Assistant Professor in Creative Writing Durham University, Department of English Studies United Kingdom

Assistant Professor in Creative Writing (ENGL19-56)

Department: Department of English Studies

Responsible to: Head of Department

Grade: Grade 7 – Grade 8

Working arrangements: The role is 0.5 FTE; we will consider requests for flexible working

arrangements, including potential job shares.

Salary Range: £33,199 - £48,676

Closing Date: 1 February 2019 (midday)

Start Date: Successful candidates will ideally be in post by 1 September 2019.


Durham University

Durham University is one of the world’s top universities, boasting a welcoming and vibrant
international community. Durham is an exceptional place in which to base your career. Our
strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences see us listed as a top 5
UK and top 100 University (QS World University Rankings 2019) with our students and our world
leading academics sitting at the heart of delivering our ground-breaking work. As part of our
ambitious strategy we are growing and we look forward to welcoming your application.

The Department

The Department of English Studies at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to
the role of Assistant Professor in Creative Writing. We welcome applications from those working in
any genre or mode, although the post will carry particular teaching requirements in the area of
prose fiction.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of
internationally excellent research and teaching while allowing you unrivalled opportunities to
progress and embed your career in an exciting and progressive institution. For more information,
please visit our Department pages at

Assistant Professors at Durham

The University is committed to developing all of our colleagues to achieve their full potential. We
promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment to ensure that all colleagues can
thrive. Academic colleagues are supported to publish world-class research in their area of interest
with a focus on quality in high impact journals, rather than quantity. We will fully support your
research needs including practical, help such as resources to attend conferences and to fund
research activity, as well as a generous research leave policy and a designated mentor. Sitting
alongside world class research; teaching quality and innovation is critical to ensure a first class
learning environment and curricula for all of our students. You will be supported to develop your
teaching expertise and to engage in teaching innovation to embed our student experience.
All of our Assistant Professors are encouraged to focus on research and teaching but also to
engage in wider citizenship to enhance their own development, to support their department and
wider discipline, and to contribute to the wider student experience.

We are confident that our recruitment process allows us to attract and select the best international
talent to Durham. We therefore offer a reduced probation period of 1 year for our Assistant
Professors and thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance, you will be confirmed in post.

Assistant Professor in Creative Writing

The successful candidate will be an exceptional creative writer, with the ability to teach our
students to an exceptional standard and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of
the University. The University provides a working and teaching environment which is inclusive and
welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. Candidates will be
expected to demonstrate these key principles as part of the assessment process.

Key responsibilities:

 To undertake creative writing of the highest quality and international influence.

 To contribute to creative writing prose fiction and other teaching as appropriate, at
undergraduate level and/or to the MA programme in Creative Writing, working
closely with the Director of Creative Writing.

 To undertake assessment and examination of student work.

 To contribute to the quality of the research environment, both in the Department
and in the wider University, and enhance and promote the Department’s profile in
the wider scholarly community.

 To participate in the meetings of the Department and wider University, as
appropriate, and undertake Departmental administrative tasks as required.

 To assist, as appropriate, in the Department’s work of engagement and impact
with non-academic bodies.

 To pursue opportunities for professional development.

The successful candidate will have appropriate teaching experience and research interests in
Creative Writing. Applications are invited from candidates with expertise in any genre or mode,
although we are particularly keen to receive applications from those working in the area of prose

The successful candidate will be joining a Department with huge scope for involvement in
interdisciplinary Research Centres and Institutes, such as the Centre for Medical Humanities, the
Centre for Poetry and Poetics and the Centre for Visual Arts and Cultures.

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