Saint Cloud State University

Assistant Professor of English, Creative Writing—Poetry

Tenure-track, probationary position to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Creative Writing—Poetry. See for more information on courses and programs.

The successful candidate will teach up to twenty-four credits in the following areas: beginning and advanced creative writing poetry classes; first-year composition; specialized courses in candidate’s area(s) of expertise. Additional ability to teach fiction or creative nonfiction preferred. The candidate will also participate in advising, assessment, and committee work.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to: 1) teach and/or perform assignment effectively; 2) conduct scholarly achievement or research; 3) continue preparation and study in discipline; 4) contribute to student growth and development; and 5) provide service to the university and community. (IFO Article 22, Section B)

*Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization which can be found at:


  • MFA or doctorate in Creative Writing at the time of appointment
  • Evidence of creative achievement, including at least one poetry book with a nationally-recognized publisher, university press, or small literary press at the time of appointment
  • Demonstrated teaching experience in undergraduate and graduate courses in Creative Writing
  • Evidence of demonstrated ability to teach and work with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds


  • Expertise in use of digital technologies in the classroom
  • Online teaching experience
  • Experience teaching first year composition

To apply for this position, please continue the process via this website or directly at:

Application Review begins January 21, 2019; position is open until filled. 
Only complete applications will be considered. A complete application will include the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • One-page Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • 5–10 page sample of creative work
  • Contact information for three (3) current, professional references
  • Copies of transcript(s) (undergraduate/graduate); if advanced to final round, official transcripts will be required.

NOTE: Each required document must be uploaded for your application to be considered.

Contact Information:
Shannon Olson, Search Committee Chair 
Professor of English
Phone: 320-308-5104

St. Cloud State University is committed to excellence and actively supports cultural diversity. To promote this endeavor, we invite individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply, including minorities, women, LGBTQ, persons with disabilities and veterans. The university is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regards to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or status as a U.S. veteran. The Title IX coordinator at St. Cloud State is Dr. Ellyn Bartges. For additional information, contact the Office for Institutional Equity & Access, (320) 308-5123, Admin. Services Bldg. Rm 102.

Contact Information

Shannon Olson, Professor of English / Creative Writing Program Director
English Department
Saint Cloud State University
Webster Hall
720 4th Avenue South
Saint Cloud
Contact Phone: 
(320) 308-5104
Contact e-mail: