Assistant Professor of Creative Writing

The Department of English at the University of North Texas, a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), invites applications for two tenure-track Assistant Professors of Creative Writing to join a thriving Ph.D./M.A. program with a strong scholarly emphasis. The appointment begins August 2022. We plan to hire one specialist in Fiction and one specialist in Nonfiction.

Required Qualifications

  • M.F.A. or Ph.D. in Creative Writing or English, by August 2022
  • A significant publication record with a minimum of one book of either fiction or nonfiction published or under contract by a nationally or internationally recognized press
  • Demonstrable excellence in mentorship and teaching
  • Preparedness or experience working with diverse student populations and fostering an inclusive learning environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in writing and teaching another genre or in hybrid forms
  • Preparedness to teach and mentor at the graduate level
  • Writing and teaching that engages with one or more of the following areas of study:  Latinx, Black, Indigenous, Asian American, World Literature, LGBTQ studies, and Disability studies.
  • Experience editing literary journals

The successful candidate will teach a 2/2 load, including undergraduate and graduate workshops, as well as Form and Theory of Prose at the graduate level. Other responsibilities will include advising and mentoring students, serving on thesis and dissertation committees, and providing service to the department and the university.

UNT boasts a vibrant graduate creative writing program, including the robust Visiting Writers Series, the annual Rilke Prize in Poetry, and American Literary Review, along with the larger literary scene in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that offers the Dallas Literary Festival hosted by the Dallas Public Library, the Dallas Museum of Art’s Arts & Letters Series, as well as readings and events at independent bookstores such as Interabang Books, The Wild Detectives, and Deep Vellum. 

Please apply online at [ and] Submit a letter of application, a CV, and the names and contact information of three references. To be considered, candidates must submit identical applications both Assistant Professor postings: Job Position F575P and Job Position F605P. We will begin our review on November 17, 2021. We plan to interview candidates virtually in December. The positions will remain open until filled. Questions should be directed to the Search Chair, Dr. Jill Talbot, at

UNT is an MSI, HSI and a Tier One Research University in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex—the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States. This dynamic region is seeing explosive growth, demographically and economically, and is host to countless excellent restaurants, parks and outdoor opportunities, cultural institutions of all types, and globally diverse populations. UNT is located only 26 miles north of DFW International Airport. At almost 40,000 students, UNT is one of the nation's largest universities. It ranked in the top 8% of USA universities based on racial, geographic, gender, and age diversity and among the nation's top 100 universities for social mobility and ethnic diversity (U.S. News & World Report, 2020 College Rankings). 

Denton is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and is located just 36 miles from either city’s center. With 7.5 million people and two international airports, DFW is the fourth-largest metro area in the United States. Known as “Little Austin,” Denton is known for its world-class arts and music scene. Annual events include the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival, the Blues Fest, the Redbud Festival, Denton Juneteenth, as well as the weekly Denton Community Market and Twilight Tunes Series, an award-winning free concert series held on the lawn of the Denton Courthouse. Lake Lewisville, Lake Ray Roberts State Park, and the Little Elm Beach are all within a short drive.

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

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