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Assistant/Associate Professor, Creative Writing

Required Qualifications

The Creative Writing Program at Stony Brook seeks a fiction or creative nonfiction writer for its lively undergraduate and graduate programs to start September 1, 2020. Successful applicants will have significant publication (at least one book from a respected press), an MFA or PhD in creative writing (or an exceptionally strong record of publication), and evidence of successful teaching at the graduate and/or undergraduate level.

Preferred Qualifications

We especially welcome candidates with leadership experience, inside academia or out, as for example, building a reading series or editing a literary journal, and candidates with competence in a second genre, including genre fiction. We encourage applications from women, writers of color, LGBTQ writers, writers with disabilities, and any others who contribute to the diversity of our faculty. Finally, we seek candidates with experience in teaching culturally diverse curricula.

Responsibilities & Requirements

The full-time tenure track position in fiction or creative nonfiction carries a 3/2 teaching load for Assistant Professors and a 2/2 load for Associates. Our faculty of working writers lead creative writing workshops, teach "read like a writer" literature courses, direct graduate and undergraduate theses, and otherwise support the artistic aims of our diverse student body across two campuses, located within an hour's commute of each other. Faculty members with leadership roles receive course release. 

Creative Writing is the flagship program in an entrepreneurial, innovative department that also offers programs in film, podcasts, children's literature, and the culinary arts. During July, we present the Southampton Writers Conference. Imagine Wednesdays and Writers Speak, our two reading series, bring writers of national reputation in all literary genres to both campuses; The Southampton Review, our graduate literary magazine, publishes original writing and artwork from established and emerging voices. BookEnds is a selective, post-MFA, one-year mentorship program for book-length manuscripts in fiction and nonfiction. Our BFA in Creative Writing is headquartered at Stony Brook; the MFA is in Southampton, with a secondary location at our Manhattan Center for Creative Writing and Film.

Special Notes

This is a tenure track position.  FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA.  Internal and external search to occur simultaneously. Anticipated Start Date: September 1, 2020.

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Application Procedure

1. Complete the online Applicant Information Survey.  Do not submit this survey to the department with your application.  Any questions regarding the survey, please email

2. Submit a   State Employment Application, cover letter addressing your qualifications, a CV, statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabus, and list of at least three references by October 15, 2019. Apply by clicking the box below, or submit your application package to the departmental address or fax below.


Julie Sheehan
Search Chair
Department of Creative Writing & Literature
Stony Brook Southampton
239 Montauk Hwy CH 238
Southampton, NY 11968
Fax: (631)982-7318

Campus Description

Stony Brook University, home to many highly ranked graduate research programs, is located 60 miles from New York City on Long Island's scenic North Shore.  Our 1,100-acre campus is home to 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff. SBU is a comprehensive research-intensive university and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), which includes 34 public universities among its 62 members.  SBU consists of 12 schools and colleges and a teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art healthcare in the Long Island region. SBU also manages and performs joint research with Brookhaven National Laboratory, the only Department of Energy Laboratory in the Northeast, and shares doctoral programs with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a world-renowned molecular biology institute.  Home to the Emerson String Quartet, the Pollock-Krasner House in East Hampton, New York, the Humanities Institute, and the Southampton Arts Program, and with endeavors that extend to the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya and the Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar, SBU sustains an international reputation that cuts across the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Official Job Title: Assistant/Associate Professor, Creative Writing
REF#: F-10057-19-07
Campus: Stony Brook West Campus
Department: CWL - Southampton Provost
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Posting Start Date: 08/01/2019
Posting End Date: 10/15/2019

Applications for this position must be received, as specified in the Application Procedure Section, no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time on 10/15/2019, unless specifically noted otherwise in the Special Notes Section.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Stony Brook University is committed to excellence in diversity and the creation of an inclusive learning, and working environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information,veteran status and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

If you need a disability-related accommodation, please call the university office of institutional diversity and equity at (631)632-6280.

Job Category:   Faculty and Librarian
Posting Date:   08/01/2019