Part-Time Lecturer in Creative Writing

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Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS

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Part-Time Lecturer in Creative Writing

Program in Creative Writing, Humanities Division
Position Type: Other Academic Appointee

Chicago, IL USA

May 16, 2024 – Mar 31, 2025


The Humanities Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago invites applications for part-time Lecturers during the 2024-25 academic year.

The selected candidate will have part-time teaching opportunities in the Creative Writing program in the genres of poetry, nonfiction, and/or fiction. Responsibilities include preparing and teaching craft seminars or workshop-style classes, holding regularly scheduled office hours, and the preparation and grading of assignments, inclusive of providing written feedback on student work. Responsibilities may also include reviewing student course applications depending on the course. Additionally, depending on the curricular needs of the department, the successful candidate may teach between one and four courses per academic year.

The terms and conditions of employment for this position are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the University and Service Employees International Union. The per-course salary for academic year 2024-25 will be at least $7,538. This position is not benefits eligible.


Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (an MFA or Ph.D. in Creative Writing is preferred), have a minimum of two years of experience teaching creative writing at the university or post-secondary level, and a record of publication in print and/or online publications. We seek experienced and diverse applicants whose intellectual and creative interests are proven by a comprehensive teaching and publishing profile.

Application Instructions

Applications must include:

  • A current curriculum vitae,
  • A cover letter that addresses professional and teaching experience,
  • A sample course description for a beginning workshop,
  • A sample syllabus from any creative writing course you have taught in the past,
  • And the names and contact information of three references whose recommendation letters may be solicited.

Optional Materials:

  • Course evaluations, if available

The materials listed above must be submitted through the University of Chicago’s Academic Recruitment site at the following link: . Applicants may be asked to provide additional materials following initial review.


In the event that a teaching opportunity becomes available, we will contact applicants with the academic training and experience most appropriate for our available classes. This posting will expire on March 31, 2025.


This position is contingent upon budgetary approval.  Only complete applications will be considered. For more information about this position, please contact Michael Fischer, Program in Creative Writing, at [email protected] .

All University departments and institutes are charged with building a faculty from a diversity of backgrounds and with diverse viewpoints; with cultivating an inclusive community that values freedom of expression; and with welcoming and supporting all their members.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at .

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination .

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-3988 or email [email protected] with their request.

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