A. Van Jordan has been named the first Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor. He will teach in the master’s degree program in creative writing and in the English department on the Newark campus of Rutgers University. Since 2009, Jordan has been a full professor at the University of Michigan. Earlier, he taught at the University of Texas, the University of North Carolina Greensboro, the College of New Rochelle in New York, and Prince George’s Community College in Maryland.
Professor Jordan is the author of four collections of poetry including his latest work The Cineaste (W.W. Norton, 2013). He has won the Pushcart Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.
A native of Ohio, Professor Jordan is a graduate of Wittenberg University. He holds a master’s degree in communications from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina