The Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston, in
conjunction with the School of Art and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell
Center for the Arts, announces a two-year, post-graduate fellowship
program in Creative Writing and the Arts beginning the 2021-2022
academic year. The opportunity is open to any practice in Creative
Writing (e.g., Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction). Candidates will work
alongside faculty in the Creative Writing Program and with their
peer fellows in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the
The Mitchell Fellow is an honored award to a post-graduate
candidate of the highest caliber in their respective field.
Mitchell Fellows are supported by the Mitchell Center to engage in
interdisciplinary methods of inquiry as well as dialogue, consult
and collaborate with faculty, students and schools across the UH
campus. Fellows will engage with the programs of the Mitchell
Center and regularly meet with the other Fellows. The ideal
candidate is one whose work/research supports the mission of the
and can cross over to teach Interdisciplinary
Arts courses, particularly the arts in society, and specifically
The Mitchell Fellow in Creative Writing is required to meet
regularly with the Director of the CWMC with the other CWM Fellows
(in Music, Theatre/Dance, Curatorial, and Visual Arts) to address
how the Fellows’ activities can best address the goals and vision
of the CWMC. In addition, the fellow will conduct research in their
field and mentor graduate students in that field. The Fellow will
teach one course per semester in the Creative Writing Program, to
be decided in discussion with the Director of Creative
1. Salary Stipend: $43,500/annually
2. Teaching load: 1/1. Course should be cross-listed with IART
program whenever appropriate; at least one class will be in the
3. Must have terminal degree in hand at the start of the fellowship
(either MFA or PhD in Creative Writing).
4. Two-year appointment.
Applicants must work in two or more artistic disciplines OR have
clear interdisciplinary research interests they wish to pursue
while a fellow . They must submit a statement on how
interdisciplinary practice/research informs their work or what
they hope to pursue or expand through interdisciplinary methods and
inquiry. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching,
research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to
our commitment to diversity and excellence.
- Meet regularly with the other CWMC Fellows and the Director of
the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center to plan activities with this
group that highlight collaboration, to conduct research in their
field and mentor graduate students in that field, and to
participate in CWMC activities.
- Annually create and execute one community engagement event
through CWMCAS and coordinate documentation of the project for
CWMCAS archives. This can be related to any of the programs in the
schedule of the Center such as Artist in Residence or Lecture
- Attend monthly meetings during the academic year with cohort of
Mitchell Fellows in CWMC offices to provide updates on work and
- A ttend all CWMC events, and serve as community ambassadors for
the Mitchell Center
Please submit with your application:
- A one-page statement of purpose.
- An interdisciplinary arts class proposal and sample syllabus of
this prospective class.
- A narrative that describes your teaching and presents your
teaching evaluations (quantitative summary, relevant student
comments) and/or a letter from a Creative Writing professor who has
observed your class.
- A C.V.
- A sample of your creative work. For prose, up to 15 pages; for
poetry, five poems.
The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with
disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University
prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual
orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Must have terminal degree in hand at the start of the fellowship
(either MFA or PhD in Creative Writing).
Notes to Applicant:
Official transcripts are required for
appointment and will be requested upon selection of the final
candidate. All positions at the university are security sensitive
and will require a criminal history check.