Bemidji State University

Assistant Professor of English—Creative Writing Poetry

Bemidji State University invites applications for the position of: Assistant Professor of English.

Opening Date: November 25, 2019
Closing Date: January 21, 2020
Appointment Date: August 2020
Salary: Depends on Qualifications
Job Type: Full-Time Probationary


  • The applicant would be expected to teach courses that would include, but are not limited to, undergraduate and graduate courses in creative writing, first and second year college writing and other courses in the applicant’s secondary fields of interest.
  • Contribute to a program of scholarship within the discipline, student advising, service to the University and community, and other associated faculty duties. 
  • The applicant would be expected to contribute to interdisciplinary teaching and involvement in activities that support Bemidji State University's signature themes: Environmental stewardship, Civic engagement, Global/Multicultural Understanding. 
  • The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to a collegial and supportive environment that advances the goals of the department, including curriculum development, assessment, and other departmental governance activities. 



  • Earned MFA or PhD in creative writing poetry or closely related field from a regionally accredited institution at the start of employment. 
  • Record of significant poetry publication.
  • Experience teaching English at the college level.
  • Demonstrated commitment to quality teaching is required.


  • Secondary interest and/or experience in creative nonfiction or publishing.
  • Experience or interest in teaching copyediting and/or proofreading.
  • Skills/ability to design and deliver online courses with Desire To Learn (D2L) software.
  • The applicant should demonstrate a knowledge of and interest in diverse cultures and populations. 

Other Considerations:

  • The applicant must be able to lawfully accept employment in the United States at the time of an offer of employment.
  • Persons writing letters of references should be advised of Minnesota's open record law, which can make such letters available to applicants upon request.
  • Official transcript(s) must be provided to Human Resources upon hire.
  • Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the InterFaculty Organization (IFO) which can be found at
  • Bemidji State University is a tobacco free workplace (see policy)
  • In accordance with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, faculty and staff driving on college/university business, who use a rental or state vehicle, shall be required to complete a vehicle Use Agreement form and conform to MnSCU's vehicle use criteria and consent to a motor vehicle records check.
  • BSU and NTC are tobacco free workplaces (see policy)

Fax: (218) 755-2822

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A complete application will include the following attachments: 

  • Cover letter, which addresses the required qualifications and your specific interest in working at Bemidji State University.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae.
  • Unofficial transcript(s) of undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation submitted to Search Advisory Committee Chair Dr. Gary Rees; see Dr. Rees’s email and campus address below.

Dr. Gary Rees, Search Committee Chair
Assistant Professor of English
Bemidji State University Box 16
1500 Birchmont Drive NE
Bemidji MN 56601-2699

For emails, use subject heading Creative Writing Poetry Position.


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Contact Information

Gary Rees, Search Committee Chair
1500 Birchmont Dr NE #16