Stony Brook Southampton

Assistant or Associate Professor, Creative Writing

The Creative Writing Program at Stony Brook seeks a fiction or creative nonfiction writer for its lively undergraduate and graduate programs to start September 1, 2020. Successful applicants will have significant publication (at least one book from a respected press), an MFA or PhD in creative writing (or an exceptionally strong record of publication), and evidence of successful teaching at the graduate and/or undergraduate level. We especially welcome candidates with leadership experience, inside academia or out, as, for example, building a reading series or editing a literary journal, and candidates with competence in a second genre, including genre fiction. We encourage applications from women, writers of color, LGBTQ writers, writers with disabilities, and any others who contribute to the diversity of our faculty. Finally, we seek candidates with experience in teaching culturally diverse curricula. 

This full-time tenure track position in fiction or creative nonfiction carries a 3/2 teaching load for Assistant Professors and a 2/2 load for Associates. Our faculty of working writers lead workshops, teach “read like a writer” literature courses, direct graduate and undergraduate theses, and otherwise support the artistic aims of our diverse student body across two campuses, located within an hour’s commute of each other. Faculty members with leadership roles receive course release. 

Creative Writing is the flagship program in an entrepreneurial, innovative department that also offers programs in film, podcasts, children’s literature, and the culinary arts. During July, we present the Southampton Writers Conference. Imagine Wednesdays and Writers Speak, our two reading series, bring writers of national reputation in all literary genres to both campuses; The Southampton Review, our graduate literary magazine, publishes original writing and artwork from established and emerging voices. BookEnds is a selective, post-MFA, one-year mentorship program for book-length manuscripts in fiction and nonfiction. Our BFA in Creative Writing is headquartered at Stony Brook; the MFA is in Southampton, with a secondary location at our Manhattan Center for Creative Writing and Film. 

Please submit a cover letter addressing your qualifications, c.v., statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabus, and list of three references, along with a State Employment Application. Applications may be accepted online at (Job ID Number: #F-10057-19-07) or via email to

The deadline to apply is October 15, 2019. 

Stony Brook University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educator.

Contact Information

Julie Sheehan, Search Chair
Department of Creative Writing & Literature
Stony Brook Southampton
239 Montauk Hwy CH 238
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