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Lecturer in Creative Nonfiction

The UBC School of Creative Writing invites applications for a 0.5 Lecturer position in Creative Nonfiction, with a likely start date of January 1, 2023.

This is a part-time without review (i.e., non-tenure track) position for a term of up to three years, renewable for successive terms, subject to availability of funds and demonstration of excellence in teaching and service, in accordance with the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association. This position will entail a probationary first year.
We seek an exceptional teacher of Creative Nonfiction courses with experience in online teaching and creative writing pedagogy. The teaching load is 12 credits (4 3-credit equivalent courses) per year, taught online in the optional-residency MFA program. Experience in a second genre is an asset. The successful candidate will contribute to the School of Creative Writing in an administrative capacity, including participating in program committees related to the area of expertise, and serving on faculty committees charged with evaluating prospective BFA and MFA candidates. In cases where an extraordinary level of additional administrative or service responsibilities are assigned, a 3-credit teaching reduction may be granted.

Applicants are expected to have an MFA in Creative Writing, but in exceptional circumstances, the equivalent combination of education and writing and publishing experience will be considered. The successful applicant must have expertise in writing creative nonfiction. They must have professional publishing experience, as well as a minimum of 2 years teaching experience.

To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit their applications at https://crwr.air.arts.ubc.ca/job-opportunities/lecturer-creative-nonfiction/ and be prepared to upload the following in the order listed: a letter of application; curriculum vitae that includes the names and contacts of three referees; statement of teaching philosophy; a one-page statement about your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion; and evidence of teaching effectiveness (course outlines, student evaluations).

Applications and all supporting materials should be received by October 16, 2022. Review of applications will begin soon after this date and will continue until the position is filled.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. For information about the School of Creative Writing, please visit creativewriting.ubc.ca.

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.


Assistant Professor in Playwriting

The UBC School of Creative Writing invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Playwriting at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2023.

The successful candidate will be a recognized playwright. We are particularly interested in writers from underrepresented and/or racialized communities.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach 4 courses in dramatic writing, to contribute to mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, to maintain an active program of creative activity, and to take on some administrative service. The candidate will also work with a team of students to put on the annual Brave New Play Rites Festival.

Requirements include: graduate degree (e.g., MFA in Creative Writing) preferred, but in exceptional cases a combination of education and appropriate writing and publishing experience may be considered; demonstrated excellence in playwriting (one or more major productions with an established theatre company preferred); evidence of or demonstrated potential for excellent teaching ability in university-level creative writing courses. Experience writing or teaching in a second genre is an asset.

The School of Creative Writing is known for its strong undergraduate and graduate programs and has an international reputation for excellence. For more information, please visit https://creativewriting.ubc.ca

UBC-Vancouver’s Point Grey Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Musqueam people, with whom UBC shares a framework Memorandum of Affiliation. For information relating to Indigenous initiatives that are available at UBC, visit the UBC Vancouver Indigenous portal at: https://indigenous.ubc.ca

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.
Applications are to be submitted online through the form at the following link: https://crwr.air.arts.ubc.ca/assistant-professor-in-playwriting/

Applicants should be prepared to upload the following documents (PDFs):

  • a letter of application
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a writing sample (20-30 pages)
  • a teaching portfolio (which should include a statement of teaching philosophy and some or all of the following: student evaluations, peer assessments, 1-2 sample course syllabi)
  • a one-page statement about your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion

Applicants will be asked to provide letters of recommendation at a later stage in the process.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.


Assistant Professor in Poetry

The UBC School of Creative Writing invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Poetry at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2023.

The successful candidate will be a recognized poet. We are particularly interested in writers from underrepresented and/or racialized communities.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach 4 courses in poetry, to contribute to mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, to maintain an active program of creative activity, and to take on some administrative service.

Requirements include: graduate degree (e.g., MFA in Creative Writing) preferred, but in exceptional cases a combination of education and appropriate writing and publishing experience may be considered; demonstrated excellence in poetry (one or more major publications); evidence of or demonstrated potential for excellent teaching ability in university-level creative writing courses. Experience writing or teaching in a second genre is an asset.

The School of Creative Writing is known for its strong undergraduate and graduate programs and has an international reputation for excellence. For more information, please visit https://creativewriting.ubc.ca

UBC-Vancouver’s Point Grey Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Musqueam people, with whom UBC shares a framework Memorandum of Affiliation. For information relating to Indigenous initiatives that are available at UBC, visit the UBC Vancouver Indigenous portal at: https://indigenous.ubc.ca

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications are to be submitted online through the form at the following link: https://crwr.air.arts.ubc.ca/job-opportunities/assistant-professor-in-poetry/

Applicants should be prepared to upload the following documents (PDFs):

  • a letter of application
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a writing sample (20-30 pages)
  • a teaching portfolio (which should include a statement of teaching philosophy and some or all of the following: student evaluations, peer assessments, 1-2 sample course syllabi)
  • a one-page statement about your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion

Applicants will be asked to provide letters of recommendation at a later stage in the process.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.

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