Salaried Adjunct in Creative Writing and MFA Director, full-time non-tenure track

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7103740 (Ref.No. 3166895)
Posted: June 22, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Location: Moraga, CA
Open Date: Jun 21, 2022
Deadline: Jul 04, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:Saint Mary's College invites applications for a full-time Salaried Adjunct faculty member in Creative Writing. This role involves teaching 9-15 units in creative writing and serving as Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Institutional Description/Background:

Saint Mary's College of California is a private, Catholic, comprehensive and co-educational university that engages students in rigorous critical thinking, promotes social justice, and educates for human fulfillment consistent with its liberal arts, Catholic and Lasallian traditions. The de La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff who value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring Saint Mary's heritage to life. Located on a stunning 420-acre campus in the Moraga Hills outside of San Francisco, Saint Mary's is known for its rigorous liberal arts education and its high quality graduate programs, including business, education, counseling, leadership, and the arts. Saint Mary's has a diverse student body of approximately 4,000 students, and the College's practices and policies reflect a commitment to inclusive excellence and a community in which all are valued, respected and supported.

For more information about Saint Mary's mission and history, see:

Faculty Responsibilities:

This full-time faculty member will normally teach 9-15 units (3-5 courses) annually in both the Creative Nonfiction and Fiction areas.

In addition to teaching and other regular full-time faculty service expectations, this faculty member will serve as Director of the MFA Program and will collaborate with the program faculty, lead the program internally, and represent the MFA in Creative Writing to all College bodies, and externally. The Director provides leadership for growing program enrollment, including through the development of new curricular opportunities. In consultation with SOLA GPS staff, the Director will coordinate admissions, including setting and helping to attain enrollment targets, with the use of program-relevant financial aid strategies. In partnership with the SOLA GPS professional team, the Director will provide strategic planning and oversight for all development and marketing, including social media and other recruitment and publicity initiatives, provide leadership in fundraising for the MFA scholarship fund and alumni engagement, and manage specific expenditure for special program areas.

The Director will also provide leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, including by monitoring program climate, elevating diverse student voices, providing leadership in conflict resolution and other initiatives. Additionally, the Director will oversee hiring process for all visiting writers, and coordinate the MFA reading and craft talk series; supervise student workers; and serve as supervisor and faculty of record for teaching internships and any outside internships and fellowships.

Faculty also contribute to the mission and serve the College and community in many ways, including academic advising, student and community outreach, participation in departmental and College-wide committees, and the development and assessment of the College's Core Curriculum. Faculty are also encouraged to teach in the College's Core Curriculum, January Term, and Collegiate Seminar programs.


  • MFA in Creative Writing or a closely related field;

  • Significant published record in fiction and nonfiction, including at least one published book and recent (last 10 years) publication of a minimum of 25 works published in literary journals, anthologies, or magazines;

  • Record of teaching excellence in Creative Writing, including a minimum of 25 graduate-level courses at accredited colleges and universities;

  • Demonstrated ability to teach effectively at the graduate level in a small classroom environment that is student-centered, with an interactive learning style;

  • Demonstrated ability to support a diverse student body and multicultural curriculum, including at least one year of experience leading or participating in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within a graduate program community;

  • Strong leadership and administrative skills, including collaboration, consensus-building, timely and effective communication, forecasting and planning, data- and mission-informed decision-making, and detail orientation;

  • A minimum of two years of professional experience in an academic administrative role for an MFA program in Creative Writing or another closely related academic discipline at the graduate level, such as Assistant Director or Associate Director.

  • Administrative and enrollment expertise and engagement with the current MFA program marketplace, as demonstrated by recent (last 10 years) presentations at AWP or other creative writing industry conferences or events, service on selection panels or as judge for creative writing awards or editorial selections.

The MFA in Creative Writing program is committed to a highly collaborative and culturally diverse faculty, student and campus environment.

The College has been designated a Minority and Hispanic-Serving Institution; many Saint Mary’s students are first-generation-to-college. Successful candidates must be able to engage and support students of color, women, and other underrepresented groups, and will be interested in participating in initiatives that aim to increase inclusivity.

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