Assistant/Associate Professor - Creative Writing, Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts Department of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) invites applications for a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor in Creative Writing. Candidates must have previous teaching experience in foundation writing classes, and special consideration will be given to scholars with a field of specialization that supports and/or complements one or more of MCAD’s studio majors in the Media Arts, Design, Fine Arts, and Arts Entrepreneurship departments. The successful candidate will be committed to differentiated instruction to reach all learners. The department strongly encourages applications from candidates who possess an ability to inspire and motivate a diverse student population of artists, designers, and makers and who have demonstrated success meeting the needs of underrepresented student populations and/or engagement with diverse communities.

The position begins August 2022. Full-time faculty are required to teach three courses each semester or the equivalent and participate in committee work and other departmental and college activities required of ranked faculty while maintaining an active scholarly agenda or artistic practice. This position is benefits eligible. This position reports to the chair of the Liberal Arts Department. 


About MCAD:
Recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative approaches to art and design education, Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is home to approximately 800 students from 45 states and 15 countries. Offering a transformative education for creative practitioners of all backgrounds, MCAD prepares students to confidently lead and practice in an ever-evolving world. It’s where students find their personal and professional purpose as creative, cultural leaders. 

Founded in 1886, MCAD is located in the heart of the rich art-and-design community of the Twin Cities. The college offers bachelor’s degrees in fourteen disciplines including arts entrepreneurship, design, fine arts, and media arts, one MFA, three online master’s degrees, and continuing education classes for all ages. 

MCAD’s four-year graduation rate is among the highest of all art-and-design colleges. Through the core curriculum, students focus on their careers and craft by learning technical and professional skills and developing their creative, intellectual, and leadership capabilities.

Including Emmy-winning directors, Whitney Biennial artists, and Guggenheim fellows, MCAD alumni make an impact. They set new standards across a broad range of creative careers, from independent artist to corporate designer to entrepreneur. 


  • Three years of post-secondary teaching experience
  • Terminal degree (MFA or PhD) 
  • Evidence of an active scholarly agenda or engagement and/or critical practice in their field 

Deadline: Priority will be given to those who respond by Monday, January 10.

To ensure full consideration, complete application materials must be received by 1/10/2022. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Google Meet. A background check will be made prior to employment.

Applications should include:

  1. Cover letter that describes teaching experience and professional work 
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. A writing sample 
  4. A teaching portfolio including teaching philosophy and diversity statement
  5. Complete information for three professional references: names, institutional affiliations, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers
  6. Transcript of degree, showing coursework appropriate to position (copies are acceptable); official transcript required prior to employment.

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