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School/Department: School of Humanities and Cultural Industries

Line Manager:  Head of Department/School

Job Purpose

Professors of Creative Writing will play a central role in profiling Bath Spa University’s creative writing programmes, particularly at postgraduate level, and in building the University’s reputation on the global stage.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • undertake continued publication of world-class creative writing/practice
  • represent the University regionally, nationally and internationally in an ambassadorial role at conferences and symposia
  • to raise the profile of Bath Spa University and specifically the creative writing programmes
  • undertake recruitment, publicity and promotional activities in the interests of the Department, School and Institution
  • maintain and develop links with key national and international agencies, associations and employers, to the benefit of Bath Spa staff and students
  • to develop productive relationships with industry partners
  • teach creative writing/practice at both undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • offer leadership, guidance and mentoring to other staff in the School/University in relevant subject area
  • undertake other responsibilities as agreed with the Head of School, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Vice-Chancellor as appropriate


Person Specification

Qualifications/experience

Essential

  • a body of creative work that is internationally excellent or world-leading
  • an international readership
  • external recognition of the quality of that work through the award of prizes, honours or grants
  • a strong professional and creative network which can support the professional writing aspirations of students and staff at Bath Spa University

Desirable

  • a record of attracting external funding in support of their writing/creative practice
  • experience of University-level teaching in creative writing

Skills and knowledge

Essential

  • knowledge of the international contexts of publication/creative practice
  • strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to relate to a wide range of audiences
  • excellent networking skills

Desirable

  • an outstanding contribution to their field of writing/creative practice through the chairing of major prize committees, judging of major literary and/or artistic awards, etc.
  • excellent organisational and administrative skills
  • knowledge of innovative pedagogical practice at University level

Personal Qualities:

Essential:

  • a commitment to teaching creative writing as a discipline in a University setting
  • desire to join and contribute to a thriving creative community

Desirable:

  • ability to inspire colleagues

Subject areas