Creative Writing/indigenous Focus

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The University of Oklahoma (OU) seeks a Creative Writer, rank open, to contribute to our growing Creative Writing Program in the Department of English.  We seek a writer with a MFA, PhD, or equivalent degree (granted by August 16, 2022) and teaching experience who has published at least one book of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction with a nationally recognized press and who has expertise in Indigenous (including Native American and Black Indigenous) nonfiction, poetry, fiction, and/or screenwriting.  The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in creative writing and have the opportunity to teach in the thriving Native American Literature and Cultural Studies Program, which has offered courses in Native literature since 1969.  OU is a national leader in Native American studies, with a separate Department of Native American Studies, a growing Native Nations Center, a Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy, and a variety of significant Native resources, including the Western History Collections, the Fred Jones Art Museum, the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, the American Indian Law Review, the Native American Language Program, and the Jacobson House Art Center. Oklahoma is home to 39 tribal nations, each of which has a distinctive culture, history and government.

 

The University of Oklahoma serves the educational, cultural, economic, and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and Tulsa Schusterman Center. The university is home to over 31,000 students, more than 3,500 faculty and 8,000 staff across all three campuses, and is supported by a $2 billion budget and an endowment of $1.52 billion. In 2014, OU became the first public institution ever to rank #1 nationally in the recruitment of National Merit Scholars. The 277-acre Research Campus in Norman was named the No. 1 research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013.

 

The central campus and administrative offices of the University of Oklahoma are located in Norman, a city of more than 120,000 residents. Norman is often cited in “best places to live” rankings and is a culturally rich and vibrant community with outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living. See visitnorman.com for more information about Norman. The state capital, Oklahoma City, is located 20 miles to the north. With over 1.35 million residents and a unique central plains heritage, the Oklahoma City metro is home to a diverse and lively array of arts, culture, dining, sports, and entertainment. For more information about Oklahoma City, see visitokc.com.

 

The position is a full-time, nine-month appointment; the course load is 2:2 per year.  Please submit a CV, a writing sample, and letter of interest describing your work and interests, along with a statement describing how you envision contributing to Native American studies in the department and a statement describing your community engagement to OU’s ByCommittee website at https://apply.interfolio.com. Screening of applicants will begin October 1 and applications will be considered until the position is filled. Direct inquiries to Professor Kimberly Wieser, Search Committee Chair (kroppolo@ou.edu), or Professor Roxanne Mountford, Department Chair (mountford@ou.edu).


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