Assistant Professor of English (Fiction)



Job description


Application review begins immediately and will continue until position is filled. Full consideration is guaranteed for applications received by Dec. 1st. Preliminary interviews (via Skype) anticipated for late-January/February 2018. Start date: July 2018.

Founded in 1890, Whitworth University has been consistently ranked among the top regional colleges and universities in the West. In its strong liberal arts undergraduate and graduate programs, Whitworth unites a robust commitment to Christian mission and service, academic rigor, and care for students. A community of Christian scholars carries out the university’s mission “to provide its diverse student body an education of the mind and heart” to enable students “to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.”

The English Department is situated within the College of Arts and Sciences, which bears primary responsibility for providing an education that is grounded in the great tradition of liberal arts and sciences and committed to the integration of faith and learning. The department includes eleven full-time faculty members. Students can track in literature, writing studies, and/or education, and enjoy a choice of six innovative minors, including Film and Visual Narrative and Editing and Publishing. The department is home to the national literary magazine Rock & Sling, the professionalized university writing center (the Composition Commons), and a service learning-oriented writing in the community program, all of which provide substantial student opportunities. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority, one that is integral to our mission. For a description of the English Department and its faculty, please see

We are inviting applications for a non-tenure-track, full-time Assistant Professor in creative writing with fiction specialization to begin fall 2018. Must be a critically-engaged writer with a strong publication record whose interests are in fiction and/or alternate narrative forms-including but not limited to experimental fiction, graphic fiction, digital storytelling, genre fiction, and/or translation. Teaching may include upper division fiction writing, introduction to creative writing, first-year composition, and literature courses appropriate to preparation. Candidates prepared to teach US ethnic literatures or courses contributing to the women’s and gender studies program will be highly valued. May be asked to teach in Whitworth’s interdisciplinary Core/Worldview Studies program. Teaching load normally 3-1-3 (3 in fall and spring semesters and 1 during a three-week January term). All faculty members produce scholarship (including publication of creative work) and participate in first-year advising and departmental/university service. The ideal candidate should also be devoted to the visionary redevelopment of arts and humanities within the 21st century University.


  • MFA, PhD (or ABD) in Creative Writing, English, or related field.
  • Evidence of the potential for teaching excellence and innovation at the university level.
  • Evidence of the potential to make creative and scholarly contributions in area of specialization.
  • A personal commitment to the Christian faith, the integration of faith and learning, and service to the Christian community.
  • Demonstrated awareness of and commitment to effectively establishing relationships and positive communications across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, sexual orientation, physical limitations, class, or religious perspectives.
  • Commitment to diversity and equity, and understanding of ways in which instruction and disciplinary/educational/workplace trends can be critical to matters of justice and inclusion.
  • A commitment to equal opportunity and a commitment to the educational mission of Whitworth University as a Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church.
  • Employment offer is contingent on a successful background check, including education verification

Spokane, Washington, with a population of about 200,000 is located on the Spokane River west of the Rocky Mountain foothills in eastern Washington State. The region enjoys four seasons with the associated outdoor activities (mountain biking, climbing, swimming, boating, snowmobiling, skiing, etc.). Spokane is within 4-5 hours of three major national parks (Mt Rainier, North Cascades, Glacier) and the Canadian Rockies. The city of Spokane is large enough to have a thriving downtown area with a riverfront park and a strong arts culture, yet small enough to be free of the heavy traffic of a larger city. Whitworth is close to the Mead school district, which is one of the top elementary school districts in the nation. In addition, Spokane has excellent health care facilities, and other top educational institutions are located nearby. For more information on Spokane please visit

How to apply

The following documents are required to complete the online application,
1. A letter of interest.
2. Resume/curriculum vitae, including contact infromation for three recommenders (more below).
3. A brief (approximately 15 page) writing sample indicative of your critical scholarship.
4. A brief (approximately 15-page) writing sample indicative of your creative work.
5. A short personal essay characterizing your Christian faith. (For expanded guidelines, please see
6. Three letters of recommendation sent directly by recommenders or a third-party service such as Interfolio. (Letters may be e-mailed directly to Human Resources:

Please direct questions about the application process to Human Resources ( Please direct questions about the position to the search committee chair, Dr. Thom Caraway at
Whitworth complies with all federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws that are applicable to religious nonprofit institutions and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability. With our commitment to building a diverse community, the university encourages applications from populations underrepresented at Whitworth including members of racial/ethnic communities, women, and persons with disabilities.