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Assistant Professor of Book Publishing
posted: Sept. 15, 2022
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Emerson College
Full Time
Boston, MA
Assistant Professor of Book Publishing

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The Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College seeks a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Book Publishing. The department seeks candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through teaching; other forms of engagement with students outside of the classroom; scholarly, creative, and/or professional work; and service activities. The appointment begins August 24, 2023 with a mandatory 2-day orientation August 24 & 25, 2023.

Emerson College believes the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus climate where everyone can thrive is only possible in an authentically inclusive, diverse, equitable, accessible, sustainable and socially just environment. As a community of storytellers, we continually strive to cultivate a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

The Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing is a vibrant community of scholars, writers, publishers, and designers with over 100 full- and part-time faculty members, 550 undergraduate majors, and 250 graduate students in its two Creative Writing MFA programs and Publishing and Writing MA program.

Emerson College enrolls over 5,800 graduate and undergraduate students from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. Its main campus is located in the dynamic, multicultural city of Boston. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson's commitment to inclusive excellence is supported by a range of resources such as the Office of Internationalization & Equity, the Social Justice Center, and the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Primary teaching responsibilities will include developing and teaching introductory to advanced-level undergraduate and graduate book publishing courses in both the residential and online programs. The current curriculum includes overview courses on the book publishing process and industry, as well as more specialized courses in areas such as editing, design, production, management, entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, publicity, and law. Additional responsibilities include academic advising, student mentorship, assisting in the admissions process, and serving on department and college committees.


The ideal candidate will have significant professional experience in the book publishing industry (such as in trade publishing for adults and/or children, academic/scholarly publishing, or professional publishing) and teaching experience in a professional or academic setting. A master's degree in publishing, journalism, or a related field is preferred. Candidates must have a demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues and/or students from diverse backgrounds. The ideal candidate will possess a keen and developed awareness of the issues around inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in the publishing industry, the teaching profession, and the classroom; candidates should demonstrate a commitment to addressing these issues in all of their courses and a willingness to adapt and expand their pedagogy as the cultural conversation around representation, privilege-based difference, and inclusive excellence continues to evolve. Candidates should demonstrate interest in a scholarly, creative, and/or professional work agenda that could result in a successful tenure case; details of tenure requirements can be found here:

To Apply:

Interested applicants must complete an online application form and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references (not to be contacted without applicant's written approval). The cover letter should address three items: the candidate's publishing experience with new audiences and/or new technologies; the candidate's teaching philosophy; and the candidate's approach to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.

Please note, in the job application where there is the "CV/Cover Letter/Additional Documents" drop box, you must include all of the required materials listed above. You can upload each document separately or as a combined PDF. Your application will not be complete without these documents.

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Preference will be given to applications received by October 30, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled.

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