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Iowa State University Postdoc in Creative Writing and Environment in Ames, Iowa

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Position Title:Postdoc in Creative Writing and Environment

Appointment Type:Post Doc/Trainee

Job Description:Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The English Department and the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University invite applications for a Post-MFA/Post-Doctoral Scholar position starting in the fall semester (August) of 2021. The selected candidate must have received an MFA or Ph.D. in creative writing (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, or screenwriting) or a related field within the last five years. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates whose work emerges from diverse perspectives, including Black, Indigenous, Asian, and/or Latino/a/x experience.

The MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment is a unique three-year interdisciplinary graduate degree in creative writing that focuses on the ethos of environmental imagination (i.e., creative writing that engages issues of social and environmental justice, natural history, conservation, science, ecology, landscape or place studies, sustainable agriculture, urban ecologies, built environments, and/or eco-poetics). The MFA Program is home to a national literary journal (Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment), an invited speaker series (Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writer Series), The EcoTheatre Lab, and a 76-acre nature reserve (The Everett Casey Nature Center & Reserve).

The successful applicant’s research and writing will reflect a commitment to an environmental ethos and/or demonstrate experience in environmental thought and action. Candidates must have at least one book in press with a commercial, academic, or independent publisher. Preference will be given to candidates who have at least one published book and who have the ability to teach in at least two genres. In addition to their teaching and research activities, the Post-MFA/Post-Doctoral Scholar will give a public reading from their work and participate in service that supports the MFA Program’s initiatives. The Scholar will be mentored by CWE faculty members.

The Post-MFA/Post-Doctoral Scholar position carries a three-course per year teaching load of undergraduate and/or graduate courses in creative writing. This is a twelve-month appointment, renewable for up to one additional year. The annual stipend is $53,000, plus health benefits, funds for relocation expenses, and a research fund.

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Proposed Start Date:August 1, 2021

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:July 31, 2022

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) A cover letter addressing your interest in the position and stating how your professional experience, teaching, and/or creative work dovetail with the MFA Program’s environmental ethos

2) A curriculum vitae

3) A research statement that articulates your plans for the next two years, including how this Post-MFA/Post-Doctoral position will benefit your research plans

4) The contact information for three references

5) A one- to two-page teaching and diversity statement

6) A representative sample of your creative work (20-30 pages).

Inquiries may be directed to Debra Marquart, Distinguished Professor, Department of English (

Review of applications will begin immediately with preference given to applications received by June 21, 2021.

The candidate selected for hire may be requested to provide documentation to verify the highest degree completed.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date: June 1, 2021

Posting Close Date:June 21, 2021

Job Requisition Number:R5189

Iowa State University ( is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities ( AAU ), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community ( .

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email .

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485 . Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485 . TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942 .

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