Tenure Track Position in Creative Writing - Poetry : Arts, English, Toronto Metropolitan University

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the  territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the Department of English in the Faculty of Arts at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, Creative Writing, with genre specialization in Poetry, effective July 1st, 2023, subject to final budgetary approval. We especially welcome applications from candidates with secondary expertise in other areas of writing, including professional writing, drama, and Arts writing, and with experience designing, developing and implementing a Creative Writing program. Applications from candidates who self identify as members of equity-deserving groups are particularly encouraged and such candidates are encouraged to self identify through our Applicant Diversity Self-ID questionnaire.

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, scholarly research or creative activity and service duties while maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities. Teaching duties will entail teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, supervision of students and/or curriculum development. The successful candidate will pursue a strong, innovative research program or creative activity that is externally funded and that produces cutting-edge, high quality results. 

Candidates must hold a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, or doctoral degree in English or a closely related field by the appointment date. Candidates who are all-but-dissertation (ABD) and are able to demonstrate that they are very close to completion may also be considered. 

In addition, the successful candidate must present evidence of: 

  • strong emerging scholarly research and/or creative activity that is current, innovative, and impactful as evidenced by, but not limited to, peer-reviewed publications, working papers, public policy contributions, presentations at academic conferences, community and professional work, grants, research related awards, and other writing or creative production that contributes to the visibility and prominence of the discipline; 
  • demonstrated potential for teaching excellence at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum  and suitability for teaching in the graduate program, as evidenced by a teaching dossier that includes a teaching philosophy statement, experience with course and curriculum review and/or development, examples of best practices in pedagogy, including effective use of classroom technology and any experience with experiential learning, sample syllabi, strong teaching evaluations, teaching awards, and other relevant achievements in teaching;
  • a commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population; and 
  • an ability and willingness to contribute to the life of the Department and the University through collegial service. Experience in developing and directing creative writing programs, and evidence of strong connections to creative writing communities are also preferred.  

Our committee recognizes that scholars have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Faculty Association (www.rfanet.ca). The collective agreement between the University and the Faculty Association can be viewed here and a summary of benefits for faculty can be found here.

Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU)

Serving a highly diverse student population of over 45,000, with 100+ undergraduate and graduate programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning and distinguished by a professionally focused curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research, and creative activities, TMU is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement, and city-building through its award-winning architecture. 

Department of English

Our Department offers undergraduate and graduate (Master’s) programs, as well as opportunities to participate in such interdisciplinary graduate programs as the joint graduate program with York University in Communication and Culture (Master’s and Doctoral), Immigration and Settlement Studies (Master’s), and the Master of Digital Media program. Our faculty prides itself on the excellence of its research, the quality of its teaching and community engagement. 

Working at TMU

At the intersection of mind and action, Toronto Metropolitan University is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At TMU and within our department, we firmly believe that equity, diversity, and inclusion are integral to this path; our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do. 

Dedicated to a people first culture, TMU is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto Top Employer. We invite you to explore the range of benefits and supports available to faculty and their family, including access to our diverse faculty and staff networks

Visit us on Twitter: @torontomet@VPFAtorontomet and @TorontoMetHR, and our LinkedIn page.

TMU is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. To find out more about legal and policy obligations please visit the accessibility and Human Rights websites.

Toronto Metropolitan University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous-identified peoples of North America, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal [https://hr.cf.ryerson.ca/ams/faculty/] by clicking on “Start Application Process” to begin. Applications, consisting of the following, must be received by November 25, 2022: 

  • a letter of application; 
  • a curriculum vitae; 
  • a sample of the applicant’s published creative writing, up to 15 pages; 
  • a teaching dossier and results of teaching evaluations; and
  • names of three individuals who may be contacted for references.

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority, in accordance with Canadian immigration regulations. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.  


Any confidential inquiries about the opportunity can be directed to the DHC Chair Andrew O’Malley at aomalley@ryerson.ca.  

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Toronto Metropolitan University are welcome to contact Hayden King, Advisor to the Dean of Arts, Indigenous Education (hayden.king@ryerson.ca). They may also contact Tracey King, Miigis Kwe, the Indigenous Human Resources Lead and the Founding Co-Chair of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Community Group at t26king@ryerson.ca. 

Black identified candidates who wish to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Dr. Mélanie Knight, Advisor to the Dean of Arts, Blackness and Black Diasporic Education at melanie.knight@ryerson.ca. They may also contact Shurla Charles-Forbes, Black Faculty & Staff Community Network at  shurla.charlesforbes@ryerson.ca.  

Employees with Disabilities Network: https://www.torontomu.ca/equity/community-networks-committees/employees-disabilities-community-network/

Positive Space Faculty and Staff Network: https://www.torontomu.ca/equity/community-networks-committees/positive-space-faculty-staff-network/

For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process and/or inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal, please contact Jeff Pabillar, Senior HR partner, at jeff.pabillar@ryerson.ca.

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