Playwriting (Assistant Professor, tenure-track)

August 10, 2022

The UBC School of Creative Writing invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Playwriting at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2023.

The successful candidate will be a recognized playwright. We are particularly interested in writers from underrepresented and/or racialized communities.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach 4 courses in dramatic writing, to contribute to mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, to maintain an active program of creative activity, and to take on some administrative service. The candidate will also work with a team of students to put on the annual Brave New Play Rites Festival.

Requirements include: graduate degree (e.g., MFA in Creative Writing) preferred, but in exceptional cases a combination of education and appropriate writing and publishing experience may be considered; demonstrated excellence in playwriting (one or more major productions with an established theatre company preferred); evidence of or demonstrated potential for excellent teaching ability in university-level creative writing courses. Experience writing or teaching in a second genre is an asset.

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Review of applications will begin October 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications are to be submitted online through the form at the following link:

Applicants should be prepared to upload the following documents (PDFs):

  • a letter of application
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a writing sample (20-30 pages)
  • a teaching portfolio (which should include a statement of teaching philosophy and some or all of the following: student evaluations, peer assessments, 1-2 sample course syllabi)
  • a one-page statement about your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion

Applicants will be asked to provide letters of recommendation at a later stage in the process.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.