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Job Alert: Stanford Storytelling Project

Stanford University is seeking a full-time Lecturer for the Stanford Storytelling Project. This will be a two year fixed-term appointment beginning August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2021, with the possibility of re-appointment.

The Stanford Storytelling Project (SSP) is an arts program that teaches students how to use story craft and practices to create personal and social change. The program sponsors courses, workshops, grants, and a live event series that give students an opportunity to appreciate the way stories work, work on us, and can work for us. SSP explores all forms of stories, from myth to memoir, in all kinds of media, from print to performance, and produces two podcasts that feature the research and creative work of the Stanford community.

The SSP Lecturer will offer instruction in oral, audio, and/or multimedia storytelling craft in a variety of settings across the university and will support the activities and initiatives of SSP. There are three areas of responsibility: (1) teaching, (2) mentoring, and (3) managing podcast production and undergraduate grant program. The SSP Lecturer will develop and teach 2-3 courses per year in oral, audio, and multimedia forms of storytelling in nonfiction genres such as memoir, documentary, and the essay, and as well as design and deliver stand-alone workshops in courses across the curriculum. They will closely mentor grant recipients, SSP student staff, and other students in narrative craft, practices, and media production. Finally, the SSP Lecturer will act as Managing Editor of SSP’s student-produced podcasts, overseeing all aspects of the production process, from initial show development through distribution, and supervise the small, undergraduate grant program.

Though these duties largely correspond to the academic year, there are also some program and planning duties in the summer months. The SSP Lecturer reports to the Stanford Storytelling Project Manager.

Qualifications:

Applicants should hold an advanced degree (Ph.D. preferred) in a field focused on narrative craft such as Documentary Studies, Oral History, Journalism, Creative Nonfiction, or English. They should have at least two years of experience teaching university-level courses in producing nonfiction stories in print or non-print media; these might be courses in documentary production, creative nonfiction, or in other fields that concentrate on narrative theory, craft, and practices to produce creative work. Applicants should also have at least two years of experience making long-form, nonfiction audio or mixed media stories for radio, podcast, or the web. Finally, they should have demonstrated knowledge of oral and audio storytelling forms, trends, and programs, an understanding of pedagogy in teaching narrative craft, and the organizational and leadership skills to manage the production of podcasts such as SSP’s State of the Human.

Application Instructions:

To learn more about the Stanford Storytelling Project, visit the website at http://storytelling.stanford.edu. If you have questions about the Storytelling Project or the position, write to Jonah Willihnganz, jonahw@stanford.eduTo apply and to view a more detailed job description, please follow the instructions found at: http://apply.interfolio.com/58826

Please submit a letter of application outlining your experience and interests in teaching and practicing the craft of storytelling (especially in nonprint, nonfiction forms), curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and a teaching philosophy statement to Jonah Willihnganz, Director, Stanford Storytelling Project. For full consideration of an application, all required materials must be uploaded to Interfolio. Deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. PST, February 1, 2019.

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