Online Adjunct Instructors – Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing



Job description

Online Adjunct Instructors – Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing


Our faculty contribute positively to the SNHU community, engaging with students within their community of practice to demonstrate leadership. We seek qualified, fully-engaged, and diverse applicants, celebrating those from historically underrepresented groups. In particular, we seek experts in:

  • Teaching the craft of genre fiction writing, backed by both the history of genre and its conventions as well as situating it in the contemporary literary market
  • Traditional, independent, hybrid and digital models of book publication
  • The “business” side of writing, including industry experience in the publishing ecosystem (experience with agenting, editing, or publishing)
  • Professional writing outside of fiction novel publication, such as freelancing, copywriting, content writing, marketing, editing, or writing for digital spaces
  • Publishing in digital spaces, including positioning oneself as a marketable author to audiences via social media/other technological modalities
  • The best practices of online teaching in higher education
  • Use of current pedagogical technologies in an online learning platform

We are seeking Graduate level instructors to teach within our Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program .

We are accepting applications for all MFA Courses. Topics include:

  • Speculative: Sci-Fi and Fantasy
  • Contemporary Fiction: Mystery/Suspense, Literary, and Drama
  • Young Adult
  • Romance
  • Editing and coaching
  • Copy and Content Writing
  • The Business of Writing
  • The Publishing Ecosystem

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing strongly preferred. Consideration given to candidates possessing a Master’s degree plus relevant industry experience and expertise.
  • Strong, established publication record, particularly in:
    • Speculative: Sci-Fi and Fantasy
    • Contemporary Fiction: Mystery/Suspense, Literary, and Drama
    • Young Adult
    • Romance
  • Teaching experience at postsecondary level (preference given to those with online teaching experience)

Instructor expectations

Instructors must be willing to provide a high level of student outreach and have the availability to connect with students, academic advisors and team leads on a frequent basis. Instructors in this course must also be engaging, offering an increased and innovative presence in the online classroom to best serve the student and facilitate student success. Instructors should expect to provide substantial student feedback and offer a quick turnaround on grades.

Responsibilities will include teaching assignments broken into 10-week terms (plus final grading), with a high level of curriculum facilitation and engagement with the student population. May include reviewing writing samples for student applicants to the program.

Candidates should have demonstrable teaching experience (with preference given to those with online teaching experience), an exemplary publication record, strong communication skills, and the ability to successfully work remotely. Technical proficiency with learning management systems is a plus. Candidates who display passion, practicality, positivity, qualities found in a successful mentor, and an approachable, collaborative demeanor are preferred.

About SNHU

If you’re the kind of person who seeks out challenges and goes to work every day prepared to bring your A-game, you’re the kind of candidate we’re looking for at Southern New Hampshire University. We’re a private, nonprofit university with 2,500 traditional full-time students at our Manchester campus and nearly 85,000 students online, making us one of the fastest-growing universities in the country. We have a unique culture of innovation that values collaboration, and we believe every employee has a voice in driving student success. We have been ranked a Best College to Work for six years in a row by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Candidates must live in and be authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.

How to apply

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Southern New Hampshire University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, citizenship, religion, marital or veteran status or any other protected status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or disability in admission to, access to, treatment in or employment in its programs and activities.

Why SNHU? Because at Southern New Hampshire University we routinely go above and beyond what is expected of us. Because we believe there are no limits to what you can do, what you can be and what you can achieve.