Full-Time Instructor of Creative Writing - AddRan College of Liberal Arts

Application Deadline
Deadline for applications is May 6

Position Details
The English Department of Texas Christian University invites applications for an Instructor of Creative Writing, a non-tenure-track, renewable position beginning in August 2021.

Applicants should demonstrate experience in teaching introductory creative writing with a specialization in creative prose and/or drama/screenwriting to contribute to our growing creative writing curriculum and programming. Candidates whose creative work engages with critical race and ethnic studies; decolonization; anti-racism; translingualism; disability studies; queer studies; intersectional women, gender and sexuality studies; Black, Indigenous, Latinx, or Asian American studies; and other areas related to racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual, gendered, economic, or religious difference are especially encouraged to apply.

Instructors teach a 4/4 load, primarily in lower-division creative writing with some opportunities to contribute to the Writing major and English major. Lower-division teaching in composition and/or literature is also required.

In addition to teaching duties, successful candidates will contribute to the English department and participate in service duties, including advising undergraduates, shaping creative writing programming and curriculum, and serving on departmental, college, and university committees.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to our students’ liberal education and vital to the current mission of Texas Christian University. We welcome applicants who are committed to the social and intellectual richness of creative writing instruction and who are resolute in advancing justice and equity with it.

The successful candidate will have an MFA or PhD in Creative Writing or English with a creative dissertation by August 1, 2021 and demonstrated excellence in teaching creative writing. All materials are to be submitted online at https://jobs.tcu.edu/en-us/listing/. All questions regarding the application process should be directed to Human Resources at hrtalentacquisition@tcu.edu or 817-257-7790. Other questions may be directed to the search committee chair, Alex Lemon a.r.lemon@tcu.edu.

Department Details
Students and faculty in the Department of English at TCU are committed to a variety of intellectual and creative pursuits fostered by the exploration of literature, rhetoric and writing. The department includes creative writing, literature, and rhetoric and composition faculty, and both tenure-stream and non-tenure-stream faculty who work together to schedule courses, organize curriculum, and serve on various committees. Instructors are voting members of the department who enjoy competitive salaries and benefits, support for professional development, and opportunities for promotion and advancement within the Instructor rank.

School/College Description
Named for TCU’s founders, Addison and Randolph Clark, the AddRan College of Liberal Arts is home to the core academic disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. The College includes approximately 155 full-time faculty members, 11 departments (Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Geography, History, Modern Language Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology & Anthropology, and Spanish and Hispanic Studies), and two units of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (Army and Air Force). AddRan College departments confer 15 Bachelor of Arts and six Bachelor of Science degrees, a Bachelor of General Studies, an online master’s degree in Criminal Justice, a Master of Liberal Arts degree, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in History, English, and Rhetoric and Composition.

University & Fort Worth Description

Founded in 1873, Texas Christian University sits on 299 acres nestled in a primarily residential part of Fort Worth, just minutes away from downtown. The University includes eight schools and colleges, in addition to the John V. Roach Honors College and the new TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine, which is operated in collaboration with the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

Currently, TCU enrolls 9,474 undergraduates and 1,490 graduate students. Twenty-six percent of students self-identify as a member of a minority group, 5 percent are international students, and 42 percent are from out-of-state. Our students are supported by more than 2,200 faculty and staff. The University has more than 700 full-time faculty members, 87 percent of whom hold a terminal degree. For nine consecutive years, TCU has been selected as one of the Great Colleges to Work For®.

At TCU, diversity, equity and inclusion are an educational imperative that is tied directly to our University mission and vision. For the second consecutive year, TCU has earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, which highlights our ongoing commitment to build a comprehensive DEI strategy that aligns with our core values and to create a campus culture where everyone is respected and feels included. Among TCU’s actions this year was approving a resolution to adopt DEI into its core curriculum.


Like TCU, Fort Worth has the approachable, friendly charm of a smaller town, but offers the amenities, cultural activities, diversity and unique personality of a much larger city. Fort Worth, Texas, is the 13th largest city in the United States with an ever-growing population nearing 1 million. Fort Worth is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, and the number 1 tourist destination in Texas. In 2018, bizjournals.com ranked Fort Worth the 7th most affordable city to live and work in the United States and U.S. News and World Report named Fort Worth one of the Best Places to Live. Fort Worth, Dallas and Arlington all rank among the top 25 most diverse cities in the country.

Fort Worth is known for its vast array of cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities. The city boasts three world class art museums—the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Bass Performance Hall is one of the premier performance venues in the country. Concerts, film festivals and other events are held regularly at Sundance Square, Panther Island and Near Southside venues.

Required Application Materials & Application Instructions
A complete application will include the following:
• A letter of application addressing the position’s desired areas of expertise and specific interest in working at Texas Christian University
• CV
• Diversity Statement documenting knowledge and experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion as central classroom praxis
• Creative writing sample (up to 20 pages)
• Two sample syllabi, one in introductory creative writing and a second course demonstrating your ability to contribute to introductory-level, general curriculum in composition or literature
• A teaching statement detailing how your creative work informs your teaching and documenting your knowledge and experience in the teaching of creative writing

The finalists for the position will be asked either to submit a video of a teaching demonstration in front of students (approximately 45 minutes in length) or will be asked to give a teaching demonstration during a virtual interview.

AA/EEO Statement
As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


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