Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing)

Position No. 00006283. The English Department at Southern Methodist University invites applicants for a tenure-track assistant professorship in creative writing beginning in the fall of 2020. We welcome specialists in all genres. To qualify, a candidate must have an advanced degree in creative writing (MFA or Ph.D.) and a record of literary accomplishment including the publication of at least one book via a nationally recognized press, along with appearances in top-tier periodicals. A record of success in undergraduate teaching is strongly preferred.


The successful candidate will teach upper-level creative writing workshops and our introductory course, which focuses on elements of craft essential to all of the genres we teach. Additional responsibilities include serving as academic advisor to creative writing students and working with the director of creative writing and the department’s faculty to support the program’s goals. (SMU does not currently offer any creative writing coursework at the graduate level.)


Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation via Interfolio at  Writing samples will be solicited at a later date from candidates who move forward in the selection process. Screening of applicants begins immediately; priority will be given to applications received by November 2, 2019. The position, however, will remain open until filled. Questions regarding the search should be directed to the Creative Writing Search Committee Chair, Greg Brownderville, at No phone calls, please. The committee will notify applicants of the employment decision after the position is filled.


Southern Methodist University will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, 


Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

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