Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Creative Writing

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The English program in the School of Humanities at the University of Southern Mississippi invites qualified applicants for a full-time, 9-month, tenure track, Assistant Professor in Creative Writing to begin Fall 2021. The successful candidate will join the Center for Writers (http://www.usm.edu/writers), which grants Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in English (Creative Writing). It is also home to the Mississippi Review.

This position is part of a larger, multi-school effort in The College of Arts and Sciences to make a cluster hire in diversity, equity, and inclusion, for which we invite applications for faculty positions in three areas: creative writing, sociology, and interdisciplinary studies & leadership.  The University of Southern Mississippi maintains a proud tradition as one of the most representative and diverse public institutions of higher education in the state.  As part of this initiative, we seek applicants who demonstrate expertise in issues of race, racial inequality, race and social justice, race and intersectionality, the African diaspora, and/or African American Studies as related to their disciplines.  Applicants are asked to comment in their application letters on how their work contributes to one or more of these areas.  This initiative reflects a broader commitment to diversify the teaching, research, and creative activities of the College; promote a culture of equity and inclusion throughout the campus, community, and region; and support efforts to recruit and retain diverse faculty, students, and staff.  Faculty who are hired through this initiative will serve as members of their home schools, potentially affiliate with the Center for Black Studies, and participate in interdisciplinary collaborations and student mentoring.   For more information about university initiatives in diversity, equity, and inclusion, visit https://www.usm.edu/diversity-inclusion/

Minimum Qualifications 

M.F.A. or Ph.D. in Creative Writing by time of appointment. Candidates should have published a book (or have comparable achievements) in one genre and significant publications/expertise in a second genre which may include fiction, poetry, nonfiction, screenwriting, drama, or others.

Preferred Qualifications  

Ph.D. in Creative Writing.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities 

  1. Maintain active publishing and research agenda
  2. Maintain a teaching load of 3/3 in creative writing and area of specialization
  3. Advise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students
  4. Fulfill service obligations appropriate to a tenure track faculty member
  5. Perform other duties as assigned


Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, names and email addresses of three references, a writing sample, and a teaching statement that speaks to diversity and inclusion in the classroom. All attachments must be uploaded at the time of submission. In addition, confidential letters of recommendations should be sent directly to usmhumanities@usm.edu. Questions should be directed to: Dr. Matthew Casey, Director, School of Humanities, Email: matthew.casey@usm.edu. Complete applications must be received by January 19, 2021 to ensure full consideration.


About The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others.  USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 36 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 24 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit www.usm.edu.

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.

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