Page for Academic Positions in Creative Writing that begin in 2018.

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Macalester College (MN) - TT Asst. Professor - ProseEdit

The Macalester College Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track position in Creative Writing-Prose at the rank of Assistant Professor. Area(s) of specialization may include long or short forms in any creative prose genre(s) including, but not limited to: creative nonfiction, fiction, memoir, or experimental or digital writing. Completed MFA or PhD in Creative Writing and a significant record of publication in nationally recognized venues, including a published book of prose with a press of national standing, are required. The successful candidate will join a renowned and collegial faculty in a department with a thriving creative writing program, teach students at all levels from introductory creative writing to senior honors projects, and have ample opportunities for new course development. Beginning Fall 2018.

To apply electronically submit a letter of application and C.V. For any questions about the position, please contact Professor Andrea Kaston Tange, Search Committee Chair, at or 651-696-6810. Applications received by November 1, 2017, will receive first consideration.

Macalester College is a highly selective, private liberal arts college in the vibrant Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, which has a population of approximately three million people and is home to numerous colleges and universities including the University of Minnesota. Macalester’s diverse student body comprises over 2000 undergraduates from 49 states and the District of Columbia and over 80 nations. The College maintains a long-standing, mission-driven commitment to academic excellence with a special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. As an Equal Opportunity Employer supportive of affirmative efforts to achieve diversity among its faculty and staff, Macalester College strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

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Deadline: Nov. 1 2017

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George Mason University (VA) - Term Assistant Professor, Director of Creative Writing (Start Jan. 2018)Edit

The George Mason University English Department seeks a full-time, 12-month Term Assistant Professorship to serve as Director of the master's and bachelor's of fine arts (MFA and BFA) programs in Creative Writing and to teach undergraduate Creative Writing courses. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Responsibilities: With support from the Assistant Director and the Executive Committee, the Director of Creative Writing oversees all aspects of the program, including student recruitment (including sequence of open houses), faculty and staff recruitment, new student orientation and annual preparation of MFA handbooks, marketing (including Web site and social media), fundraising from outside sources, development, course rotations and curriculum development at both graduate and undergraduate levels, assignment of thesis advisors, administering of 46 teaching assistantships and four third-year thesis fellowships, alumni outreach, and the Visiting Writers Program. This position coordinates with several autonomous student publications (e.g., Phoebe, So To Speak, and The George Mason University Review) and with other related organizations such as the Fall for the Book Festival, Stillhouse Press, and Alan Cheuse International Writers Center. This position teaches two undergraduate Creative Writing courses per semester.

The Director of Creative Writing serves the program and its faculty as liaison to the English Department and the university administration, and supervises a Creative Writing Assistant Director as well as two Administrative Assistants shared with the English Department. This position meets regularly with the English Chair and with the Creative Writing Executive Committee, which consists of a faculty member from each concentration.

Required Qualifications: The successful candidate will have an MFA or Ph.D. in English or a related field; be a writer with a proven record of excellence in administration in an academic setting or arts organization; have some teaching experience at the college/undergraduate level; familiarity with contemporary writing culture; strong administrative, organizational and supervisory skills; budget and fundraising experience; and knowledge of social media as a marketing tool.

George Mason University, located outside of Washington, D.C., in Fairfax, Va., boasts a nationally-renowned MFA program established in 1980 and a BFA launched in 2013 that offers fiction, poetry and nonfiction concentrations.

This search is open until the position is filled, with active consideration during October 2017, campus interviews in November, selection by mid-December, and start date in January 2018.

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Deadline: Oct. 2017

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Q: Does anyone know of any expected job openings for this next cycle? (I ask because often people know of approved jobs before the ads are posted, or know of anticipated searches, or know of faculty who left/retired and will likely be replaced.)



under 30: 1

30-35: 2

36-40: 3

41-45: 1


over 50: 2

TOTAL: 9 <-- Don't forget to update Total!

Field Edit

Poet: 3

Fiction Writer: 1

Nonfiction Writer:


  • Poetry/Criticism: 2
  • Creative Nonfiction/Fiction:
  • Fiction/Poetry:
  • Hybrid/Fiction/Poetry/Theory/Pedagogy: 1
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  • Poetry/Film/Visual Arts:
  • Fiction/Poetry/Film:
  • Fiction/Literary essays/CNF: 1
  • Poetry/Visual Arts:
  • Fiction/Criticism:
  • Fiction/Screenwriting/Comics/Nonfiction:

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Employment STATUS Edit

Unemployed and looking for job:

Administrative job/Publisher:

Employed in other field, wanting to re-enter academia:

Employed in other field, just trying to break into academia:

Finishing MFA or Ph.D. & going on the market: 3

Have fellowship after MFA or Ph.D. & going on the market:

Working as adjunct/lecturer, looking for TT job: 1

Have visiting gig, looking for TT: 1

Have fixed-term gig, looking for TT: 1

Have visiting gig, looking for another visiting gig (not TT):

Have TT job and looking for new one:

Have TT job and on the market because of a spouse/partner: 1

Had TT job but quit to go on the market because of spouse/partner:

Have TT job and want to keep it but need an offer elsewhere to get a raise:

Tenured and on the market because of a spouse/partner:

Have tenure but looking for new job: 1

Tenured at undergrad-only institution, looking for job in MFA program:

Window shopping:  

Degrees Edit

PhD only:

PhD and MA:

PhD and MS:

PhD and MA (lit, not cw): 1

Phd and Terminal MA:

MFA and ABD: 1

MA and ABD:

MFA, MA, and ABD:

MFA only: 4

PhD and MFA in . . .

  • Fiction:
  • Poetry: 1
  • Nonfiction:

PhD and MFA (two genres):

PhD, MFA, and MSc (three genres):

PhD, MFA, and MA: 1

Two MFAs (in different genres or same):

Terminal MA: 

MFA and MA:

MFA and MA (not in CW):

MA (not terminal):

MAT and MFA:

Other: (PhD Rhet/Comp MFA Creative Nonfiction) (PhD Critical Theory/Cultural Studies, MFA CW) (MA in English Lit & Cultural Studies/MA in Creative Writing)(JD) (PhD Lit--ABD, MFA Fiction)

Publications Edit

No book yet: 1

First book under contract:

First academic book under contract:

First book published: 1

First book under contract + edited anthology published: 1

First book + edited anthologies published:

First book + critical book published + edited book under contract:

First book published, second book under contract: 1

First book published, second book in submission:

Second book published: 2

Multiple books published: 1

Multiple books + edited anthology published: 1

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