Associate Professor in Creative Writing

Southampton, United Kingdom
£53,353 to £67,060
25 Jul 2022
End of advertisement period
19 Aug 2022
Contract Type
Full Time


Location:  Avenue Campus
Salary:   £53,353 to £67,060
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Friday 19 August 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1913422AR

About the Role

The Department of English at the University of Southampton is looking to appoint a full-time permanent Associate Professor in Creative Writing. The successful candidate will be expected to lead on the strategic development of Creative Writing as a discipline in the University as the Director of Creative Writing, and to undertake publication and engagement activities that will develop the profile and impact of Creative Writing at Southampton at a city, regional, and national level. They will be able to contribute to:

  • The development and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Creative Writing
  • Teaching and supervision on introductory modules, specialist second and third-year modules, and final-year Dissertation
  • Workshop-led teaching on the MA in Creative Writing and PhD Supervision
  • Developing partnerships with cultural institutions in Southampton and the region

About You

The successful candidate will be a published writer with a developing international profile as a practitioner in a field of Creative Writing, whether in prose (fiction or non-fiction), poetry, performance, scriptwriting or hybrid and cross-genre practices. They will have a PhD in English, Creative Writing, a related discipline, or equivalent professional experience. Applications may be especially welcome from those whose work engages with interdisciplinary or experimental practice, digital media, visual culture, or sound and audio, and with a proven track record of publications in essay collections or articles in international peer-reviewed journals.

Experience of teaching and undergraduate and postgraduate level is an essential requirement. Applicants who identify as Black, Asian, or Minority Ethic are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

About the Department

The Department of English at Southampton is a thriving Department with a commitment to fostering a strong sense of community among staff and students. We are one of the leading Departments for research in the UK: Southampton was ranked 8th in English in REF2021 and 10th in the Complete University Guide 2022. We are committed to developing teaching and research across the full-spectrum of English as a world literary language and in its related disciplines: film, television, visual culture, creative writing, and cultural studies.

About the University of Southampton

The University of Southampton is a public research university in Southampton, England. Southampton is a founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities in the United Kingdom, and ranked in the top 100 universities in the world.


Committed to supporting our teaching and research community we are open to a flexible working approach.  With an understanding that there is a need to be on campus for teaching duties we are open to a hybrid approach.  We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and those who have taken a career break. Proud to be a founding signatory of the Athena Swan gender equality charter we hold an institutional Silver award. 

As well as additional benefits that will make your life easier, such as a generous holiday allowance and additional university closure days. We will support your long-term future too, with access to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subsidised health and fitness facilities and a range of discounts.  

As a university we aim to create an inclusive environment that attracts, supports and retains the best students and staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences from across the world. We are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We believe that we can only truly meet our objectives if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating a working environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work.

Informal inquiries about this post and strongly welcomed and should be addressed to James Jordan, Head of Department, English:

 You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. References are requested along with your application. This reference system is automated so please ensure you provide the correct email address and allow time for these to be received, prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting. 

If you need any assistance, please call Sam Stubbs (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750, or email Please quote reference 1913422AR on all correspondence.