Assistant Professor of English - Creative Writing (Prose)
Texas Christian University
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Internal Number: 498363
Application Deadline Open Until Filled
Position Details This full-time faculty position is on-campus and in-person.
The Department of English at Texas Christian University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in Creative Writing (Prose), to begin in August 2023.
We welcome candidates with a specialization in prose forms—fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or hybrid genres—to contribute to our growing Creative Writing program. Candidates with teaching expertise in decolonial and anti-racist pedagogies and practices, Indigenous studies, Latinx studies, and/or multimedia pedagogies and practices are especially encouraged to apply.
The position carries a 3/2 teaching load, with a 2/2 load during the first two years, a competitive salary, and internal research support. In addition to teaching duties, successful candidates will contribute to the Department of English, its Writing major/minor, and its robust Creative Writing minor. Other responsibilities include participating in and shaping programming and curriculum, advising undergraduates, and serving on department, college, and university committees.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to our students’ liberal arts education, and vital to the current mission of Texas Christian University. Candidates who are intent on deepening this mission, and whose work is informed by worldviews and perspectives from underrepresented groups along the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and/or disability, are encouraged to apply. We seek a colleague who views creative writing, teaching, and community involvement as interwoven and inspiring endeavors.
Department Details Department Details The TCU Department of English has 33 full-time faculty members who lead two majors (English and Writing), three minors (English, Writing, and Creative Writing), an MA program and two PhD programs (English and Rhetoric and Composition).
School/College Description Named for TCU’s founders, Addison and Randolph Clark, the AddRan College of Liberal Arts is home to the core academic disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. The College includes approximately 155 full-time faculty members, 13 departments (Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Geography, History, Modern Language Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology & Anthropology, Spanish and Hispanic Studies, and Women & Gender Studies), and two units of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (Army and Air Force). AddRan College departments confer 17 Bachelor of Arts and 7 Bachelor of Science degrees, a Bachelor of General Studies, an online master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, a Master of Liberal Arts degree, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in History, English, and Rhetoric and Composition.
University & Fort Worth Description ABOUT TCU
Founded in 1873, Texas Christian University sits on 302 acres nestled in a primarily residential part of Fort Worth, just minutes away from downtown. The University includes seven schools and colleges, in addition to the John V. Roach Honors College and the Burnett School of Medicine.
Currently, TCU enrolls more than 10,200 undergraduates and 1,700 graduate students. Twenty-eight percent of students self-identify as a member of a minority group, five percent are international students, and forty-five percent are from out-of-state. Our students are supported by more than 2,200 faculty and staff. The University has more than 700 full-time faculty members and is a top 100 National University as classified by US News and World Report and has a Carnegie Classification of R2: Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity.
At TCU, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are an educational imperative directly tied to the University mission, vision, and strategic plan. Fulfilling TCU’s mission to develop ethical leaders and critical thinkers in a global community depends on the University’s ability to attract and retain students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. A diverse and inclusive campus leads to innovation, broadened perspective, and understanding—values that are foundational aspects of higher education. For the fourth consecutive year, TCU has earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, which highlights ongoing commitment to build a comprehensive DEI strategy that aligns with core values and creates a campus culture where everyone is respected and included.
ABOUT FORT WORTH
Like TCU, Fort Worth has the approachable, friendly charm of a smaller town, but offers the amenities, cultural activities, diversity and unique personality of a much larger city. Fort Worth, Texas, is the 13th largest city in the United States with an ever-growing population nearing 1 million. Fort Worth and TCU have grown together in a nearly 150-year relationship. You’ll find that many Horned Frogs remain here after graduation, thanks to the region’s thriving job market. Fort Worth is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, and the number 1 tourist destination in Texas. In 2018, bizjournals.com ranked Fort Worth the 7th most affordable city to live and work in the United States and U.S. News and World Report named Fort Worth one of the Best Places to Live. Fort Worth, Dallas and Arlington all rank among the top 25 most diverse cities in the country.
Fort Worth is known for its vast array of cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities. The city boasts three world class art museums—the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Bass Performance Hall is one of the premier performance venues in the country. Concerts, film festivals and other events are held regularly at Sundance Square, Panther Island and Near Southside venues.
Required Application Materials & Application Instructions Required Qualifications • MFA or Ph.D. in Creative Writing, or a Ph.D. in English with a creative dissertation (completed by August 1, 2023) • A significant record of publication in creative prose writing • Evidence of teaching excellence at the undergraduate level • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. A complete application will include the following: • A letter of application addressing the position’s desired areas of expertise and specific interest in working at Texas Christian University • A full CV • Creative writing sample (up to 20 pages) • Two sample creative writing course syllabi (one lower-division & one upper-division) • A diversity statement documenting knowledge and experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion as central classroom praxis • A teaching statement detailing how your creative work informs your teaching
AA/EEO Statement As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.
TCU is all about the experience. This is a place where students learn how to adapt to whatever the future might bring, develop critical thinking skills and expand their creativity. With a choice of rigorous academic programs in 130 undergraduate areas of study, 61 master’s level programs and 24 areas of doctoral study, Horned Frogs have opportunities to search for meaning and examine values, yet graduate well-prepared for professional accomplishment. Whether in the fine arts or business or engineering, Horned Frogs can develop their full creative potential here. For example, both MBA and undergraduate students at the Neeley School of Business benefit from an experience ranked at the top by Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S. News & World Report — not in spite of, but because of, the focus on the individual. At TCU, professors love being in the classroom. These mentoring teacher-scholars also conduct well-published, leading-edge research, often with undergraduates at their sides. Horned Frogs live, learn and play 24-7 in a 277-acre setting in a vibrant city. They work out in state-of-the-art recreation facilities, catch Big 12 NCAA athletic competition and participate in 200+ organizati...ons, all without leaving the campus. That’s when they’re not providing thousands of hours of volunteer service to their community, interning in New York or LA, practicing journalism in Washington, D.C., experiencing international business in China or perfecting Spanish in Seville. It’s how Horned Frogs are learning to change the world.