Assistant Professor in Creative Writing, Prose

Chicago, Illinois
16 Oct 2018
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16 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Description:

The Department of English at the University of Chicago invites applications for two assistant professorships for the Program in Creative Writing in the Department of English Language & Literature. We seek writers of literary fiction and/or nonfiction whose work, through innovations in form and genre, engages questions of race and ethnicity, particularly in relation to African American, Hispanic/Latinx, or Native American contexts. Applicants should have a record of significant publication in prose genres, including at least one book from a respected publisher, and show evidence of talent and commitment as a teacher with the ability to shape the future of an ambitious creative writing program in a major research university. 

A goal of the search is to increase faculty diversity in the departments of English and Creative Writing and we therefore encourage applicants who come from groups historically underrepresented in the academy such as black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaskan Native. 

The start of the appointment will be July 1, 2019. An MFA or a PhD in Creative Writing is required. The degree must be completed prior to the time of application. Position is contingent upon final budgetary approval. 

To apply for this position you must submit your application through the University of Chicago Academic Career Opportunities website,, and select requisition #03912. 

Applicants must upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a 20-30 page writing sample. The deadline for applications will be November 6, 2018.  

Additional Information or Requirements:


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Cover Letter
Curriculum Vitae
Reference Contact Info 
Writing Sample 1  

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