San Francisco State University

George and Judy Marcus Endowed Chair in Poetry

The Creative Writing Department at San Francisco State University invites applicants for the George and Judy Marcus Endowed Chair in Poetry, a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 2020. As one of the largest and most popular creative writing programs in the country, our B.A., M.A., and M.F.A. programs reflect our commitment to making student writers attentive readers of the literatures of the world and socially aware members of society. We seek a colleague with a focus of study and creative work that will add to the mix of cultural, aesthetic, and community perspectives of an innovative program and accomplished faculty. We specifically seek poets whose creative work has contributed to the literatures of the African Diaspora, Latinx, Asian, Middle Eastern and/or Indigenous/Native cultures. Required degree is an M.F.A., M.A., or equivalent. At least one recent book of poetry and demonstrated teaching excellence. Complete position description available at http://creativewriting.sfsu.edu.

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

  • Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body.
  • Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging.
  • Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice.
  • Recruiting, retaining, and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio.
  • Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus.
  • Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
  • Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.
     

Responsibilities: The position requires graduate and undergraduate teaching in creative writing, mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students, developing an active ongoing program of creative work in one's area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments. Endowed chairs are also expected to present lectures/readings on and off campus, organize presentations of visiting authors and other scholars, and establish themselves as public scholars contributing to the literary life of the Bay Area. Detailed position description is available at http://creativewriting.sfsu.edu.
 

Qualifications:

Required:

  • M.F.A., M.A. or equivalent in Creative Writing.
  • Minimum of one recent book of poetry published by a recognized independent or national press.
  • Record of creative work that has contributed to the literatures of the African Diaspora, Latinx, Asian, Middle Eastern and/or Indigenous/Native cultures.
  • Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and student


Preferred:

  • Record of university teaching contributions in the area of poetry.
  • Active record of publishing and participating in creative activity related to poetry, along with honors and critical recognition in the field.
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching, and/or scholarship/creative works.
  • Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically under­ represented communities.
  • Record of contributing to collegial, supportive and collaborative work environments. One to two years of university teaching experience with a large, diverse student body or in a multicultural setting.
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design, instruction of individuals and groups, and the assessment of learning.
  • Planning and organizing skills sufficient to ensure implementation of the assigned curriculum, job duties, and established expectations.
  • Oral and written communication skills in the English language at a level that conveys information to and from students, colleagues, and others in an effective manner.
  • Awareness of and engagement with critical concerns in the discipline and capacity to continue to produce original creative work.
  • Interpersonal orientation that encourages useful interactions with students, colleagues, and other campus stakeholders and promotes collegiality in department, college, and university contexts.
     

San Francisco State University faculty are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship, and/or creative work. Our goal is to attract a world-class and diverse faculty committed to building a multicultural educational environment.


Rank and Salary: Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits. Endowment includes an annual professional development fund.
 

Application: Submit letter of interest, a current CV, a statement on how your teaching and creative work align with the commitment of the Creative Writing Department to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community; ten-page sample of poetry, evidence of teaching effectiveness; names and contact information of three references to SFSU Creative Writing Hiring Committee c/o jgeorge1@sfsu.edu. Letters of Recommendation upon request at a later date.
 

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.
 

Creative Writing Department
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco CA 94132
Phone: (415) 338-1810

Contact Information

Creative Writing Hiring Committee
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco
CA
94132
Contact Phone: 
(415) 338-1810
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