Creative Writing: Fiction

Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream – Assistant or Associate Professor

Discipline/Field: Creative Writing: Fiction

Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Home Department/Area/Division: Department of English

Affiliation/Union: YUFA

Position Start Date: July 1, 2022

Department of English

The Department of English, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in Creative Writing: Fiction at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, to commence July 1, 2022.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications, rank, and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

A terminal MA or MFA degree in Creative Writing or related field, or a PhD in English Literature, Creative Writing, or a related field by the start of the appointment is required, along with a demonstrated record of creative production, and a record of excellence or promise of excellence in creative research, production, and teaching. Applicants should have a clearly articulated program of future creative research and work. Additional subspecialties in creative nonfiction and genre fiction are welcome.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded creative production at the highest level. Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence or promise of excellence of a recognized international calibre as demonstrated in: the cover letter and writing sample; a record of current or forthcoming fiction writing from recognized publishers or in recognized collections, magazines, or journals; significant speaking or reading engagements; honorary appointments; awards and accolades; evidence of service in arts or publishing organizations; educational engagement and outreach; and strong recommendations from referees of high standing.

Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching will be provided through a teaching dossier, which may include a statement of teaching philosophy, copies of teaching evaluations, evidence of pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning, and sample syllabi. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the development and launch of the department’s new first-year undergraduate Creative Writing curriculum and to other curricular initiatives; to teach at the introductory, intermediate, advanced, and graduate levels (including the Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing); and to become involved in the administrative coordination of the program and its Creative Writing Reading Series.  The successful candidate will be eligible for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities.  Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Professor David Goldstein, the Chair of the Search Committee at Subject Line: Creative Writing: Fiction.

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities, can be found at  or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713.  Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at:

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 10 January 2022.  

Applications, including a cover letter detailing creative and pedagogical interests and accomplishments, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (as described above), and a writing sample of maximum 50 pages, may be uploaded to beginning on 22 November 2021. Confidential letters of reference will be requested of long-listed applicants.

Questions may be directed to Professor Tina Choi, Chair, Department of English, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Email: Subject line: Position in Creative Writing: Fiction.

Posting End Date: 10 January 2022

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