Creative Writing: Associate/Full Professor - Creative Writing

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Texas, United States
Commensurate with experience
Oct 19, 2017
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Faculty Title: Associate Professor or Full Professor

Working Title: Creative Writing: Associate/Full Professor – Creative Writing

Location: Rio Grande Valley 

Tenure Status: Tenured 

FTE: Full Time 

Scope of Job: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is seeking applications for a tenured Associate or Full Professor to serve as Director of the Creative Writing Program within the College of Fine Arts, beginning Fall 2018. Our graduate program awards MFA degrees; undergraduate creative writing classes are applied toward a CW concentration in the BA English degree plan. We seek an established writer who also has leadership skills and administrative vision. The successful candidate will have a publication record commensurate with their rank (Associate or Full) and will be able to demonstrate a commitment to developing and strengthening a diverse, bilingual creative writing program. 

The Rio Grande Valley is located on the Texas Mexico border and UTRGV is a Hispanic serving university. UTRGV is a distributed campus with locations in Edinburg, Harlingen, and Brownsville. All UTRGV faculty will be expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to student success as well as advancing UTRGV’s vision, mission and core priorities.

(, which include promoting access to postsecondary education to a diverse student body. UTRGV seeks to become one of the largest and most successful Hispanic serving emerging research institutions in the US. The successful candidate will be assigned the standard academic teaching load for a Program Director.

Qualifications to meet the ranks of Associate Professor or Professor:

Associate Professor must have published a coherent body of creative work in reputable venues, typically at least one book, or the common-sense equivalent appropriate to your genre. 

Full Professor, typically, will have published at least a second book (or equivalent), in addition to more often finding themselves in national level conversations. The quality of applicants' work matters as much as the quantity.

Minimum Qualifications: Terminal degree in creative writing or related field from an accredited university. 

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications: Record of publication with potential for continuing achievement. Commitment to goals of bilingualism, biliteracy, and biculturalism as appropriate for the mission of UTRGV and the Creative Writing Program.  

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience 

Desired Start Date: 09/01/2018 

Posting Detail Information

EEO Statement UTRGV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to hire without

regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or

expression, genetic information or veteran status. UTRGV takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. UTRGV is a Hispanic-serving Institution

dedicated to student success and building a diverse faculty committed to working in a multicultural environment. UTRGV has an NSF ADVANCE grant to increase the representation of women in STEM fields and to promote a positive, family friendly workplace for all faculty. We strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.


Open Date 10/19/2017 

Close Date: November 27, 2017 

Review of Candidates Start Date: 10/19/2017

Additional Information UTRGV is a distributed institution. As such and as assigned, the position may require presence at multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Work is performed primarily in a general office environment. This position is security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215. The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Dear Applicant,

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Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission.

Complete all sections on the application. If you are applying for the first time please complete all biographical information including address, email and phone. You may update this at any time by selecting to edit your profile in the application. Security sensitive; conviction verification conducted on applicant selected.

All applicants will need to apply on line:

All required documents must be uploaded on line to be considered for this position:

Required Documents: Curriculum Vitae, List of 3 References, Letter of Interest, Unofficial Transcripts (PhD & MA – Once hired, all official transcripts are required), Writing/Publication Sample: writing sample of approximately 20-50 pages. 

Please Note Texas law requires faculty members whose primary language is not English to demonstrate

proficiency in English as determined by a satisfactory paper based test score of 500 (computer based of 173 or internet based of 61) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a satisfactory test score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Incomplete applications will not be considered.