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Job: Creative Writing – Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa (Deadline: Dec. 11, 2020)

The Department of English at the University of Ottawa, located on the ancestral, unceded land of the Algonquin Nation, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor specializing in Creative Writing. Position expected to start July 1, 2021.

Title of the position: Assistant professor, but higher ranks will be considered under exceptional circumstances.

Duties: The functions of a member of the academic staff include, in varying proportions: a) teaching activities; b) scholarly activities consisting of research, artistic or literary creation, or professional work; c) academic service activities; d) supervision of graduate students.

The successful candidate will direct and develop our recently created program in Creative Writing, which currently consists of a minor, certificate, and option. Student enrolments in these programs have doubled projections. We seek a colleague who will eventually guide the creation of a major and MFA. Creative Writing is not only a growth area in our department but also a focal point of our department’s liaison with the vibrant creative writing community in Ottawa and nationally through our longstanding writer-in-residence program (for a list of writers we have hosted, see ).

In addition to directing the program in Creative Writing and teaching Creative Writing courses, the successful candidate will contribute to teaching literature and theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels in one or more of the following areas: critical race theory, African diasporic/Black literatures, Indigenous literatures, postcolonial literatures, and/or Anglophone literatures of South Asia. We seek a colleague who will collaborate with existing faculty in our efforts to move our curriculum, departmental culture, and community connections in the direction of equity and inclusivity.

Terms: Tenure-track position

Wage:  Salary scale for an Assistant Professor starts at $ 86,986 (as of May 1, 2020)

Benefits package: The University of Ottawa provides a complete benefits package which includes long-term disability, basic group life insurance, supplementary health insurance, University of Ottawa Pension Plan, and optional life insurance, as well as relocation expenses.

Location of work: Department of English

University of Ottawa

70 Laurier Avenue East

Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Contact information: Dr. Jennifer Panek, Interim Chair

Department of English

Faculty of Arts

Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Skills requirements:

  • Education : Ph.D. in English Literature or a related field
  • Work experience: Demonstrated excellence in teaching Creative Writing and a strong record of publication. Experience in teaching literary studies is an asset.  Passive knowledge of the French language is a requirement for tenure.

Application deadline: Applications received by December 11, 2020 will receive full consideration but the position will remain open until filled.

Posting no.: 20063-ARTS

Please send the following application materials, combined into a single pdf document: letter of application, statement of teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and samples of both creative and scholarly writing. In addition, three confidential letters of reference, on letterhead and signed, should be sent directly by the referees to:

Dr. Jennifer Panek, Interim Chair
Department of English
University of Ottawa

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The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority members (racialized persons), persons with disabilities, women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse and inclusive communities. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups are asked to complete the confidential Self-Identification Questionnaire, to be completed at the time of application. Please take note of this posting number. This questionnaire can be found online.

According to government policy, all qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. When submitting your application, please indicate if you are legally entitled to work in Canada.

The University of Ottawa provides accommodations for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you are invited to proceed in the selection process, please notify us of any accommodations that you require by contacting the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations at 613-562-5958. Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

The University of Ottawa is proud of its 170-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides training to staff members and to their spouses in their second official language. All courses in the Department of English are taught in English. However, at the time of tenure, professors in the Department of English are required to have a passive knowledge of French—reading and aural comprehension—sufficient to allow them to function in bilingual committees and other working environments.

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