Assistant Professor of Creative Writing


Assistant Professor of Creative Writing 

The Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences at Howard University  invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Creative Writing, with an emphasis on creative non-fiction, with duties to commence Fall 2024.


Howard University, a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research intensive and historically Black private university, provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational opportunities for Black students. Howard University is currently classified as an R2 research university with aspirations and actions underway to achieve R1 status within the next few years. It is a residential campus of approximately 12,000 students located in the heart of the nation’s capital, Washington, DC.

The Department of English currently consists of 22 tenured/tenure-track faculty members, conducting research with specializations in African American, American, Caribbean, English and comparative literatures and critical theory. It offers BA and PhD degrees in these areas.

Required Qualifications:

  • MFA or Ph.D  in Creative Writing or related field
  • One published book of non-fiction and a record of publication in a second area,
  • Record of teaching, and professional service commensurate with the rank of assistant professor or higher; and
  • An excellent record in teaching creative writing.

Complete applications consist of a single PDF file containing:

1) Letter of interest addressing qualifications listed above;

 2) Current curriculum vita;

3) Please send a single PDF file application with curriculum vitae, names of three references related specifically to teaching, and teaching portfolio (syllabi, evaluations)

 4) Two-page statement of teaching experience and philosophy;

 5) Names and contact information for three references who will provide letters upon request from the search committee.

6) Books should be sent to Chair, Search Committee, Creative Writing, Department of English 2441 Sixth Street, NW 248 Locke Hall Washington, DC 20059.

Completed applications should be addressed to the Chair of the search committee: Prof Patricia Elam-Walker and submitted electronically to her at:

Preliminary screening will begin on December 1 and continue until February 1. The desired starting date is August 16, 2024. Additional details and information can be found at

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, marital status, religion, disability or protected veterans’ status. Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities or veterans’ status, Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at 202-806-1280

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