Southwest Minnesota State University

Assistant Professor of Poetry

Assistant Professor of Poetry


Salary and Terms:  Full-time, nine month tenure-track position. Salary placement is commensurate on education and experience.

Application Deadline:  Review of applications will begin March 2, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.


Appointment Date:  August 17, 2020


Position Description:

The English, Philosophy, Spanish and Humanities Department invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Poetry, appointment to begin in the fall 2020 semester. Southwest Minnesota State University strongly values diversity and inclusion, and we seek to recruit talented people from a diverse candidate pool. The successful colleague will strive to maintain an ongoing record of publication in addition to teaching a 4/4 course load including a range of coursework in creative writing, literature, and composition in an active undergraduate creative writing program. The successful candidate should be committed to excellence in teaching, working closely with students, and collaborating with department colleagues.


Duties also include student advising, contribution to student growth and development, participation in department and institutional activities, committee assignments, evaluating student performance, program assessment as well as assessment benefitting the liberal education program, scholarly and/or creative activities, development/delivery of web-based courses and service to the university and community. Other possible responsibilities could include working with the dual enrollment program and assisting with campus literary events.



  • A PhD in creative writing. An MFA with a reputable history of publication and/or awards will be considered.
  • Experience teaching first year composition, creative writing/poetry workshop, and some literature.
  • Demonstrated ability or proven strategies to teach and work with persons from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated commitment or proven strategies for fostering a diverse and inclusive environment.


Preferred Qualification:

  • Candidates who can contribute diversity to the curriculum in terms of the consideration of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, etc.


The University:  Southwest Minnesota State University is one of seven universities in the Minnesota State system.  SMSU gives highest priority to excellence in teaching and preparing students to be lifelong learners through quality undergraduate teaching/advising and close student/faculty relationships.  Its mission, dating back to 1967, provides access to university-level programs in liberal arts & professional studies. The University has a special commitment to the educational needs of the people in its service region reflected through its curricula, cultural programs, diversity of staff and students, cooperative relationships with the public and private sectors, and regional institutions.  The 216-acre campus encompasses 24 modern, interconnected, and accessible buildings and includes a 40 acre wildlife area with 4 acres of restored prairie.  Marshall (pop. 13,000) is the hub of a rich agricultural area and offers a variety of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities.  The position is an opportunity to be part of a vibrant, dynamic and growing institution that is searching for exceptionally talented people.


Application Data:  A complete application will include 1) a cover letter that addresses the strengths the candidate will bring to the department as a teacher, poet, and scholar; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a teaching philosophy statement; 4) a statement that details ways your teaching, scholarship, creative works, and/or service might contribute to a liberal arts community committed to diversity and inclusion; 5) tear sheets or writing samples of poetry not to exceed twenty pages; and 6) evidence of successful teaching.


To apply for this position, please complete the online application process at Additional information on Southwest Minnesota State University can be found at:


*Nine Month Appointments- Along with all other Universities that are part of the Minnesota State system, standard faculty appointments are for 168 duty days distributed over any nine consecutive months. The nine months need not align with the traditional academic year and may be changed every two years.  Initial faculty appointments at SMSU are expected to be similar to or the same as the academic year unless otherwise indicated on the vacancy notice.


Southwest Minnesota State University is a member of the Minnesota State system and is an equal opportunity educator and employer.  The University is committed to affirmative recruitment and encourages applications from women, persons of color, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.  Applicants must be able to lawfully accept employment in the United States.  Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Affirmative Action Office, 507-537-6208.  For TTY communications, contact Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.  This vacancy notice is available in alternative format upon request.

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