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Northumbria University: Professor / Associate Professor in English and Creative Writing

Apply for this full-time permanent position by Friday 16 June.

Northumbria University is seeking to appoint a permanent Professor (grade 9) or Associate Professor (grade 8) in English to join the Department of Humanities and lead the MA Publishing in partnership with Hachette UK and New Writing North. They will be a key part of a unique Publishing MA that equips students for careers in the industry through a teaching model built around contemporary publishing practices and business structures. The post will be integral to the development of the new Centre for Writing, a pioneering new space for arts and the creative industries to be based in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. Expertise in Creative Writing and/or Publishing and a strong research portfolio are essential, with recent industry experience a significant requirement.

The Department of Humanities brings together 80 academic staff and more than 800 students in American Studies, History, English Literature, English Language, Creative Writing, Publishing and Music. Our innovative MA Publishing is delivered with industry partners and the postholder will lead on its delivery and development. The Centre for Writing is a new initiative between Northumbria University (Times Higher Education University of the Year 2022) and our established partnership with New Writing North. The post represents a unique opportunity to advance the development of Publishing and Creative Writing in the UK.

You will join an intellectually rich, diverse, and inclusive department. Issues of social justice, antiracist practices, and feminist leadership strategies underpin our ethos and approach to teaching, research, and leadership. We value and celebrate diversity of ideas, people, and practices. We are committed to the power and potential of our civic duties. We understand that varied perspectives mean we are better placed to respond to the complex challenges and big questions facing our disciplines, communities, and stakeholders. We particularly welcome applications from candidates from underrepresented communities in academia and from Black and Global Majority colleagues.

Working as part of multi-disciplinary teams, you will assist the Head of Department to maintain, enhance and improve the Department and Faculties national and international reputation in your academic field. Demonstrating your continued academic attainment and achievement, you will provide academic leadership through contribution to your discipline and the life and work of the faculty. 

Further information is available in the Professor person specification and Associate Professor person specification. Visit the Northumbria University website for more information and to apply.