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Assistant Professor, Creative Writing Program, Department of English

at University Of Montana

Posted: 9/23/2019
Job Reference #: 2360

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The Department of English invites applications for two full-time tenure-track positions in its premier creative writing program. We expect to make the hires from a single diverse pool of applicants with distinguished early-career records in fiction-writing and evidence of successful teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The position includes teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, supervising graduate students’ theses, advising/mentoring students, and publishing creative works.


Required: An MFA or PhD degree in creative writing; at least one book-length work of fiction published by a reputable literary press and significant publications in literary journals and/or magazines; evidence of successful teaching.

Desirable: Ability to teach in other writing genres, including creative nonfiction and interdisciplinary courses; writing program administration experience.

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The new faculty members will join one of the oldest and most respected MFA programs in the nation, anchoring its storied fiction emphasis. Our graduates include many of the most well-regarded and critically acclaimed writers at work today, including two Pulitzer Prize winners and scores who regularly publish in top literary venues and teach in notable MFA programs. Our acclaimed faculty frequently receive state, national, and international awards for their publications.

The creative writing faculty typically teach a graduate workshop and a graduate course in techniques or special topics, as well as two upper-level undergraduate workshops in a given year. Faculty are also expected to advise/mentor students and serve on university committees. The B.A. in English and the MFA in Creative Writing requirements include a substantial literature component. The program is housed in the Department of English in the College of Humanities and Sciences. Visit for more information about our program.

UM is located in Missoula, Montana, a vibrant small city with a flourishing arts scene, many social and cultural amenities, superb medical facilities, and close proximity to exciting outdoor recreation opportunities. UM has a culture that values hard work, intellectual curiosity, diversity, collegiality, and innovative thinking, making it a great place to grow professionally. Located in the heart of western Montana’s stunning natural landscape, UM attracts excellent teachers, researchers, and students from around the world. UM, the College of Humanities and Sciences, and the Department of English embrace diversity as a core value and welcome applications from persons with diverse backgrounds. Visit for more information about UM.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.


Rank and salary commensurate with qualifications. Health and retirement benefits are included.

How to Apply

Application deadline: November 1, 2019.

Start date: Aug. 22, 2020.

Please submit the following application materials via "New Resume/CV" button below.

*Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

Required application materials:

  • A letter of interest, describing qualifications for the position
  • A Curriculum Vitae, listing education, publications, work experience
  • Name and contact information for three (3) references who can speak to the candidate’s creative work, teaching and collaborative skills

Semi-finalists for the position will be asked to send publications at a later date and to be available for video interviews, after which the finalists will participate in campus interviews

Questions regarding the search or online application process should be directed to Marcie Briggs, HRS Recruitment Manager at the University of Montana via email at

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment. In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference - Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References - *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing - Individual hiring departments at UM-M may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility - All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

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