Contract or Sessional Job Postings

Job: Creative Writing – LTA Assistant Professor, University of Calgary (Application review begins: 1 February 2023)

The Department of English in the Faculty of Arts invites applications for a three and a half years, limited term appointment position in Creative Writing at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2023 – December 31, 2026. 

Applicants should have, at minimum, a Master’s degree in English, Creative Writing, or a related discipline, at least one book or the equivalent published with a reputable press, and experience teaching creative writing.

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), teaching literature courses, providing student supervision at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and taking part in the administration of the creative writing program and the Department of English as a whole.

The successful candidate will have published work with an established press in at least one genre of creative writing, including but not limited to: popular genre, fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or hybrid form work. Publication or teaching experience in a second genre will be an asset. Priority will be given to candidates with a strong record of creative publication, and teaching experience in creative writing in more than one genre.

The Department of English is a research-intensive department with high standards in teaching. We value interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to research and training, and strongly encourage collaboration. Our department has thriving MA and PhD programs, and significant expertise and recognized strengths in Canadian and global English literature, creative writing, new media and digital humanities, popular genre fiction, among other areas including traditional anglophone and historical literary studies. For more information about the Department of English, please visit 

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online via the ‘Apply Now’ link. Please be aware that the application allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents): 

  • A letter of interest that details how you meet the requirements of the position
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • No more than two samples of creative writing
  • No more than one sample of scholarly writing (optional)
  • A statement of teaching philosophy and a teaching dossier, which must include, at minimum, two sample syllabi and summaries of the quantitative and qualitative results of two sets of course evaluations, if available
  • An equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) statement identifying the applicant’s contributions or potential contributions to advancing a culture of equity and inclusion
  • Names and contact information for three referees 

For questions about the posting, please direct your inquiries to: 
Dr. Hendrik Kraay, Interim Head
Department of English 
Faculty of Arts

The selection committee will begin reviewing applications on 1 February 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. 

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ( and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources (

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)

To apply, please click here.

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts, visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit
About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world’s cleanest cities and has been named one of the world’s most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 

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