Assistant Professor in Creative Writing (Fiction)

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY’S Department of English invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Creative Writing (Fiction) at the level of Assistant Professor beginning in July 2024. We seek candidates who hold a terminal degree in creative writing or literature (MFAor PhD), and whose literary practice engages African American contexts.

The creative writing program at Wake Forest is dynamic and dedicated to contributing to the artistic and intellectual life of the university. We house the prestigious publisher of innovative fiction, Fiction Collective Two (FC2), directed by Joanna Ruocco; host a distinguished visiting author reading series featuring writers such as Chris Abani, Renee Gladman, and George Saunders; and sponsor a lively student reading series. We offer a popular minor and teach masters students seeking a creative writing concentration. Our students have been accepted to top graduate programs, including the MFA programs at Iowa and Notre Dame. We value collaboration, creative openness, and interdisciplinarity in our programming and courses. The successful candidate may also work with the African American Studies Program, which features signature distinctions in African American arts, aesthetics, and expressive culture.  

Applicants should have a book or record of significant publication, experience teaching creative writing workshops, ability to shape an ambitious creative writing program, and commitment to co-directing the reading series. Salary is competitive. The teaching load is 2/2.

Additional Job Description

Wake Forest University actively embraces diversity and inclusivity and welcomes applicants with a demonstrated commitment to and success in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest University is an AA/EEO employer and values an inclusive and diverse learning community and campus climate.

Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational institution dedicated to academic excellence in liberal arts, graduate and professional education. With 5,200 undergraduates and 3,200 graduate and professional students, the student-faculty ratio is 11:1. Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities and an active athletics community. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “Pro Humanitate.” For quick facts about the University, visit

A cover letter, CV, 20-30 page fiction writing sample, and teaching philosophy should be submitted as a single PDF at Applicants should arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to Review of applications will begin on November 3, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but to guarantee full consideration they should be received by November 1, 2023. Initial interviews will be conducted by videoconference; finalists will be invited for on-campus interviews. Questions about the position may be addressed to: Inquiries about the application process and document submission may be addressed to

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