Sam Houston State University

Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing-Poetry)

The Department of English at Sam Houston State University invites applications for a tenure-track position—rank commensurate with experience—in creative writing (poetry) to begin Fall 2020. The teaching load is 3-3 with assignments primarily in upper-division undergraduate and graduate creative writing courses.

Required qualifications include an MFA or PhD in creative writing in hand by August 2020; substantial publications, including at least one full-length book of poetry with a press of national standing and significant potential for continued publication of creative work, as well as other scholarly, professional, and/or creative activities; evidence of successful teaching experience at the college level, including the teaching of creative writing, and evidence of potential for excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in creative writing; experience in editing and publishing; and a secondary emphasis in one or more of the following areas preferred: African American, Asian American, Latinx, Native American, or other ethnic literatures; LGBTQ+ literature/Queer studies; Disability studies.

To apply, please click For initial applications, the following material is required: cover letter, addressed to Dr. Scott Kaukonen, chair, search committee, poetry; curriculum vitae; statement of diversity and inclusion, specifically addressing qualifications and strategies for engaging all students at SHSU; contact information for three recommenders; a 20-page writing sample of creative work; unofficial transcripts documenting all prior graduate coursework (official transcripts documenting all prior graduate and undergraduate coursework will be required prior to hire); and for applicants whose terminal degrees are not yet in hand, a letter from a faculty advisor stating that the degree is expected to be in hand by August 17, 2020. Application deadline is December 1, 2019. Initial interviews will be conducted by Skype in January 2020.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sam Houston State University is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the academic community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The college welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community.

Sam Houston State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code 51.215.

Please note: References provided in the References section of the application will receive an automated email reference request at the time the application is submitted.

Contact Information

Scott Kaukonen, Associate Professor
Box 2416
Contact Phone: 
(936) 294-1407
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