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Assistant Professor in Creative Writing, English

University of Nebraska at Kearney
Nebraska, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 20, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Other Humanities
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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 Job Description or Duties

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Fiction Writing. The faculty member will teach courses in fiction as well as multi-genre Introduction to Creative Writing, other CW courses, and General Studies courses. Fiction classes will include undergraduate and graduate workshop and craft courses. Other courses may include a course for undergraduates learning about getting their work published, a course for graduates working on theses, (under)graduate special topics courses, and independent studies. The faculty member will mentor students, advise master’s fiction theses, and serve on other thesis committees. 


Because our creative writing program has been growing quickly the past few years, this position involves leadership, the creation of new courses, and a major role in program planning. Our undergraduate program includes a BA with a writing emphasis and a CW minor; it contains a full set of courses in fiction and poetry, as well as some in nonfiction and screenwriting. In our MA program, which is primarily online, students may select a CW emphasis, for which they may write a thesis in their preferred genre. Our student literary magazine and visiting writers’ series are decades-long traditions, and we have a history of celebrating creative writing.


Base load is 12 hours a semester with reassignment possible for those who qualify for a 9-hour load because of scholarship or creative activity. All tenure-track faculty participate in research and scholarly/creative activities; provide academic advising to students as assigned; and engage in service to the department, university, and profession.


Required Qualifications:

MFA or PhD in Creative Writing by August 2022. A strong record of publication in fiction. In addition, submit a letter of application, a CV, a creative writing sample (portfolio) of up to thirty pages, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a statement on diversity and inclusion. 


Preferred Qualifications:

Background in another creative writing genre in addition to fiction.


HOW TO APPLY: To ensure full consideration, please submit all application materials before review date January 20, 2022. For more information and to apply visit UNK Employment Opportunities. For more information about the position contact: Dr Megan Hartman at For more information about the online application process contact: 308-865-8516 or


SALARY AND BENEFITS:  With contingent offer of employment, the University of Nebraska will conduct an investigation of employment records, educational records, criminal records, and other records to verify the information provided in your application and/or any additional information you have provided is accurate.  Salaries at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are competitive.  The University provides a flexible benefits program at minimal cost to the employee. NuFlex benefit choices include a Medical Plan and Prescription Drug Program, Vision Care, Dental Plan, LTD, Life Insurance, AD&D Insurance, Dependent Life Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, and Reimbursement Accounts for Health and Dependent Care.  The Employee and Dependent Scholarship program is also available to eligible employees.  Basic Retirement Plan options include TIAA and Fidelity.


The University of Nebraska at Kearney, serving over 5,000 students, is one of four University of Nebraska campuses. Established in 1905, the University has a tradition of emphasis in scholarly teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in a variety of disciplines. Kearney, a progressive city of over 33,000, is the educational, medical, cultural, commercial, and agricultural center of a large mid-state area.


The University of Nebraska at Kearney is responsive to University issues which support a diverse work and academic environment The University of Nebraska at Kearney does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. This policy is applicable to all University administered programs including educational programs, financial aid, admission policies and employment policies.  UNK is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity employer. Veterans and persons with disabilities encouraged to apply. The University affirms a policy of equal educational and employment opportunities, affirmative action in employment and nondiscrimination in providing services to the public. University employees, students and others associated with the University who have not received the benefits of these policies, are encouraged to contact the Chief Compliance Officer/ADA Coordinator.


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