Literature Department: Assistant Professor, Creative Writing (Fiction) and Literature

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Literature Department: Assistant Professor, Creative Writing (Fiction) and Literature (open until filled, initial review 10/18/19)


Recruitment Period

Open date: July 31st, 2019

Next review date: Friday, Oct 18, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenure-track position in Creative Writing and Literature. The Department is seeking a fiction writer with secondary expertise in creative non-fiction, cross genre experiments, poetry, digital arts, and/or environmental humanities, with an ability to teach fiction at the advanced undergraduate level and multi-genre graduate courses in the Creative/Critical Writing PhD concentration. The candidates must have college-level teaching experience and evidence of a developed creative writing trajectory, as demonstrated in publications and professional activity that will contribute to existing departmental and division/campus strengths. We seek a writer who will participate fully in both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Teaching assignments will include undergraduate creative writing workshops, literature courses, and graduate studios and “methods and materials” courses. The appointee will be expected to continue to develop a creative activity/research focus; publish in their field(s); teach large undergraduate lecture courses as well as small advanced seminars on the undergraduate and graduate level, participate in running a reading series, mentor the Ph.D. Creative/Critical graduate students who teach creative writing, advise and mentor graduate students in the Creative/Critical doctoral concentration; and assume general service responsibilities in the department. We are especially interested in candidates who have experience working with graduate students; interest and/or experience in teaching gender/sexuality studies, Latinx, African American, Asian American, Native American or other ethnic literatures; and an ability to work in a language other than English.

We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minorities who are underrepresented in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. Candidates must be able to work with students, faculty and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds.

Assistant Professor (tenure-track), academic year (9-month) basis.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).

MFA and/or Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in Creative Writing or related field of study in hand at time of application; record of creative productivity, including one published book of prose (not self-published); and evidence of teaching at the college-level.

July 1, 2020, with the academic year beginning in September 2020.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system; all documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Please refer to Position # JPF00740-20 in all correspondence.

Reference Requirement
Applications must include three confidential letters of recommendation* Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC's confidentiality statement at

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by October 18, 2019. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University's equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-3676.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see More information is available at the APO website (see or call (831) 459-4300.

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Document requirements

  • Informative letter of application - Letter clearly outlining your educational background, teaching experience, and publication record
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service. Please see guidelines at:
  • Prose sample of up to 30 double-spaced pages
  • Scan of the front and back of your published book
  • Syllabus/description of proposed course (1 of 3) - Undergraduate advanced fiction workshop
  • Syllabus/description of proposed course (2 of 3) - Graduate studio (graduate level, multi-genre course in which students develop their own creative projects of publishable quality) or graduate methods and materials seminar (combined literature seminar and creative-writing workshop with a focus on a particular problem, aspect or genre of prose writing)
  • Syllabus/description of proposed course (3 of 3) - Undergraduate literature lecture course

Reference requirements

  • 3 letters of reference required

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