Lecturer in Creative Writing



Job description

Palmerston North, New Zealand

School of English and Media Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

We are looking for an active creative writer with a strong publishing record who can inspire our students and support our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Applications are invited for a full-time, three-year fixed term 0.7 FTE Lectureship (US equivalent Assistant Professor) in the Creative Writing programme of the School of English and Media Studies at Massey University. This position is based at the Manawatu campus in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

The School of English and Media Studies has a strong record in teaching excellence and pastoral care in an interactive learning environment. Courses are taught in internal (on-campus) and distance learning modes, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The School currently offers programmes in English, Media Studies, Creative Writing, Expressive Arts, Public and Professional Writing, and Theatre Studies.

We are looking for a candidate with demonstrated research and teaching experience. We will consider applicants with a strong track record of publication in poetry or fiction, but expertise in both would be preferred. Massey’s creative writing programmes combine creative practice with critical and analytical skills, from first-year courses through to doctoral level. The ability to situate creative practice within larger scholarly contexts is essential to this position.

Creative Writing is offered as a major in the Bachelor Arts. Creative writing courses also contribute to the Expressive Arts major in the Bachelor of Communication. Candidates are encouraged to view the full range of courses via our website at ems.massey.ac.nz.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in Creative Writing or related field, and significant publications in poetry/fiction. Experience in tertiary-level teaching is essential, and experience in distance teaching will be considered an advantage.
The level of appointment will depend on qualifications and experience.

It is anticipated that the successful applicant will commence in January 2019.

Enquiries should be directed to Associate Professor Jenny Lawn (j.m.lawn@massey.ac.nz or +64-92136337), School of English and Media Studies, Massey University.

Job description
Purpose statement
Contribute to Massey University’s teaching and learning outcomes by assisting in the development, coordination, delivery, teaching, and marking of courses and undertaking the supervision of postgraduate students.

Responsible to
Head of School

Key accountabilities
Coordinate or work under the supervision of a course co-ordinator to:
• Undertake effective undergraduate and postgraduate teaching
• Participate in moderation of marking and assessment
• Provide a high level of pastoral care for students
• Develop and maintain learning materials in textual and multimedia formats for online and face-to-face delivery
• Supervise the research activities of postgraduate students
• Undertake continuing professional development, as appropriate to the position.

• Assist in student retention and engagement initiatives
• Assist in administration related to course coordination
• Assist in administration related to Masters of Creative Writing progression

• Undertake an active, appropriate and viable personal research programme or participate in team-based research.
• Publish creative works in well-regarded outlets.

Service to the community
• Assist the School to develop an environment which gives effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

University responsibilities
• Ensure the observance of University policy, performance standards and codes of practice in all relevant teaching and administrative processes.
• Contribute to the development of a School working environment of teamwork and cooperation.
• Be responsible for one’s own safety and the safety of others.
• Any other duties that are consistent with this position, as required by the Head of School

Person specification
Completed PhD degree in Creative Writing or other closely relevant field, and significant publications in poetry/other genres.

Teaching experience in creative writing at tertiary level, especially in distance teaching. Experience in experience in postgraduate supervision would be an advantage.

Personal attributes and behaviours
• Competence in all areas of professional activity.
• The ability to engage and develop a rapport with students across multiple teaching contexts/platforms.
• A strong sense of professionalism.
• Suitable skills in time management.
• Strong interpersonal skills.
• The ability to maintain good collegial relationships, and a willingness to engage in team-work.

How to apply

Applications close on 25th November, 2018 and should be submitted via the Massey Careers website http://www.massey.ac.nz/joinus/. Applications should include a full CV and names and addresses of three referees. The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.

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