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Chair, Creative Writing Program

The Faculty of Arts invites applications for the position of Chair of the Creative Writing Program, with anticipated start date of July 1, 2017. The UBC Creative Writing Program, the largest and oldest creative writing program in Canada, offers courses in 11 genres to 80 undergraduate Majors, 80 undergraduate Minors, and 220 MFAs (a combination of our distance education and on campus cohorts). We also teach approximately 3000 elective students in our first and second year large-lecture classes.

We expect that the successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The successful candidate would be expected to have an MFA or other advanced degrees, experience in teaching creative writing at an advanced level, an excellent record of publications or productions commensurate with appointment at the Associate or Full Professor rank in any of the Program’s areas of specialization, and a distinguished record of involvement in a relevant literary or artistic community. They must also have a demonstrated commitment to high quality teaching and possess a robust track record of successful academic administration. The Program is committed to excellence in pedagogy while maintaining and enhancing a welcoming and supportive educational environment for our increasingly diverse student population.

The ideal candidate will have an international profile and experience in teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate level; background in online education an asset.

The successful candidate will be a supportive, collaborative leader who fosters an environment of inclusion and compassion for faculty, staff and students. The Chair will be an effective administrator and advocate for the Program. They will be responsible for recruiting and evaluating faculty, developing Program initiatives, and overseeing the educational programs (both on campus and for our distance MFA program) and the financial health of the unit. For information about the Program, visit The position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  The appointment as Chair is typically for a five-year term with the possibility for reappointment.

Submissions should include a letter of application and curriculum vitae sent to Laura J. Hart (Manager – Admin & HR) in the Dean of Arts Office, via email (  At a later stage of the process, long-listed candidates will be asked to provide evidence of teaching effectiveness, and to arrange to have four confidential letters of reference sent directly to the Dean’s Office.

Review of applications will begin on January 23, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified persons to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Graduate Student Support

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Position information:

  1. Provides support to the Graduate Chair (or Co-Chairs), graduate students and faculty in the Creative Writing Program. Responsible for a variety of complex tasks and development of systems in connection with the administrative functions of the graduate student program.
  2. Provides support to the Graduate Awards Chair, graduate students and faculty in the Creative Writing Program. Oversees and coordinates all the complex administrative functions of the awards committee, faculty and graduate students.
  3. Departmental Administrative Support: Provides administrative support for the Creative Writing Program, the Administrator, and the Chair (or Co-Chairs).

Please see the complete job listing for more details.

Closing date: February 23, 2017