Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Creative Writing/Fiction

The Department of English and the African American Studies Program at the University of South Carolina seek a fiction writer. This is an open-rank, tenured or tenure-track joint position for a writer with teaching expertise in creative writing and African American literary and/or cultural studies. The successful candidate will contribute meaningfully to our fully funded MFA Program and to our undergraduate degree in African American Studies through courses that build on the hire’s strengths and interests. (The teaching load in English, which will be the tenure home, is typically 2/2.) Rank is dependent on qualifications and experience, but all candidates must have a terminal degree in creative writing (MFA or PhD) by time of appointment (August 16, 2022), demonstrated teaching ability, and a strong record of publication, including at least one book published or under contract with a trade or academic publisher. This is a true open-rank hire, and we encourage writers at any stage of their career to apply.

All applicants must complete an online application at: Applicants must submit a letter of application, CV, writing sample of at least 20 pages, statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and email addresses of three reviewers (who will be prompted to submit letters of recommendation directly). Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the search may be directed to the search committee chair, Elise Blackwell at

The University of South Carolina’s flagship campus in Columbia is a Research 1 University, classified by the Carnegie Foundation as one of only 94 public and 37 private institutions of higher education with “very high research activity” and a strong focus on community engagement. The University offers more than 320 degree programs, houses a nationally-ranked library system, and serves a diverse population from across the state and beyond it—with over 35,000 students on the main campus and more than 51,000 students system-wide. The city of Columbia, the state capital, is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best Places to Live in the U.S. and is close to mountains and the coast.

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize that diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and a continuous process of improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.

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