Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, Professional Writing

University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK

Job posting number: #7136821 (Ref:if113325)

Posted: March 28, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma seeks a tenure-track assistant professor in Professional Writing. The Professional Writing program teaches students to be successful commercial authors of fiction, nonfiction, film and television, video game and/or comicscripting, and other written media forms.

Applicants will be required to have been successfully published in the commercial arena; i.e., a professional creative writer of fiction, nonfiction, or drama (including TV, screenplays, radio, and staged drama), who has received payment for his or her work, which was neither exclusively self-published nor exclusively cooperatively published (no monies were required of the writer by the publisher).

The Gaylord College is one of the leading centers of media teaching and scholarship in the United States. The College has state-of-the-art facilities in Gaylord Hall. New faculty will take an active part in the growth of the College through superior teaching, innovative curriculum development, and notable research or creative activity.  

The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic, and healthcare needs of the state, region, and nation. OU enrolls over 32,000 students and has more than 2,800 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges.

Norman is a culturally rich and vibrant town located just outside Oklahoma City. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on the “Best Places to Live” rankings. Visit for more information.

The University of Oklahoma is located in Norman, a dynamic and growing part of the Oklahoma City media market. Norman has a diverse population with numerous artistic and cultural opportunities, a variety of restaurants and recreational activities, reasonable housing, and an excellent public school system.

Preference will be given to individuals with a Master’s Degree, an MPW, an MFA or Ph.D. Preference will also be given to applicants with university-level classroom teaching experience who can teach fiction writing (novels, screenplays, and/or short stories) and nonfiction book and/or article writing. Preference will be given to applicants who can teach multicultural or world literature.

This is a tenure-track position, and tenure is usually achieved through commercial publication, though scholarly publishing is a plus. 

The individual will join a highly engaged Professional Writing faculty actively working in the commercial fiction realm.

Applications for the search will be reviewed beginning April 15, 2023, and will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should provide 1) a letter describing their teaching and professional experience and their areas of research/creative interest, 2) a complete resume or curriculum vitae, 3) names, addresses (both postal and electronic), and telephone numbers of at least three references, and 4) examples of commercially published work. 

For specific questions about the position and application process, please contact search committee chair, Mary Anna Evans ([email protected]).

Applications should be submitted online via Interfolio:

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Job posting number:#7136821 (Ref:if113325)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:University of Oklahoma
United States
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