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Assistant Professor of Creative Writing - Fiction

Northern Arizona University

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Assistant Professor of Creative Writing - Fiction

Location: English
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606722
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU's culture of excellence.

Special Information

Full-time, 9-month, tenure-track, benefit-eligible assistant professor position commencing in Fall 2023. Position based on the Northern Arizona University Flagstaff campus.

Job Description

The Department of English at Northern Arizona University invites job seekers for a full time, tenure-eligible position as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing-Fiction in the undergraduate and MFA programs in creative writing. Duties will include teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in fiction writing; mentoring students; serving on departmental, college, and/or university committees; and directing/reading theses for our thriving MFA program. Additional areas of teaching interest may include nonfiction, film, digital humanities, speculative/sci-fi/horror/fantasy, and/or other narrative forms. The candidate will be housed in the Creative Writing program, with a potential affiliation with the Rhetoric, Writing, and Digital Media Studies program; the candidate will therefore also have opportunities to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in Indigenous rhetorics, the rhetoric of race and ethnicity, and/or social justice theory.

The MFA is a two-year, fully residential, interdisciplinary program in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and hybrid forms. We also offer a one-year Graduate Certificate in Environmental Narrative. The robust undergraduate program offers an English major with a creative writing emphasis and a minor in creative writing.

NAU is a Hispanic Serving Institution and aims to become the nation's leading university serving Native Americans. Our student body is forty-three percent students of color and forty percent first-generation college students. We encourage applicants from all underrepresented groups, first-generation college graduates, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. We are actively seeking candidates whose work and teaching expertise explores Latinx, Native American and Indigenous, Black, AA/NH-PI, and/or diasporic cultures.

Required qualifications: an MFA or PhD in hand at time of appointment, a strong publication record, teaching experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, experience with underrepresented and diverse academic populations, and demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Preferred qualifications: a book published or under contract with a reputable national press, ability to teach multiple genres both within and beyond fiction.

Minimum Qualifications

  • An MFA or PhD in Creative Writing or a PhD in English or Rhetoric with coursework in fiction and/or rhetoric, conferred by appointment date in August 2023.
  • A strong publication record in fiction as demonstrated by a) one book of fiction published or under contract by an established, nationally recognized press, or b) at least two pieces of fiction published in reputable, established, nationally distributed literary venues (journals, magazines, anthologies).
  • Teaching experience at the college or university level.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience working with diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.
  • Evidence of successful teaching of creative writing courses at the college or university level for one or more years.
  • Secondary expertise in teaching multiple creative writing genres, rhetoric, digital writing, or media studies.
  • Success in or potential for pursuing funding for creative work.
  • Knowledge of trends in the literary marketplace and demonstrated ability to instruct and mentor students as they move toward publication of their own work.

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student's success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Commensurate with experience and academic qualifications.


This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page. Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on November 14, 2022.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 606722, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include:
  1. a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position, including your creative work and your teaching practice
  2. a curriculum vitae
  3. a diversity statement describing past experiences with and/or potential for future commitment to mentoring a diverse student body through teaching, research, and/or creative practice, and endeavors supporting diverse communities within and/or beyond university settings
  4. a fiction writing sample of up to 25 pages.

Attach all items as PDF and/or Word documents.

Letters of recommendation and additional materials may be requested following the first round of review.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public university offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees of high quality and societal value.  Students are at the center of the NAU experience, which is guided by a dedicated and distinguished faculty committed to teaching, individual engagement, and research excellence.

Our educational programs are designed to prepare our students for personal and professional success after graduation.

Whether they earn their degrees at our historic Flagstaff campus, regionally throughout Arizona, or online, we prepare our students to achieve their human potential in ways that serve the state, the region, the nation, and the world.

If you can see yourself as part of a university community dedicated to its students and their success, NAU might be the right fit for you.

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