Cornell College
  • 26-Apr-2021 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Mt Vernon, IA, USA
  • Part Time

Cornell College, a selective liberal arts college located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, is developing a pool of qualified writers to be considered for future faculty appointments in our low-residency M.F.A. in creative writing. Faculty and students come to campus twice a year-in January and July-and students work one-on-one with faculty mentors for semester-long independent studies. While we are not currently hiring, we anticipate expanding our faculty from this applicant pool as we increase our enrollment. Writers interested in being considered for this pool should submit a current CV and letter of application that highlights your preparation for teaching at the graduate level. We are particularly interested in writers who work in multiple genres. Requirements include an MFA or PhD in creative writing and at least one book published by a national press.

Because Cornell College values diversity and strives to create a welcoming community in which all individuals are respected and included, the entire campus community is called upon to engage in dialogue around issues of difference, identity, and ideology. The College is committed to fostering a faculty and staff community that reflects our diverse student body. We encourage applications from candidates who share our vision for a campus that embraces differing backgrounds, viewpoints, and identities, and who will excel at working with students who are broadly diverse. (See our diversity statement here.)

About Cornell College

Academic immersion, real world experience requirements through Ingenuity in Action, 19 division III NCAA athletic teams, and unparalleled flexibility attract an ambitious student body from 45 states and 13 foreign countries to Cornell. External endorsements include selection as one of the original Colleges That Change Lives, a U.S. News Top 100 liberal arts college, a Kiplinger's best value in liberal arts colleges, and one of only 290 U.S. colleges with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Founded in 1853, Cornell's picturesque hilltop campus contains a mix of historic and modern facilities, ranging from the majestic King Chapel to the newly constructed Russell Science Center. Mount Vernon, Iowa, is an urban fringe community recognized by Frommer's as one of "America's Coolest Small Towns" and located in the heart of the ICR Iowa region.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit the following materials:

  • A letter of application/cover letter, which includes a description of any experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Names and contact information for a minimum of three references

Applicants to this pool will be considered for positions as the positions become available.

Questions about the position should be directed to Glenn Freeman, M.F.A. Faculty Director and Professor of English at

For more information about the MFA program, please visit the website at

Cornell is an AA/EO employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups. Cornell complies with Iowa's Smoke-free Air Act, participates in e-verify for verification of employment eligibility, and conducts background checks.

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