Assistant Professor in Creative Writing/Nonfiction Eco-Writing

Assistant Professor in Creative Writing/Nonfiction Eco-Writing

University of California San Diego


Application Window
Open date: November 23rd, 2021

Next review date: Wednesday, Dec 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Nov 23, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description


The Writing Program in the University of California San Diego's Literature Department invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in creative nonfiction with a specialization in the field of eco-writing. Writers whose work takes the form of essay, memoir, environmental reportage, environmental humanities, and/or documentary screenwriting, and writing that engages in political, cultural, and ethical issues around ecology, mapping, climate change, contagion, and speculative and sustainable futures and environments from both local and global perspectives, are encouraged to apply. Candidates with additional expertise in any of the following areas would be especially welcome to apply: the history of writing technologies, computer science, electronic and general science writing, documentary aesthetics, Native American and/or indigenous studies, critical race, gender, border, and/or disability studies, and visual culture and film studies.

UCSD has a unique relationship to the field of eco-poetics, border cultural production, and situated practice: It has produced a distinguished alumni community of cross-genre experimental creative writers. It hosts the Clarke Center for the Human Imagination and the Summer Clarion Writers' Workshop. It has taken the lead in computer science and environmental engineering. Writers and artists associated with the program and the university have focused in their work on the specificity of UCSD's location in the Mexican-US borderlands and on the Pacific coast. Across the Arts and Humanities division and inter-divisionally, there is strong interest in cross-media production, collaboration and community engagement. The department has inter-divisional ties with units like Ethnic Studies, Critical Gender Studies, and Communication.

We are looking for a colleague to participate in growing an innovative and exciting cross-genre MFA program, leading cross-genre workshops, developing courses and curriculum, mentoring across genres, collaborating in the graduate admissions process and helping to coordinate the New Writers Series of readings affiliated with the Literature Department, its MFA program and Writing section.

The typical teaching load is 2/2/0 and 2/2/1 in alternating years on the quarter system, in addition to thesis direction at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Literature (JPF02986)

Salary and level of appointment are based on qualifications and UC pay scale. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.
Qualifications Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
The candidate must have an MFA degree in creative writing or related field and/or PhD degree in literature, cultural studies, or a related field by the time of the appointment
Preferred qualifications

  • Demonstrated expertise and potential in multiple genres and creative writing pedagogy, with experience in literary publishing and working with first-generation college students, as well as MFA and PhD graduate students
  • Given UCSD's unique location in the US-Mexico borderlands and on the Pacific coast, as well as our Literature Department's focus on comparative, multilingual, transdisciplinary, and transnational projects, an investment in the university's site-specificity is desirable. An additional attention to auto-theory and intermedial or transmedial practice in the candidate's work would be welcome

Application Requirements Document requirements

  • Cover Letter - Include job ad code “175” and the acronym showing where you found the ad at the top of your cover letter with personal statement

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • A Writing sample of 25 pages

  • Evidence of Teaching Excellence - Preferably a teaching statement, two Syllabi, and two sets of recent course evaluations

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

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Reference requirements

  • 3-5 letters of reference required

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The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.

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