Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor of English - Creative Writing (Fiction) and Composition

  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Tacoma, WA
  • May 04, 2021
Full time English/ESL/Writing/Linguistics

Job Description


Work Schedule:

Full time, 9 month (September - May) visiting position starting September 1, 2021. Courses will be in person, Monday-Friday 8am - 5pm.

General Description:

The Department of English at Pacific Lutheran University invites applications for a visiting position in creative writing (with a specialization in fiction) and composition at the assistant professor or instructor rank for the 2021-22 academic year. The position may be renewable for a second year, depending on successful performance and availability of funding.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • The successful candidate will teach six courses: in the fall, two sections of our First-Year Writing Seminar (WRIT 101) and one section of Intermediate Fiction Writing (ENGL 329); in our four-week January term, one section of our multi-genre Introduction to Creative Writing (ENGL 227); and in the spring, a second section of ENGL 227, and one additional writing workshop class (in an area of creative nonfiction or screenwriting).
  • Contribute to academic advising.
  • Provide service to the department as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong ability to teach intermediate fiction-writing workshop courses for English writing majors. Ability to teach introductory college-writing workshop courses for first-year students, in PLU's First-Year Experience Program. Ability to teach intermediate workshop courses in nonfiction prose for English writing majors.
  • Knowledge of effective teaching techniques and strategies, including inclusive teaching practices.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Clear commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching.
  • Ability to contribute to fostering diversity of the campus, curriculum, and/or discipline.
  • Willingness to collaborate and engage with other departmental and university faculty.

Required Qualifications:

  • A terminal degree (M.F.A. or Ph.D) in creative writing or a related field must be in hand by September 1, 2021 for appointment at the Visiting Assistant Professor Level. ABD is required by September 1, 2021 for appointment at the Instructor level. Specialization in Fiction Writing.
  • Undergraduate teaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching first-year college writing (general education).

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, please submit your application including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a statement of teaching philosophy (750 words maximum) that addresses: 1) teaching of creative writing; 2) teaching introductory college writing; and 3) creating an inclusive learning environment attuned to diversity and equity.

For questions or more information, contact Jim Albrecht at

Other Information:

Pacific Lutheran University purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. PLU continues the transformational tradition of Lutheran higher education through its commitment to the advancement of knowledge, freedom of expression, and critical questioning. Offering distinctive opportunities for global engagement, collaborative student-faculty research and purposeful learning, PLU guides 3,100 students from all faiths and backgrounds discern their vocation through coursework, mentorship and internships at world-class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions.

PLU is located on a 156-acre woodland campus in the Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington and about 40 minutes south of downtown Seattle. The campus reflects consciously green practices and is in proximity to the natural beauty of Mount Rainier, the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, and the Puget Sound.

PLU administration supports and respects the strong culture of faculty-shared governance by working closely and collaboratively with faculty leadership to sustain and strengthen existing structures and procedures while working together on key institutional, academic and curricular decisions.

At PLU, diversity is intrinsic to the vitality of learning, resilience and growth. The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff and student body from all religions, races, socioeconomic groups, sexual orientations, and gender expressions and from all over the world. For the 2018-19 academic year, 42 percent of incoming first-year students are the first generation in their families to attend college; 41 percent self-identify as students of color; and 33 percent are Pell Grant-eligible. PLU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from members of historically underrepresented and minoritized groups, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities.

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