Director, Centre for Writers, Tenure-Track position

Director, Centre for Writers,
Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Competition No. - A10017185; Closing Date - Will remain open until filled.

The Department of English and Film Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in Writing Studies, to commence July 1, 2009.

The full position description is posted at

The successful applicant will be a collegial, team-oriented scholar prepared to direct the Centre for Writers and teach courses in the field of Writing Studies. Responsibilities will include teaching at all levels of the curriculum including courses to train undergraduate and graduate tutors for the Centre for Writers. Appropriate course reduction to support the administration and further development of the Centre will be provided. The Director of the Centre for Writers will participate fully in the wider activities of the Faculty of Arts and especially in the University's broad Writing Initiatives, working collaboratively with others such as the Director of Writing Across the Curriculum and the Director of Writing Initiatives.

Qualified candidates must hold a PhD degree in an appropriate field or have successfully defended their thesis by July 1, 2009. Applicants will demonstrate a solid theoretical foundation and outstanding potential for a research career. Applicants must also have a record of research, publication, and teaching. A demonstrated commitment to and experience with writing centre research and/or administration will be an asset.

This appointment will be made at or close to entry level and at a salary that is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Candidates should send a letter of application, a complete curriculum vitae (with full contact information, including phone numbers and e-mail address), a writing sample (20-page maximum), the names and contact information of at least three referees, and a teaching dossier, including evaluations of teaching performance. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that relevant official transcripts and letters of reference from the three named referees are sent directly to the Department. Review of applications will begin 28 February 2009; however the competition will remain open until filled. All application materials should be sent directly to:

Garrett PJ Epp, Chair
Department of English and Film Studies
3-5 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E5

For further information about the position or the Department, please contact the Chair by email at For information about the Centre for Writers or the work of the recent university-wide Writing Task Force, see

With more than 37,000 students and 14,000 staff, the University of Alberta ( grants almost 7,500 degrees annually to graduates of 200 undergraduate and 170 graduate programs. A research-intensive, medical-doctoral, multi-campus institution, the University of Alberta offers a full range of academic and professional programs and has designated 26 areas of established and emerging research excellence. The Faculty of Arts ( is its largest Faculty with over 350 faculty members in 15 departments in Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences in addition to the Women's Studies Program and the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies. The Faculty of Arts has approximately 6000 undergraduate and 900 graduate students. The Faculty provides a variety of opportunities for research funding, including the newly established $1.5 million Killam Research Fund which supports research, scholarship, and creative activities in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. Within the Faculty, the Humanities has particular strengths in humanities computing and in creative writing. The Faculty has also recently helped establish interdisciplinary units such as the Centre for Writers, the China Institute, the Canadian Literature Centre, the Institute for United States Policy Studies, and the Prince Takamado Japan Centre for Teaching and Research. The Department of English and Film Studies itself ( is a large, vibrant, and collegial unit with a superlative record for teaching, research, and service.

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