University of Arizona

Assistant Professor of English & AIS

The Departments of English and American Indian Studies, in conjunction with the American Indian Studies Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Creative Writing (with a preferred focus in poetry) and American Indian Studies, beginning in Fall 2019.

Position Summary: 

The Creative Writing Program in the Department of English and the American Indian Studies department and GIDP are dedicated to supporting creative and critical work that demonstrates a broad understanding and appreciation of the knowledges and expressions of Indigenous peoples.

This position is intended to continue our long collaboration, and to ensure that the American Indian literary arts and traditions so important to the state of Arizona are available to undergraduate and graduate students. This candidate will engage with Indigenous students both through the curriculum and outside the classroom.

As a land grand institution, the University of Arizona is committed to supporting and educating Indigenous populations and cultures in our state. The College of SBS's commitments to social diversity, and the engagement and support of Native peoples and cultures is reflected in this hiring area.

The University of Arizona has also earned the designation of Hispanic Serving Institution from the U.S. Department of Education for its success in the enrollment of Hispanic students and in providing educational opportunities to them. This mission is reflected in and continued by the research, teaching, work, and engagement of the faculty in English and American Indian Studies.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties and Responsibilities:

This hire will be expected to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in English and American Indian Studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, to advise MA and PhD students in the AIS, GIDP, MFA theses in English, and to potentially direct dissertations in English, as well as to contribute to mentoring students, including those from underrepresented backgrounds.

Our faculty typically teach two courses per semester, in addition to maintaining active research profiles and contributing to service at the departmental, college, and university leve.

Faculty in our programs also often participate in engagement with communities outside of the university, and help to develop innovative approaches to enhancing student engagement, increasing diversity, and expanding collaborations with community and business partners. Underrepresented minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must have a terminal degree (i.e. MFA or PhD) in creative writing, or the equivalent, and a strong and active research program that is reflected in an excellent publication record, including at least one book published or under contract (self-published works excluded).

Candidates must also demonstrate evidence or promise of teaching excellence. If selected for an initial interview, candidates will be asked to submit a teaching portfolio.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates with a focus in poetry.

Though our primary interest is in hiring a poet, we also welcome applicants with specializations in other genres. 

Desired Start Date: 08/12/2019

Special Instructions for Applicants:

Please submit a 15pp sample of your published or forthcoming work as "Writing Sample" and a diversity statement as "Statement of Teaching Philosophy."

Review begins on November 14, 2018.

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, womens, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national sesrvice programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness. 

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Contact Information

Ander Monson
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