Senior Instructional Professor (Open Rank) and Associate Director, Program in Creative Writing

The Humanities Collegiate Division and the Department of English at the University of Chicago are accepting applications for a Senior Instructional Professor (open rank) and Associate Director, who will assist with the management of the Program in Creative Writing, and teach a maximum of four courses a year in that curriculum (in the candidate’s specialization) and in the Creative Writing Core. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, non-tenure-track position with a three-year or five-year renewable term, depending on rank, to start September 1, 2023.

In consultation with the Director of Creative Writing and the Program Manager, the Associate Director will be responsible for planning, staffing, and coordinating all Creative Writing courses, including the supervision and evaluation of unionized lecturers and instructional staff. We seek candidates proven to be highly effective teachers of Creative Writing as well as experienced program administrators; in addition to the Associate Director’s teaching responsibilities, the pedagogical mentoring and supervision of lecturers are central to this position. The Associate Director will also develop the profile and mission of the Program in Creative Writing, advancing its Development Plan, and will help to enable Creative Writing and Arts programs in the University more broadly. Course assignments and other duties of the Associate Director will be determined annually by the Director of Creative Writing.

An MFA or PhD in Creative Writing is required. Applicants must have at least one book publication, experience in program coordination or management, and extensive teaching experience at the university or post-secondary level.

Applicants should submit their applications through the University of Chicago’s Interfolio website, and upload a current curriculum vitae; a cover letter of no more than three pages that addresses professional experience, publications, and previous teaching and program-management experience; a teaching portfolio containing a teaching statement, syllabi, and course evaluations or other evidence of teaching effectiveness; and the names and contact information [email and phone numbers] for three references whose letters of recommendation may be solicited.

Applications are due by November 30, 2022. Only complete applications will be reviewed. The position is contingent upon budgetary approval. Please contact Michael Fischer ( with any questions.

All University departments and institutes are charged with building a faculty from a diversity of backgrounds and with diverse viewpoints; with cultivating an inclusive community that values freedom of expression; and with welcoming and supporting all their members.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at

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