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Associate Professor - Creative Writing

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Job FieldThe Department of English in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto, St George campus, invites applications for a full-time tenure-stream appointment in the field of Creative Writing (both poetry and prose). The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor and will begin on July 1, 2020 or shortly thereafter.

Applicants must have earned a PhD in English and an established national reputation as a creative writer. The successful candidate must display evidence of excellence both as a highly successful poet and novelist and as a teacher of creative writing. We seek candidates whose teaching and writing interests complement and strengthen our creative writing programs’ existing strengths, and are particularly interested in African-American Literature. Evidence of excellence as a teacher should be demonstrated by a strong statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, excellent teaching evaluations, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing. A teaching dossier which includes these materials must be submitted as part of the application. Evidence of excellence as a poet-novelist should be demonstrated by a record of sustained publications of an outstanding order in major presses and in other leading outlets, a record of significant awards and honours, and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline, as well as strong endorsements by referees of international standing. The successful candidate is expected to be a creative writer at the highest international level and to maintain an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded support program.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Department of English offers the opportunity to teach and to practice creative writing in a department that is committed to expanding its present creative writing programs, all in the general context of the study of English literatures in both their historical depth and geographical range. Situated in one of the most diverse cities in the world, the Department reflects that diversity in its approach to English as a world language.

All qualified applicants are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, and teaching evaluations), statement outlining current and future publication interests, and a substantial writing sample. If you have questions about this position, please contact [email protected]. All application materials must be submitted online by the closing date of March 17, 2020.

Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.

Applicants must also ask three referees to send signed letters on letterhead directly to the department via e-mail to [email protected]. Letters must be received by the closing date, March 17, 2020. They should be addressed to Professor Paul Stevens, the Chair of the Search Committee.

For more information about the Department of English, please visit

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further
diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

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

Job Field: Tenure Stream
Department: English
Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)
Job Posting: Feb 11, 2020
Job Closing: Mar 17, 2020


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