Assistant/Associate Professor - Creative Writing

Summary of Position

The University of North Carolina Wilmington invites applications for a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor of Creative Nonfiction Writing in the Department of Creative Writing on a continuing 9-month appointment, beginning Fall 2019. The successful candidate will join a nationally recognized department that offers both a BFA and an MFA, as well as a Certificate in Publishing from a unique teaching press. The successful candidate will demonstrate expertise in the development of the genre and its formal evolution through influential writers, and have a strong grounding in its various forms. Teaching duties will include all levels of writing workshops from beginning to graduate, as well as courses in forms, special topics, and the senior seminar. All curricula should emphasize diversity. The Assistant or Associate Professor will direct and read MFA and BFA theses, mentor graduate teaching assistants, serve on departmental committees, and be available for administrative duties.

Minimum Requirements

• An appropriate terminal degree (MFA, PhD, or equivalent degree).
• At the Assistant Professor level: At least one book of creative nonfiction of literary merit from a national press; At the Associate Professor level: Two or more books of creative nonfiction of literary merit from a national press and significant achievement in the field.
• Additional publications in reputable magazines or anthologies appropriate to rank.
• Demonstrated excellence in teaching creative nonfiction writing at undergraduate and/or graduate levels.

Preferred Qualifications

• Publication in and the ability to teach a second genre, or some aspect of editing and publishing.
• National recognition for creative work (e.g., literary awards, critical praise, etc.).
• Interest and/or experience in teaching culturally diverse curricula.
• Interest and/or experience in contributing to the leadership of programs and department.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The UNCW Department of Creative Writing is a community of deeply committed writers who believe that the creation of art is valuable to self and culture. We think you’ll find we are an open-minded and big-hearted group. Our faculty encourages a rigorous yet safe, supportive environment in which diverse writers can grow as artists and as individuals. We believe excellence starts with an informed application of craft and we encourage writers to explore aesthetics and methods across genre lines.

College/School Information

At UNCW, the College of Arts and Sciences provides the vital foundation for the university’s pursuit of excellence. Through our teaching, we educate students for lives of fulfillment in the twenty-first century. Through our research, we advance the state of knowledge and creativity in the arts and sciences. And through our outreach, we improve the quality of life in Southeastern North Carolina and beyond.

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. Guided by our Strategic Plan, the university is committed to nurturing a campus culture that reflects its values of diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation. A public institution with nearly 17,000 students, the university is focused on supporting and enhancing the student-centered learning experience that has been a hallmark since its founding in 1947. UNCW offers an array of programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is one of the 17 institutions that make up the UNC System.

EEO Statement

UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified persons from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Priority Consideration Information

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by December 15, 2018; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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