Open Rank – Professor of MFA Creative Writing

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Saint Thomas seeks two new faculty members working in either poetry or fiction (open rank) to complement and strengthen our young but flourishing program. We are looking for an established writer with a proven record of talent and significant publication, one who is capable of mentoring writers at various stages of development as they enter into or continue their literary careers, and one capable of enhancing the distinctively Catholic mission of our program.

The University of St. Thomas (www.stthom.edu ) is Houston’s Catholic University, committed to the religious, ethical, and intellectual traditions of Catholic higher education. Located in Houston, Texas, the nation’s fourth largest city, the campus is just steps from downtown, the Museum District, the Innovation Corridor, and the famed Texas Medical Center. UST is a diverse and vibrant urban environment with professional opportunities.

The MFA at UST stands apart from other graduate programs because of its distinctive foundation in the Catholic literary and intellectual tradition. Our program apprentices writers to master their craft and to become steeped in the enduring and profound achievements of world literature especially as it has been shaped by the epiphanies of beauty of the Catholic faith. Visit stthom.edu/mfa to learn more about our curriculum.


The primary responsibilities of the position will be to teach six courses a year, about half in the MFA curriculum and half in one of UST’s undergraduate programs (3/3). The faculty member will also contribute to the intellectual and cultural life of the University, including contributing on an ad hoc basis to the MFA’s summer programs (the Summer Writers Institute, the MFA Summer Residency, and the Summer Literary Series).


The candidate should have a proven track record of publication of original creative and also critical writing. Candidates with an MFA and/or Ph.D. and some record of significant teaching experience are preferred.

Application Process:

At the time of application, interested candidates should submit:

Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts
Evidence of teaching effectiveness
A Curriculum Vitae
A Cover Letter
A sample of published writing (30 page maximum)
A statement of willingness to support and advance the tenets of Catholic higher education as articulated in Ex Corde Ecclesiae. See the discussion of Ex Corde Ecclesiae on the UST Human Resources website.
Deadlines and other requirements:

This position will remain open until filled. The committee will begin reviewing applications on March 1, 2024. All applications and required materials and references must be submitted to UST’s Human Resources Department through stthom.applicantpro.com.

Start date:

The start date for the contract is August 1, 2024. Teaching will begin in the Fall of 2024. Inquiries about the position, the MFA program, and the University should be directed to James Matthew Wilson, Director MFA program in Creative Writing, at wilsonjm1@stthom.edu


For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.