Northwestern University – Lecturer in Screenwriting / Playwriting

Lecturer in Screenwriting / Playwriting

The Position

The Radio/TV/Film Department at Northwestern University seeks a full-time Lecturer in screenwriting/playwriting to teach writing in the undergraduate program as well as courses in the MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage (learn more here).

The ideal candidate will have experience teaching at the college level, a professional profile in screenwriting and/or playwriting, and enthusiasm for mentoring young writers. We are particularly interested in candidates who write about or from historically marginalized perspectives.

This position will be located on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus in the greater Chicago area. This is a full-time, benefits eligible lecturer appointment. Appointment starts September 1, 2019 for a one-year term, with the possibility of renewal. Review of applications will begin on a rolling basis and continue until the position is filled.


  • A terminal degree (MFA) or equivalent in Dramatic Writing
  • (playwriting/screenwriting/television writing)
  • 1-3 years of experience teaching at the college level
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a creative and
  • dynamic environment

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please send cover letter, curriculum vita, evidence of good teaching, a sample script, and contact information for three professional references via e-mail to:

Thomas Bradshaw, Screenwriting/Playwriting Lecturer Search Committee Chair
Program Administrator, MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage
Department of Radio/TV/Film, Northwestern University
Annie May Swift Hall
1920 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

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