DURHAM UNIVERSITY

Assistant Professor in Creative Writing

Location
Durham (GB)
Posted
14 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
08 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Assistant Professor in Creative Writing 0.5 FTE (Grades 7 and 8) 

As one of the UK’s leading universities, Durham is an incredible place in which to define your career and enjoy a high quality work/life balance. Benefitting from a fantastic location just 90 minutes south of Edinburgh, and less than three hours away from London, this historically rich city is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral, dating back to the 11th century and is within close proximity of the beautiful Durham Dales.   With a welcoming student body that numbers more than 17,000 and over 3,000 members of staff, this centre of academic excellence looks forward to welcoming your application.  

About us:
Durham University is listed 4th in The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 and is widely lauded for the exceptional talent it harbours.  Featuring in the top 100 World University Rankings 2017-2018, our students and academics are at the heart of our world-leading research and teaching capabilities, shaping the future with their ground-breaking work.  The needs of our staff are taken care of too, with generous pension plans, assistance with childcare facilities, the option for flexible working and a Relocation Manager who can help settle you into this fantastic city. 

The role: 
One of the UK’s leading departments, English Studies at Durham has long-standing associations with practising writers, Durham Book Festival and a range of international poetry organisation.  Our current staff include award-winning poets and biographers.  Now we are seeking two part-time Assistant Professors in Creative Writing, to build on our strengths at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

We will look to you to undertake creative writing of the highest quality and international influence, while contributing to teaching, examination and assessment.  You will also produce research of global reach and significance.  At Durham, you will also enjoy the opportunity to get involved in the activities of University Institutes and Centres, including the Institute of Advanced Study and the Centre for Poetry and Politics. 

You’ll need:

  • A good first-degree, complemented by a PhD in the discipline (either completed, or currently in progress) or an equivalent level of demonstrable skills and experience as a practitioner of creative writing.
  • To be an exceptional creative writer working in any genre or mode. 
  • The ability to produce world-class publications, along with a personal writing plan which supports the activities of the department. 
  • The confidence to supervise PhD students. 
  • To be willing to develop successful research project proposals, with the scope to secure funding or generate income. 
  • Experience of delivering high-quality teaching across lectures and in smaller study groups. 
  • Confident communication skills, with the willingness to work collaboratively as part of a team and the ability engage with students across a variety of forums. 

If you haven’t specifically met the above criteria but have recently completed or are concluding your PhD and feel you have the skills needed to do so, then you are invited to apply for the role at grade 7. 

How to apply:
We value and promote an inclusive and diverse working environment at Durham and we welcome applications from all individuals.

We prefer to receive applications online.   For this role we are working with our partner organisation TMP (UK) Limited and your application will initially be submitted to TMP (UK) Limited via our website.

Please carefully read the job description for this post which outlines the documents which you will be required to submit, information about referees, contact details should you require further information and next steps including an indication of when interviews will take place.

For further information and to apply please visit https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/recruitment/ 

Closing date : 08th December 2017