Visiting Fellow Positions, Department of Writing, Grand Valley State University

The Department of Writing is seeking to fill several full-time, non-tenure-line positions in Composition and Writing. Our Visiting Fellows teach 11 or 12 credits per semester (depending on course credits this could work out as either a 3/3 or 3/4 load), mainly first-year or junior-level writing, but there is also some opportunity to teach introductory creative writing or other creative or professional writing courses as fits the faculty's experience and preparation. Composition courses include developmental writing, first-year composition, and junior-level writing across the curriculum courses. We offer a one-year contract, renewable for up to three years. Salary is in the mid 30s and includes health benefits. This position is designed for recent PhDs or MFAs planning to seek permanent positions elsewhere. In order to help our Visiting Fellows in their continuing job searches, we provide mentoring, research support, and teaching reviews, and we help pay expenses for those interviewing at the annual MLA convention. Applicants are encouraged to review the department website for details about our curriculum.

Application screening begins May 1. Appointments begin August 17. Send cover letter and C.V. to Professor Dan Royer, Chair, Department of Writing, Lake Ontario Hall, Allendale, MI 49401. For questions about this position, contact Professor Ander Monson, Chair of the Search Committee (

A typical semester schedule for these faculty who have a creative writing background includes two first-year comp courses and an Introduction to Creative Writing (or a drama workshop). If the visitor has a professional writing background, it might be two first-year composition courses and a business writing course.

The typical hire is a recent PhD or MFA that needs an interesting and supportive place to work while they look for tenure-track jobs elsewhere. Over the last seven or eight years of offering this position, nearly every one of our visitors has gone on to a tenure-track position. In a few cases, our visitors have received fellowships like the Emerging Writer Fellowship at Gettysburg College or the Stegner Fellowship at Stanford.

Working in a Department of Writing offers visiting faculty unique opportunities to be involved with an innovative first-year composition program. The department includes 12 tenure-track writing faculty with creative and professional writing backgrounds and a growing community of creative and professional writing students (170 majors). Grand Valley State (Allendale) is 20 minutes west of Grand Rapids, the second largest city in Michigan.

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