Cornell University, English

Position ID:Cornell-English-FICT [#23249, WDR-00033848]
Position Title: Associate, Full Professor, or Professor of the Practice Fiction Writer
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: English / Creative Writing
Appl Deadline:2022/11/27 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/10/12)
Position Description:    

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As part of the university's comprehensive vaccination program, all Cornell employees are required to have and provide proof of an FDA-or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine and booster or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption, regardless of their role and work location.

New hires are required to provide documentation showing full vaccination status (that is, completion of two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) before their first day of work. If a new hire's vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn.

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Associate/Full Professor or a Professor of Practice Fiction Writer
The Department of Literatures in English at Cornell University, along with its Program in Creative Writing, is conducting a search for a fiction writer, prominent and recognized in their field, for appointment, as appropriate, as an associate/full professor or a professor of practice. (A tenured appointment requires reviews at the department, college and university levels.) The candidate’s teaching responsibilities will include leading both undergraduate and graduate seminars in fiction writing, an introductory undergraduate creative writing course that incorporates both fiction and poetry, a graduate seminar in pedagogy, and, occasionally, first-year undergraduate writing seminars. Creative writing professors also oversee graduate student theses and serve on the annual MFA admissions committee. Requirements include at least two books of fiction published by reputable presses; chapbooks and self-published work will not be accepted. With application, please include cover letter, CV, most recent book, a description of teaching philosophy, and a statement of contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ( to Academic Jobs Online ( Letters of reference will be sought at a later date. Applicants should demonstrate commitment to inclusive teaching practices, including the teaching and knowledge of literatures that reflect diverse experiences of race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and class. Writers from underrepresented communities are highly encouraged to apply.

Selections for spring campus visits will be made by early December. We encourage informal inquiries; please contact J. Robert Lennon at

Our Creative Writing Program offers a fully funded two-year Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry or fiction. Students who have defended their theses are offered two additional years as lecturers in Literatures in English. We also offer a creative writing concentration to undergraduate English majors, and an undergraduate minor in creative writing for non-majors. 

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó:nǫɁ (Cayuga Nation).

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

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Further Info:
Attn: Vicky Brevetti
Department of Literatures in English
232 Feeney Way
Goldwin Smith Hall 250
Ithaca, NY 14853