Open Rank Professor in Creative Nonfiction

The English Department of Northwestern University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-line assistant, associate, or full professor position in creative nonfiction writing, to start in fall 2022. Candidates should be prepared to teach undergraduate creative writing and literature courses and graduate nonfiction writing in a curriculum with a strong reading and analytic component.  MFA and/or PhD required. 


Interest in a secondary genre and ability to teach poetry or fiction is desirable, as is potential for leadership. We especially welcome candidates whose work and thought engage a wide aesthetic range, formal or generic innovation, and/or the literary art of historically under-represented groups. Publication expectations depend on rank, but all applicants should have published at least one full-length book.


Please prepare all documents in advance as Adobe PDF files. Documents should include: 

  • CV (size limit 8MB)
  • Cover Letter (size limit 4MB)
  • Creative Nonfiction sample of 15-20 pages (no books or complete manuscripts at this time) (size limit 8MB)
  • Three letters of recommendation


Applications will only be accepted via online submission (see link below). Be aware that incomplete applications cannot be saved.


Instructions for Cover Letter: This should be specific about your research interests and your expertise, background, or training in teaching both creative writing and literature.


Instructions for Letters of Recommendation: Please include the names and contact information for three referees, one of whom can speak about your teaching. If you supply the individual email addresses of your recommenders, they will be prompted directly to upload a letter to our system. If you are using letters filed through Interfolio, please supply instead the Interfolio-generated email address for each recommender that will prompt that system to send us the relevant letter.


All application materials are due by December 1, 2021. First round interviews will be conducted via Zoom. 


Please direct any questions or further inquiries to Ashley Woods (


Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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