Full-Time Faculty Position in Literature/Black Studies

Bennington, Vermont, United States | Full-time

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Bennington College invites applications for a full-time faculty position in Literature with a focus on Fiction and Black Studies. 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 fiction. We are especially interested in candidates with expertise in such fields as African-American literature, and/or Afro-diasporic literature, and/or African literature. The successful candidate will teach creative writing and literature in regular rotation with colleagues. The successful candidate will demonstrate flexibility in collaborating and teaching across disciplinary boundaries. This position will begin in the fall of 2024, and the successful candidate will teach five courses per year. 

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’s open curricular structures facilitate innovative teaching across traditional disciplinary boundaries and small class sizes enable student-centered and engaged learning within the classroom. Faculty members at Bennington are teacher-practitioners whose professional work is in ongoing dialogue with their teaching and advising, and fully engaged student advising is an expectation. 

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 students) 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 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 sample of writing; 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. 

Preference will be given to applications received by January 5, 2024. This position requires the successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.