Associate Professor in Creative Writing

Melbourne, Australia
$162,589 - $179,122 p.a. plus 17% super
14 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
14 Dec 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time; Continuing 
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Department/School: School of Culture and Communication
Salary: Level D - $162,589 - $179,122 p.a. plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, celebration, initiation, and renewal and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About the Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people with diverse experiences to apply. This includes First Nations people, culturally and linguistically diverse people, Deaf and hard of hearing people, people with a disability, LGBTIQ+, and neurodiverse people. If you have any accessibility requirements for the application or interview, please contact us. We are dedicated to ensuring barrier-free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. A position description is available in alternate formats if required, including USB, Large Print, and Plain English.

The Faculty actively seeks to welcome and value the unique contributions of people from all backgrounds and is committed to diversity and inclusion practices to achieve our vision.

About the Role

Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne is a major in the Bachelor of Arts, with subjects (modules) focusing on fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting, graphic narratives, and writing for theatre and for video games. Our graduate coursework degree, the Master of Creative Writing, Publishing, and Editing, offers cross-genre subjects on key concepts in contemporary writing practice. Program members also supervise a large cohort of outstanding Ph.D. and Masters Research students.

We are seeking a Level D Associate Professor to make innovative contributions to the advancement of scholarship and teaching and research in their discipline, as well as in fostering the research activities of others and in research training. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Subject coordination, delivery, and curriculum design
  • Development of technology-based teaching, learning, and assessment programs, and resources
  • Designing and delivering overseas subjects and graduate research supervision
  • Publications, including (but not limited to) peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, books, creative outputs, and commissioned reports
  • Acquiring research and teaching and learning grants and external research income

Applicants with expertise in the areas of Poetry and Poetics or Creative Non-fiction are strongly encouraged to apply

About You

You are a creative writing practice and research specialist with the ability to teach, supervise and design new subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. You will have a clear commitment to community and industry engagement, with an emphasis on collaborative practices and the ethics of creative writing. You will have the expertise and significant publications in areas that complement and enhance those of the Program.

You will also have:

  • A completed Ph.D. in Creative Writing or a related discipline
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching and curriculum design, and experience in supervising Graduate Research projects
  • A record of securing research and/or creative grants
  • Demonstrated industry engagement, with a capacity to build local and international networks, and/or a capacity to develop ethically grounded community relationships and partnerships
  • Demonstrated excellence in leadership and management including the capacity to contribute to strategic planning that will advance the Program and the discipline 

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

About the University

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental, and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging, and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences, and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier-free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at

Applications close: 14 December 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Position Description: 0057594_Creative Writing Level D_PD.pdf