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Margaret Shuping Fellow & Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction

Department of English
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Dependent on Experience and/or Qualifications
Posted Date
Oct 3, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Creative Writing Program of the Department of English and Comparative Literature (ECL) at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction, to begin in Fall 2023. Candidates should be prepared to teach a 2/2 load of undergraduate Creative Nonfiction courses at the introductory, advanced, and senior honors level, as well as intermediate-level courses with a particular focus (such as memoir, food writing, travel writing, or environmental writing). We especially welcome candidates whose work engages a wide aesthetic range and champions under-represented communities. A potential for leadership is highly desirable, as is an eagerness to nurture the talent of young writers (as we are an undergraduate-only program) and to assist with the myriad activities of our program. Special consideration will also be given to candidates who have published in additional genres and can offer courses in those subjects and/or other programs of the ECL, such as Latinx Studies or the Medical Humanities.

UNC strives to create an environment where all members of the community feel welcome, valued, and can thrive. The ideal candidate will share in this commitment. Accordingly, applicants should describe in their Cover Letter the specific ways in which their scholarship, teaching, and service goals can support this vision. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer and educator that welcomes all to apply. We particularly encourage applications from women, BIPOC, veterans, LGBTIQA+, individuals with disabilities, and other groups of people from historically and currently marginalized backgrounds. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2023.


The Creative Writing Program housed in the Department of English & Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will celebrate 75 years of nurturing student creativity in 2022. Thousands of students have graduated from our program, and many have gone on to study at top MFA programs and publish award-winning books of their own. Our undergraduate-only program currently offers students the opportunity to major or minor in the field with a specialty in Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Musical Writing, or any combination therein. Select students may also compose an honors thesis during their senior year. Details about our program can be found at

The Department of English and Comparative Literature (ECL), boasts a 225-year history of its own. Current course offerings present a diversity of approaches to the study, production, and appreciation of literary and nonliterary texts. We pursue a four-fold mission to 1) explore the history and significance of American, British, and world literature; 2) promote interdisciplinary connections and incorporate the study of culture, theory, and history into our research and courses; 3) offer training in rigorous thinking, precise analysis, and critical reading; and 4) foster practical skills in rhetoric, composition, and expression in essays, creative pieces, even emerging forms of digital media. The ECL is home to the undergraduate and graduate programs in English and the undergraduate and graduate programs in Comparative Literature as well as various certificate programs.

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