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"You may never get to touch the Master, but you can tickle his creatures."  - Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow (1973)

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OPEN POSITION #1:  Director of Creative Writing

University of South Alabama English Department invites applications for a 9 month tenure-track position of Assistant or Associate Professor of Creative Writing, starting August 15, 2015. The successful candidate will also serve as Director of Creative Writing.
 
Application and Search Process
 
Required: PhD in English or MFA; a background in poetry and playwriting or creative nonfiction; demonstrated leadership ability; demonstrated commitment to facilitating student readings and publications.  
 
Preferable: Experience with departmental administration (perhaps as the coordinator or director of a creative writing program or concentration); experience with marketing and recruitment, as well as creative writing assessment; experience serving as the faculty adviser to a student literary magazine.
 
Send hard copies (no email copies) of vita and cover letter to:
 
Dr. Becky McLaughlin, Chair, Search Committee
Department of English
5991 University Drive N., HUMB 240
University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
 
Review of applications will begin October 31, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. We expect to conduct initial interviews in December and/or January, using Skype or telephone. Initial interviews will not be conducted at MLA. The University of South Alabama is an Equal Opportunity Employer--Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled.
 
Position
 
The successful candidate will teach a 2/2 load, consisting primarily of creative writing courses in poetry and drama or creative nonfiction with occasional courses in composition; actively publish in appropriate fields; and serve as Director of Creative Writing.
 
Administrative responsibilities will include serving as the Faculty Adviser to the Oracle Fine Arts Review (published annually); arranging for student readings and facilitating student publications; recruiting students for the English Department’s graduate and undergraduate creative writing concentrations; inviting and hosting visits by distinguished writers (under the auspices of the Stokes Center for Creative Writing); overseeing the assessment of creative writing (as part of the university’s annual assessment of learning outcomes); and exploring possible programmatic opportunities, such as the development of a low-residency MFA program. The Director of Creative Writing will work closely with the department chair, the graduate coordinator, and the chair of the undergraduate committee to improve and expand the department’s already successful creative writing concentrations. (For more information on these concentrations, see the department's Undergraduate Program and Graduate Program webpages.)
 
The Department, University, and Community
 
The USA English Department has long been identified with outstanding creative writing faculty members and alumni. Past or present faculty members have received many honors, including the National Book Award, the Harper Lee Award, and the Alabama Poet Laureateship. Numerous former students have published novels, poetry collections, and works of creative nonfiction. The Department is exceptionally collegial, highly productive in research and creative work, and committed to quality undergraduate and graduate education. A dynamic and rapidly growing institution, the University of South Alabama currently has 16,000 students.
 
The historic Mobile Bay area is home to many successful creative writers and boasts a lively arts scene (in which the USA creative writing faculty has long figured prominently).
 
If you have any questions about our search or the process, please contact Dr. Becky McLaughlin (Chair, Search Committee) at bmclaugh@southalabama.edu.

OPEN POSITION #2:  Director of Composition

The English Department at the University of South Alabama invites applications for a 9 month tenure-track open-rank faculty position to serve as the Director of Composition, starting August 15, 2015.
 
Application and Search Process
 
Required: PhD in English with an emphasis in rhetoric/composition; experience in writing program administration.
 
Preferable: qualified to teach technical writing, rhetorical theory/history, literature, and/or creative non-fiction.
 
Send hard copies (no email copies) of vita, cover letter, official transcripts, and three original letters of recommendation to:
 
Dr. Nicole Amare, Chair, Search Committee
Department of English
5991 University Drive N., Room 240
University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL 36688
 
The cover letter should include information on the applicant’s capabilities and accomplishments as a writing program administrator.
 
Review of applications will begin October 31, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. We expect to conduct initial interviews in December and/or January, using Skype or telephone. Initial interviews will not be conducted at MLA. The University of South Alabama is an Equal Opportunity Employer--Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled.
 
Position
 
Administrative duties include training TAs, scheduling, assessment, designing sample syllabi and prompts, enhancing the teaching of composition in general, and proactively representing the learning needs of composition students. 2/2 teaching load in undergraduate and graduate courses in composition, rhetoric, literature, and subjects relevant to the faculty member’s background and interests.
 
Program
 
Some 90 composition sections are offered each fall and spring, staffed by tenure-track faculty, full-time instructors, TAs, part-time teachers, and post-MA intern-instructors. These courses enroll a diverse population, mostly traditional-aged students but with a range of educational backgrounds, nationalities, ethnicities, and writing skills. For more information, see the department's Freshman Composition page.
 
The Department, University, and Community
 
The Department is exceptionally collegial, highly productive in research and creative work, and committed to quality undergraduate and graduate education. A dynamic and rapidly growing institution, the University of South Alabama currently has 16,000 students.  The historic Mobile Bay area is home to many successful creative writers and boasts a lively arts scene (in which the USA English faculty has long figured prominently).
 
If you have questions about our search or the process, please contact Dr. Nicole Amare (Chair, Search Committee) at namare@southalabama.edu.

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