Cornell College
  • 04-Mar-2022 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Mt Vernon, IA, USA
  • Full Time

Cornell College, a residential-undergraduate liberal arts college, is seeking a 2-year Visiting Assistant Professor of English beginning fall 2022. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory creative writing courses, topics-based first year writing courses, and upper-level courses in British-focused 19th century literature, broadly conceived-this could include courses that bridge 19thcentury Victorian literature and contemporary literature, transatlantic 19th century Victorian literature, and/or colonialism, race, class and gender in 19th century literature. We welcome secondary interests in the digital arts and digital humanities as they intersect with creative writing and literature, and interest in the book arts, letterpress printing and publishing.

A Ph.D. is required. Candidates with an ABD will be considered for a Lecturer appointment.

Because Cornell College values diversity and strives to create a welcoming community in which all individuals are respected and included, the entire campus community engages 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 teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse. (See our diversity statement here.)

The College is committed to excellence in teaching and encourages its faculty to develop teaching strategies that capitalize on our unique academic calendar. Our year is divided into eight 3½ week blocks in which students enroll in a single course. This academic calendar allows us the freedom to take students off-campus without impinging on other course commitments. In addition, class size is limited to 25 students, and upper-level courses are often smaller. Faculty teach 6 courses during the year with the other 2 blocks reserved for ongoing research projects, course preparations, or travel to academic meetings.

About Cornell College

Cornell College is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in teaching and the creation of a welcoming community in which all individuals are respected and included. Our innovative curriculum includes a focus on the essential abilities of writing, quantitative reasoning, and intercultural literacy as well as experiential learning. Cornell's one-at-a-time philosophy for courses and students fosters strong student engagement and close faculty-student relationships while allowing faculty freedom to design and carry out their classes, on campus or off.

Founded in 1853, Cornell's distinctive campus community reflects our ongoing pursuit of our core values. Always a coeducational institution, we were the first college west of the Mississippi to graduate both men and women and the first college in the country to afford a female faculty member the same title and pay as her male colleagues. Academic immersion, real world experience requirements through Ingenuity in Action, and unparalleled flexibility attract an ambitious student body from around the world. Three quarters of our students are from outside Iowa, representing 44 states and 13 foreign countries. Students of color comprise one-fifth of the student body.

Cornell's picturesque hilltop campus contains a mix of historic and modern facilities. Mount Vernon, Iowa, is a flourishing community with a vibrant arts scene, recognized by Frommer's as one of "America's Coolest Small Towns" and located in the heart of the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids technology corridor.

Interested applicants should submit the following materials here:

  • 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
  • Graduate transcript(s) (may be unofficial)
  • Teaching statement, describing teaching interests, experience, and philosophy, including examples of inclusive pedagogy
  • Names and contact information for a minimum of three references. Formal letters will be requested at a later date.

Applications will be reviewed beginning March 25, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.

For more information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

Any questions can be directed to Dr. Leslie Hankins, Department Chair and Professor of English 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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