Instructor, Creative Writing

The English Department at Eastern Illinois University invites applications for a full-time lecturer in creative writing. Open genre, with the ability to teach in at least two genres required. (The department offers courses at both the undergraduate and MA level in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and playwriting/screenwriting.) Candidates with secondary areas of specialization in any area of English studies are welcome. The successful candidate will teach creative writing in our undergraduate and MA programs, as well as additional courses as appropriate. The lecturer will also share in the work of advising MA and undergraduate honors students who write creative theses. Some (but not all) of our creative writing classes are taught online, so the successful candidate must be interested in teaching online workshops. Service to our several reading series, annual literary festival, our faculty-edited literary magazine or creative writing related student organizations is optional but welcome. The position begins August 16, 2023.

An MFA or doctorate in English is required by time of appointment. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and experience with promoting inclusive excellence are required. To apply, please submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, teaching philosophy, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation.

Send applications to Search Committee Chair Colleen Abel via Interfolio at For questions regarding this search, please contact Angela Vietto, Department Chair, at

Review of applications begins March 27, 2023, and will continue until position is filled.

The University & Community: Eastern Illinois University takes pride in creating a warm, welcoming environment for all faculty, staff and students. Established in 1895, EIU boasts a rich tradition of preparing students for their personal and professional goals. A traditional regional residential institution, EIU offers a superior education at a relatively low cost while consistently earning high rankings and distinctions for its affordability, academic program quality, career placement rates, campus safety, online degree options, student support, and sustainability initiatives. EIU focuses on individualized attention and superior student relationships, and has earned recognition as the highest-ranking independent public regional university in Illinois and a place among the Midwest’s top public regional universities according to U.S. News and World Report. EIU hosts more than 175 student organizations on campus, and offers a variety of cultural events, NCAA Division I athletics, and active research opportunities for its students to enjoy and to thrive. EIU has become recognized for providing the resources of a large institution while creating the kinds of individual relationships that support student and alumni success.

Eastern Illinois University is located in Charleston, Illinois – a comfortable and safe east central town within a two-to three-hour drive of three major metropolitan areas – Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. 

Diversity and Inclusion: Eastern Illinois University is committed to fostering a learning community where all members feel welcomed and valued. The university provides equality of opportunity in all areas of campus life and we strive to recognize and appreciate the unique value of our students, faculty, and staff. Every member of campus has the right to learn and work in an environment free of discrimination and harassment, and beyond that, our goal is for all members of our community to develop a strong sense of belonging to Eastern Illinois University.

Eastern Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/female/disability/veteran - committed to achieving a diverse community.

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