MFA Program Director/Assistant or Associate Professor of English/Writing

The University of Tampa

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Posted 11.5.12

MFA Program Director/Assistant or Associate Professor of English/Writing

The Department of English and Writing in the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Tampa seeks a creative, innovative individual with significant professional accomplishment to serve as the Director of its low-residency MFA in Creative Writing. This is a 10-month renewable term faculty appointment, at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank, with administrative and teaching responsibilities, beginning June 1, 2013.

Qualifications.  The successful candidate will have a record of effective teaching as well as distinguished publishing credentials in at least one major program genre: poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The ideal candidate will also have an appropriate terminal degree (Ph.D. preferred), a record of successful administrative experience and, preferably, familiarity with or experience in a low-residency MFA Creative Writing program. We seek an enthusiastic individual with excellent communication skills and a commitment to inspiring strong community and collegiality within the program.

Responsibilities. The Director will develop and implement the residency schedule of workshops, craft seminars, and panel discussions for students and faculty. With support from the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies and an advisory team, the Director will plan and host students and faculty for two 10-day residencies annually, provide administrative oversight for all aspects of distance learning, and respond to student, faculty, and administrative concerns, as needed.  The Director also serves on the University Graduate Council and as a member of the English and Writing department faculty participates in the business of that department

Teaching responsibilities include a standard load of five MFA mentees each January and June term

The Director works with the University's Office of Enrollment Management to maintain and implement a comprehensive, strategic marketing/advertising/public relations plan to target local, regional, and national markets; establishes and maintains all academic requirements in keeping with SACS accreditation, and ensures adherence; collaborates with IT for an online presence; is responsible for the program's operating budget and oversees program assessment; represents the program at various conferences; collaborates with Admissions to establish application criteria and procedures and help recruit MFA candidates; reviews applications and manuscripts; recruits, coordinates, and maintains a strong MFA creative writing faculty

In keeping with the AWP Director's Handbook, the Director pursues adherence to the Association's "Hallmarks" for a successful graduate program by agreeing to "nurture a culture of creativity, vitality, intellectual rigor, artistic discipline, and collegiality." The MFA Creative Writing Director is supported by an MFA Admissions & Academic Advisory Committee including the Associate Dean of the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies, the Chair of the Department of English and Writing and one or more members of the UT English/Writing Department qualified to teach in the program. The MFA benefits from the resources and experiences of the oldest undergraduate Writing major in the state at an institution that is also home to Tampa Review, the oldest literary journal in Florida, situated at a private downtown university ranked 26th among Tier 1 Regional Universities in the 2011 rankings by US News & World Report.

Salary for the Director will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  For full consideration, candidates should apply by January 15, 2013.  Review of applicants will continue until the position is filled.  

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Applicants should be prepared to attach a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, a sample of your creative writing and a one-page statement about scholarship interests.
In addition, applicants will be requested to enter name and email address for three (3) reference providers.

The University of Tampa is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.