Assistant Professor of Writing — Creative Writing (Fiction or Screenwriting)

Job Title: Assistant Professor of Writing — Creative Writing (Fiction or Screenwriting)
Position Number: FT-ACAD-SOFA-007142020
Departments: School of Fine Arts
Reports To: Chair of the Department of Cinema, Media Arts, and Writing/ Dean of the School of Fine Arts
Job Status: Exempt

Position Summary

Houston Baptist University (HBU) invites applications for Assistant Professor of Writing to begin August 2020.


Job Responsibilities

Teach MFA in Creative Writing or Screenwriting graduate courses, as well as undergraduate courses in appropriate field(s) within the Department of Cinema, Media Arts, and Writing. Oversee design, development, and delivery of new courses within candidate’s area(s) of expertise. Participate in scholarly and creative activities related to field(s) of instruction. Perform service activities consistent with HBU’s teaching mission. Teach at biannual MFA retreats. Perform other duties as assigned.



Applicants should have a terminal degree and publication history in creative writing or professional screenwriting experience. An emphasis in fiction writing or screenwriting is strongly preferred, while additional experience in non-fiction, poetry, or other mediums is desired.

Successful candidates should also be able to clearly express how their Christian faith enriches, guides, and undergirds their understanding of creative art and storytelling, as well as be able to articulate a vision for the role of his or her discipline at HBU that is supportive of the Ten Pillars vision statement; the Ten Pillars vision statement may be found at


Additional Information

About the Department

The Department of Cinema, Media Arts, and Writing, part of the School of Fine Arts at HBU, offers an MFA in Creative Writing and a parallel MFA in Screenwriting, as well as undergraduate degrees in Writing, Mass Media Arts, Cinematic Arts, and Interactive Media & Digital Design.

Additional Information

Houston Baptist University is an independent, private Christian institution with a diverse student body and access to all the cultural advantages of one of the largest metropolitan centers in the country. As a result of implementing its twelve-year vision, The Ten Pillars: Faith and Reason in a Great City, HBU is on a trajectory to become a comprehensive, national university. For more information about the University, visit

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This position is pending final budget approval.

Direct questions about this position to Joshua Sikora, Chair of the Department of Cinema, Media Arts, and Writing (

Houston Baptist University is committed to maintaining a teaching faculty and staff who share an active Christian faith. The Preamble to the By-Laws of the University sets forth a statement of belief which each University employee is expected to support and personify. Your submittal of an application for employment indicates your acceptance and affirmation of these statements.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements of personnel.


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