Walker Percy Assistant Professor in Poetry

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 20 Oct 2023

Posting Information
Posting Information

Department English and Comp Literature - 311500
Posting Open Date 09/21/2023
Application Deadline 10/20/2023
Open Until Filled No
Position Type Permanent Faculty
Working Title Walker Percy Assistant Professor in Poetry
Appointment Type Tenured/Tenure Track
Vacancy ID FAC0004731
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Permanent
Hours per week 40
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range Dependent on Experience and/or Qualifications.
Proposed Start Date 07/01/2024

Position Information

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill celebrated 75 years of nurturing student creativity in 2022. Thousands of students have graduated from our program, and many have gone on to study at top MFA programs and publish award-winning books of their own. Our undergraduate-only program currently offers students the opportunity to major or minor in the field with a specialty in Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Musical Writing, or any combination therein; many faculty teach in multiple genres. Select students may also compose an honors thesis during their senior year.
Details about our program can be found at https://englishcomplit.unc.edu/creative-writing/. Our hosting institution, the Department of English and Comparative Literature (ECL) boasts a 225-year history of its own. Current course offerings present a diversity of approaches to the study, production, and appreciation of literary and nonliterary texts. We pursue a four-fold mission to 1) explore the history and significance of American, British, and world literature; 2) promote interdisciplinary connections and incorporate the study of culture, theory, and history into our research and courses; 3) offer training in rigorous thinking, precise analysis, and critical reading; and 4) foster practical skills in rhetoric, composition, and expression in essays, creative pieces, even emerging forms of digital media.
The ECL is home to the undergraduate and graduate programs in English and the undergraduate and graduate programs in Comparative Literature as well as various certificate programs. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the flagship institution of a strong state university system comprising 17 campuses across North Carolina. Chapel Hill is an exuberant college town near the Research Triangle economic hub and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Neighbor institutions within 25 miles include Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and Meredith College. We welcome applications from candidates who will add to the ECL’s diversity. You can read our departmental diversity efforts here https://englishcomplit.unc.edu/diversity-inclusion/.
Position Summary
The Creative Writing Program of the Department of English and Comparative Literature (ECL) at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill invites applications for a full-time, tenure-line Assistant Professor of Poetry, to begin in Fall 2024. Candidates should be prepared to teach a 2/2 load of undergraduate Poetry courses at the introductory, intermediate, advanced, and senior honors level, as well potential poetry electives. We especially welcome candidates whose work engages a wide aesthetic range and champions under-represented communities. A potential for leadership is highly desirable, as is an eagerness to nurture the talent of young writers (as we are an undergraduate-only program) and to assist with the myriad activities of our program. UNC strives to create an environment where all members of the community feel welcome, valued, and can thrive. The ideal candidate will share in this commitment. Accordingly, applicants should describe in their Cover Letter the specific ways in which their scholarship, teaching, and service goals can support this vision. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2024
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
An MFA (or PhD) in Creative Writing or related field, plus a minimum of one year of experience teaching Poetry at the university level are required.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
Campus Security Authority Responsibilities

Not Applicable.

Special Instructions
Applicants should submit: • Graduate Transcripts • Curriculum Vita • Cover Letter outlining your interest in and qualifications for this position, as well as the ways in which your scholarship, teaching, and service goals supports UNC’s vision • Teaching Statement addressing your pedagogical practices and commitment to serving all students at a large, public university in a state with shifting demographics .• Two syllabi for undergraduate courses in poetry writing. • A 15-20 page sample of the most recent or forthcoming published book of poems. • 3-5 Critical Reviews or other media coverage of your book(s). • Four Letters of Recommendation written by those familiar with your teaching abilities and who can evaluate your suitability for this position should be uploaded with the application addressed to: Prof. Gabrielle Calvocoressi
Quick Link https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/266067

Department Contact Information

Department Contact Name and Title Gabrielle Calvocoressi / Associate Professor
Department Contact Telephone or Email calvocor@email.unc.edu
Academic Personnel Office Contact Information
If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost office at (919)-962-1091 or send an email to facultyrecruitment@unc.edu.
Please note: The Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost office will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status. 
If you have any questions about the job requirements or the hiring department notify the Department Contact.
Equal Opportunity Employer Statement
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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