Core Faculty: MFA Creative Writing Program In Fiction and/or Creative Nonfiction
Antioch University Los Angeles
Department: MFA Creative Writing Program, Masters in Fine Arts
Reports to: Chair, MFA Creative Writing Program
Location: Los Angeles
Classification: Core Faculty
Supervisors: None. Percentage of Effort: 100%
The position of Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) Core Faculty in Fiction and/or Creative Nonfiction is a highly administrative and collaborative position that involves decision making and problem-solving skills within the scope of the faculty member’s assigned duties. The MFA Core Faculty member works with a team of other Core Faculty members and a Chair of the Creative Writing Department within Antioch’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program. During the two 10-day residencies in June and December, the faculty member teaches seminars on literary topics, performs administrative duties, runs a writing workshop, hosts guests and other visiting faculty, and generally helps to run the residency and to solve student and faculty issues. During the project periods, the MFA Core Faculty in Fiction and/or Creative Nonfiction mentors MFA students’ online, works with the MFA team to set strategy and to administer the program, assists in the recruitment and admission of MFA students, works on development activities, maintains relationships with alums, and serves on campus committees, among many other duties. The Core Faculty in Fiction and/or Creative Nonfiction represents the University in public and professional situations. Like the rest of the Antioch MFA team, the MFA Core Faculty in Fiction and/or Creative Nonfiction member resides in Los Angeles and comes to campus regularly for meetings and other on-campus duties.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
In addition to mentoring MFA students in Fiction and/or Creative Nonfiction on a one-on-one basis, the faculty member will work with the MFA team to:
- Create and execute MFA program strategy.
- Administer and coordinate residency and project period activities, including orientations, residency run-up calendar, and schedule.
- Recruit, hire, and train Affiliate Faculty, Visiting Faculty, and Special Guests.
- Recruit students and review admission applications.
- Advise on curriculum and academic planning.
- Manage student Field Studies.
- Develop annual program budget. 8. Work cooperatively with program coordinators and Work Study personnel.
- Collect faculty and guest seminar topics and graduating student presentation topics.
- Execute development and fundraising activities.
- Oversee and execute marketing activities related to the program.
The MFA Core Faculty in Fiction and/or Creative Nonfiction is a member of the Faculty Assembly, serves on assigned campus committees, and may be called upon to substitute for the Chair of the Creative Writing Department in the Chair’s absence. The Faculty member may be asked to serve on campus committees and is expected to participate in the work of the faculty. Antioch University reserves the right to change the duties of the job description at any time.
The MFA Core Faculty in Fiction and/or Creative Nonfiction should hold an MFA in Creative Writing (recognized by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs as the terminal degree in the field) or Ph.D. in Literature with a creative dissertation from an accredited institution. The candidate should have a significant record of publication (including at least one book with a reputable publisher) and experience in the teaching of creative writing and literature. It is highly desirable that the MFA Core Faculty in Fiction and/or Creative Nonfiction have experience with administration, and strategic thinking, finances, and execution experience. Experience in a low-residency creative writing program is a plus, as well as familiarity with online or distance education. Experience working with adult students and a diverse faculty and student body is also desirable.
Hours of Employment:
This is a 100% position. A workload will be established to meet the demands of the program. The individual is required to fully participate in two 10-day on-campus Residencies each year in June and December (dates to be determined).
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk and sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Benefits include medical and dental insurance, paid holidays, sick and vacation, prescription drug card, life insurance, disability option, and pension plan.
Qualified Applicants Are Required to Submit:
- Cover letter referencing the job title
- Professional CV
- Writing sample or a link to same
- Letters of recommendation will be requested after initial applicant screening
NOTE: Documents submitted via email as attachments must be in Microsoft Word or pdf format. Please reference job title in the cover letter and/or email subject line in order to be considered.
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Job posting period will expire on or about September 15, 2019.
Antioch University provides equal opportunity for all qualified applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected classification.