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How to Apply

In addition to applying via, applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, statement of current and future writing plans, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, a short writing sample (25 pages), evidence of teaching excellence,  and three letters of recommendation by October 26, 2020.  Click on the “Faculty Job Openings” button on the English Department’s homepage or go directly to to apply. 

The English Department is committed to the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we encourage all applicants to comment, either in the cover letter or in a separate statement on how their writing, teaching, and/or service experience will enhance our efforts to support these values and the needs of an increasingly diverse student population.

Job Summary

The Helen Zell Writers’ Program in the Department of English at the University of Michigan invites applications for a visiting appointment in fiction.  This is a non-tenure track position with a university-year appointment.  The appointment term is three years, with the potential for renewal for an additional two years.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Required Qualifications*

The candidate must hold a PhD in English or Creative Writing, MFA in Creative Writing, or a terminal advanced degree in a closely related field.  The candidate must have demonstrated excellence in the college-level teaching of fiction.

Desired Qualifications*

Candidates should be emerging writers (one book published or under contract; candidates may also have a second book under contract) who have achieved distinction in their writing and excellence in their teaching and commitment to diversity in the academy, or show the promise of such distinction and excellence.  We are particularly interested in writers with a proven interest in bringing to their teaching, mentoring, and writing critical perspectives reflecting the experiences of groups who have been historically underrepresented or marginalized in higher education.

Additional Information

Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. All applications will be acknowledged.

Further information about the Department of English Language and Literature can be found on our website at  Click on the “Faculty Job Openings” button on the homepage to apply.

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.