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Job: Creative Writing – Assistant Professor, Ryerson University (Deadline: 26 November 2021)

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the  territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the Department of English in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor effective July 1, 2022 subject to final budgetary approval. Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are among our core values and we are interested in all approaches related to creative writing, particularly those that engage with the transnational contexts of Asian or Black cultural production. Candidates are especially encouraged to provide details of how their lived and diverse experiences inform their creative work.

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, scholarly research or creative activity and service duties while maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities. Responsibilities will include: teaching creative writing (in both large lecture and small seminar class formats) alongside literature and culture courses; providing student supervision at the undergraduate and graduate levels; contributing to the undergraduate and graduate programs, including participating in curriculum development to enhance Creative Writing as a strength of our Department;  establishing and maintaining active and externally funded research and creative writing agendas; creating and nurturing relationships between literary communities in the GTA and the students in our programs; and participating in the academic life of the Department of English, the Faculty, and the University. 

The successful candidate will have completed a PhD in English or a related field and demonstrate a strong publishing record of creative writing in fiction or poetry by the expected start date. Candidates who are all-but-dissertation (ABD) and are very close to completion may also be considered. In addition, applicants shall demonstrate the following:

  • records of creative and critical excellence, as registered by a creative portfolio and scholarly publications, combined with evidence of excellence in teaching;
  • an active Creative Writing record and connections to the creative writing industry as evidenced by, but not limited to, publications; readings and public presentations; reviews; and awards; 
  • capacity for excellence in teaching at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curricula, including curricular development, best practices in pedagogy that includes effective use of classroom technology and experiential learning, and an ability to supervise graduate students;
  • commitment to our values of EDI as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population; and 
  • an ability and willingness to contribute to the life of the Department of English and the University through collegial service.  

Our search committee recognizes that scholars have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions. 

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) ( The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found here.

Ryerson University

Serving a highly diverse student population of over 45,000, with 100+ undergraduate and graduate programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning and distinguished by a professionally focused curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities, Ryerson is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and city-building through its award-winning architecture. 

Department of English

Our Department offers undergraduate and graduate (Master’s) programs. Our faculty prides itself on the excellence of its research, the quality of its teaching and community engagement. We are interested in candidates who will contribute to our existing strengths in research/creativity activity, teaching, and EDI through academic, professional, and diverse lived experiences and perspectives. 

Working at Ryerson

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At Ryerson and within our department, we firmly believe that equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to this path; our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do. 

Dedicated to a people first culture, Ryerson is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer. We invite you to explore the range of benefits and supports available to faculty and their families, including access to our diverse faculty and staff networks

Visit us on Twitter:  @RyersonU, @RyersonHR@RyersonVPFA and @RyersonECI and our LinkedIn company page.

Ryerson is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. To find out more about legal and policy obligations please visit the accessibility and Human Rights websites.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. 

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal (click on “Start Application Process” to begin) by November 26, 2021. The application must contain the following: 

  • a letter of application; 
  • a curriculum vitae; 
  • a 1 – 2 page statement describing your artistic practice and its relationship to your research interests.

Candidates who are selected for our long list will subsequently be asked to provide the following additional information: 

  • a recent research publication; 
  • a creative work sample and review;
  • a teaching dossier; and
  • names of three individuals who may be contacted for references.

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority, in accordance with Canadian immigration regulations. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.  


Any confidential inquiries about the opportunity can be directed to the DHC Chair, Dr. Anne-Marie Lee-Loy at  

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead at 

Black identified candidates who wish to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Shurla Charles-Forbes, Black Faculty & Staff Community Network at   

For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please contact Renee Gordon, HR Advisor, at

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