Assistant Professor - Creative Writing

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The Department of English at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) invites applications for one or more tenure-track or tenured positions at the rank of either Assistant or Associate Professor of English (Creative Writing), to begin August 2021. Preference will be given to candidates with specialization in poetry, with an additional specialization in Latinx literature preferred. In addition to the preferred specializations, secondary sub-specializations in the following areas will be considered: literary translation, literary magazine production, screenwriting, creative nonfiction, fiction, and digital storytelling. The Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in creative writing as well as a creative writing minor, both of which support The Bayou Review, UHD’s undergraduate literary magazine. Opportunities are available to collaborate with the Center for Latino Studies, the Center for Critical Race Studies, and the Cultural Enrichment Center, each housed in UHD’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. A terminal degree, either MFA or PhD, is required at the time of appointment.

This position is part of a Latino Studies cluster hire in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences that includes searches in Drama and Sociology as well as Creative Writing.

Note that the position requires that the candidate establish a successful program of research and work with others, including students, to engage in research and service activities that support the Department, College and the University.

UHD is a vibrant urban university, federally designated as both a Hispanic-Serving and Minority-Serving Institution. Our student population, largely first-generation in college, reflects the diverse populations and cultures of Houston.

The teaching load is 4/3 with a 3/3 load in the first year on the tenure track.

Required Qualifications

•    MFA or PhD in relevant field at time of initial appointment

•    Evidence of publication in prominent venues

•    Experience teaching at the college or university level

Preferred Qualifications

•    Teaching focus or publication record in poetry

•    Teaching focus or publication record in Latinx literature

Secondary Preferences

•    Willingness and ability to teach one or more of the following: literary translation, literary magazine production, screenwriting, creative nonfiction, fiction, or digital storytelling.

Please submit only the items below by February 1, 2021:

•    Application Letter

•    CV

•    One-page teaching philosophy

Selected candidates will also be requested to submit: a writing sample, three letters of recommendation, and unofficial graduate transcripts.

All stages of the search will be conducted through video conference. For specific questions about the position, please contact Daniel Peña, Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing) at

Offer of employment is contingent upon verification of individual’s ability for employment in the United States. UHD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

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