Assistant Professor of Creative Writing/Fiction

Position ID: 44456
Georgia College and State University
English & Rhetoric
Creative Writing / Fiction
Position Description
Job Class: 
Assistant Professor
Job Description: 

Business Title

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing/Fiction

Position Number


Home Department

English & Rhetoric

Employment Type

Tenure Track Faculty




Faculty (10-month)

Time Limited?


Time-Limited Appointment Length

Not Applicable

Work Schedule

The work schedule is 40 hours M-F, with occasional evenings and weekends for special events.

Work Hours per week


Travel Required?


Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The Department of English is positioned within the College of Arts and Sciences, which is the largest of the University’s four colleges. Approximately 185 full-time faculty teach 3,000 students in thirteen departments, with majors encompassing the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, sciences and mathematics, fine and performing arts, and select professional programs.

The Department of English currently offers a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in either creative writing or literature, an MA in English, and an MFA in Creative Writing. In the context of its course offerings, the department also focuses on supporting undergraduate research opportunities, community engagement and study abroad. Additionally, the department serves the core curriculum by teaching the first-year writing courses, numerous first and second year seminars (GC1Y and GC2Y), and contributing expertise in areas such as interdisciplinary studies, women’s studies and Africana studies.

Georgia College is known for combining the educational experience of private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public universities. The university’s main campus is a residential learning community focused on undergraduate education and a select number of graduate programs. Faculty and staff are dedicated to engaging students through high impact pedagogies that foster intellectual curiosity, reasoned inquiry, and critical thinking. We strive for excellence in the classroom and beyond. We nurture collaborative leadership and global citizenship. We value reason, respect and responsibility.

Georgia College seeks faculty and administrators who understand and embrace our public liberal arts mission and are dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through teaching, scholarship and service. All Georgia College faculty share the responsibility of teaching our core curriculum and providing foundation courses for majors and non‐majors alike. To carry out our public liberal arts mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to engage students as they launch their intellectual journey.

Georgia College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative-Action Institution committed to cultural, racial, and multi-ethnic communities and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is expected that successful candidates share in this commitment.

Primary Purpose of Position

The Department of English at Georgia College invites applicants for a distinguished fiction writer to teach in the MFA and undergraduate Creative Writing Program. This is a tenure-track position, requiring: an MFA or Ph.D. by time of employment; at least one book of fiction and critical recognition consistent with a writer of national reputation; additional publication in creative nonfiction; demonstrated knowledge of a diverse cultural literary tradition; and evidence of outstanding teaching. Teaching opportunities include courses in creative writing and literature. Teaching duties will vary but include graduate-level prose workshops and undergraduate creative writing and literature classes, serving as faculty fiction or creative nonfiction editor for the university’s literary journal Arts & Letters, and advising graduate theses. Additionally, there will be the opportunity of developing a new course in the faculty member’s area of expertise.

Key Functions and Related Job Duties

Key Function

Faculty - Teaching/Instructing

Job duties performed for the above function

Teaching is a primary responsibility of all Georgia College faculty. Teaching opportunities for this position include courses in creative writing and literature. Teaching duties will vary but include graduate level fiction workshops, undergraduate creative writing and literature courses, and the potential for teaching in Area C of the Core (ENGL 2110). Other responsibilities of this position will include serving as faculty poetry editor for the university’s journal Arts and Letters and advising graduate theses. Department Chairs assign courses, days and class times. Specific responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to the following: providing in-class instruction; holding office hours; developing or maintaining competence in various learning platforms, and contributing to departmental and university initiatives such as assessment, continuous development, and inclusive excellence; service to the academic community and a robust scholarly or creative agenda.

All Georgia College faculty share the responsibility of teaching our core curriculum and providing foundation courses for majors and non-majors alike. To carry out our public liberal arts mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to engage students as they launch their intellectual journey.


Key Functions and Related Job Duties

Key Function

Faculty - Scholarship and Creative Activity

Job duties performed for the above function

While publication is a primary measure of creative/scholarly endeavor, expectations for scholarship also include but are not limited to the following: offering public readings, securing residencies, giving workshops, or preparing instructional materials or acting in a consulting capacity.


Key Functions and Related Job Duties

Key Function

Faculty - Service to Institution

Job duties performed for the above function

Service to various communities (such as the department, the college, the university or the profession) is expected of all faculty. Serving as faculty senator, acting as program coordinator or student organization advisor, search committee member, chair, or standing committee representative are some of the more common forms that service takes.


Other Duties and Responsibilities

Other Duties and Responsibilities

Georgia College is committed to the fundamental principle of equal opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and current employee and strives to create a campus environment which understands, fosters, and embraces the value of diversity. No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information, be excluded from employment or participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination, under any program or activity conducted by Georgia College.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Georgia College is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without consideration to age, color, disability, gender, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Background Check Statement

Georgia College conducts job-related background checks on final candidates in order to ensure a safe and secure work environment. All employment offers will be contingent upon the successful completion of applicable background screenings which include, but are not limited to criminal history, motor vehicle report, credit history, drug and alcohol screening.

Minimum Requirements

Proposed Minimum Experience/Education

Applicants must have an MFA in Creative Writing or Ph.D. in Creative Writing or Literature; in addition, they should have published at least one book with a nationally recognized press.

Must meet SACSCOC accreditation requirements stated in C.S.3.7.1 ( [faculty credentials]). (Minimum 18 graduate semester hours in the academic discipline).

Department Required Skills


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Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education

-Writer of national distinction
-Evidence of success in teaching creative writing in a liberal arts environment
-Evidence of success in one or more of the following: programs for teaching writing in the schools (WITS); creative writing pedagogy; journal editing; publication in at least one other genre (scriptwriting, creative nonfiction, or poetry)

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Open Until Filled


Special Instructions Summary

Review of applications will begin November 8, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

Reference Letters

Reference Letters

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Have you successfully completed 18 graduate level semester hours in the teaching discipline described in this posting?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Please indicate the highest level of education you have obtained
    • Bachelors
    • Masters
    • Specialist
    • ABD (all but dissertation)
    • Doctoral
  3. * Do you have higher education teaching experience?
    • Yes, 1 - 2 years higher education teaching experience
    • Yes, 3 - 5 years higher education teaching experience
    • Yes, 5 or more years higher education teaching experience
    • No, I do not have higher education teaching experience

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of 3 References and Contact Information
Application Procedure: 
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CIP Discipline Code: 
Creative Writing
Writing, General
English Language and Literature, General
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Position Starting Date: 
Saturday, August 1, 2020
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University System of Georgia
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The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602

Phone: (706) 542-7817
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