Drake University — Assistant Professor of English / Diversity Fellow

Drake University’s English Department seeks an outstanding teacher and poet to join Drake’s Diversity Fellows program, which provides career mentorship and development opportunities for a small cohort of early-career faculty from historically underrepresented groups. (See https://www.drake.edu/acad/equityinclusion/diversityfellowshipprogram/ for more information.) The program begins August 2019 and fellowships are renewable for up to 3 years. Positions may be converted to tenure-track pending budgetary and performance review; credit toward tenure may be granted for teaching, scholarship, creative work, and service conducted by fellows during their appointment. We seek candidates specializing in African-American poetics to teach courses in reading, writing, creating, and performing poetry, including performance, slam, and spoken-word. Candidates experienced in building and sustaining community partnerships; producing performances and exhibitions; and/or teaching courses in text-based poetry are especially welcome. Course load: 2 courses per semester, including a First-Year Seminar in fall. Required: Relevant teaching experience, including in the teaching of composition, and commitment to ongoing creative work. ABD candidates, MFAs, or Ph.D.s are eligible to apply. Drake University is an equal opportunity employer (EEO).

Applications are due October 15; review begins immediately after deadline. To apply, go to https://drake.HireTouch.com. Select desired position and follow instructions to apply and upload CV and cover letter. (Cover letter should include response to this question: “What are your approaches to fostering diversity/inclusion in your classes and in your advising/mentoring activities?”) Questions may be directed to the search chair at megan.brown@drake.edu, and Drake’s HR page, http://www.drake.edu/hr/, provides information on work environment, employee benefits, faculty development, and the Greater Des Moines area.