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Job: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Creative Writing, U Calgary (deadline: Dec. 2 2016)

English – Assistant Professor (Creative Writing)


University of Calgary


Location: Alberta
Date posted: 2016-11-02
Advertised until: 2016-12-02

The Department of English, Faculty of Arts invites applications at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in the area of Creative Writing. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2017.

The successful applicant will be expected to establish and maintain an active creative practice as well as an active research program in the critical study of popular genre fiction, with the ability to secure external research funding; produce high impact work in the area of specialization; teach graduate and undergraduate courses in both creative and critical areas; supervise graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of English; and engage in meaningful service activities within the department, faculty, university and community.

We are seeking candidates with a PhD in English or closely related discipline, or advanced graduate or professional degree (such as MFA) and equivalent experience, with specialization in one or more popular fiction genres. Areas of expertise may include popular genres such as science fiction and/or fantasy, crime, romance and/or horror; preferred sub-specialties include young adult literature, mass market publishing, and/or other popular literary forms.

The successful candidate must demonstrate evidence of or potential for excellence in both creative research and teaching through such measures as peer-reviewed publications in leading journals and presses, and have a track-record of successful grant applications, course development and teaching effectiveness.

The Department of English is a research-intensive department with high standards in teaching. It values interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to research and training, and strongly encourages collaboration. The department has thriving MA and PhD programs with options for creative theses or dissertations at all levels, and significant expertise and recognized strengths in creative writing, popular literature and literary forms, historical literary periods, archival and book history, postcolonial literature, new media and digital humanities, among other areas. Please visit the Department of English website for more information.

In their letter to the committee, applicants should address current and future creative projects and research directions. They should also send a current curriculum vitae, a sample of published creative work, one refereed scholarly publication, and evidence of teaching excellence such as a statement of teaching philosophy, recent teaching evaluations, and examples of course development; and should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference forwarded directly to:

Dr. Jacqueline Jenkins, Head
Department of English
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4

or by email to:

Barb Howe,
Department of English

The deadline for applications is December 2, 2016.

The University of Calgary believes that a respectful workplace, equal opportunity and building a diverse workforce contribute to the richness of the environment for teaching, learning and research, and provide faculty, staff, students and the public with a university that reflects the society it serves. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

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