Assistant Professor of English - Creative Writing (Tenure-Track)

College of Arts & Sciences

Millikin University’s English Department invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor of creative writing to teach courses for our English major and innovative general education writing program, beginning August 2024. 

Candidates will teach four English courses per semester. The teaching load will include a combination of first-year writing, writing in the disciplines, creative writing, literature, and/or Honors seminar courses, depending on the applicant’s expertise and departmental needs. In addition to teaching, faculty will be expected to advise and mentor creative writing majors; publish scholarly and/or creative work; and engage in university service.

A PhD in creative writing or a closely related field is required for this tenure-track position. Strong preference will be given to candidates who specialize in prose (fiction, non-fiction, or hybrid forms), have experience teaching first-year writing courses, and have a clear record of teaching excellence. We will prioritize additional expertise in publishing studies, digital storytelling, and/or multicultural or underrepresented literatures.

Millikin University is a private, comprehensive institution serving approximately 1,800 undergraduate, graduate, full-time and part-time students who study in four colleges/schools: Arts and Sciences, Business, Fine Arts and Professional Studies. Situated on an attractive 70-acre campus in Decatur, Illinois (population of 65,000), Millikin is located 180 miles southwest of Chicago, 150 miles west of Indianapolis, and 120 miles northeast of St. Louis. A Millikin education is characterized by performance learning — a unique approach to learning that builds the confidence to succeed before and after graduation. Students apply their learning to experiences both in Decatur and around the world.

Review of applications will begin April 1, 2024, and will close once the position is filled. To apply, please submit the following materials to 

  1. Letter of application
  2. Current curriculum vita
  3. Teaching philosophy that includes discussion about diversity commitments and experience teaching diverse audiences
  4. Contact information for three professional references

For any questions, email Dr. Julie Bates, director of the School of Writing, Languages & Cultures ( 

Millikin University is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups in this field are encouraged to apply. Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Millikin University is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive. Millikin offers a competitive salary and full benefit package, including eligibility for tuition waiver. 

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