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Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing, Fiction and Non-Fiction)

Position: Full-time
Date posted: February 24, 2020
Review of Applications Begins: April 3, 2020

West Virginia Wesleyan College invites applications for an assistant professor of creative writing beginning fall 2020. Tenure track is possible based on the qualifications of the successful candidate and the needs of the institution.

West Virginia Wesleyan College seeks candidates with a specialization in fiction and/or non-fiction. In addition to intermediate and advanced writing workshops in both genres, teaching responsibilities will include introductory courses in creative writing for English majors and non-majors, upper-division specialty literature courses in your area of interest, composition courses, as well as advising the undergraduate literary arts magazine, Vandalia, which publishes once a year. Based on experience and/or desire, teaching opportunities also exist in the college’s nationally ranked low-residency MFA program. Applicants should have earned a terminal degree (either MFA or PhD) by August 2020. The successful candidate will have broad training, versatility, dedication to quality teaching and advising, and a record of publication that demonstrates mastery of the field.

Founded in 1890, West Virginia Wesleyan is a private residential liberal arts and sciences college located in the foothills of the Appalachians in Buckhannon, WV, named one of the “100 Best Small Towns in America.” The College is related to the United Methodist Church, with a curriculum committed to intellectual rigor, self-discovery, human dignity, mutual support, social justice, self-discipline, mental and physical wellness, the appreciation of diversity and the natural world, and the judicious use of resources. The College has over 40 undergraduate academic majors, 10 graduate programs, 19 NCAA Division II sports, comprehensive student life, community engagement, and outdoor recreation programs.

Please direct any questions pertaining to this position to department chair Ashley Lawson at To apply please submit electronically in a single pdf: a letter of application, curriculum vita, unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts, a description of current creative projects, and a teaching portfolio. Three letters of recommendation should be sent under separate cover. Submit all materials to Dr. James Moore, Dean of the Faculty, ( and Minority and female candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration completed applications must be received by April 3 2020.

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Ashley Lawson
Chairperson of the Department of English