Assistant Professor Creative Writing/Poetry

Assistant Professor
Department of English
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Department of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in Creative Writing/Poetry. We are especially interested in candidates with additional expertise or publications in one or more of the following genres: fiction, nonfiction, or screenwriting. Candidates will have an MFA, or equivalent in publication, or a PhD in creative writing or a closely related field, at least one published book of poetry, and demonstrated excellence in teaching. The candidate chosen for this position will teach workshops for beginning through advanced level students and may teach additional classes according to their interests and experiences. Candidates must have strong communication and human relations skills and a commitment to excellence in writing and teaching. Successful candidates are expected to teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, establish and maintain an active and independent commitment to writing and publishing, and provide ongoing service to the department, the university and the profession.
The Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Faculty in the College create knowledge, address critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge, and prepare students for lives of impact in the state, nation, and globally. To meet these objectives, the College embraces and values diversity and difference through hiring faculty candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.
The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals, with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit .
An MFA, or equivalent in publication, or a PhD in creative writing or a closely related field, is required before the stating date of appointment as an Assistant Professor.  All applicants will also have one published book of poetry and demonstrated excellence in teaching.
Target start date is August 16, 2020. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
To apply, create your candidate profile through the University of Illinois application login page at and submit your application materials: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample (20-25 pages),  evidence of teaching effectiveness, and contact information or Interfolio ID for three professional references. Letters of recommendation may be requested electronically from referees at a later date.  Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board will be considered.
To ensure full consideration, all required application materials must be submitted by October 31, 2019.
The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.
For additional information, please contact Janice N. Harrington, Hiring Committee Chair, at

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