Salaried Adjunct Professor in Creative Writing

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7232882 (Ref.No. 5136394)
Posted: March 28, 2024
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Location: Moraga
Open Date: Mar 26, 2024
Deadline: Apr 09, 2024 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 18-25 units in creative writing and serving as a core faculty member in the department, contributing to decisions on curriculum, recruitment, admissions and program development, and representing the program at public events. Saint Mary's College is an officially designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), and the Department is therefore particularly interested in candidates whose work engages with Latinx communities, and who has experience mentoring Latinx students and creating inclusive learning opportunities for a diverse student body.

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 18-25 units annually in both Creative Nonfiction and Fiction at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

In addition to teaching and other regular full-time faculty service expectations, this faculty member will play a key role in developing the new Creative Writing Department, including through curriculum planning and course design. Faculty contribute to the mission and serve the College and community in many ways, including academic advising, student and community outreach.

Salary: $75,522 - $101,929 for a 25 unit workload, depending on qualifications.

The salary range for this position is covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the College and SEIU, Local 1021, available here.

Minimum Faculty Qualifications:

  • MFA in Creative Writing or a closely related field;

  • Significant published record in fiction and nonfiction, including at least one recent (last 3 years) published book with a major press, as well as at least 3 recent (last 3 years) publications of works of fiction and nonfiction in literary journals, anthologies, or magazines.

  • Record of teaching excellence in Creative Writing, including a minimum of 5 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;

  • Experience helping develop curriculum for an undergraduate Creative Writing major;

Demonstrated experience mentoring emerging writers on a one-on-one basis on matters of literary craft and building a sustainable literary life.

The Department of Creative Writing 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.

Candidates must reside in California.

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