Alice Munro Chair in Creativity

Current Alice Munro Chair in Creativity >

Alice Munro is counted among Western University’s most extraordinary alumni. Her first connection to Western’s Department of English came while she was an undergraduate pursuing an English major. In 1976, the University recognized Munro’s literary achievements with an honorary degree, the only such honour she has ever accepted. In October 2013, Munro was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

This position will be a full-time, one - to three- year Limited Term appointment, with an academic rank commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications. The position will reside in the Department of English and Writing Studies, or as a joint appointment with English and Writing Studies and another department in the Faculty, as appropriate. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain a vigorous creative/research program, and to contribute to teaching undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. The appointment will be made in accordance with the relevant University policies. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position will commence on July 1, 2020 or as negotiated.

The Alice Munro Chair in Creativity will:

• Lead the creative culture of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, serving as a mentor and a model;
• Participate in graduate and/or undergraduate teaching;
• Focus on the production of creative work, alongside a study of creativity;
• Assume a leadership role between the University and the local creative community;
• Allow the University to enhance and expand the Writer-in-Residence program;
• Provide the University with access to a world of writing and artistic creation beyond Canada, allowing the University to attract international authors and artists as speakers and collaborators;
• Present the annual Alice Munro Lecture on Creativity.

Interested applicants should click here for more information.