Assistant Professor of English, Fiction Writing

The English Department at Western Kentucky University seeks applicants for a tenure-eligible position in Fiction Writing; secondary interest in literary nonfiction and background in literary journal or book editing desirable.

Responsibilities: Teaching upper level and graduate MFA courses in the specialty, introductory creative writing courses, and general education courses, including composition; continued creative and scholarly productivity; service to the department and university; oversight of student literary journal; development of opportunities for students through internships and other forms of professional networking.


PhD or MFA in creative writing by time of appointment; demonstrated excellence in and commitment to undergraduate teaching and general education; record of significant creative production in fiction writing; and record of significant professional activities.
Application Instructions:

Submit the following items to by October 14, 2019, although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled:

    Letter of Intent
    Curriculum Vita
    Unofficial Transcripts
    Teaching portfolio or other materials reflecting excellent teaching
    15-20 page writing sample

Names and contact information of three reference providers will be collected during the application process. Reference letters will be requested by the Search Committee through an online process at a later date.

About the English Department

Forty full-time faculty in our growing English department support a BA in English with concentrations and minors in Creative Writing, Literature, and Professional Writing; a BA in English for Secondary Teachers; additional undergraduate minors in Film Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Teaching English as a Second Language; an MA in English; and an MFA in Creative Writing. Candidates will be particularly interested in our MFA program, which has fully funded six new students each year since its inception in 2015. To learn more about our programs visit

About Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University (WKU): Founded in 1906, WKU is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, an ethnically and racially diverse city of 61,500 people, about 110 miles south of Louisville and 65 miles north of Nashville. More than 50 different languages are spoken in and around Bowling Green and people from 35 nationalities call the area home. We seek to attract research- and teaching-active faculty, as well as staff members, from academically and culturally diverse backgrounds. The university's population of approximately 20,000 students includes 35% first generation university/college, 15% underrepresented minority and 6% international students. A regional comprehensive university, WKU is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state and nation.

We offer a very attractive benefits package including health, dental, life and long-term-disability insurance; retirement; flexible spending accounts; EAP services; and generous vacation, medical and holiday paid time off. We also offer an outstanding tuition remission policy for employees, their spouses and dependents.

Additional Information

Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.

Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO) at (270) 745- 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.

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