Murray State University

Watkins Visiting Professor in Residency

The Department of English and Philosophy at Murray State invites applications for the Watkins Endowed Professor of Creative Writing, fiction concentration. This is a visiting, one-year position with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

The Watkins professor will teach one, 3-credit hour undergraduate course each semester in nontraditional fiction. These courses could include, contingent upon professional interest: digital narrative, game narrative, screenwriting, young adult fiction, horror, fantasy, detective or science fiction, etc.

In addition to teaching, the Watkins professor will be responsible for organizing three creative writing-related events or activities per semester on campus or in the community, should be willing to collaborate with other faculty, and may serve as the faculty advisor to the Creative Writing Club.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

MFA/PhD degree in English or Creative Writing with a fiction specialization by August 2020. Distinguished record of fiction publications required. Evidence of teaching effectiveness.

Application Requirements:

Complete an application at

Along with the application, the following items must be included:

  • Letter of application addressing qualifications, teaching experience, and relevant creative/scholarly projects
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of transcripts
  • Proposal for two courses (1–2 paragraphs per course)
  • Fiction sample of 20–25 pages

Application Closing Date: 12/16/2019

Contact Information

Dr. Carrie Jerrell
Department of English and Philosophy
7C Faculty Hall
Murray State University
Contact Phone: 
(270) 809-4723
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