Faculty Position in Literature at Bennington College

Bennington, Vermont, United States | Full-time

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Bennington College invites applications for a full-time faculty position in Literature beginning in the fall of 2022. We seek to add a poet, nonfiction writer, literary journalist or biographer, or hybrid genre writer to teach undergraduate literature courses covering different historical periods and styles and focused on postcolonial literature and/or critical race theory in literature. The successful candidate will also have the option of teaching creative writing classes in regular rotation with colleagues. All members of Bennington's Literature faculty are teacher-practitioners, and applicants should be dedicated to student-centered teaching and have published or have under contract (with a nationally recognized press) at least one book-length work of poetry, creative nonfiction, hybrid genre literature, literary journalism, or literary biography.

Through Bennington’s teacher-practitioner model, individual members of the faculty shape the future curriculum, and professional work is in ongoing dialogue with faculty’s teaching and advising. Candidates should expect to teach the equivalent of five literature courses a year, including courses in creative writing, but also extending to wide-ranging coursework in literature of various historical periods. In particular, we seek to expand our current offerings in areas such as any one of the following: Caribbean literature, African literature, Asian and Asian American literature including South Asian literature, the literature of the Middle East, Latinx literature in the United States, 19th century and 20th century African American literature, postcolonial literature and theory, and/or critical race theory. 

Bennington College is a small residential liberal arts college in southern Vermont, long distinguished for its progressive approach to higher education. The College was founded in 1932 on the principle of active engagement in learning, which is manifest in individualized plans of study developed by students together with faculty. 

Bennington serves a diverse student population inclusive of members of ethnically/racially minoritized, international, LGBTQIA+, and disability communities as well as diverse gender identities, socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, and political beliefs. Our staff and faculty also reflect diverse and intersecting backgrounds and identities. All employees are expected to be respectful and responsive to these differences in the service of building community that promotes student and employee success. Each individual (faculty, staff and student) will be accountable for upholding these values.  The College’s approach to pluralism and inclusivity—both as fields of inquiry and practice—is to prioritize flexible thought, and to invite the examination of access, value, power, and privilege through its institutional policies and areas of study. We encourage applicants from diverse realms of interest, backgrounds, experience, and accomplishment to apply. 

Candidates should apply online below by submitting: a) letter of application that describes teaching experience, professional work and includes a reflection on the candidate’s potential to contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through teaching, research, and/or service; b) curriculum vitae; c) a 25-page writing sample; d) descriptions of at least 3 courses in literature that you would be interested in offering; and e) the names and contact information for three references. 

In recognition of the employment challenges sometimes faced by academic couples in small communities, the College will also consider applications to share equally a single full-time faculty position. Applicants must each submit an individual application and indicate in their cover letters that they are applying jointly.

Review of applications will begin on September 15 and will continue until the position is filled. This position requires the successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.