Lecturer in the Discipline of Writing

Columbia University School of the Arts invites applications to fill the position of Lecturer in the Discipline of Writing to begin July 1, 2024. This is a one-year term appointment, with possible renewal for a total of three years.

The Writing Program offers an undergraduate major in Creative Writing, and the MFA in Writing with concentrations in Fiction, Poetry and literary Nonfiction. Candidates with at least one publication by a nationally recognized press, or several published stories, essays, or poems are encouraged to apply. The Program invites applicants who work in one genre, or whose work is cross-genre, and who have a strong commitment to teaching and service.

The lecturer will teach 3 classes each fall and spring semester and will work closely with the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Chair of Writing to administer the undergraduate major. Courses taught will be primarily undergraduate workshops, seminars or lectures, though there may be opportunities to teach MFA workshops or seminars. Other duties include advising students and student groups.

Teaching experience is required; undergraduate and graduate teaching is preferred.

Columbia University School of the Arts is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups.

The Columbia University School of the Arts offers Masters of Fine Arts Degrees in four disciplines: Film, Theatre, Visual Arts and Writing; a Masters of Arts degree in Film Studies; and undergraduate majors in Creative Writing, Film Studies and Visual Arts.


A record of significant professional achievement as a writer in fiction, nonfiction poetry, and/or cross-genre.

Minimum Degree Required: BA or equivalent undergraduate degree.

Preferred Degree Required: MFA/graduate degree.

Application Instructions

All applications must be made through Columbia University’s Academic Search and Recruiting (ASR) system. Please upload the following required materials: cover letter, CV, contact information for three references who may be asked to provide a letter at a later point in our search.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the search is filled.  

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Pay Transparency Disclosure

The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training.  The above hiring range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

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