The Department of English and Comparative Literature at Hobart and William Smith Colleges invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in Creative Writing—Poetry.

An MFA and/or Ph. D. in creative writing is required as well as a significant record of publications. In addition to introductory and advanced workshops, candidates should be qualified to teach a range of literature courses in 20 th Century American poetry. The position will share responsibility for directing a new distinguished visiting writer program, the Trias Residency.

We seek broad competencies that will allow the faculty member to work with faculty from other departments in our general curriculum and to cross list courses with our interdisciplinary programs (see catalogue; these include, for example, Environmental Studies, Women’s Studies, Africana Studies).

The teaching load is five courses a year, one of which would be a section of the introductory course to the English major. The Colleges have a generous sabbatical policy.

MFA should be completed by July 2010; Ph. D. should be in hand or completed by July 2011.


The deadline for receipt of applications is November 15.  Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, a writing sample, and three letters of reference to:

Poetry Search Committee
c/o Tina Phillip-Smaldone
Department of English and Comparative Literature
Demarest Hall
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY  14456-3397

The department will conduct preliminary interviews at this year’s MLA convention in Los Angeles.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to attracting and supporting a faculty of women and men that fully represent the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the nation and actively seek applications from under-represented groups. The Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status, or sexual orientation or any other protected status.

Founded as Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women, Hobart and William Smith Colleges today are a highly selective residential liberal arts institution with a single administration, faculty and curriculum but separate dean’s offices, student governments, athletic programs and traditions.  The Colleges are located in a small diverse city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  With an enrollment of approximately 2,000, the Colleges offer 62 different majors and minors from which students choose two areas of concentration, one of which must be an interdisciplinary program.  Creative and extensive programs of international study and public service are also at the core of the Colleges’ mission.


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