Assistant Professor, Creative Writing-Prose

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The Department of English and Literary Arts has the oldest PhD program specializing in creative writing in the country, remains one of the most highly ranked of those programs, and is one of only four focused exclusively on doctoral study. We have approximately twenty-five to thirty writers enrolled at any given time and as such offer an intimate writing community as well as a rigorous academic experience. We are able to select students from a highly competitive pool of applicants and invite strong, committed writers each year to join our community. The department also has both an MA and a PhD program in Literary Studies. Our programs benefit from an ethos that prizes, facilitates, and encourages work and thinking that transcends the critical-creative divide.

The Department of English and Literary Arts is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on Inclusive Excellence. Candidates must demonstrate ability to integrate content and issues relating to, and to work effectively with, ethnically/racially diverse populations.

Position Summary

The Department of English and Literary Arts at the University of Denver invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position, with an emphasis in Creative Writing Prose (in traditional and/or experimental forms).

The position will begin in Fall 2020. 

Candidates should have a strong publication record, including at least one book of prose, and demonstrate excellence and innovation in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We seek candidates whose writing practice is grounded in literary theory and engages with African American, Asian American, Latinx, Native American, immigrant studies, or transcultural contexts. Additional experience in other areas such as hybrid genres, queer studies, performance studies, film/video, and/or digital arts would be welcome.

Essential Functions

Duties of the position include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, directing undergraduate and graduate theses, advising undergraduate and graduate students, and contributing to the creative and intellectual life of the department through individual and collaborative initiatives.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively with diverse populations.

Required Qualifications

  • MFA or PhD in English/Creative Writing or other relevant discipline required by date of appointment.
  • Strong publication record, including at least one book of prose.
  • Demonstrate excellence and innovation in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in English/Creative Writing or other relevant discipline.
  • Candidates whose writing practice is grounded in literary theory and engages with African American, Asian American, Latinx, Native American, immigrant studies, or transcultural contexts.
  • Additional experience in other areas such as hybrid genres, queer studies, performance studies, film/video, and/or digital arts would be welcome.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range:
Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. C.V.
  2. Cover Letter - Our department is committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will advance this commitment through their research, teaching, and/or service.
  3. Three letters of recommendation and any additional support materials, which should be uploaded to www.du.edu/jobs by September 30, 2019.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.


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