Assistant or Associate Professor of Creative Writing (Fiction) (Tenure Track/Tenured)


The Department of English at Old Dominion University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Creative Writing, with appointment to begin in July 2023.

The successful candidate will join an accomplished, collaborative, and diverse faculty and student body and teach a range of courses in creative writing and literature at the graduate level, in addition to undergraduate introductory and general education courses in the field of creative writing; develop courses in their area/s of specialization and contribute to program and department curricular development. They will supervise thesis projects, participate actively in the life of Old Dominion University’s nationally recognized MFA program, and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to promoting and enhancing the diversity of the faculty, graduate, and undergraduate student populations. Faculty course load is commensurate with service, experience, and research. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications:

  1. MFA in Creative Writing or Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing (degree by the time of appointment), with the ability to teach fiction.
  2. Applicants at the Assistant Professor level should have published at least 1 book, and at the Associate level at least 2 books, from a nationally recognized press
  3. Evidence of an active/ongoing publishing record
  4. Established record of successful and innovative teaching and mentorship
  5. Ability to serve as a mentor to students from historically underrepresented groups
  6. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strengths in young adult literature, translation, graphic literature, literary editing and publishing, and/or other hybrid genres
  • Publishing and pedagogy that explicitly engages urgent issues of the Global South (race, gender, economic and other difference
  • Publishing and pedagogy that highlights marginalized perspectives including but not limited to those of African American, Latinx, Native American, Asian American, and immigrant literature.

Department of English

The Department of English is dedicated to offering rigorous academic programs that prepare our graduates for advanced study and a range of professions. Our department offers a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in English. Our B.A. and M.A. degrees have concentrations in Technical and Professional Writing; our PhD program has concentrations in Rhetoric, Writing, and Discourse Studies; Literary and Cultural Studies; and Technology and Media Studies. We also offer a graduate certificate in Professional Writing. All programs offer onsite, hybrid, and online delivery modalities. ODU has a long history of providing distance education courses with a robust, innovative technology infrastructure and well-equipped computer labs for instruction.

Old Dominion University:

Old Dominion University is an internationally-oriented, state-supported institution of more than 24,000 diverse students. The university has an R1 (Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Productivity) Carnegie Research Classification. The university is located in the greater Hampton Roads area with a population of about 1.8 million. The area is rich in recreational and cultural activities and has one of the best natural harbors on the East Coast. The resort city of Virginia Beach with miles of beaches is only half-an-hour drive towards the East, and Colonial Williamsburg is also within an hour’s drive from campus. We are located within three hours of Washington, DC and are a few hours away from the beauty and magnificence of the Shenandoah Mountains.

How to Apply:

Candidates should submit a letter of application (please indicate if desiring consideration for tenure-track or tenured position); a curriculum vitae; a writing sample (up to 25 pages, including links if available); a diversity statement, teaching philosophy; unofficial graduate transcripts; and complete contact information for three professional references to Review of applications will begin November 30, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Additional queries may be directed to search committee chair Dr. Luisa A. Igloria at

It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans, LGBTQ+, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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