Assistant Professor in Creative Writing

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The Department of English and Victoria College in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a joint full-time tenure stream position (51% English & 49% Victoria College) in the field of Creative Writing with a preference for writers who work in more than one genre. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2023. 

Applicants must have earned a PhD (strongly preferred), an MFA, or an MA in English in the field of Creative Writing, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and/or creative professional activity, and teaching. We seek candidates whose research and/or creative professional activity and teaching interests complement and enhance our existing strengths in the Department of English and Victoria College. Fields of particular interest include fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, oral storytelling, stage and screen writing, digital and graphic forms. Demonstrated work across media — particularly with music or visual arts — would be an asset, as would experience and interest in the interactions between the arts and society. The successful candidate must have a national or international reputation as a creative writer. They will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research/and or creative professional activity at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program. 

Candidates must provide evidence of excellence in research and/or creative professional activity as a writer which can be demonstrated by a record of publications of an outstanding order by major presses or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, the submitted statement on creative activity, awards and honours, other noteworthy activities that contribute to the prominence of the discipline, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing.  

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. 

Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. 

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission. 

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].

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