Children’s Literature On-Site Program Administrator

Hollins University

Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia invites applications for the full-time Children’s Literature On-Site Program Administrator. This staff position has responsibility for the administration and guidance of the new year-round residential option across Hollins’ distinguished graduate programs in Children’s Literature.

About the Program

In 1992, the summer Children’s Literature graduate program began offering both literature and creative writing courses toward an M.A. in Children’s Literature. The popularity of creative writing led to the addition of an M.F.A. in Children’s Literature in 2005. In 2011, the program added a Certificate in Illustration, followed in 2015 by an M.F.A. in Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books, both of which were designed by and taught by visiting faculty. Since all of the Children’s Literature degree programs have overlapping requirements, adding a year-round option for the M.F.A. in Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books will provide the structure for students in any other Children’s Literature track to complete their degrees faster. The year-round option will also permit international students to more easily enroll in the program.

About the Position

The Children’s Literature On-Site Program Administrator will serve as the program liaison, advisor, and academic support person for students enrolled in the new year-round residential program. They will hold regular office hours for program students to seek assistance as needed with academic, residential, or student life issues. This position will report to the program director and assist as needed with marketing and recruitment planning for the program, and will establish and coordinate internships for students enrolled in the year-long program. Additionally, the administrator will teach three or four courses per year primarily at the graduate level and geared toward international and residential students. The teaching load will typically include one course during the six-week summer session which may include online or hybrid courses.

Responsibilities

Teach classes

Recruit and advise students

Manage student life and support services

Requirements

M.F.A. or Ph.D. in either Illustration or Creative Writing or a related academic discipline and be proficient in both areas with a relevant publishing record.

At least three years of teaching experience.

Skills in the areas of design, multimedia tools, and drawing/composition,

Experience across multiple genres (i.e., picture book, middle school, and young adult literature).

How to Apply

Application Process

Screening of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit the following materials:

A cover letter;

A curriculum vitae; and

A statement about how your experience or philosophy in contemporary children’s literature has a diversity, equity, and inclusion focus which will enhance the institution’s efforts to support these values and an increasingly diverse student population.

Candidates advanced to the second stage of review will be invited to submit the following materials:

Evidence of effective teaching;

Names and contact information for three professional references who can address the candidate’s qualifications; and

Unofficial copy of graduate school transcripts.

Applicants should submit materials to hollinshr@hollins.edu.

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Posted on June 17