Assistant Professor, Creative Writing - Fiction

ART English & Film Studies

Competition No.  -    A107348792
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA).

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Working for the Department/Faculty

The University of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Treaty 6 territory and the homeland of the Métis Nation. 

The Department of English and Film Studies (EFS) in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta invites applications for a tenure-track position in Creative Writing – Fiction. Applicants with interests in literary fiction, short fiction, science fiction, Indigenous or Afro-Indigenous futurism, fantasy, and/or children's/young adult fiction are particularly welcome.


  • Responsibilities will include undergraduate teaching and graduate teaching, graduate mentorship and supervision, and university service.
  • Graduate and Undergraduate teaching, mentorship, and supervision and university service.
  • The teaching load in EFS is four one-term courses per year (2ư)

Candidates must hold or be close to completing a PhD or MFA in Creative Writing or a related field. The degree must be completed within one year of the starting date of the appointment. Although all qualified applications will be considered, this position prioritizes Indigenous writers, Black writers, and writers of colour. A record of public engagement and experience in the fields of publishing/editing will be considered assets, as will an interest in Indigenous- and/or community-centred pedagogy.

The Creative Writing (WRITE) program at the University of Alberta, one of Canada's top five research universities, is one of the oldest and most illustrious in Canada. We offer an exciting and diverse range of courses, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry, along with creative research and experimental forms of writing. Our program has our students working closely with active and talented writers. We also have community-focused courses in which students engage in collective and grassroots creative writing and research projects, expanding thought, asking questions and attending to the voices of others. Creative coursework can be combined with community outreach and interaction in order to earn a Community Service-Learning Certificate, benefitting both our students and our community. The Writer-in-Residence program in EFS has flourished for more than 40 years, bringing acclaimed writers to Edmonton from September 1st to May 31st each year. The City of Edmonton plays host to many literary events, including LitFest and the Edmonton Poetry Festival

The Department of English and Film Studies is home to thriving undergraduate programs in English, Film Studies and Creative Writing and to a suite of high-demand courses in Writing Studies. Students may complete an Honours or Major degree in English or Film Studies, and a Minor in these two areas or in Creative Writing. Graduate students have the opportunity to complete the MA and PhD in English as well as creative MA by thesis or course. One of the largest departments in the Faculty of Arts, English and Film Studies serves students across the University at the first-year level and through our programs' senior and graduate curricula. Writers teaching in the WRITE program may be interested in teaching critical/historical courses in fiction in the English curriculum.

EFS has strong connections to research projects and signature areas across the University, including Intersections of Gender (IG) and Situated Knowledges, Indigenous Peoples and Place (SKIPP), and in the Faculty of Arts, including Shifting Praxis in Artistic Research/Research Creation (SPAR2C), Stories of Change, Digital Synergies, SpokenWeb, the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC), and the Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de littérature canadienne (CLC).

The University of Alberta is home to a diverse and welcoming community of over 1,300 Indigenous students from Nations across Turtle Island. In 2022, the University's Indigenous Strategic Plan was implemented, reflecting an important step in our institution’s commitment to reconciliation in post-secondary education and research, addressing the historical legacy of the residential school system and Canada’s colonial history in a meaningful and lasting way. The University's principles and actions and its EDI Strategic Plan are underpinned by respect for the dignity, rights, and full participation of all those who live, work, and learn within the university. The Academic Success Centre administers the University of Alberta’s Duty to Accommodate procedure for students, and works with students, instructors, campus units, Faculties and departments, community and government agencies, and on and off-campus service providers to coordinate students’ medical and non-medical accommodation needs for participation in University of Alberta academic programs.

Edmonton, a city of nearly 1.5 million people, has the second largest Indigenous population and the fourth largest Black population of any Canadian city. Nearly 10% of Edmonton's population is of South Asian origin and 16% of East and Southeast Asian origin, with growing numbers of Edmontonians of Filipino, Latin American and Middle Eastern origins. The Edmonton public school system offers bilingual education for children in French, German, Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), and American Sign Language. amiskwaciy Academy offers Cree as a high school credit and has started an Aboriginal study course in junior high school.

Women, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression are encouraged to apply. Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. All applicants are invited to indicate appropriate accessibility accommodations that will facilitate their participation in an interview. The University of Alberta recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves such as parental leave or leave due to illness can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement, and these leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process.

How to Apply:

To apply, applicants must submit the following through the University of Alberta’s online application system ("Apply Online" button below):

  • a letter describing their interest in the position and their qualifications; (attach under Cover Letter)
  • a full current Curriculum Vitae; (attach under Curriculum Vitae)
  • a brief teaching dossier, with a statement of teaching philosophy and 2-3 sample syllabi for courses already taught or that the candidate might imagine teaching; (attach under Statement of Teaching / Research Interests)
  • a writing sample of 10-20 pages in length.(attach under Other)

Only longlisted candidates will be asked for further materials, which will include three confidential letters of reference.

Online applications will be accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time on November 25, 2022.

For questions related to this position, please contact Dr. Cecily Devereux, Chair of the Department of English and Film Studies, at

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.