Lecturer in Creative Writing

Lismore, Australia
31 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
17 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Located at the picturesque Lismore campus
  • Exciting continuing opportunity 
  • Excellent remuneration and work conditions 

Position Overview

The School of Arts and Social Sciences is seeking to appoint a Level B academic to continue the development of programs in creative writing. 

The School of Arts and Social Sciences is a large, multi-disciplinary School offering programs online and across the University’s Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Gold Coast campus locations. The School offers a range of awards in the areas of Humanities, Media, Contemporary Music, Arts and Design, and Social Sciences on-campus and flexible delivery modes, all of which include Honours programs.

The Creative Writing units are taught in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Creative Arts (from 2018), the Associate Degree in Creative Writing and a new Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing (from 2018), as well as across a range of double degrees such as the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education, and the Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Creative Writing (from 2018). Degrees in Creative Writing were designed in response to requests from peak local and national organisations for degrees that prepared students for a professional writing life. The degrees offer a range of units that enable students to gain skills across all writing genres and to develop the attributes required for a professional career in writing. Prospective career paths from the Degree of Creative Writing  may include: fiction and nonfiction writing; journalism; writing for film, television, theatre; editing and publishing; literary criticism, writing reviews and social commentary, as well as the ability to work in the public service and arts related industries.

The successful candidate will undertake core teaching in Creative Writing and work closely with a team of academics in developing an innovative and flexible curricula, conducting research and fostering partnerships with relevant industry groups and professional organisations.  The candidate may be required to take on, or at times relieve in the role of Course Coordinator of the degrees in Creative Writing.

Individuals with a research focus complementary to School staff and/or other SCU or external stakeholders are encouraged to apply.  The appointee will be expected to develop and maintain appropriate links with community, professional and industry bodies.

The successful candidate may be required to travel between all University campuses in order to undertake their duties.

Required Skills and Experience

Ideally, the appointee should possess the following qualifications, skills, abilities and experience:

  1. A PhD in a relevant discipline
  2. Demonstrated skills and experience in teaching at tertiary level, curriculum planning, development and implementation, and educational administration.
  3. A track record in scholarship and/or research as evidenced by publications and grant applications and supervision of research students.
  4. Demonstrated experience in the use of contemporary educational technologies and proven, practical experience in delivering creative writing content in blended and online environments, including digital interactive content delivery.
  5. Demonstrated high level interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to establish effective relationships with staff and students.
  6. Evidence of an ability to engage with region and community, and communicate effectively with a wide range of external and internal stakeholders including professional and industry bodies.
  7. Demonstrated ability to work as an effective team member, and strong organisational skills.
  8. A capacity for adaptability and flexibility in a rapidly changing environment.
  9. Demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity and a working knowledge of equity and workplace health and safety principles.

Closing date: Friday, 17 November 2017 at 9:00am AEDT

To view the full position advertisement and details of the application process please click on the APPLY NOW button below where you will be redirected to the Southern Cross University website.  The Vacancy ID is 17080.