Assistant or Associate Professor - Creative Writing

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The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee English Department seeks a creative writer with an expertise in fiction who can contribute to a busy creative writing program that offers BA, MA, and PhD degrees. One of the oldest doctoral programs in creative writing, UWM’s program is known for its accomplished alumni; its distinguished literary journal, cream city review; and its national, AWP-award winning undergraduate journal, Furrow.

Situated on the shores of the largest system of freshwater lakes on earth, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee provides a world-class and affordable education to 25,000 students from 90 countries. As an R1 research and access university, we are committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment that values excellence in research and teaching. We want to attract, retain, and grow a diverse staff that honors unique experiences and perspectives, and we take pride in the diversity of our student body, faculty and staff, and programs.

Duties would include a 2/2 teaching schedule (a mix of graduate and undergraduate courses); serving on graduate student exam and dissertation committees; serving on the program admissions committee; and participating in the literary life of the campus and city by attending and occasionally organizing readings and other events on- and off-campus. Creative writing faculty also take turns serving as program coordinator.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Terminal degree (such as an MFA or PhD) in creative writing
  • College teaching experience
  • A published novel or short story collection

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in creative writing or related field
  • Publications and teaching experience in a writing genre other than fiction
  • Experience working with colleagues and mentoring students who bring a range of diversity to the campus
  • Experience in administration

Application Instructions

Please provide a letter of application; vita; writing sample (up to 7000 words); a diversity statement, discussing how you foster diversity and inclusion in and out of the classroom (up to 500 words); and three letters of reference.

In instances where the Search and Screen Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidate’s application materials whether the applicant meets any of the qualifications, the applicant will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications.

This is a continuous recruitment. Please note that the review of applications begins November 2, 2022; applications received after November 1, 2022 may not receive consideration.


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