed or expected by August 2019.

The successful candidate will specialize in creative nonfiction and demonstrate an enthusiastic commitment to teaching first-year writing. The successful candidate will be experienced in teaching creative writing and composition at the college level. Preferred candidates will demonstrate an active research agenda in the field of creative nonfiction, with a history of conference presentations, publications, and/or readings. The department is especially interested in candidates with interest and experience in building creative communities, including organizing events like a reading series and student-centered activities involving the arts. Candidates who advance to the campus visit will be asked to provide a brief statement explaining the ways that student success, diversity, and inclusion shape their approach to teaching, scholarship, and service.

Instructions, Materials: Finalists must successfully complete the interview process and teaching demonstration. Highly competitive salary and benefits. Dossier and references with contact information will be required prior to interview.    

Interested applications should apply at   Application materials should include: letter of interest, vita, three letters of recommendation, graduate and undergraduate transcripts and a 15-page sample of creative nonfiction are required. Review of applications will begin December 20, 2018 and continue until position is filled. 

West Chester University is a vibrant mid-sized regional comprehensive state university located in southeastern Pennsylvania; it is only a short distance to major East Coast cities. 

Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU's educational mission and strategic Plan for Excellence. West Chester University is an Affirmative Action-Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 

All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of pre-employment background and consumer reporting checks.  

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10/26/2018: Lecturer, Critical Writing
University of Pennsylvania

Location: Philadelphia
Description: Penn’s Critical Writing Program is a Writing in the Disciplines (WID) program. We invite applications for one or more full-time, one-year appointment(s) (non-tenure track) as Lecturer to teach small, discipline-based writing seminars to Penn freshmen. Initial appointment(s) are for academic year 2019-20 and may be renewed for up to two additional years contingent on satisfactory performance and approval of the Dean. Following this period, qualified candidates may also be eligible for a renewable longer-term appointment. Teaching load is 6 courses per year on topics determined in consultation with the program administration. Additional responsibilities include midterm and final portfolio scoring, attendance and participation in all training sessions and faculty meetings, and active professional development in teaching, rhetoric, or writing in the candidate’s discipline.

Qualifications: PhD preferred. Strong interest in writing required. Teaching experience desirable but not required. Extensive training and mentorship will be provided. Applicants from Rhetoric & Composition, Sociology, Economics, Engineering, and Business are especially welcome. We are particularly interested in those applicants who have a global research scope or international research focus.

Instructions, Materials: Application dossiers are to be submitted online at and should include an application letter; a curriculum vitae; one writing sample; a draft course proposal; summary sheets of student evaluations, if available; and the names and contact information of three individuals who have agreed to provide a letter of recommendation. The University will contact the referees with instructions on how to submit their letters. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position(s) are filled.

Successful candidate(s) must be able to attend online training sessions during May 2019 and in-person training sessions August 12 – August 16 and August 19 – August 23, 2019. For more information on the program, visit

The Critical Writing Program is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more diverse faculty (for more information see: The University of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).  

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10/24/2018: Assistant Professor of English/Director of Writing
La Salle University

Description: The La Salle University Department of English seeks a tenure-track assistant professor with a doctorate and specialization in Rhetoric and Composition Studies to join the department in Fall 2019. The successful candidate will teach a range of writing courses and serve as Director of Writing, a position that carries a 2-2 reduced-course teaching load. In that capacity, he or she will supervise the university-wide writing program.

Specific position requirements: earned doctorate by 1 September 2019; dissertation in some field of rhetoric/composition studies; evidence of successful teaching of collegiate-level writing courses; demonstrated potential for successful research/other professional activities; experience with/continued interest in teaching first-year students; familiarity with program assessment and administrative experience in a university writing program highly desirable.

The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of background screening checks. La Salle University is a liberal arts, urban, diverse Roman Catholic university in the tradition of the Christian Brothers that seeks to prepare students for lives dedicated to the common good. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds who can contribute to our educational mission. La Salle University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. AA/EOE M/F/D/V

Interested applicants should submit a letter of application, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and writing sample through La Salle Human Resources at For full consideration, applicants should submit materials no later than 26 November 2018. The department intends to interview select candidates via Skype in mid-December and bring finalists to campus in late January/early February 2019.

Instructions, Materials: Necessary materials: cover letter, cv, teaching philosophy, writing sample
2nd round candidates will be asked for letters for reference. Please note, the online position ad should be live on 26 October 2018.
Contact/Search Chair: Bryan Narendorf:
Deadline: 26 November, 2018
Application URL:


10/08/2018: Professional Writing Tutor, ELL Writing Specialist
York College of Pennsylvania

Description: The Professional Writing Tutor, ELL Writing Specialist will be responsible for providing support for students' composition of a wide variety of texts for classes across the curriculum, and for other personal and professional purposes. The individual will provide this support foremost by tutoring individual students, especially ELL students. A tutoring session involves assessing students' composition needs, prioritizing among those needs, providing appropriate scaffolding to address the students' learning needs, and assessing the effectiveness of the tutoring session. In addition to tutoring, this individual will support student writing by participating in Writing Center research projects; assisting the Director with ongoing staff education; and assisting with developing and facilitating small group services for students (special topic workshops, writing retreats, and other events). This is a part-time position.

Requirements: A Bachelor's Degree is required, as well as one to two years of experience with writing instruction at the secondary or post-secondary level. A Master's degree in composition studies, composition & rhetoric, English, or English Education, and/or TESOL certification is preferred, along with tutoring/writing center experience with college-level students. The Professional Writing Tutor must be committed to working with students from diverse socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds to provide effective writing tutoring to promote students' writing skills, and be willing to be a team player with all Writing Center staff.

Instructions, Materials: Application Instructions:
Interested candidates should electronically submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references.
Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately. For full consideration applications should be received by October 22, 2018.
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