Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing



Job description

The University of Central Arkansas’s Department of Film, Theatre, and Creative Writing invites applications for a one-year, nine-month, Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Poetry + Secondary Genre), beginning August 16, 2023. The successful candidate will have a terminal degree in Creative Writing, publications in national literary magazines, experience teaching at the university level, and a commitment to supporting the university’s initiatives in diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity. This position requires teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, pursuing creative work, and programmatic service with a reliable campus presence.

The UCA Creative Writing Program offers a BA in Creative Writing and an MFA in Creative Writing, supporting an undergraduate literary magazine, a graduate-run national literary magazine, an on-campus literary festival, and multiple nationally recognized visiting writers each year. The program is committed to supporting and enhancing a multicultural environment that values diversity, belonging, inclusiveness, and equity. Its mission is to develop creative writers, editors, and publishers through the combination of storytelling, community engagement, and critical thinking.

The ideal candidate will:

– support the creative writing program’s mission;

– demonstrate excellent teaching skills at the university level with an innovative and responsive approach to the ever-changing and varied needs of a diverse student body;

– create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with an energetic and diverse faculty;

Show productivity in one’s artistic and scholarly life

The successful candidate will teach poetry as their primary genre, with the ability to teach a secondary genre in fiction, playwriting, screenwriting, or illustrated narrative (writing for comics, video games, or other hybrid creations), and will advise the Vortex, UCA’s undergraduate literary journal. The candidate will teach multi-genre introductory courses, as well as genre-specific upper-division and graduate-level courses. They may also serve on MFA thesis and/or programmatic committees. Candidates must be able to work in a wide variety of computer software applications, including Google Docs, Gmail, classroom management systems, collaboration applications, and university specific applications.

MFA and/or PhD in creative writing; university teaching experience; and publication in national literary journals are required.

How to apply

Apply online at Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (

The University of Central Arkansas is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution dedicated to attracting and supporting a diverse student, faculty and staff population through enhanced multicultural learning environments and opportunities. In keeping with its nondiscrimination policy in employment, admissions and other functions and programs, the university considers employees and students on the basis of individual merit and will not discriminate against a person on the basis of gender, race or color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, familial status, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, disability, political beliefs, intellectual perspective, genetic information, military status, or other factors irrelevant to participation in its programs.

The University of Central Arkansas aspires to be a premier learner-focused public comprehensive university, a nationally recognized leader for its continuous record of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, scholarly and creative endeavors, and engagement with local, national, and global communities.