Assistant Professor in English (Creative Writing)

Dublin (IE)
04 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Dublin City University
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
School of English

Assistant Professor in English (Creative Writing)
Three-year Fixed Term Contract


Dublin City University (www.dcu.ie) is a research-intensive, globally-engaged, dynamic institution that is distinguished by both the quality and impact of its graduates and its focus on the translation of knowledge into societal and economic benefit. DCU prepares its students well for success in life, and in the workplace, by providing a high-quality, rounded education appropriate to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. As Ireland’s University of Enterprise and Transformation, it is characterised by a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship and a track-record of effective engagement with the enterprise sector, including commercial, social and cultural enterprises. Excellence in its education and research activities has led to its consistent position in the rankings of the world’s top young universities. DCU has been placed in the top 50 international universities under 50 years old in the recent QS ‘Top 50 Under 50’ rankings.  (e.g. QS top 50 Under 50; THE top 100 under 50). DCU has a strong track record in attracting both Irish and European Union funding under FP7, Horizon 2020, Marie Curie Actions and Erasmus. We offer a dynamic and internationally focused environment in which to advance your academic career.  

The School of English in Dublin City University is a research active and vibrant School with specialist knowledge in the areas of Irish Studies, Theatre Studies, Poetry, Critical Theory, Children’s Literature, and the long Nineteenth Century. We are seeking to consolidate and expand our Creative Writing modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level by recruiting an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) -above bar- from 1 September 2018. We are open to all suitable applications from Creative Writers in fiction with an international reputation in the arts and experience in teaching at University Level. Possessing the ability to teach modules beyond Creative Writing would be an advantage.

The School of English:

The School of English is involved in three undergraduate programmes, three taught postgraduate programmes including a new Creative Writing Masters programme and a PhD programme. The successful candidate will be expected to play a role in the development and delivery of the School’s taught programmes and in the identification and delivery of new programmes in their specialist area. 

The School is committed to high quality research and publications and supports its staff in such work.

Skills and Experience:

Applicants for the position must hold an honours degree, should be qualified to a post-graduate level. Applicants must have experience of teaching at University Level. The successful candidate will have an excellent international publication record and profile within the arts. Ideally they should have at least two years higher-level teaching experience. The successful candidate should be capable of working in a team and of providing leadership in developing teaching within the School. Specialist academic knowledge in American literature and fiction would be an advantage.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties and responsibilities of the two positions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Teach Creative Writing modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  • Take a lead role in the strategic development of the School’s Creative Writing profile and offering.
  • Pursue an active agenda in creative writing and publication.
  • Supervise postgraduate students.
  • Participate actively in School activities and contribute to the development of the School’s profile.
  • Undertake administrative duties related to the position.
  • Teach across the spectrum of undergraduate programmes.

Salary Scales:  Assistant Professor 
Assistant Professor / Lecturer above bar:     €51,671 - €82,217*
Assistant Professor / Lecturer below bar:     €38,736 - €53,251*

* Appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and will be made on the appropriate point of the lecturer salary scale in line with current Government pay policy.

Closing date: 18th June 2018

Informal Enquiries to:
Dr. Derek Hand, Head of School of English
E-mail: derek.hand@dcu.ie; Tel. +353 1 700 6099

Please do not send applications to this email address, instead apply as described below.

Further information:

More information on the School, including specific areas of research expertise and details of taught programmes, may be found at: 

Application Procedure:

Application forms are available from the DCU Current Vacancies (Open Competitions) website at http://www4.dcu.ie/hr/vacancies/current.shtml and also from the Human Resources Department, Dublin City University, Dublin 9. Tel: +353 (0)1 700 5149; Fax: +353 (0)1 700 5500 Email: hr.applications@dcu.ie 

Please clearly state the role that you are applying for in your application and email subject line: Job Reference #904 Assistant Professor in English (Creative Writing)

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to hr.applications@dcu.ie or by Fax: +353 (0)1 700 5500 or by post to the Human Resources Department, Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland.

Dublin City University is an equal opportunities employer