University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Assistant Professor of English, with Specialization in Poetry Writing

The University of Tennessee seeks an Assistant Professor in Poetry Writing, tenure track. Requirements include (1) a history of excellent teaching, (2) a substantial record of publication, and (3) an MFA or PhD in hand. Besides significant creative output, duties will include both graduate and undergraduate workshops, instructor-designed Special Topics courses, and active supervision of student writing projects on all levels. Salaries and teaching loads are competitive, and our endowment provides ample support for research and travel. 

UT, a "Doctoral/Research Extensive" institution, is the flagship university in the state system. The English Department offers the BA, MA, MFA, and PhD.  Professors teach a 2/2 load, distributed across undergraduate and graduate courses.

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

Application Instruction:

Applicants should submit a letter of application, 15–25 page writing sample, and CV by November 1, via Interfolio at Candidates selected for the next stage of review will be contacted to send additional materials.


Candidates should have: (1) MFA or Ph.D. with specialization in Poetry, in hand or expected by 1 August 2020; (2) creative output warranting appointment at the Assistant Professor rank; and (3) record of excellent teaching.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

Contact Information

Roy M Liuzza, Professor
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
301 McClung Tower
Contact Phone: 
(865) 974-6930
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