Posted: Sep 23, 2022

Assistant Professor in Creative Writing-Young Adult Fiction

Application Deadline: N/A

About The University of Texas at El Paso:

The University of Texas at El Paso is America's leading Hispanic-serving university. Located at the westernmost tip of Texas, where three states and two countries converge along the Rio Grande, UTEP is a public research university that transforms lives. Eighty-four percent of our students are Hispanic, and more than half of undergraduates are the first in their families to go to college. At UTEP, our 24,000 students have access to 170 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in nine colleges and schools.

Located in the second-most educated city in Texas, UTEP is recognized as one of the best research universities in the country for connecting students with the community around them. UTEP is one of only four institutions in Texas to hold both the top research and community engagement distinctions from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UTEP advances discovery of public value and positively impacts the health, culture, education and economy of the community it serves. With more than $109 million in total annual research expenditures, the University is ranked among the top tier of colleges and universities in research and sixth in Texas for federal research expenditures at public universities.

The University employs more than 5,000 faculty, staff and students. It has one of the lowest out-of-pocket costs of any research university in the U.S., underscoring its commitment to offer an exceptional education at a great value.

Job Description:

The Department of Creative Writing and Bilingual MFA Program at The University of Texas at El Paso invites applications from writers of Young Adult Fiction for the position of Assistant Professor in Creative Writing. The successful candidate will have published at least one Young Adult novel, be fluent in both Spanish and English, and have experience teaching creative writing. Applicants whose writing engages with historically under-represented communities will merit special consideration.

Faculty in this position will maintain a vigorous research and publishing agenda; teach introductory and advanced courses in creative writing to undergraduate students; teach in-person and online graduate seminars; direct graduate theses; and serve on departmental and university committees as needed.

The search committee is especially interested in candidates who through their research, teaching, and service, will contribute to UTEP's inclusive excellence framework. In alignment with UTEP's Community Engagement mission, the search committee also seeks a candidate who will create mutually beneficial partnerships in the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez region.

The Department of Creative Writing is home to an Undergraduate Program, a residential Bilingual (Spanish/English) MFA Program, and a fully Online MFA program. The Bilingual MFA program is recognized as the first and only MFA in Creative Writing Program in which Spanish and English coexist. The Department's highly published and award-winning faculty, students and alumni hail from around the world.


An MFA or PhD; at least one published book of Young Adult Fiction, and a proven track record of publication in Young Adult Fiction and related areas. The candidate should also have experience teaching creative writing at the undergraduate and/or graduate level; and the ability to work with graduate students who may write in either Spanish or English.

Preferred but not required: Interest in teaching courses focused on:

Innovative creative writing pedagogy
The work of LGBTQ+ and BiPOC writers

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. All applicants must submit (1) letter of interest that includes teaching areas and research expertise, (2) curriculum vita, (3), PDF of most recently published book of Young Adult Fiction, (4) a 1-page statement of contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (5) names and full contact information of three references that we may contact.

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Additional Information:

Hiring decisions are based on budget approval.

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all. We seek to attract faculty and staff who share our commitment.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee's or prospective employee's right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972.