Assistant or Associate Professor, Creative Writing (Tenure-track) IDEA Faculty Cohort

The Ohio University Department of English in the College of Arts & Sciences invites applications for one full-time Assistant or Associate Professor of fiction writing (tenure-track) as part of Ohio University’s Innovative Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) faculty hiring initiative. The appointment is set to begin August 16, 2024.

The position is for a student-centered, innovative faculty member with a terminal degree (MFA or Ph.D.) in Creative Writing, English, or a closely associated field and at least one book of fiction published by or under contract with a nationally recognized press. Candidates should also have some secondary expertise in one or more of the following areas: screenwriting, playwriting, storytelling for new media, or digital writing. Preferred candidates will have substantial publication and/or production in their secondary expertise.

  •  The English Department serves as the tenure home for this position. However, the position also offers the opportunity for interdisciplinary innovation through connections with undergraduate and graduate programs in Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts or Scripps College of Communication. This may include teaching, coteaching, curricular development, and/or graduate student mentorship across colleges.

Faculty will be expected to teach primarily in person on Ohio University’s main campus in Athens, OH. Tenure-track faculty in the Department of English typically have an annual teaching load per year of 5 courses (15 credit hours), where substantial graduate supervision counts as one course. Salary for the appointment will be competitive based on the candidate’s credentials.

The minimum qualifications for this position include:

  • MFA or Ph.D. in English, Creative Writing, or closely associated field;
  • At least one book of fiction published by or under contract with a nationally recognized press;
  • Some secondary expertise in one or more of the following areas: screenwriting, playwriting, storytelling for new media, digital writing, or other narrative medium.

IDEA Faculty. Through the IDEA faculty hiring initiative, Ohio University seeks to advance Ohio University’s commitment to innovative teaching and impactful research in the areas of belonging, race, inclusion, diversity, gender, accessibility, and/or equity. IDEA faculty will build on areas of strength, support Ohio University’s R1 status, and reflect the teacher-scholar model through which research impacts graduate and undergraduate education. IDEA faculty will participate in a learning community to support each other’s work as well as the work of other faculty members. The IDEA faculty hiring initiative is part of Ohio University’s broader commitment to supporting Ohio University faculty throughout all the phases of their careers.

English Department: The Department of English has 36 full-time faculty across the main campus and seven regional campuses and centers in Southern and Central Ohio. Situated within the College of Arts & Sciences, the Department is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service to the students it serves in the undergraduate major, M.A., and Ph.D. degree programs and across the university in writing and humanities general education courses. Its Creative Writing Program has a national reputation for excellence in its undergraduate classes and in its M.A. and Ph.D. graduate programs, as well as a robust visiting writers’ series and the literary journals New Ohio Review and Quarter After Eight. To learn more about the strengths of our Department and student programs, visit

College of Arts & Sciences: The college is central to Ohio University’s transformative learning experience. The foundational instruction for the entire university, delivered through the general education and liberal arts curriculum, is provided by the College of Arts and Sciences. The college provides the primary instruction for approximately one-third of the undergraduate majors on campus, as well as half of the undergraduate credit hours on the Athens campus. In addition, the college offers a number of master’s programs, and eight departments offer doctoral degrees. A&S faculty are at the heart of Ohio University’s research activity.

Ohio University. Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public university in the state of Ohio. Our total enrollment is over 28,000 students across the state and online. About 20,000 students are undergraduates studying at our residential campus in Athens—our quintessential college town nestled deep in the Appalachian foothills of beautiful Southeast Ohio. Our picturesque campus is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains amidst scenic state and national parks and is just 75 minutes southeast of Columbus, Ohio.

Please upload and submit the following documents when prompted:

  1. A detailed cover letter
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae
  3. A 25- to 40-page sample of fiction writing
  4. Unofficial graduate transcripts

Additionally, you will be asked to provide contact information for 3 professional references. Applicants will be prompted to key-in contact information of their letter providers. These referees will receive an email and link inviting them to upload a recommendation letter.
Review of application materials will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please apply by October 23, 2023.  

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