Assistant Professor of Creative Writing / English Language & Literature / Umkc School of Humanities

The Department of English Language and Literature seeks to help students develop skills in critical thinking, writing and communication through the study of literature, language, rhetoric, creative writing and publishing. Our award-winning faculty members are widely recognized in their fields of expertise.

Job Description
The Department of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is seeking a tenure-track faculty member in Creative Writing at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2024. We seek applicants who work within and across two or more genres, including poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, hybrid genres, playwriting, and screenwriting. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the ongoing development of a thriving Creative Writing program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as our department offers both a BA in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and an interdisciplinary MFA degree. In addition to Creative Writing workshops, the successful candidate should expect to teach the occasional general education course or other classes according to the needs of the Department.

Minimum Qualifications
The ideal candidate will be a writer with at least one published book, as well as other distinguished publications, and have experience in teaching undergraduate students. A PhD or MFA in Creative Writing or a closely related field should be completed by the start of the position.

Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Instructions
UMKC Human Resources website: Search using the Job Identification 47489.

Applications must be received online through the UMKC recruitment portal. To apply, please combine all application materials - cover letter, CV, teaching statement, and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages - into one PDF or Microsoft Word document with a maximum size of 11MB and upload online as your resume attachment. Limit the document name to 50 characters and do not include any special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

Applicants who progress to the second round of review will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation.

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