"The more a person knows, the more things have gone wrong."
- Umberto Eco, Numero Zero (2015)
Assistant Professor of Creative Writing
Application and Search Process
The University of South Alabama English Department invites applications for a non-tenure track, 9-month, one-year-only Assistant Professor of Creative Writing position, starting August 15, 2016. The position is in poetry and creative nonfiction. Required: PhD in English or M.F.A. in Creative Writing and a background in fiction or poetry and creative nonfiction.
Email vita, cover letter, and names of three references to Dr. Becky McLaughlin, Search Committee Chair, c/o Ms. Arnedra Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applications will begin April 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.
The successful candidate will teach a full load, consisting primarily of creative writing courses in poetry and creative nonfiction; actively participate in directing the USA Stokes Center in Creative Writing; and participate in departmental service related to creative writing.
The Department, University, and Community
The USA English Department has long been identified with outstanding creative writing faculty members and alumni. Past or present faculty members have received many honors, including the National Book Award, the Harper Lee Award, and the Alabama Poet Laureateship. Numerous former students have published novels, poetry collections, and works of creative nonfiction. The Department is exceptionally collegial, highly productive in research and creative work, and committed to quality undergraduate and graduate education.
The University of South Alabama is a growing research institution with more than 16,000 students.
The historic Mobile Bay area is home to many successful creative writers and boasts a lively arts scene (in which the USA creative writing faculty has long figured prominently).
The Stokes Center for Creative Writing
The Stokes Center enhances the English department’s offerings in creative writing
by sponsoring readings, lectures, forums, community projects, and other events that
are free and open to the public. It also supports students through its undergraduate
and graduate awards in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The Stokes Center
is committed to fostering a vibrant writers’ community in Southern Alabama, one that
not only showcases both local and national talent, but also provides a meeting place
for writers from around the world.
Visiting Writers Series
The University of South Alabama has been host to many distinguished authors and scholars over the years, including Margaret Atwood, Charles Bernstein, Jack Gilbert, Marjorie Perloff, Marge Piercy, W. D. Snodgrass, Diane Wakoski, Edward O. Wilson, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Now part of the Stokes Center, the Visiting Writers Series brings emerging and established authors to campus for readings and craft talks throughout the year. All events are free and open to the public.
If you have any questions about our search or the process, please contact Dr. Becky McLaughlin (Chair, Search Committee) at email@example.com.
The University of South Alabama is an EO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression), religion, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
Part-Time TeachingComposition opportunities, starting 15 August 2016. Required: M.A. in English or a Master’s Degree in a related field with a minimum of 18 graduate hours in English. Send your vita, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references and also arrange to have your official transcripts sent to:
The University of South Alabama
5991 USA Drive, N. / Room 240
Mobile, AL, 36688