University of Minnesota

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Fiction)

The MFA in Creative Writing program in the Department of English at University of Minnesota seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Creative Writing – Fiction beginning in August 2022. Our nationally recognized creative writing program is embedded in the Twin Cities, which are famous for their vibrant literary culture. Though our winters may be cold, the community in our program and beyond is warm, welcoming, and full of enthusiastic support for writing and the arts.

Responsibilities include a 2/2 teaching load of graduate and undergraduate creative writing courses, as well as advising graduate students and serving on thesis committees. Appropriate terminal degree (MFA or PhD) in English, creative writing, or a related field in hand by August 29, 2022; significant national publications with at least one book of fiction (a novel, short story collection, or flash fiction collection) in print or under contract, demonstrated potential for future excellence as a fiction writer and teacher, and demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusivity are required. Since its founding, the University of Minnesota's creative writing program has encouraged student writers to work across genres and forms. While our focus for this position is on fiction writing – short stories, flash, and novels -- applicants are welcome to address the full range of their genre expertise.

Apply at https://humanresources.umn.edu/content/f... and search for job ID #342841. Deadline is October 15.

Applicants should upload a brief cover letter (500-750 words) in which you characterize your work, situate yourself in the field of creative writing, discuss the shape of your career and plans for future growth. In addition, please upload a teaching statement and diversity statement (each approximately 750 words), curriculum vitae, and a writing sample of approximately 15,000 words. Finalists will be asked to provide contact information for three academic or professional references, as well as academic transcripts. Deadline is October 15. Please email Holly Vanderhaar at vande629@umn.edu with questions.

We especially encourage applications from candidates whose creative works, teaching, and service have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusivity in higher education. An Equal Opportunity Employer, University of Minnesota encourages diversity and welcomes applicants from groups historically underrepresented in higher education.  

Contact Information

Holly Vanderhaar, Coordinator
Creative Writing Program
310 Pillsbury Drive S.E.
111 Pillsbury Hall
Minneapolis
MN
55455
Contact Phone: 
(612) 625-4360
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