Shenandoah Editor and Visiting Assistant Professor of English

The Department of English at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a three-year position beginning Fall 2018, with a possibility of renewal. The successful candidate will serve as Editor-In-Chief of the distinguished online literary magazine Shenandoah, with technological assistance from the Digital Humanities Action Team (DHAT). In addition, the person hired will teach two courses per semester plus, every other year, a seminar in our four-week Spring Term. Two of those 4.5 annual courses will be practicums in literary publishing: the Shenandoah internship. The others will be creative writing workshops, preferably including some fiction writing, with a first-year writing seminar every other year. The biannual Spring Term course may concern publishing, Digital Humanities, or a related field. Innovative approaches are welcome: we seek full integration of Shenandoah production into our English and Creative Writing curricula, to give our undergraduates more experience in literary culture, editing, publicity, web design, and the many technologies supporting these activities. Opportunities exist for participation in interdisciplinary endeavors, including Africana Studies; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Poverty and Human Capability; Environmental Studies; Latin American and Caribbean Studies; and Film and Visual Culture.

Applicants should have an M.F.A. or Ph.D. in Creative Writing or a closely related field; substantial editorial experience (two or more years preferred), including familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style; a good publication record; strong teaching potential; expertise with digital media; and familiarity with the principles of graphic design. As Editor-in-Chief, the successful candidate will:

  • Develop the mission and vision of the journal.
  • Plan the overall design of the journal, including its features and appearance, with assistance from DHAT.
  • Oversee the selection of prose, poetry, and art to be published in the journal.
  • Oversee production, including layout and proofreading, with assistance from student interns and DHAT.
  • Manage Shenandoah's budget.
  • Correspond with authors about revisions and to issue contracts, payments, and tax forms (or supervise student assistants in these tasks).
  • Maintain Shenandoah's presence in the literary community through social media, at the annual AWP conference, and at other regional festivals and events.
  • Work with the English Department to ensure lively mutual exchange between Shenandoah and other aspects of the curriculum. Collaboration with other departments and cohorts, including interdisciplinary programs, is not required but welcome.

Via Interfolio (, please submit 1) a cover letter detailing your qualifications and editorial philosophy; 2) your curriculum vitae, including information about editorial experience; and 3) a 10-20 page writing sample by October 11 to ensure full consideration. Three confidential recommendation letters and evidence of editorial effectiveness will be requested of semifinalists in early November, and interviews conducted via Skype in December. Washington and Lee, an EEO Employer, values inclusivity and encourages women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Washington and Lee University is located in Lexington, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley, about three hours from Washington, D.C. As one of the nation's best liberal arts colleges, W&L places a high priority on recruiting and retaining a top-notch faculty, providing generous support for summer work and professional travel. Our students are excellent and we work with them closely as mentors and advisors. The average class size across disciplines is 16 and the student-to-faculty ratio is 9:1. Creative writing workshops have a firm cap of 15 and the internship typically enrolls 5 to 10 students. W&L is also notable for its national and international student body: students live in 48 states and the District of Columbia and hold citizenships in 47 other countries. Shenandoah is an acclaimed literary magazine with an international reputation, publishing poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and reviews. It was founded in 1950 by a group of Washington and Lee professors and undergraduates, Tom Wolfe among them.