Tenure-Track Poet (open rank)

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Job no: 496144
Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: English

Bucknell University seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member in English (Creative Writing).

This person will have expertise in poetry to join the Creative Writing Program faculty in offering a broad array of courses in support of the Creative Writing Major, the Creative Writing Minor, and the University’s robust program of general education. Candidates will teach poetry writing at beginning and advanced levels, as well as introductory multi-genre courses, and will have the opportunity to develop Creative Writing courses around individual areas of interest. The Creative Writing Program seeks candidates with a demonstrated commitment to mentoring undergraduate students and to promoting diversity and inclusion in the context of the liberal arts mission. Faculty members are expected to maintain a program of professional publication. MFA or Ph.D., a strong record of publication in poetry, and teaching experience are required. This position is open-ranked to ensure the broadest possible diversity of interest. Please submit a letter of application, a statement on teaching philosophy, a CV, a 20-page poetry sample or a book of poems, and three letters of recommendation.

About Bucknell
Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community
Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

How to apply

Applications will only be accepted through Bucknell’s online career site (careers.bucknell.edu). Review of applications will begin on October 22, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. We will not interview at MLA.

Bucknell University is a private liberal arts college located alongside the West Branch Susquehanna River in the town of Lewisburg, in central Pennsylvania, United States.