Adjunct Faculty - Non-Fiction Writing (graduate level)

Requisition #: A-72879-2

Status: Part Time

Type: Faculty

School: Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Department/Program: Advanced Academic Programs

Location City: Washington

Location State: DC

Location Zip Code: 20036

Closing Date: Open until filled

General Description

490.656 - Nonfiction Techniques

490.670 - Nonfiction Workshop

490.665 - Combined Workshop and Readings in Memoir

490.690 - Travel Writing Workshop

Institution Description:

The Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) is a division of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU).  As the nation's oldest and one of the most prestigious research universities, Johns Hopkins offers high-quality master's degrees and post-baccalaureate education to students in the mid-Atlantic region and online.  In addition to the online programs, AAP also offers master's degrees and graduate certificate programs at its Washington, DC Center, Montgomery County Campus and at the Homewood campus in Baltimore, MD.  AAP enrolls almost 5,000 students each academic year.  JHU is committed to hiring candidates who, through their teaching and service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Position Description:

The Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) division seeks non-tenure track adjunct faculty to teach the online nonfiction writing courses 490.656 - Nonfiction Techniques, 490.670 - Nonfiction Workshop, 490.665 - Combined Workshop and Readings in Memoir, and 490.690 - Travel Writing Workshop in the MA in Writing ProgramOpportunities to teach these already-developed courses will begin in Summer 2020. The MA in Writing Program is a craft-based program with students in the fiction and nonfiction concentrations. Of particular interest are candidates who have experience engaging students from diverse backgrounds.


Course Descriptions

490.656 - Nonfiction Techniques

The intensive reading and writing exercises of this foundation course help students gather information and transform it into clear, creative prose - whether in literary essay and memoir or journalistic forms such as profiles, reviews or opinion. Reporting techniques include interviewing, personal observation, and examining documents. Writing techniques include structure, quotation, detail, word choice, transition and revision. This core course is required for all incoming nonfiction students prior to enrolling in a workshop.


490.670 - Nonfiction Workshop

These general workshops give students extensive experience in writing and revising their factual work, regardless of topic or form. Submissions are critiqued by peers as well as by the instructor. Students typically submit two to four essays, articles or book chapters. Revisions, exercises and readings also are required.

490.665 - Combined Workshop and Readings in Memoir

Writers have long enjoyed a major impact on contemporary thought by producing compelling essays about personal experiences, feelings, or ideas. This innovative experience allows students to earn either Nonfiction Workshop credit or a Nonfiction reading elective credit in a single, combined course. The workshop component allows students to experiment with memoir and the personal essay as distinct forms and as explorations of the self, while the reading component focuses on essay and memoir both short and long, with the goal of deeper understanding of these popular writing forms.

490.690 - Travel Writing Workshop

The best travel writers weave a rich "sense of place"-- a trait also crucial to literary fiction, memoir, and creative nonfiction. The telling detail, apt metaphor, historical reference, cultural connection, and vivid character sketch, coupled with reflections that link these observations to broader themes, can elevate travel writing beyond the guidebook. In this specialized nonfiction workshop, students complete exercises, hear guest speakers, and analyze the works of acclaimed writers such as Jan Morris, Barry Lopez, Ian Frazier, and Jonathan Raban. Students may be asked to visit an assigned nearby location to prepare writing.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in Nonfiction Writing or in a relevant field, such as Journalism, English, or Creative Writing, with a master's degree at minimum
  • 1-3 years teaching experience in Nonfiction Writing, Creative Writing, or Journalism
  • 1-3 publications (electronic or print) of original nonfiction in books, journals, magazines or newspapers 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A terminal degree in Nonfiction Writing or in a relevant field, such as Journalism, English, or  Creative Writing
  • 1-3 years of graduate level experience teaching Nonfiction Writing, Journalism or Creative Writing
  • Online teaching experience
  • The background to teach a wide variety of courses, including nonfiction workshops and techniques courses and reading courses that include both fiction and nonfiction.


Application Instructions

Application Instructions:

The position will remain open until filled.

Candidates must submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching statement, including your approach to teaching an online nonfiction workshop
  • Teaching evaluations for three most recently taught courses if applicant has teaching experience.
  • References upon request


The selected candidates will be expected to undergo a background check and to submit proof of educational attainment.

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