Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing – Creative Nonfiction)

About the University:  Western Washington University, with about 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students, and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, on the stolen lands of the Lummi Nation and the Nooksack Tribe. This coastal community of almost 90,000 overlooks Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands, and the Cascade mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Learn about Western’s commitments and ongoing work in the areas of Accessibility, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at


About the Department: The department has 33 tenure-line faculty members and offers B.A. programs in Creative Writing and Literature with or without a secondary teaching endorsement, an M.F.A. program in Creative Writing, and an M.A. program in English Studies. The department also offers minors, including those in Film Studies and in Professional Writing, Literacies, and Rhetoric. The English Department supports Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity. To learn more about the Department of English visit


About the Position: The Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning September 16, 2022. This is a position in creative writing, focused on teaching and creative activity in creative nonfiction.


Position Responsibilities: Standard quarter system teaching assignment (currently 2-2-2), with specialty courses at the undergraduate and M.F.A./M.A. levels; general education courses and other courses depending on the candidate’s interests and departmental needs; exemplary teaching, including fulfilling teaching responsibilities in ways that support an equitable and inclusive learning environment for students; rigorous creative/scholarly activity; service to the department through a range of activities including advising and contributions to the development of programs and curricula.



Required Qualifications:

  • M.F.A. or Ph.D. in Creative Writing, or English with a Creative Writing Emphasis, by September 2022.
  • Primary emphasis or extensive study in creative nonfiction.
  • Significant record of publication in creative nonfiction, as well as promise for future creative activity or scholarship in the field.
  • Demonstrated experience and excellence in undergraduate teaching.
  • Experience with cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in any area of historically marginalized writing.


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Secondary expertise in fiction, poetry, hybrid writing, or screenwriting.
  • Experience teaching graduate courses in creative nonfiction or multi-genre writing.
  • Experience teaching college-level literature courses.
  • Experience working in or teaching editing and publishing.


Academic Emphasis: English

Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions and Requested Documents: To be considered for the position, application materials must be submitted via WWU’s PageUp application system. Please log into WWU’s PageUp application system and then give permission for pop-up windows from this site to fully utilize the online application system.


Candidates should upload a letter of application that specifically addresses the required and preferred qualifications, CV, graduate transcripts, and the names and contact information of three references of whom we may request letters of recommendation. Application materials should clearly evidence how the applicant’s experience (academic or non-academic) has prepared them to effectively teach Western’s increasingly diverse student body. 


Position closes on October 22, 2021; applications must be received by this date. Screening interviews will take place via videoconference in early winter. Finalist interviews will be conducted on campus.

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