Assistant Professor of English

The Department of English at the University of North Dakota invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in fiction writing with a secondary responsibility teaching at least one of the following: poetry, creative nonfiction, genre fiction, digital creative fiction, or screenwriting. The position is contingent upon the availability of funding.

Duties and Responsibilities

Our typical teaching load is two courses a semester, and the successful candidate will teach a range of courses: creative writing courses at the introductory, advanced undergraduate, and graduate levels; literature courses at all levels as needed; and courses in our undergraduate writing and editing program. The successful candidate will be able to further the department’s goal of making creative writing a visible and vibrant part of the UND campus experience, while bringing an appreciation of writing to the larger local and state community. We value diverse perspectives and seek applicants who are committed to helping students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed.

About the Department

The English department is an active unit with B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. programs.  Recent additions to our degree offerings include a certificate in writing and editing (, and another in creative writing (  Our annual Writers Conference ( has featured thirty-five Pulitzer Prize winners and four Nobel laureates.

Minimum Requirements

  • Ph.D. in English or related field by August 15, 2022
  • Strong credentials in fiction writing
  • Teaching, academic, and/or writing experience that show the ability to teach at least one other field, such as poetry, creative nonfiction, genre fiction, digital creative fiction, or screenwriting.
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identify and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Record of Creative and scholarly work that shows potential for publication in relevant fields
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching demonstrated through statement of teaching philosophy
  • Experience teaching upper-level literature courses
  • Record of experience in publishing-related work that shows potential to contribute to our certificate program in Writing and Editing
  • Experience in supervising the research of master’s- and doctoral-level graduate students
  • Knowledge of creative writing pedagogy that demonstrates the ability to oversee Ph.D. students teaching undergraduate creative writing courses
  • Experience with writing programming that demonstrates the ability to bring an appreciation of writing to the campus, local, and state community.
  • Experience administering lecture or reading series.

Minimum Hiring Salary

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Work Schedule / Start Date

Position is full-time, benefitted and exempt.  Dates of initial contract are August 16, 2022 to May 15, 2023.

To Apply

For full consideration, applications must be received by January 3, 2022 and include the following materials:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy

Position is open until filled.

To apply, please go to:

Questions can be directed to the department chair, Dr. Lori Robison, at

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