Professor in Creative Writing

Melbourne, Australia
18 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
30 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Work type: Continuing
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Department/School: School of Culture and Communication
Salary: $187,654 (Level E)
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - 17% superannuation

We are seeking a Level E Professor to enrich and advance our program in Creative Writing. The appointee will have expertise and significant publications in areas of Creative Writing practice and scholarship that complement and enhance our Program. 

Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne teaches a major in the Bachelor of Arts, with subjects focused on writing various genres, including fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting and writing for performance. Our successful graduate coursework degree, the Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing, also offers cross-genre subjects on key issues in contemporary writing practice and the literary landscape. The program also supervises a large cohort of outstanding PhD and Masters by research students. Our academics produce creative and critical research, which is rated at world standard, and they engage with the community through participation in festivals and events, judging of awards, and partnerships with publishers and cultural institutions. Creative Writing staff are active in publishing in their areas of expertise and are successful in attracting research funding, including Australian Research Council Linkage grants, University and Faculty funding as well as collaborating to develop grants with colleagues across the globe. We aim to continue to develop these strengths, particularly in the areas of:

  • Poetry and poetics;
  • Contemporary Australian writing;
  • Australian Indigenous writing;
  • Popular Genre Fiction;
  • Young Adult Fiction/Children’s writing;
  • Comics and graphic novels;
  • Serial storytelling including TV writing and Podcast writing;
  • Ecofictions: Writing and the environment;
  • Writing and disability;
  • New directions in creative nonfiction;
  • Writing for performance and New Media. 

The School of Culture and Communication is a thriving research hub for critical thinking in the humanities. This agenda is led by world-leading scholars whose fields of research include literary and cultural studies, art history, cinema and performance, media and communication and Australian Indigenous studies. The School is also host to a range of funded research concentrations, such as the Australian Centre, the Centre for Advancing Journalism, the Research Unit in Public Cultures and the Research Unit in Enlightenment, Romanticism and Contemporary Culture.  More broadly, our academics publish, speak and blog on topics as diverse as romanticism, poetry, Asian popular culture, digital media, climate change, network societies, gender and sexuality, racism, cosmopolitanism, and contemporary arts.

One of the largest Schools in the Faculty of Arts, we contribute exciting majors and subjects to the Bachelor of Arts, as well as offering unique Masters level courses that lead towards professional vocations in publishing, writing, museums and galleries, other arts and media institutions. Our extensive doctoral program includes coursework, as well as many opportunities to participate in reading groups, seminars, conferences and other events that augment the intellectual values of the School.

Our School considers the public life of the humanities an enduring tradition that enriches contemporary society, and we have many community and industry partnerships through which we engage with a wider audience.

For information to assist you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria, please go to: 

Position Description

Advertised: 18 Mar 2019 12:00 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 30 Apr 2019 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time