Assistant Professor of English

The Department of English at the University of North Dakota invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in creative non-fiction writing.

The position requires a PhD in English or a closely related field, and teaching in an additional creative genre: poetry, fiction, genre fiction, digital creative fiction, or screenwriting. We are seeking candidates with experience in publishing-related work who can contribute to our undergraduate program in Writing, Editing, and Publishing. The position is contingent upon the availability of funding.

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will contribute to the English program and UND LEADS Strategic Plan through strong teaching, scholarly activity, and service within the department, college, university, and community. Our teaching load is two courses a semester, and the successful candidate will teach a range of courses: creative writing courses at the introductory, advanced undergraduate, and graduate levels; courses in our undergraduate Writing, Editing, and Publishing program; and literature courses at all levels as needed. The successful candidate will be able to further the department’s goal of making creative writing a visible and vibrant part of the UND campus experience, while bringing an appreciation of writing to the larger local and state community.

UND and the College of Arts & Sciences value diverse perspectives and seek applicants who are committed to helping students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed. The University of North Dakota is supportive of dual-career assistance both within the University and the local community. Please  contact UND’s Recruiting Manager, Hannah Whalen (  to explore dual-career opportunities.

About the Department

The English department is an active unit with B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. programs. Recent additions to our degree offerings include a certificate in writing and editing (, and another in creative writing ( Our annual Writers Conference ( has featured thirty-five Pulitzer Prize winners and four Nobel laureates.

Established in 1883, the University of North Dakota is the oldest research university in the state.  A flagship university with a strong liberal arts core, UND is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity. It was recently ranked among the top 100 public and top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report and is widely regarded as among the best universities in the Northern Plains region. UND enrolls nearly 14,000 students.

Minimum Requirements

  • Ph.D. in English or related field by August 15, 2024.
  • Academic credentials and/or publishing experience in creative non-fiction writing
  • Academic credentials and/or publishing experience in at least one other creative genre, such as poetry, fiction, genre fiction, digital creative fiction, or screenwriting 
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Official transcripts from the highest awarding educational institution must be provided upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Creative and scholarly work that shows potential for publication in relevant fields
  • Statement of teaching philosophy that demonstrates a commitment to excellence in teaching and knowledge of creative writing pedagogy
  • Academic credentials that demonstrate the expertise to teach literature at the advanced and graduate levels
    • Publishing-related experience that demonstrates expertise to teach editing and publishing courses
  • Teaching or academic experience that demonstrates the readiness to supervise graduate student research at both the MA and PhD levels
  • Experience with public-facing writing programming

For full consideration, applications must be received by November 1, 2023 and include the following materials:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy

Position is open until filled.

Questions can be directed to the department chair, Dr. Lori Robison, at

UND is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

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