JKS Hiring Assistant or Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Poetics

Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics invites applications for a full-time core candidate advanced Assistant Professor or Associate Professor with excellent abilities in creative writing, literary scholarship, and program administration: appointment to begin fall 2014. Duties include teaching (on campus and online) undergraduate and graduate creative writing workshops, literary studies, and professional development courses; advising BA and MFA thesis students; service to the School and University; as well as program coordination of the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics. We seek a candidate who can teach across genres, with an emphasis in innovative prose writing (fiction and creative nonfiction) and an interest in queer literature and theory. Teaching load: 3/3 plus MFA thesis advising; course release for program coordination.  

Job Duties: 

  • Serve the School and University as described in the Faculty Handbook, including willingness to serve as School director in the future.
  • Teach creative writing workshops, literary studies, professional development courses, and Core courses.
  • Serve as Program Coordinator of the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics.
  • Develop and assess curriculum.
  • Engage in personal and professional development in contemplative practice and education, as well as diversity/inclusivity.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • MFA or PhD in Creative Writing or Literature.
  • Four years of college-level teaching in creative writing and literary studies.
  • Two published books of innovative prose (assistant professor); three published books of innovative prose (associate professor).
  • Two years of academic program coordination experience, including budget responsibilities.
  • Expertise in teaching innovative fiction, creative nonfiction, literature, and online.
  • Computer skills, including Microsoft Office.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Familiarity with and commitment to Naropa University’s mission of contemplative education, diversity, and sustainability.
  • Familiarity with the lineage of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, including its Summer Writing Program and the history of poetics, activism, small press publishing, letterpress print shop, performance, and hybrid/cross-disciplinary collaborations.
  • Experience with higher education curricular planning and assessment.
  • Background in teaching queer theory and literature.
  • Experience or interest in publishing, journal editing, and overseeing events, such as a reading series.
  • Supervisory experience of staff or student employees.

Applications: Qualified applicants should apply online by January 31, 2014 and include:

  • A letter of interest, including primary professional qualifications and pedagogical statement.
  • Curriculum vitae, highlighting teaching experience, administrative experience, publications, and community engagement.
  • One published book of innovative prose. Upload PDF or mail to:

Naropa University JKS Faculty Search 2130 Arapahoe Ave Boulder, CO 80302

  • Three recent course syllabi of your own design.
  • Three letters of recommendation from writers or colleagues in equal or higher academic positions, highlighting teaching, publications, and collegiality.

Naropa University is actively engaged in creating an inclusive, diverse community and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. In keeping with our diversity initiatives, we encourage applications from persons of historically under-represented groups and those who support diversity.


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