Assistant Professor in English (Creative Writing)

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS, Department of English, Assistant Professor. We seek applications from emerging creative nonfiction writers whose work centers on the experience of Blackness and have achieved distinction (in the form of at least one book) in one or more genres of creative nonfiction, including essays, literary journalism, memoir, cultural criticism, graphic nonfiction, and more, and who can demonstrate the promise of excellence in teaching and commitment to diversity in the academy.

An MFA or PhD is expected, but exceptionally strong candidates without a terminal degree will be considered. This position is part of the Chancellor’s recently launched initiative to hire twelve new faculty members across disciplines whose work addresses race and ethnicity, an initiative that, along with the opening this year of the University’s Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity, is one of many aimed at furthering the University’s core commitment to racial equity.

The successful candidate will teach and mentor students in our top-ranked undergraduate and MFA Creative Writing programs and take part in a dedicated and lively creative community that includes an active reading series, acclaimed visiting writers, a literary journal committed to publishing underrepresented voices, and opportunities to generate and sustain a vibrant relationship with the communities of Black St. Louis. The position, which carries a teaching expectation of two courses per semester, will begin in the Fall of 2021.

Application materials—a letter of interest, a CV, three letters of recommendation, a 1-2 page teaching statement which includes a discussion of your approach to diversity and inclusion in the classroom, and a writing sample of 25-35 pages—should be submitted via Interfolio ( by 15 December.

Further materials, including a teaching portfolio and copies of published books, will be requested of candidates selected for interviews, which will be held via Zoom beginning in late January; for our finalists, subsequent Zoom presentations to our department at large will follow in February.  Applications received before 15 December 2020 will receive priority consideration but the review will continue until the search is concluded.

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those underrepresented in their academic fields. It is the University’s policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or genetic information.

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