Children’s Literature On-Site Program Administrator

(updated 5/24/22)

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.

Position Qualifications

The ideal candidate will hold an 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 and at least three years of teaching experience. The successful candidate will possess refined narrative image-making skills in the areas of design, multimedia tools, and drawing/composition, and have experience across multiple genres (i.e., picture book, middle school, and young adult literature). Additionally, they will be someone with excellent communication skills who can teach a variety of courses on the writing and illustrating of children’s books and who has experience with or a strong interest in working with international students. A bachelor’s degree and comparable teaching experience and scholarly/creative activity will be considered in lieu of a terminal degree. Experience in online learning environments is preferred.

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. Review of applications will begin July 15, 2022. The selected candidate will be asked to submit official transcripts to the Graduate Programs and Continuing Studies Office and will also be subject to a criminal history background check.

About Hollins University

Hollins is an independent, liberal arts university offering undergraduate education for women and selected graduate programs for men and women. Founded in 1842 as Virginia’s oldest chartered women’s college, Hollins provides abundant opportunities to students for research, study abroad, and leadership training and provides access to real-world experience through internships around the globe supported by an extensive alumnae/i network.

Hollins is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity at every level of the university. Persons of all genders; persons with disabilities; persons of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; and first-generation college graduates are encouraged to apply.

For more information about Hollins, please visit our website.