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CUNY Distinguished Lecturer / Program Director- MFA Program (Creative Writing) in New York, New York

Distinguished Lecturer / Program Director- MFA Program (Creative Writing)

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Hunter College

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Performs teaching duties in area(s) of expertise. Distinguished Lecturers are experienced practitioners or teachers who hold full-time, non-tenure track position with a maximum appointment period of seven years, subject to annual reappointment.

The MFA Program in Creative Writing invites applicants for a Distinguished Lecturer position to serve as director of this renowned program. We seek a fiction writer of national/international stature, someone with an outstanding publishing record and major recognition by the literary community. Leadership experience in a writing MFA would be an asset. You will both direct our three genre MFA program—fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry—and teach in the graduate program. Teaching duties include fiction workshops/craft courses, supervising fiction graduate theses, and conducting admissions. The director works in close cooperation with creative nonfiction and poetry faculty in hiring new faculty, overseeing the Distinguished Writers Series, and providing leadership in creating a supportive and vital atmosphere for students and faculty alike. The director also serves as a liaison between the English Department and the MFA program, as well as working closely with the President’s Office and the Dean’s Office in hiring and retaining new and current faculty, fundraising, and in articulating long-range program goals both inside Hunter College and to the wider community beyond Hunter.

Hunter is committed to active engagement with students and the community at large, and embraces equity, inclusiveness, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work.

The department faculty promotes advanced scholarship and creative expression, seeks to have a positive impact on the diverse communities we serve, and fosters the success of our students in their academic studies and as innovative writers and artists.


MFA or equivalent in publication record required. Also required is the ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.


Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.


Salary commensurate with academic accomplishments and experience.($50,512 - $139,076)

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


Applications must be submitted online by accessing the CUNY Portal on City University of New York job website To search for this vacancy, click on SEARCH ALL POSTINGS and in SEARCH JOBS field, enter the Job Opening ID number 26162

Click on the "APPLY NOW" button and follow the application instructions. Current users of the site should access their established accounts; new users should follow the instructions to set up an account. Please have your documents available to attach into the application before you begin. Note, the required material must be uploaded as ONE document under CV/ Resume (do not upload individual files for a cover letter, references, etc.). The document must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text format- and name of file should not exceed ten (10) characters – also DO NOT USE SYMBOLS (such as accents (é, è, (â, î or ô), ñ, ü, ï , –, _or ç)).

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please include:

  • Statement of scholarly interests

  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume

  • Names and contact information of 3 references

Upload all documents as ONE single file-- PDF format preferred


The search will remain open until the position is filled. The committee will begin reviewing complete applications30 days after posting, February 10, 2023. Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if the position/s remain open after initial round.


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