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Tenure Status Non-Tenure Track
If temporary, start date and end date of appointment
Job Number FSC00165
Department The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians
College College of Letters and Sciences
Open Date 01/23/2017
Close Date 04/01/2017
Open Until Filled No
Start Date 09/01/2017
Full Part Time Part Time
Regular or Temporary Temporary
Position End Date (if temporary) 12/01/2017
Job Summary

Named in honor of Carson’s parents, The Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers was inspired by McCullers’ experience at the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference in Vermont and, especially, the Yaddo Arts Colony in Saratoga Springs, New York. To honor the contribution of these writers’ residences to McCullers’ work, the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians awards fellowships for writers to spend time in McCullers’ childhood home in Columbus, Georgia. The fellowships are intended to afford the writers in residence uninterrupted time to dedicate to their work, free from the distractions of daily life and other professional responsibilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Marguerite and Lamar Fellowship for Writers will be offered for the fall semester of 2017, the fellowship to begin the first of September and to end the first of December. During this period of time, the Smith/McCullers Fellow will reside in a spacious private apartment in Carson McCullers’ childhood home, the Smith-McCullers House. The Fellow will be provided with a stipend of $5000 to cover costs of transportation, food and other incidentals. Fellowship recipients will be required to introduce or advance their work through reading or workshop/forum presentations. The Fellow will work with the McCullers Center Director to plan a presentation near the end of the residency.

The Smith-McCullers House is located on a quiet residential street in a historic neighborhood in Columbus, Georgia. The Fellow will reside in a spacious private apartment occupying one-half of the Smith-McCullers House. The remainder of the house serves as the Smith-McCullers house Museum and as the offices for the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians. Because the house operates as a museum and outreach Center, events and tours frequently occur in the upper part of the home during the Fellow’s time here. However, the apartment is comprised of a large living/writing/sleeping room, a private bathroom, and a private entrance, allowing Fellows to work without interruption or disturbance by the Center and Museum. The kitchen is shared by the Fellow and the Center. The Center uses the kitchen for special events throughout the fall, in which the Fellow is always invited to participate.

The apartment is adequately furnished; Fellows need bring only their personal belongings. The Carson McCullers Center provides utilities (except for long distance telephone service), general property maintenance, a computer and online service. Fellows are welcome, of course, to bring their own computers if they prefer. Since public transportation in the Columbus area leaves something to be desired, an automobile would prove more than useful; however, there are grocery stores, post offices, and other services within walking distance, so an automobile is not an absolute necessity. Still, an automobile is highly recommended. A spouse or companion is welcome, but children and pets will not be allowed.

Minimum Qualifications

All creative writers will be considered, including writers of poetry, drama, non-fiction, fiction, and any other genre.

Preferred Qualifications
Salary Range
Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin April 1, 2017. All applications will be acknowledged, and finalists will be chosen and scheduled for telephone interviews with the selection committee by May 15. After each finalist completes a telephone interview, a Fellow will be chosen by the selection committee, to be announced June 1. Columbus State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, Committed to Diversity in Hiring.

Please e-mail two confidential letters of recommendation that are sent directly from references, university placement services or other professional services (e.g., Interfolio) to or mail to: Human Resources Office, Attention: The Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship, Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, Georgia 31907.

A successful criminal background check will be required as a condition of employment.

Required Documents to Submit with Online Application

• Cover Letter/Letter of Application – Please explain why you would make a suitable fellow, as well as the nature and extent of the work you intend to complete during the 3-month residency

• Curriculum Vitae
• 20 page Writing Sample

Contact Information

For questions, contact Dr. Nick Norwood, Director, Carson McCullers Center at (706) 565-4021 or

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Writing Sample
Optional Documents