Sadly, they weren't able to set up a tenure-track line in creative writing for next year (though if you're an African-Americanist, they do have one of those, and I encourage you to apply and write me if you have any questions about the school). There's still a slim chance Roosevelt may be able to renew my two-year appointment, if the right people can find some funds to free up, but I won't know if that's possible until Christmas at the earliest it looks like. So in the meantime -- applying for jobs.
At least this year, we've decided that I'm going to stick to a local search in the Chicago area. We're comfortably settled here, and would really like to stay. If nothing full-time turns up, I'll plan on trying to pick up some part-time teaching and combine that with writing work of some kind. And then, if it comes to that, next year, both Kevin and I will do a national search together. Oof.
What this means is that I've spent the morning looking through the English job information list, and came up with a few possibilities in Chicago. The best bet is probably a two-year visiting position at Northwestern in creative writing fiction, which seems pretty tailor-made for my background and skills, and which would be a great job to have. Another possibility would be towards the lit side -- DePaul is looking for a specialist in minority literatures, especially Asian-American lit. I'd love the chance to teach a broad-based Asian-American literature class!
And then there's one more interesting possibility -- the University of Chicago Fellows post-doc program, which would have me teaching for four years in the common core sequence. Very little creative writing (though I would have the opportunity to develop a class of my own, which might incorporate some), but there's a world lit sequence which I'd love to teach -- it's a sequence I took, as an undergraduate there, and I learned a ton. It seems like it's a bit of a stretch that they'd hire a creative writer for it, but they do say the job is open to scholars in all disciplines and areas of specialization, and I did do critical work during the Ph.D. research. I think I could do the work of teaching the class, and it'd be a fascinating challenge. I have to apply, I think.
I'll also be contacting all the local area schools directly, to ask whether there are any other possibilities for jobs that may not be advertised yet. It feels a bit awkward, but Kevin assures me that it's appropriate to do so. So, here we go again... Wish me luck!