Northern Kentucky University

Assistant Professor Creative Writing - Fiction

The Department of English at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) invites applications for a tenure-track position in Creative Writing—Fiction. While all types of fiction writing and genres will be considered, there is a preferred focus on African American, Latinx, LGBTQ+, and/or other underrepresented writing.

We seek a dynamic teacher with a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, as well as an emerging fiction writer with publications in fiction and potential for future publications in fiction.

Located just seven miles from downtown Cincinnati in a region offering an outstanding quality of life, Northern Kentucky University is a nationally recognized metropolitan university committed to active engagement with the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region of nearly 2 million people. NKU is built on core values that emphasize multidimensional excellence, learner-centered education, access across the lifespan, civic engagement, diversity and multiculturalism, innovation, collegiality, and collaboration across disciplines and professional fields. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining faculty who have both the interest and ability to work across the full breadth of the university’s teaching, research and public engagement mission. For additional information on Northern Kentucky University visit

The position entails teaching a 4/4 load in creative writing and composition courses in our undergraduate and graduate programs. Examples of courses to be taught include Novel Writing, Fiction Workshop, and Theory & Craft of Creative Writing. The position also requires maintaining an active record of creative work and publication.

In addition, our department encourages and supports the development of new courses to meet student interest and demand. Preference will be given to candidates who can teach students with diverse and wide-ranging interests in fiction, including genre fiction, and to candidates dedicated to teaching students how to submit their work for publication.

This position requires a commitment to service activities including advising the student literary journal, serving on faculty committees, and community outreach.

MFA or PhD required. ABD considered.

To apply, please submit a Cover Letter, CV, Teaching Philosophy, and Diversity Statement. In your CV, please include a section where you list courses that you have taught.

Please do not submit additional materials at this time. We will contact candidates at a later date to request three letters of recommendation and a 10-page writing sample in fiction (either a complete short story or an excerpt of a longer story or novel, briefly-contextualized).

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Full consideration will be given to applications submitted by November 8th.

Any candidate selected for this position will be required to undergo a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law.

Northern Kentucky University embraces inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work and seek excellence through diversity among our students, administrators, faculty, and staff. Application by members of diverse groups is encouraged.

We are an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution.

Contact Information

John Alberti, Professor and Chair
Nunn Drive
Highland Heights
Contact Phone: 
(859) 572-5619
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