Associate Professor of Creative Writing

The Department of English at Rice University has been authorized to fill a position at the Assistant or Associate professor rank in Creative Writing (Open Genre) to serve within an English Department committed to the collaboration between critical studies and the creative arts. (Applicants for the Assistant Professor position can apply here: The successful candidate will be an actively publishing writer with a record of teaching excellence and an ability to collaborate on the administration and coordination of our undergraduate Creative Writing Concentration and our award-winning literary journal, R2. We are particularly interested in candidates who demonstrate through their teaching, mentorship, and writing a commitment to the inclusion of historically underrepresented perspectives and who bring multilingual, international, and/or cross-cultural perspectives to their work. Candidates whose work emerges from or speaks toward communities of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinx or Native Americans are especially encouraged to apply.

The position carries a 2/2 course load and requires institutional service, including academic advising of undergraduate students. Successful candidates will design and teach introductory and advanced courses that could include fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting and/or drama. The department would also welcome courses on translation and writing in languages other than English, the graphic novel, podcasting, publishing, film, literary journalism, poetics, hybridity, literary cultural criticism or on topics related to the medical humanities, digital arts, environmental writing, science writing, social justice, Indigenous and ethnic studies, or disability literature.

The university expects faculty members to maintain an active program of publication and contribute service to the department, university, and profession. The successful candidate must have an MFA or PhD in Creative Writing, a demonstrated history of teaching excellence, and a robust history of publications.

We will begin reviewing applications on November 15, 2019 and the position will remain open until filled. All documents are required for the applicant to be considered for the position. Applications should include: cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample (max. 25 pgs.), and the names and contact information for three references. Letters will be solicited by the search committee chair once a short list has been determined. Initial interviews will be conducted over ZOOM in early January 2020.

All applications must be submitted through RICEWorks.

Rice University is a private, comprehensive research university located in the heart of Houston’s dynamic museum district and adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across eight schools and has a student body of c. 4,001 undergraduates and c. 2900 graduate students. Rice ranks no. 16 among national universities and eight in undergraduate teaching (2019 US News & World Report); its endowment ranks among the top 20 of US universities. Its hallmarks include a very high level of research activity and intellectual innovation, a 6:1 student-faculty ratio, and a commitment to diversity at all levels. As an Equal Opportunity employer, Rice considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

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