Creative Writing Program Director, Associate Professor

JOB TITLE: Creative Writing Program Director, Associate Professor

DEPARTMENT:  Creative Writing

REPORTS TO:  Dean of the School of Art


The Creative Writing program at University of the Arts (Philadelphia) seeks a dynamic, forward-thinking Program Director to lead and inspire an inclusive and innovative community of writers and poets. As part of the School of Art, the Creative Writing program provides opportunities for students to work in a collaborative, cross-disciplinary environment. The program director will serve as teaching faculty, provide leadership for the strategic growth of the program and advance the curriculum through creative initiatives with an eye towards providing a forum for under-represented voices.

The program director will have access to the university’s multiple collaborative spaces, such as the Makerspace, Center for Immersive Media, Art Alliance and Caplan Recital Hall. Teaching experience and publications commensurate with that of an associate or full professor with a poetry focus preferred. The Creative Writing program’s administrative structure allows for flexibility to remain active in continuing a creative practice.

The position includes a competitive salary, healthcare benefits and access to a community of artists advancing human creativity. Please submit your application if you are a leader in the field with a demonstrated record of excellence in writing, teaching, organization and creative vision. Screening begins February 20, 2023 and continues until the position is filled.

This position is responsible for providing leadership for the faculty, students and staff in the Creative Writing program. The program director establishes a vision for the program that is in alignment with the overall goals of the School and advances it by ensuring relevant curriculum and objectives that evolve to remain current with the art forms and fields to which it aligns. Fosters inclusivity throughout the program and department.

The Creative Writing Program at the University of the Arts (UArts) is the unit responsible for delivering the courses form eth BFA in Creative Writing, the Creative Writing Minor, as well as the LITT courses available for all students as part of general education.  Working closely in concert with the Dean of the School of Art, the faculty in the department, and peers across academic and administrative units, this individual will be charged to develop a unique, flexible, and visionary curriculum that includes contextual practice, critical theory, and related coursework in support of and within the context of creative writing within an arts education.

Reporting to the Dean, the Director is the academic and administrative leader of the unit and is responsible for its educational and operational activities, for the content and direction of the curriculum and its delivery, the student experience, the management of faculty and staff within the unit, and the Program’s annual budget.

Program directors receive compensation and course release for their administrative work as articulated in their administrative appointment letters.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide academic leadership for the program and sit on/attend relevant committees within the School and across the University; lead meetings of the program faculty
  • Teach a course load that may include introductory, intermediate and advanced courses
  • Serve on search committees for new faculty
  • Faculty and Staff (where applicable) Oversight
    • Appoint curriculum coordinators
    • Hire new full- and part-time faculty, and staff if applicable
    • Supervise and mentor faculty (and staff where applicable), maintaining strong and effective relationships and communication; resolve issues
    • Provide on-going review and assessment of faculty and provide classroom observations, annual conversations, biennial evaluations, and reappointment and promotion reviews
  • Curriculum
    • Maintain and supervise adherence to curriculum standards; review all course syllabi
    • Work with faculty on course development, assessment and improvement
    • Develop courses and revise program as appropriate, in consultation with the dean, to maintain program relevance with industry standards and practices
    • Work with program directors and deans across the University to provide curricular and interdisciplinary paths for students
    • Create all course schedules
  • Lead faculty in program and course assessment and improvement, including but not limited to curriculum mapping
  • Participate in strategic planning, and curricular and accreditation studies and reviews; author all materials, responses, self-studies and curriculum proposals
  • Organize and participate in student advising and mentoring; coordinate advising activities with the Advising Center
  • Coordinate student events including, but not limited to, visiting artists/speakers, thesis reviews, juries, awards, external competitions and events
  • Partner/coordinate/oversee external initiatives for students such as internships and community partnerships
  • Maintain support and upkeep for all program facilities, in collaboration with OTIS as needed/required
  • Budget
    • Develop annual budgets and prepare all fiscal year budget materials
    • Manage and oversee departmental expenditures, including material and supplies and restricted account for scholarships, programming, and awards
  • Recruitment and Marketing
    • Support/coordinate/participate in School/Admissions recruitment efforts, e.g. open houses, accepted student programs and audition programs
    • Assist University Marketing by providing up-to-date material such as student work, descriptive copy and testimonials concerning the program and/or discipline
  • Supervise all program orientation presentations
  • Assist in the review and processing of upper-level transfer credit evaluations
  • Support/participate in University development efforts, e.g. award recipient/donor luncheons, UArtist Day of Giving
  • Work with the dean and Office of Advancement on corporate or foundation grants
  • Foster mentorship relationships between alumni and recent graduates
  • Seek creative partnerships with other regional universities and community colleges
  • Advise students in the major and the minor and oversee student internships

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions.  Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.


  • A terminal degree in the discipline or the equivalent in research, scholarship, and/or creative or professional practice.


  • Commensurate with that of an associate professor or full professor.
  • A demonstrated capacity for managing resources and personnel, and other management experience related to the above responsibilities.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to create a vision for the program, develop new courses and contribute ideas for the evolution of existing courses
  • Commitment to advancing Creative Writing through the innovative use of evolving technologies, methodologies, traditional and new media
  • Familiar with professional fields adjacent to Creative Writing, and exhibit an interest in exploring how the fields can effectively interact with each other
  • A leader in the field with a demonstrated record of excellence, a broad range of professional accomplishments in Creative Writing
  • Strong connections to the literary community as evidenced through conference presentations, invited lectures/workshops and professional networks
  • Commitment to professional engagement with their own artistry
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Effective leadership skills with a commitment to building an inclusive culture that fuels creativity and encourages, supports and celebrates diverse voices

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Supervises all full- and part-time faculty, and staff if applicable.

To Apply: Interested qualified applicants should submit the following documents via email to please ensure the job title is in the subject line.

  • A letter of application detailing qualifications
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • A diversity statement that addresses the candidate’s values regarding diversity and history working with or teaching diverse populations
  • Sample syllabi from past courses
  • A portfolio of professional creative writing examples including recent publications
  • Examples of writing by students, if possible
  • The contact information for three professional references

About The University:

University of the Arts’ mission is simple: to advance human creativity. Established in 1876, UArts believes creativity is the most essential skill for success in today’s society and has educated generations of groundbreaking artists, performers, designers and creative leaders for more than 141 years.  After being granted university status in 1987, University of the Arts became the largest institution of its kind in the nation, offering programs in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance, theater and writing. It now features 30 undergraduate arts majors, 15 graduate programs and the nation’s first PhD program in Creativity. UArts is also home to innovative centers across disciplines, including the Center for Immersive Media, Lightbox Film Center, Philadelphia Art Alliance and Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. Learn more about UArts.

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