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Assistant or Associate Professor 

Writing - Faculty of Fine Arts

The Department of Writing, University of Victoria, invites applications for a tenure-track position in the area of creative writing. The appointment, effective July 1, 2019, will be made at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

Limited Hire
In accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights code, the selection will be limited to Indigenous peoples. Candidates from this designated group should self-identify in their cover letter in a transparent manner.

Who We Are
The University of Victoria is a leading research university on the territories of the Lekwungen and SENĆOŦEN-speaking peoples. Established in 1973, the Department of Writing is one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious programs in creative writing, situated in an internationally recognized Faculty of Fine Arts, with a long history of publishing success amongst our Indigenous alumni.

Our department offers a BA, BFA, and MFA with specialization in the genres of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting and screenwriting, as well as a Minor in Creative Writing and a Professional Writing Minor in Journalism & Publishing, and supports Minors in both Film Studies and Digital & Interactive Media in the Arts.

Our faculty and alumni publish, perform, produce and show their award-winning creative work in national and international publications and festivals. Our graduate program supports MFA students as they complete a major creative project, under the guidance of faculty mentors, while they also learn how to teach creative writing.

The University of Victoria supports Indigenous faculty, staff and students through the Indigenous Plan, the Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement, and First Peoples House. As part of the Faculty of Fine Arts, the Department of Writing maintains a relationship with the En’owkin Centre in Penticton, B.C., and we are committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace and learning environment for faculty, staff and students at the University of Victoria.


The Department is interested in candidates who have:

  • a master’s degree or equivalent professional experience
  • evidence of the potential for effective teaching
  • a record of creative publications, performances and/or productions in any of the following genres: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting, or screenwriting

 In addition, the following qualifications would be considered assets:

  • a track record of receiving grants and awards
  • experience with community engagement and public outreach, especially active relations with Indigenous peoples and communities
  • a knowledge of Indigenous literatures and/or pedagogies
  • a capacity to teach in more than one genre

 At the Associate Professor level, the candidate will also have:

  • a demonstrated excellence in teaching, with at least two years of experience at the post-secondary level
  • administrative experience
  • a publication/production record that has made a substantial contribution to the field(s) of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting, and/or screenwriting

As a member of a small department, the candidate will share in administrative duties at the departmental, faculty and university levels. Teaching duties include undergraduate workshops and lecture courses, graduate seminars, the supervision of graduate students and the mentorship of sessional instructors. The successful candidate will continue to publish, perform and/or produce creative work in the field of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting, and/or screenwriting.

As a new colleague, the candidate will be mentored by a senior faculty member, contribute to the collaborative and mutually respectful learning, administrative and creative environment of the department, and support students of diverse genders and backgrounds.

Related links

Department of Writing

Faculty of Fine Arts

University of Victoria Indigenous Plan

Office of Indigenous Academic & Community Engagement

Additional information

Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement.  Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association.

Contact information

Applications must include:

  • a cover letter addressing the hiring criteria (up to three pages), including how Indigenous theory informs candidates’ writing, Indigenous pedagogy informs their teaching, and/or Indigenous relationality informs their administrative experience
  • a curriculum vitae, including literary publications and creative productions
  • a teaching dossier, including a teaching statement or philosophy (up to one page), student or peer evaluations of teaching (where available), sample syllabi and/or other teaching resources (up to 10 pages or equivalent)
  • a portfolio of published or forthcoming creative writing (up to 20 pages) and/or films
  • names and contact information for three professional referees, which can include an Indigenous community leader, Indigenous government representative or Indigenous organization representative

Please direct any questions about the position or the department and send applications (electronic only, in PDF or Word format) to:

David Leach
Chair, Department of Writing

(250) 721-7627

Application deadline

Midnight PST on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

Equity statement

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Pamela Richards, Director of Faculty Relations and Academic Administration, at 250-721-7016. Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

The University of Victoria acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research and creative achievement and encourages applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions may have had on their record of research and creative achievement.

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