Department of English, University of Texas at Arlington

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing

The Department of English at the University of Texas at Arlington invites applications for the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, with a specialization in poetry, to start in the Fall 2020 semester. The expected teaching load will be 2/2 in AY 2020–21 and then 3/2 or 2/2 thereafter, based upon the significance of the faculty member’s creative activity. The position also entails service, which includes mentoring creative writing students and serving on committees. The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and equity in education through their creative activity, teaching, and/or service.

We are seeking applications from active creative writers who can contribute to our vibrant MA and PhD programs and to our growing minor in Creative Writing. ABTs and ABDs will be considered, but candidates must have their MFA or PhD in Creative Writing or a closely aligned field by the time of appointment. Strong preference will be given to candidates who have published at least one book of poetry or who have such a book already under contract. Preference will be given to applicants who can also contribute to the Department by teaching lower- and upper-division courses in one or more of the following areas: language, literature, rhetoric, technical writing, theory, and writing/digital authoring. 

To apply, please go to (Position ID# F00173P) and submit the following by November 11, 2019 in order to ensure consideration:

  • A cover letter that describes the candidate’s interest in UTA, qualifications, creative work, teaching experience, and professional service and that addresses how the candidate’s creative activity, teaching, and service has or would support the success of a diverse student population.
  • A current CV.

The search committee will contact applicants should additional materials (i.e., three letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and a teaching portfolio) be required.

Preliminary Skype interviews will likely be held during late November or early December.

Please direct questions to the chair of the Creative Writing Search Committee, Dr. Cedrick May ( 

UTA is a Research-1 and HSI-designated university and an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Additionally, UTA prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. UTA is a tobacco-free campus.

Contact Information

Kevin Porter, Chair and Associate Professor
Department of English
203 Carlisle Hall
University of Texas at Arlington
Contact Phone: 
(817) 272-5484
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