Margaret T. and Henry C. Bourne Chair in Poetry

The School of Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC) at Georgia Tech invites applications and nominations for the Margaret T. and Henry C. Bourne Chair in Poetry. The Bourne Chair will be a senior tenure-track faculty member, at the rank of advanced associate or full professor.

Candidates must have a Master in Fine Arts degree or Ph.D. in Creative Writing or a Ph.D. in English (or closely related degree area) from an accredited university. Candidates must possess an internationally recognized publication record in poetry, with multiple full-length collections from reputable presses. Ideal candidates must also be engaged in scholarship about poetics, with significant refereed publication in this or related areas of literary or cultural studies. Experience and publication in other genres (e.g., fiction, creative non-fiction, screenwriting, visual narratives, digital narratives, etc.) are also welcome. Ideal candidates must also be able to integrate the traditions of poetic practices and scholarship about poetics into a productive dialogue with other scholars in LMC—helping to articulate our mission of providing “humanistic perspectives in a technological world.” Candidates must also demonstrate a history of exceptional teaching with prior experience in teaching poetry writing and/or other genres of creative writing at the postsecondary level.

The successful candidate will be expected to build upon the Bourne Chair's long-established tradition of being an ambassador of poetry to students, faculty, staff, and alums at Georgia Tech. Candidates must be committed to fostering collaborations and connections between poetry and technology across the disciplines and within Georgia Tech’s Poetry@Tech and Arts@Tech programs. The incoming Bourne Chair will also serve as an ambassador of poetry to the thriving community of artists and art supporters in Atlanta and throughout the region.

Demonstrated leadership and administrative experience are highly preferred. Candidates should also have experience cultivating partnerships and professional relationships internally and externally, especially in the area of development and grant writing.

As a school, we believe diversity is foundational to creating the most intellectually vibrant and successful academic communities; therefore, we are committed to building and sustaining a socially just, equitable, and inclusive academic unit. The Georgia Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity employer whose academic core mission is based on the principles of inclusion, equity, diversity, and justice.

LMC offers established community partnerships. Its location at a public technological university in Atlanta, makes it an important international center for arts, media, and technology. The School supports multiple undergraduate and graduate degrees, and successful candidates will be expected to contribute to our undergraduate programs, as well as our Masters and Ph.D. Programs in Digital Media. For additional information about the School, consult our web site:

Nominations, which should include the name and contact information for the nominee, may be emailed to Dr. Karen Head, Chair, Bourne Chair Search:

Applicants should send a cover letter (containing a description of the applicant's publication record, research, and pedagogical approach), and a CV. Applications should be addressed to Chair, Bourne Search Committee, School of Literature, Media, and Communication and emailed as a single PDF to Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until October 31, 2017.