Assistant/Associate Professor, Writing & Literature, MFA Writing Programs California College of the Arts

CCA is seeking applicants for a full-time, tenure-track assistant or associate professor in modern or contemporary American literature with an interest in world literature and expertise in creative writing (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or cross-genre), to begin August 2015. Course load is 2/3.

The successful candidate will have an exceptional teaching record in college-level literature and will also demonstrate significant experience in teaching creative writing. We are particularly interested in applicants with a literature focus that supplements current program offerings and reflects the concerns and demographics of an international school situated within the unique culture and interdisciplinary environment of the San Francisco Bay Area.

We are also interested in applicants whose research practice and pedagogy promise to connect with the College’s fine art, design, and architecture students/faculty. Interdisciplinary experience is a plus, and genres could include fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, as well as hybrid and experimental writing.

We seek a candidate with a global perspective, who has the potential to teach 200-level electives and 300-level seminars in her or his area of expertise, which may include introductory and advanced literature and creative writing courses. In keeping with CCA’s commitment to diversity, community engagement, and social justice, we seek candidates who cultivate an equitable scholarly environment and curriculum. With an increasingly international student body, candidates should have a proven track record of teaching and leading in a culturally-competent manner with a global perspective, working with diverse groups, and fostering an understanding of and respect for diverse cultural practices. Service to the program and the university is expected. Additional responsibilities include the direction of senior theses and possibly graduate courses.

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) offers twenty-two undergraduate and twelve graduate programs in the areas of Fine Arts, Architecture, Design, and Writing. The college offers BFA, BA, MFA, MA, MBA, BArch, MArch, MAAD, and MDes degrees. It has campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, and currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students. CCA students are encouraged to work in an interdisciplinary manner, undertaking projects and collaborations with students in other majors and engaging with outside communities.

The Writing & Literature program at CCA offers a BA in Writing & Literature and delivers instruction to all students in composition, literature, and creative writing. Faculty in Writing & Literature may also have the opportunity to teach graduate-level courses, including those in the MFA Writing program. Both writing programs are part of the Humanities & Sciences Division, which also offers the general education curriculum for all undergraduate students in the college. The general education curriculum consists of courses in writing, literature, visual studies, history, philosophy, math, and science. In keeping with its mission of delivering a liberal arts education through the arts, CCA offers a strong academic component that supports students’ work in their majors while adding to the breadth of knowledge they encounter.

A PhD in literature (or an equivalent field) or MFA in Creative Writing; a minimum of three years’ postdoctoral/post-MFA teaching experience; significant critical, scholarly publications, and/or translations; at least one book of literary scholarship, plus significant creative writing publications in nationally recognized venues. Minimum of two books of creative work are required for an Associate level appointment.

The successful candidate will join a department with a curricular commitment to teaching the mutuality of the study of literature and the practice of creative expression, and should demonstrate active and ongoing participation in professional/ scholarly/ creative work (through a record of presentations, workshops, publications, conferences, etc.). Leadership ability, evidence of administrative ability, graduate teaching experience, and commitment to collaboration are highly desirable. Associate level hire will be offered an accelerated negotiable path to tenure.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; includes a comprehensive benefits package.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2014 with a final deadline of: February 15, 2015.

Application Instructions:
Interested candidates should submit the following electronically in PDF format: a letter of interest highlighting research interests, curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, two sample syllabi, teaching evaluations, letters from three professional references under separate cover(s) or as a separate PDF, and copies of recent books or publications. Please note in cover letter if you plan to attend the MLA conference in January.

We recommend compressing your files into a .zip file format. Documents larger than 10MB should be submitted via download link. PDF files should be emailed to:

California College of the Arts
Human Resources (Job #2270)

CCA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

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