St. Lawrence University

Visiting Assistant Professor of Poetry

St. Lawrence University invites applications for a four-year, full-time visiting appointment in poetry writing.  The successful candidate will offer coursework in beginning and advanced poetry writing, as well as in the literary genre of poetry, and may also advise student independent studies and honors projects. The successful candidate will also offer coursework in creative nonfiction writing (memoir, lyric essay, personal essay, or hybrid genres). The normal teaching load is three courses per semester.  M.F.A. in Creative Writing and significant poetry and creative nonfiction publications are required; Ph.D. with creative dissertation preferred.

We encourage applications from candidates who bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national, and theoretical perspectives to bear on their writing and teaching.  The successful candidate will join a department with a commitment to excellence in teaching, and a program founded upon the essential relationship between creative expression and the study of literature. 

To apply:

  1. Applicants must complete an online application at
  2. Applicants must submit a letter of application, C.V., statement on diversity, letters of recommendation, 5 representative creative publications (maximum of 20 pages total), and sample syllabi for two relevant courses via Interfolio’s ByCommittee.  (For help with Interfolio, please email or call (877) 997-8807.). 

Applications should be received by March 12, 2018; review will continue until the position is filled.  

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

Located at 23 Romoda Drive, Canton, NY, St. Lawrence University is a coeducational, private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,400 students from more than 40 states and 40 nations. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global.

The University is committed to and seeks diversity among its faculty, staff and students. Such a commitment ensures an atmosphere that is diverse and complex in ways that are intellectually and socially enriching for the entire campus community. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups, as well as from individuals with experience teaching or working in a multicultural environment, are encouraged. St. Lawrence University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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