The English Department and the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University invite applications for a Post-MFA/Post-Doctoral Scholar position starting in the fall semester (August) of 2021. The selected candidate must have received an MFA or Ph.D. in creative writing (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, or screenwriting) or a related field within the last five years. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates whose work emerges from diverse perspectives, including Black, Indigenous, Asian, and/or Latino/a/x experience.
The MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment is a unique three-year interdisciplinary graduate degree in creative writing that focuses on the ethos of environmental imagination (i.e., creative writing that engages issues of social and environmental justice, natural history, conservation, science, ecology, landscape or place studies, sustainable agriculture, urban ecologies, built environments, and/or eco-poetics). The MFA Program is home to a national literary journal (Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment), an invited speaker series (Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writer Series), The EcoTheatre Lab, and a 76-acre nature reserve (The Everett Casey Nature Center & Reserve).
The successful applicantâs research and writing will reflect a commitment to an environmental ethos and/or demonstrate experience in environmental thought and action. Candidates must have at least one book in press with a commercial, academic, or independent publisher. Preference will be given to candidates who have at least one published book and who have the ability to teach in at least two genres. In addition to their teaching and research activities, the Post-MFA/Post-Doctoral Scholar will give a public reading from their work and participate in service that supports the MFA Programâs initiatives. The Scholar will be mentored by CWE faculty members.
The Post-MFA/Post-Doctoral Scholar position carries a three-course per year teaching load of undergraduate and/or graduate courses in creative writing. This is a twelve-month appointment, renewable for up to one additional year. The annual stipend is $53,000, plus health benefits, funds for relocation expenses, and a research fund.
MFA Program Link: https://engl.iastate.edu/graduate-students/mfa-program-in-creative-writing-and-environment/
Proposed Start Date:
August 1, 2021
Proposed End Date or Length of Term:
July 31, 2022
Number of Months Employed Per Year:
12 Month Work Period
To apply for this position, please click on âApplyâ and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:
1) A cover letter addressing your interest in the position and stating how your professional experience, teaching, and/or creative work dovetail with the MFA Programâs environmental ethos
2) A curriculum vitae
3) A research statement that articulates your plans for the next two years, including how this Post-MFA/Post-Doctoral position will benefit your research plans
4) The contact information for three references
5) A one- to two-page teaching and diversity statement
6) A representative sample of your creative work (20-30 pages).
Inquiries may be directed to Debra Marquart, Distinguished Professor, Department of English (email@example.com).
Review of applications will begin immediately with preference given to applications received by June 21, 2021.
The candidate selected for hire may be requested to provide documentation to verify the highest degree completed. Â
If you have questions regarding this application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com).
Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.