Wednesday, October 07, 2015

So You Want To Be a Creative Writing Professor...

Lake Forest College's middle campus.  Note presence of both lake and forest.

So you want to be a professor of creative writing? You've come to the right place: we're hiring! It's a visiting professor with an emphasis in fiction writing, renewable for three years, located on a leafy little campus just north of Chicago. Here's the official ad copy from the Chronicle of Higher Education:

The Department of English at Lake Forest College seeks to fill a Visiting Assistant Professor position in English with a specialization in fiction writing, annually renewable for up to three years. This position carries a 3-3 load of undergraduate courses in both creative writing and literature. The successful candidate will have a PhD in creative writing or English, with further specialization in teaching contemporary or postmodern literature. Applicants with an MFA and the appropriate teaching experience will also be considered. Desirable secondary areas of expertise include editing/publishing (for involvement with Lake Forest College Press/&NOW Books), American multicultural literature, and diasporic literature. Applicants must submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, three reference letters, and a twenty-page sample of their fiction. Reference letters must be submitted directly by the referring parties and not come directly from the candidate. The deadline is November 1. All material should be submitted electronically to  

A highly selective liberal arts college located on Chicago's North Shore, Lake Forest College enrolls approximately 1,600 students from more than 40 states and from more than 70 countries. At Lake Forest College, the quality of a faculty members teaching is the most important criterion for evaluation. The College also expects peer-reviewed publications and active participation in the College community. Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women and members of other historically underrepresented groups.