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Job: Creative Writing & English Literature – Lecturer/Assistant Professor (One-Year Term), Mount Allison University (Deadline: 15 January 2022)

The Department of English Literatures at Mount Allison University is seeking applications for a Limited-term appointment of one year (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023) at the rank of Lecturer or Assistant Professor (subject to budgetary approval) in the subject area of Creative Writing, with secondary expertise in the academic study of English literature.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach five three-credit courses: two in the area of Creative Writing (see below), one section of ENGL 1201 (Introduction to Principles of Literary Analysis), and two “Special Topics” courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise within the discipline, one at the second year level (ENGL 2991), and one at the third year level (ENGL 3991).

The two Creative Writing courses will include one workshop-style course at the third year level and one at a more introductory level. Subject areas will include traditional poetry, prose fiction, and playwriting, as well as one or more of the following:

  • Contemporary literary forms (for example: digital literature, graphic novels, zines, multimedia texts, spoken word, rap/hip-hop)
  • Literary approaches to contemporary popular culture (for example: digital cultural platforms and publishing, gaming, film, television, and video, social media studies, popular music, performance art)

In their cover letters, candidates should describe their specific expertise profile in relation to their research, creative activity, and teaching backgrounds

Rather than sending Teaching Portfolios or Statements of Teaching Philosophy, candidates should submit a teaching proposal (maximum five pages) that indicates how their teaching will engage multiple levels of undergraduate university teaching, and that includes short summaries of each proposed course.The teaching proposal should also address of one or more of the following teaching approaches or pedagogical theories:

  • Interdisciplinary teaching practice
  • Indigenous/ decolonized/ anti-racist teaching and learning
  • Experiential learning
  • Learning competencies and skills development
  • Creative practice/ research-creation pedagogies

Qualified candidates will have a completed PhD in English Literature, or an MFA in Creative Writing with evidence of expertise in other areas of literary study. Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the teaching proposal described above to Further materials may be requested later in the search process. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2022.

Three letters of reference from academic referees should be sent directly from the referee to

Application materials should be addressed to:

Professor Robert Lapp
Chair of the Search Committtee
Department of English Literatures
Mount Allison University
Sackville, NB, Canada

Mount Allison acknowledges, honours, and respects that the land named Sackville, NB is part of the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People who are the historic inhabitants, custodians, and dwellers on the land where our University is built and confirms its commitment to strengthening relationships with all Indigenous people.

Mount Allison is committed to diversity and inclusiveness. We encourage applications from members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual and gender identities. We seek candidates with qualifications and knowledge to contribute specifically to the further diversification of our campus community.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents are given priority. Canadians and permanent residents should indicate their citizenship status in their application.

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