Information & Responsibilities
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
School of Critical Studies
Creative Nonfiction Position
MFA Creative Writing Program/BFA Critical Studies
The School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) invites applications for a full time faculty position in creative nonfiction. The MFA in Creative Writing is a unique, non-tracking program based within an Institute that offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the performing, visual and musical arts. The Creative Writing Program is committed to developing high quality work across the expanded field of writing and to serious engagements with experiments in genre, medium and performativity while reckoning with the conventions traditions of writing. We seek to appoint a recognized and affirmed presence in the field of contemporary creative nonfiction who would make a sustained and vital contribution to the future of our program at a national and international level alongside our innovative and award-winning team of faculty. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to pedagogy with a proven ability to communicate with a diverse student body at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
About the MFA in Creative Writing:
The CalArts School of Critical Studies houses our innovative, non-tracking graduate creative writing program, and provides a robust liberal arts education to all CalArts undergraduates. CalArts is a private, accredited visual and performing arts college located in Valencia, California, committed to fostering a diverse artistic/educational environment for its approximately 1450 undergraduate and graduate students.
As a mid- to full-career creative nonfiction writer, as exemplified by a distinguished record of publication and substantial teaching experience, the successful candidate will contribute both to our MFA Creative Writing Program and to the Critical Studies undergraduate curriculum vis-à-vis a pedagogical approach to creative nonfiction that is practice-based and informed by critical perspectives, and an applied engagement with interdisciplinary approaches and innovative practices related to the field. The faculty member will be encouraged to engage in and attain achievements in other writing genres, arts practices, and/or fields of academic inquiry.
- Five (5) courses per year
- Mentoring graduate students
- Conducting mid-residency and graduation reviews
- Participating in curricular planning, admissions review and assessment for undergraduate and graduate programs
- Attendance at program, school and Institute events
- Sustaining a vibrant publication record and achievement in the field of writing
The successful candidate will have:
- Published at least two (2) well-regarded books of nonfiction with proven peer esteem
- Three (3) or more years teaching at the college level.
- An MFA or terminal degree in a field relevant to the position
How to Apply
Please email vita, three letters of reference, and letter of interest to Amanda Beech, Dean, School of Critical Studies, Attn: MFA Creative Writing Program Search to firstname.lastname@example.org
Review of applications will begin immediately, and will be considered until December 15, 2017
Equity & Diversity
CalArts is proud of its diverse student body and deeply committed to supporting the cultural and artistic aspirations of all its students. A
commitment to increasing opportunities for low-income students and currently disenfranchised groups is necessary, as is the desire to work
to support institutional goals of equity and diversity in an ongoing way. CalArts is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts
through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and
Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the
complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a
distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor
and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure
necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and
opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United
States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees
in all areas of visual and performing arts.