University of Montana

Assistant/Associate/Full Professors, Creative Writing Program

The University of Montana’s Department of English invites applications for two full-time tenure-track positions in its premier creative writing program. We expect to make the hires from a single diverse pool of applicants with distinguished early-career records in fiction-writing and evidence of successful teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The position includes teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, supervising graduate students’ theses, advising/mentoring students, and publishing creative works.


Required: An MFA or PhD degree in creative writing; at least one book-length work of fiction published by a reputable literary press and significant publications in literary journals and/or magazines; evidence of successful teaching.

Desirable: Ability to teach in other writing genres, including creative nonfiction and interdisciplinary courses; writing program administration experience.

Position details:

The new faculty members will join one of the oldest and most respected MFA programs in the nation, anchoring its storied fiction emphasis. Our graduates include many of the most well-regarded and critically acclaimed writers at work today, including two Pulitzer Prize winners and scores who regularly publish in top literary venues and teach in notable MFA programs.  Our acclaimed faculty frequently receive state, national, and international awards for their publications.

The creative writing faculty typically teach a graduate workshop and a graduate course in techniques or special topics, as well as two upper-level undergraduate workshops in a given year. Faculty are also expected to advise/mentor students and serve on university committees. The B.A. in English and the MFA in Creative Writing requirements include a substantial literature component. Visit for more information about our program.

UM is located in Missoula, Montana, a vibrant small city with a flourishing arts scene, many social and cultural amenities, superb medical facilities, and close proximity to exciting outdoor recreation opportunities.  UM has a culture that values hard work, intellectual curiosity, diversity, collegiality, and innovative thinking, making it a great place to grow professionally.  Located in the heart of western Montana’s stunning natural landscape, UM attracts excellent teachers, researchers, and students from around the world.  UM, the College of Humanities and Sciences, and the Department of English embrace diversity as a core value and welcome applications from persons with diverse backgrounds.  Visit for more information about UM.


Rank and salary commensurate with qualifications. Health and retirement benefits are included.

How to Apply:

Application deadline: November 1, 2019.

Start date: August 22, 2020.

Required application materials:

  • A  letter of interest, describing qualifications for the position
  • A Curriculum Vitae, listing education, publications, work experience
  • Name and contact information for three (3) references who can speak to the candidate’s creative work, teaching and collaborative skills

Semi-finalists for the position will be asked to send publications at a later date and to be available for video interviews, after which the finalists will participate in campus interviews

Important: Applications must be submitted through the UM online applicant system to be considered. No exceptions. For a full position description, list of materials and instructions to apply, visit

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Contact Information

Deirdre McNamer, Search Committee Chair
University of Montana
32 Campus Drive
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