Ecotone Postgraduate Fellow

Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The University of North Carolina Wilmington invites applications for a full-time Ecotone postgraduate fellow in the Department of Creative Writing, on a two-year, 12-month appointment, beginning Fall 2019. The successful candidate will engage in teaching and in scholarly and creative research as part of the Department of Creative Writing. They will teach one course in publishing and/or creative writing each semester, with all curricula emphasizing diversity and inclusion. Research will include assisting in editorial, managerial, and other projects for Ecotone, the award-winning literary magazine of place, as determined by the magazine’s needs and the candidate’s skills and interests, including marketing, promotion, and editing prose. The successful candidate will join a nationally recognized department that offers both a BFA and an MFA, as well as an undergraduate Certificate in Publishing

Minimum Requirements

• Completion of an MFA in writing or publishing, or an MA in publishing, no later than spring 2019, and no earlier than January 1, 2012

• At least two years of editorial experience, preferably with a literary magazine or press

• Experience teaching at the undergraduate level

List the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the essential functions of the position

Professional experience in editing, publishing and promotion

Strong organizational skills

Experience teaching at the undergraduate level

Preferred formal education, professional skills and work experience

Experience with design for literary publications

Relevant software knowledge including InDesign

Primary purpose of the division, department, and/or grant

The UNCW Department of Creative Writing is a community of deeply committed writers who believe that the creation of art is valuable to self and culture. Our faculty encourages a rigorous yet safe, supportive environment in which diverse writers can grow as artists and as individuals. We believe excellence starts with an informed application of craft and we encourage writers to explore aesthetics and methods across genre lines.

College/School Information

At UNCW, the College of Arts and Sciences provides the vital foundation for the university’s pursuit of excellence. Through our teaching, we educate students for lives of fulfillment in the twenty-first century. Through our research, we advance the state of knowledge and creativity in the arts and sciences. And through our outreach, we improve the quality of life in Southeastern North Carolina and beyond.

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. Guided by our Strategic Plan, the university is committed to nurturing a campus culture that reflects its values of diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation. A public institution with nearly 17,000 students, the university is focused on supporting and enhancing the student-centered learning experience that has been a hallmark since its founding in 1947. UNCW offers an array of programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is one of the 17 institutions that make up the UNC System.

EEO Statement

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is committed to and will provide equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs.

Applicant Instructions

Priority will be given to applications received by July 8, 2019, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, please complete the online application. A letter of application detailing professional experience and pedagogical philosophy, complete curriculum vita, and contact information (including e-mail address) for three current professional references should be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Anna Lena Phillips Bell, and attached to the online application, not e-mailed, mailed, or faxed. Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF attachments are required. In addition, please have three references forward their letters of recommendation to Megan Hubbard at with name of the applicant in the email’s subject heading; if they prefer, they may send hard copies to Anna Lena Phillips Bell, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Creative Writing, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 601 S. College Rd., Wilmington, NC 28403. Finalist candidates will be invited to complete an editing test. For questions regarding the online application process, please contact Human Resources (, ph. 910.962.3160. Please do not contact the Chair of the Department of Creative Writing or the Editor of Ecotone.

Months Per Year: 12 Months  Position Type: Time-limited

Anticipated Ending Date:  06/30/2021

Priority Consideration Information

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by the Priority Date of July 8, 2019; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted through the online application system to be considered.  Position details and full applicant instructions can be found at

Address application documents to: Anna Lena Phillips Bell