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Job Opportunity for a theatrical writing professor!

Northwestern University’s Department of Radio/Television/Film seeks a Professor of Dramatic Writing (television writing/screenwriting/playwriting) to teach as part of their interdisciplinary MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage. This is a tenured position.

The university is seeking a writer with a national and international reputation, who has had an impact on the field with a substantial innovative body of work, ideally with an emphasis on underrepresented and LGBTQ+ voices.

They welcome candidates who work across different media – this department has strong ties to the Department of Theatre, the Department of Performance Studies, and the Department of Communication Studies.


Preferred Start Date:

September 1, 2023

Preferred qualifications:

1. MFA degree (or equivalent professional experience)

2. At least one year of teaching at the University Level

3. Substantial writing credits in Television/Film/Theatre


• Teaching classes in the RTVF dramatic writing curriculum

• Serving as a core faculty member of the MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage

• Admissions and recruitment for the MFA program

• Service to the Department of Radio/TV/Film


Competitive, depending on qualifications and experience.

Application procedure:

Applications and supporting documents will be accepted only by online submission here. For full consideration, you should include cover letter describing your work and your teaching, a CV, at least one full-length play/screenplay/teleplay (writing sample), and three contacts for letters of recommendation. Please forward any questions regarding the position to the Search Committee Chair, Zayd Dohrn.

Application Deadline:

November 15, 2022. Applications should be submitted by the deadline, but review of applications may continue until the position is filled.


Northwestern requires all staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions. For more information, please visit the COVID-19 and Campus Updates website.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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