Cleveland Institute of Art

Assistant/Associate Professor of Creative Writing

The Liberal Arts Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art invites applications for two full-time ­­faculty positions in Creative Writing at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin in Fall 2023. We seek applicants whose education, teaching, professional experiences, and creative activity and/or scholarship reflect the following: 

  • Familiarity with writing pedagogies that are student-centric, process-based, and culturally informed
  • Ability to teach in at least one of the following areas: fiction, screenwriting, graphic narratives, creative nonfiction, poetry, hybrid forms
  • Ability to teach introductory composition courses for a diverse population of students of art and design
  • Interest in service that will contribute to our campus community and to connections across curricular areas, including through initiatives that support diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice

Applicants should hold an MFA or PhD in Creative Writing, English, Composition, or a related field or have equivalent professional experience. They should have published at least one book or have a record of comparable professional activity, such as significant experience in editing and publishing, journalism, entertainment, or related fields. Preferred qualifications include teaching experience at the college level, especially with students of art and design; a record of supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom or professional contexts; lived experiences that will contribute to their support of CIA’s diverse student population; and an interest in service and leadership roles. We especially welcome applications from members of groups that have been marginalized or underrepresented in writing disciplines and higher education and whose creative practice, research, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at CIA. 

The successful candidate will teach three courses each semester in creative writing, first-year writing, and/or literary studies, such as Fiction Writing, Screenwriting, Graphic Narratives, Art of the Personal Essay, Poetry Writing, Creative Writing Senior Seminar, Writing and Inquiry I, Writing and Inquiry II, and Narrative Forms. They will also maintain their creative or scholarly practice and contribute service to the department and college. Service will include participation in areas such as assessment, curriculum design, and the coordination of a robust minor in Creative Writing, as well as contributions to initiatives in diversity, equity, and inclusion, such as development of teaching resources and mentorship of students.

Applications received by October 2 will be given full consideration. Applicants should submit the following: 

  1. Curriculum Vitae  
  2. Letter of Interest – Applicants should outline their qualifications and interest in contributing teaching and service as a part of CIA’s creative community of artists, designers, writers, and scholars
  3. Statement on Diversity and Teaching – Applicants should comment on their ability to contribute meaningfully to our ongoing commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and individual differences and describe how they integrate a diverse range of practices and perspectives into their teaching  
  4. Portfolio of Work (a PDF of up to 20 pages of creative work).

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Initial interviews will take place by video conference. Finalists will be interviewed through campus visits. Reference checks will be conducted for finalists. Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States on or before July 1, 2023. Salary is $54-62K per year.

Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) is committed to increasing diversity in our community and actively pursues individuals from all backgrounds. Additionally, CIA complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws and provides equal opportunity in all educational programs and activities, admission of students and conditions of employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, gender identity or national origin.

About CIA

The Cleveland Institute of Art is one of the nation's leading accredited independent colleges of art and design. Since 1882, the college has been an educational cornerstone in Cleveland, Ohio, producing graduates competitive as studio artists, designers, photographers, contemporary craftspeople, and educators. With approximately 600 students, CIA offers a personal educational experience with the benefits of a larger institution. Students choose from 13 majors and live and work in Cleveland’s University Circle, one of the country’s most unique cultural centers – recently named by USA Today as the “Best Arts District” in the country. 

The mission of CIA is to cultivate creative leaders who inspire people, strengthen communities, and contribute to a thriving and sustainable economy through an innovative education in art and design.  Visit our website at:

Contact Information

Rachael Sauber, Manager of Operations
Academic Affairs
11610 Euclid Ave
Contact Phone: 
(216) 421-7411
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