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Distinguished Visiting Writer Spring 2024 - English - Creative Writing - Fiction

Bowling Green State University Department of English
Bowling Green, Ohio
Minimum $40,000
Posted Date
Jan 10, 2023

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For fullest consideration, please email application materials by February 15, 2023 to



College of Arts and Sciences / Department of English

Bowling Green State University is a tier-one, public university serving 19,000 students on two campuses in northwest Ohio. The University has nationally recognized programs and research in the natural and social sciences, education, arts, business, health and wellness, humanities and applied technologies. BGSU seeks talented individuals to join our community in Bowling Green, Ohio, recognized as one of the “Best College Towns of America”.

Position Summary

The English Department of Bowling Green State University seeks a fiction writer to serve as the College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Visiting Writer. 

Primary Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be on faculty Spring 2024; teach one workshop in our BFA program and one workshop in our MFA program; give a public reading and a lecture; and advise theses. 

Minimum Qualifications

  1. MA, MFA or Ph.D. in Creative Writing or a related area (e.g., Creative Writing and Publishing, Writing Practices, Writing) by time of employment.
  2. At least one novel or collection of short stories published by a commercial publisher (including small press) or university press.
  3. Documented critical recognition consistent with a writer of national reputation (e.g., positive written reviews, awards, invited readings, scholar-in-residences).
  4. Documented record of effective undergraduate teaching, (e.g., positive teaching evaluations).
  5. Documented contributions to diversity (e.g., course reading lists, citation practices, professional development in the area of diversity in teaching and/or creative work).

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Documented record of effective graduate teaching (e.g., positive teaching evaluations).
  2. Experience advising creative writing theses at graduate level

Expected Start Date: January 2024

Credentials Required for Application

Complete applications will include:

  1. Cover letter outlining qualifications relevant to the position
  2. CV
  3. Names and addresses of three individuals who will be asked to provide a current, original letter of reference
  4. A writing sample of 20-30 pages of published fiction
  5. A list of courses taught with brief descriptions of each
  6. At least one sample syllabus of an undergraduate course taught; syllabus of graduate course taught, if applicable
  7. Transcript showing terminal degree

Application Process: Candidates should email all required application materials, bundled as a single PDF to:

*Note that while a published book is a required credential for the position, applicants should not submit an entire book as a writing sample; instead, please include a sample of 20-30 pages of published fiction in your application packet.

In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Bowling Green State University, please call 419-372-8421.

Application Deadline: Position is open until filled, but for fullest consideration, please submit a completed application by February 15, 2023.

BGSU policy requires finalists to authorize and pass a background investigation prior to receiving an offer of employment. An official transcript showing the terminal degree is also required.

Bowling Green State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities regardless of age, gender identity, genetic information, religion, or sexual orientation.


BGSU is a university with long traditions of teaching and scholarly excellence.  It is located in a small city 25 minutes south of Toledo, Ohio, and one hour south of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The English Department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in rhetoric and composition, literature, creative writing, and technical communication.  The department also houses the university’s University Writing Program and ESOL program.  The department has a full-time instructional staff of approximately fifty-five and more than fifty graduate students. 

For more than fifty years, BGSU’s Creative Writing program has been known nationally for the success of its graduates and as the home of the award-winning Mid-American Review.  Prestigious writers such as Rita Dove, Brenda Hillman, Jaimy Gordon, Diane Seuss, and Benjamin Percy, visit the campus to read their works and meet with faculty and students.  Graduates of the MFA program have won such awards as the Yale Younger Poets Award, the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, the Guggenheim, NEA Individual Artist Fellowships, the Iowa Short Fiction Prize, the Willa Cather Prize, the Bobst Award, the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, the Whiting Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and the National Contemporary Poetry Award.  MFA alumni include Carolyn Forché, Anthony Doerr, Matt Bell, and Charles Fort.  See website for more information. ( 

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