Fellowship in Creative Writing

University of Texas Austin Department of English

Description

The Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin seeks to appoint in Fall 2021 two early career fellows in Creative Writing (Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, or Screenwriting) whose work and teaching interests engage with race, ethnicity, and expressive culture.

At UT Austin, we are committed to building a vibrant interdisciplinary community of scholars. If you are an early career writer, postdoctoral fellow or graduating MFA or PhD student interested in pursuing an independent academic career, the UT Austin Provost’s Early Career program could be ideal for you.

This training program is designed to allow you to develop and pursue writing and teaching skills upon which you can build a future academic career, here at UT Austin or elsewhere. Join a broad community committed to fostering your independent career growth in writing, teaching, and scholarship. The program will enable you to build a network of emerging scholars like yourself and benefit from the mentorship of top faculty in your field.

As a Provost’s Early Career Fellow, you will join an energetic community of other incoming fellows training in different departments across the university.  In English, we have designed a 3-year program where you will be mentored in all the different dimensions that make an assistant tenure-track professor successful. A major focus for our creative writing program this year is the study of Race, Ethnicity, and Expressive Culture, and we seek fellows whose fiction, young adult fiction, creative non-fiction, or screenwriting engages with these interests. English looks to build towards a critical mass of diverse faculty taking diverse approaches to creative expression.

Fellows selected for this program will receive a competitive stipend, fringe benefits, relocation funds, travel funds, and discretionary funds. Throughout the duration of the program, you will also participate in university-wide training provided by the Provost’s Office to further develop the skills to build a unique writing and teaching portfolio. This cross-departmental cohort experience will be complemented by a departmental mentoring program including participation in communities of practice for both writing and teaching. The fellowship will provide teaching experience with a 1-0 course load designed to afford the fellow time to write for publication. In the final year of the fellowship program, fellows will be invited to apply for an open, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of English.

Qualifications

The qualified creative writing fellow will have earned a terminal degree (MFA or PhD), with a concentration in fiction, young adult fiction, creative non-fiction, or screenwriting. We are particularly interested in candidates whose work and teaching explores Latinx, African American, Native American and Indigenous, and/or Asian American expressive cultures. Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to expanding practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter that describes their work as a writer and a teacher, curriculum vitae, diversity statement, and a 10-15 page writing sample through Interfolio. Inquiries may be sent to Martin Kevorkian, Chair, Department of English, 204 W. 21st Street B5000, Austin, Texas 78712-1164. Additional materials, including three letters of recommendation, may be requested during the applicant review process. To be guaranteed fullest consideration, applications should be received by January 8, 2021.