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Washington University of St. Louis Assistant Professor - English (Creative Writing) - 49608 in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of English. This position is for the Danforth Campus in the School of Arts & Sciences.

Essential Functions

We seek applications from emerging creative nonfiction writers whose work centers on the experience of Blackness and have achieved distinction (in the form of at least one book) in one or more genres of creative nonfiction, including essays, literary journalism, memoir, cultural criticism, graphic nonfiction, and more, and who can demonstrate the promise of excellence in teaching and commitment to diversity in the academy.

This position is part of the Chancellor’s recently launched initiative to hire twelve new faculty members across disciplines whose work addresses race and ethnicity, an initiative that, along with the opening this year of the University’s Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity, is one of many aimed at furthering the University’s core commitment to racial equity.

The successful candidate will teach and mentor students in our top-ranked undergraduate and MFA Creative Writing programs and take part in a dedicated and lively creative community that includes an active reading series, acclaimed visiting writers, a literary journal committed to publishing underrepresented voices, and opportunities to generate and sustain a vibrant relationship with the communities of Black St. Louis. The position, which carries a teaching expectation of two courses per semester, will begin in the Fall of 2021.

Required Qualifications

MFA or PhD degree is expected, but exceptionally strong candidates without a terminal degree will be considered.

Salary Range

Base pay commensurate with experience.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits: https://wustl.box.com/s/8wkhs25yssf0775x9d6nd6vqa7obpth7.

Applicant Special Instructions

Application materials—a letter of interest, a CV, three letters of recommendation, a 1-2 page teaching statement which includes a discussion of your approach to diversity and inclusion in the classroom, and a writing sample of 25-35 pages—should be submitted via Interfolio http://apply.interfolio.com/80623 by December 15, 2020.

Further materials, including a teaching portfolio and copies of published books, will be requested of candidates selected for interviews, which will be held via Zoom beginning in late January; for our finalists, subsequent Zoom presentations to our department at large will follow in February. Applications received before December 15, 2020 will receive priority consideration but the review will continue until the search is concluded.

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Assistant Professor - English (Creative Writing) - 49608

Job ID: 49608

Location: Danforth - Main Campus

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular