UAF College of Liberal Arts Assistant Professor of Creative Writing

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  • Job Number:519389
  • Classification:Assistant Professor (F9)
  • Grade:UNAC Grade 30
  • Work type:Faculty Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF College of Liberal Arts
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Education/Instructional

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of English invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor of Creative Writing/Fiction


10%Service: Fulfill various service obligations at the department, college, and university levels and for academic, professional, and community purposes. Specifically, for the English Department, serving on committees focused on areas such as program curriculum, advising, admission reviews, and providing other service–such as advising student-run journals–as required.Essential
20%Research/Creative Work: Writing and publishing short and book-length fiction and other creative work, plus craft-based works in the discipline.Essential
70%Teaching: Teaching duties include teaching lower and upper division/graduate courses pertaining to creative writing, technical writing, professional writing, student-run journals, literature, and composition. Offering graduate workshops and forms courses for the MA, MFA, and MFA/MA programs. Recruiting and advising undergraduate and graduate students. Holding office hours appropriate for the courses being taught. Developing and modifying course curriculum for distance delivery and other teaching modalities as needed.Essential

***This recruitment is open internally to current UA employees or those otherwise eligible to apply to internal postings.***

To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position. 

Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal contractor Employee vaccine Mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or -WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire’s start date.

*Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of English invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor of Creative Writing/Fiction. Candidates shall demonstrate excellence in teaching and mentoring. Teaching duties include developing and offering courses in creative, technical, professional writing, student journals, and/or literature and composition at the undergraduate and graduate levels.   

The successful candidate must hold office hours appropriate for the courses being taught and develop and modify curriculum for in-person, hybrid, and/or distance delivery as needed.

Typical experience for applicants is experience teaching at the university level; experience mentoring and supporting undergraduate and graduate students in their creative, technical and professional writing and publishing; experience writing and publishing stories, essays, and book manuscripts; and experience applying for and managing grant funding for writing, publishing, and research.  

PhD in English and / or Creative Writing plus at least one published book of fiction and teaching experience in creative, technical, and professional writing, literature or composition at time of appointment required. Preference will be given to applicants with broad theoretical knowledge of the discipline and subdiscipline, successful teaching experience, and an established record of publications.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities sought are strong interpersonal and communication skills; the ability to teach a variety of courses pertaining to creative, technical, and professional writing, and/or literature and composition; and the ability to develop and teach courses using diverse formats and platforms including in-person, remote, and hybrid.

Founded in 1917, the University of Alaska Fairbanks is the flagship campus of the University of Alaska System with a diverse student body and desirable faculty-student ratios, and is a Land Grant, Sea Grant, and Space Grant institution. UAF has an RU/H Carnegie classification (Doctoral/Research Universities-Intensive), and is ranked by Academic Analytics among the top 20 small research universities in the US. UAF is situated in a beautiful rural northern setting and is accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities 

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to 11:55 PM Alaska Standard Time, Sunday, April 24, 2022. An initial review will begin on Monday, April 25, 2022.

Please submit:

  1. Cover Letter

  2. Curriculum Vitae

  3. Graduate Transcripts (unofficial transcripts accepted)

  4. Names of three professional references with phone and email contact information

  5. Writing sample consisting of an article or essay or excerpt from a published work


Union Representation:

This position is represented by United Academics-AAUP/AFT (UNAC).

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.


Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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