Assistant Professor of Creative Writing - Poetry and Creative Nonfiction

The Department of English at Coastal Carolina University invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of English specializing in creative writing with a primary focus in poetry and a secondary specialty in creative nonfiction. The appointment will be effective August 2020. Candidates who will add to the diversity of our faculty are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates must hold an MFA or PhD in Creative Writing by August 2020 and have college-level teaching experience. Experience with literary journal editing, digital platforms and design, and/or the teaching of editing is desirable. The successful candidate will have significant poetry and creative nonfiction publications in literary journals and/or at least one published book of poetry. The individual hired for this position will have the opportunity to teach graduate courses in the Master of Arts in Writing program, undergraduate poetry and creative nonfiction workshops, and introductory creative writing courses. The position also includes a significant role in the production of Waccamaw, Coastal Carolina’s online literary journal, and opportunities to contribute to the department’s visiting writers series, as well as projects of our undergraduate creative writing minor and English major concentration.

The Department of English ( aspires to create a diverse and inclusive community of scholars that promote reading and writing critically through an open exchange of ideas so that our students can better understand—and write perceptively on—the historical, cultural, and aesthetic dimensions of language and literature. Furthermore, we are committed to innovative teaching and strongly encourage the development of experiential and multimodal learning. The department offers two majors: the B.A. in English and the B.A. in Digital Culture and Design. We also offer six minors and house the M.A. in Writing program, which prepares students for careers in writing, editing, and publishing or for further graduate study in M.F.A. or Ph.D. programs. 

Coastal Carolina University is a public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, South Carolina, just nine miles from the Atlantic coastal resort city of Myrtle Beach. Coastal Carolina University enrolls over 10,000 students from 45 states and 58 nations. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the baccalaureate and selective master’s degrees of national and/or regional significance in the arts and sciences, business, humanities, education, and health and human services, a specialist degree in educational leadership, and Ph.D. degrees in Marine Science and Education.

Coastal Carolina University is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. 

Interested candidates should submit electronically to (1) a letter of application that addresses the qualifications specified in this advertisement and includes a paragraph about the applicant’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) the names and contact information for three professional references. Acceptance of application materials will begin immediately and continue through a priority deadline of November 15, 2019 or until the position is filled.

Coastal Carolina University is an EO/AA employer.

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