The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Aboriginal engagement is a strategic priority.

Assistant Professor, Creative Writing

The Department of English in the College of Arts & Science, University of Saskatchewan, invites applications for a one-year appointment in creative writing at the Assistant Professor level, to begin July 1, 2017.

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate classes in the area of creative writing in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. The position will also entail leading graduate workshops in the MFA in Writing and participating in the administrative work of the Department.

A completed MFA in writing or commensurate qualification is required, as is demonstrated ability in teaching and publication. In accordance with the Department’s commitment to increasing Aboriginal participation in all aspects and levels of its activities, qualified Aboriginal applicants are particularly encouraged to apply. Information about the department can be found on our website: http://artsandscience.usask.ca/english/ .

Located in the College of Arts and Science, the Department of English has twenty-four permanent faculty. The department provides undergraduate and graduate education in a variety of subject areas, with areas of concentration for graduate studies in Creative Writing, Indigenous Literatures, Cultural Studies, Digital Studies, Canadian Literature, and Modernist Studies. English faculty collaborate with and teach in programs in Women’s and Gender Studies, Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies, Digital Culture and New Media, and the Department of Drama.  Our Department’s vision is to be a place where many peoples come together to engage in mutually respectful relations and dialogues. We acknowledge that the land on which we gather is Treaty Six territory and traditional Métis homeland, and we acknowledge the diverse Indigenous peoples whose footsteps have marked this territory for centuries. 

The College of Arts & Science offers a dynamic combination of programs in the humanities and fine arts, the social sciences and the sciences.  There are over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students in the College and 295 faculty, including 12 Canada Research Chairs.  The College emphasizes student and faculty research, interdisciplinary programs, community outreach and international opportunities.

The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. 

The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities, and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of about 23,000.  The university is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities.

Information about the Department, the College, the University, and the city of Saskatoon can be found on the web at http://artsandscience.usask.ca/english/, www.usask.ca, and www.city.saskatoon.sk.ca.

Salary Bands (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017) Assistant Professor: $93,293 to $112,109

Benefits: This position comes with a comprehensive benefits package which includes, pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), travel insurance, death benefit, dental plan, extended health and vision care plan, employee assistance program and flexible health and wellness spending program.

Applicants should send a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier, and samples of published work, and should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to:

Professor Brent Nelson, Acting Head
Department of English
College of Arts and Science
University of Saskatchewan
9 Campus Drive
Saskatoon SK S7N 5A5 Canada

Electronic applications are strongly encouraged (PDF files preferred). They may be sent by email to english.department@usask.ca .

Applications will be accepted until January 9, 2017 or until the position is filled.


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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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