Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant Professor in Creative Writing Two-Year Contractually Limited

College: College of Arts

Department: School of English and Theatre Studies

Date Posted: March 12, 2024
Deadline: April 12, 2024 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #24-15

Position Description:

The School of English & Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph (SETS) invites applications for a 2-year CL (Contractually Limited) appointment in Creative Writing at the Assistant Professor level. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2024, or soon thereafter. The successful candidate will be recognized for excellence in screenwriting and at least one other genre of creative writing, including fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or hybrid form work. Applicants must have an MFA or graduate degree in Creative Writing, or a BA/Bachelor’s Degree, with equivalent professional writing and screenwriting experience; have had successful screenplays produced by, or in development for production by, an established company; have achieved a level of critical success and recognition within the profession; and show evidence of ongoing creative activity. Evidence of publication in a second literary field is preferred. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a variety of courses in our BA Creative Writing program. Teaching experience in screenwriting is required; experience teaching university courses in the field at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels is preferred, and demonstrated experience teaching in a second and tertiary literary genre will be an asset. CLA faculty teach 6 courses per academic year (3-3).

The BA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph, which was launched as an independent Major in Fall 2022, has already established a reputation for excellence. The program also has strong enrolments in the Minor stream. The candidate will work alongside internationally recognized and award-winning writers across a wide range of literary genres . Our CRWR BA program exists alongside our highly regarded MFA in Creative Writing. SETS is also home to English and Theatre Studies, and associated with the International Institute for Studies in Creative Improvisation, all of which combine to create a teaching, research, and service environment filled with exciting opportunities for enhanced cross-disciplinary collaborations and projects and an atmosphere of creative community.

The School of English and Theatre Studies commits to centering equity and inclusion in our research, teaching, and community engagement. These efforts serve our mission as educators and work toward social justice. We strive to respect and promote diversity, inclusion, equity, and decoloniality by creating an environment that embodies these values in our recruitment, scholarship, research, education, and service. We support the College of Arts’ mission to unleash compassion, creativity, and critical engagement with the world through transformative education.

The University of Guelph is the third largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of over 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our university community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

Application Process

Applications are due April 12, 2024. Assessment of applications will begin on April 12, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (preferably as a single PDF file): (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a brief statement of teaching philosophy; (4) a record of publication; (5) a statement about inclusionary practices relevant to teaching and research; (6) evidence of innovative pedagogy, including course syllabi (past, present, and/or future); 8) names and complete contact information for three references. These references will only be contacted if the candidate is shortlisted.

The School of English and Theatre Studies is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Candidates are encouraged to identify accommodation needs during the application process.

Applications should be sent to the attention of Sally Hickson, Director, SETS, and sent via email to:

Olga Petrik, Administrative Assistant to the Director
School of English and Theatre Studies/br> College of Arts
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

Email: setshr@uoguelph.ca

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion (https://uoguel.ph/ox2p9) is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

If you require a medical accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.