Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Letters

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Michigan State University has been working to advance the common good with uncommon will for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU focuses its vast resources and collaborative power on creating solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, while providing life-changing opportunities to a vibrant and diverse community of students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

Posting Number: 4229

Internal Posting Date: 10-12-2016

Internal Closing Date: Open Until Filled

External Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Review of Applications begins on: 11-01-2016

Job Title: Assistant Professor

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Major Administrative Unit/College: College of Arts and Letters

Primary Department: 10004264 ENGLISH

Position Employee Group: Tenure System Faculty-FAS

Appointment Basis: Academic Year, 9 month

Appointment Status: Tenure System Faculty

Employment %: 100


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Position Summary: The Department of English at Michigan State University invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure system) in creative writing, with an emphasis on poetry and a secondary field in poetics, creative nonfiction, graphic narrative, playwriting, or screenwriting. Our program is committed to aesthetic diversity; experience in spoken word poetry or performance, hybrid forms, new media, video poetry, book arts, and/or digital publishing are all highly desirable.

Strong candidates must be team-oriented, and willing to contribute to department programming and take on leadership positions in the future. Additionally, strong candidates will be enthusiastic about teaching students at all levels, will demonstrate a commitment to engaged learning practices, social justice, and/or community outreach, as well as experience working with students diverse in terms of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and their intersections. Provide evidence of these experiences and commitments in cover letters.

The successful candidate will be appointed on an academic year basis, starting August 2017, and will engage in an active program of research/creativity, service, and teaching, normally two courses per semester including classes in the College of Arts & Letters
general education program in the Interdisciplinary Arts & Humanities. Salary is competitive.

Housed in the Department of English, the Creative Writing concentration and minor offer a rigorous undergraduate curriculum emphasizing both literary study and creative writing in multiple genres. The Department of English is also home to Red Cedar Review (RCR), the longest-running undergraduate managed literary journal in the nation. We seek applicants who will contribute to the growth of the program as well as help expand its collaborative ties across campus and through outreach via RCR, readings, and/or the digital humanities. The Department of English has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and encourages candidates from underrepresented groups. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College of Arts and Letters' distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and values diversity and inclusion as essential to achieving excellence.

Faculty: Minimum Qualifications Support Staff: Minimum Requirements MFA or PhD in creative writing and a demonstrated track record of publication; a collection of poems or its equivalent.

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Required Applicant Documents: Resume/CV
Cover Letter
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Number of Reference Letters Required: 3

Special Instructions to Applicants: Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Letter of application, teaching statement, and CV must be submitted electronically at the Michigan State University Human Resources website After electronic submission of application materials, applicants will be prompted to enter the email addresses of at least three references, who will be contacted and asked to upload letters of recommendation.

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Name/Title/Email Address of Search Committee Chair: Gordon Henry/Professor/[email protected]

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Union Affiliation: Non Union

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.








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Posted: 12/15/2016
Application Due: 1/10/2017
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