Assistant College Lecturer

Cleveland, OH
Feb 07, 2017
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Cleveland State University

Assistant College Lecturer

The Department of English invites applications for a College Lecturer position in Creative Writing beginning August 21, 2017. The responsibilities will be split between half-time teaching of undergraduate creative writing classes (2 per semester) and half-time administrative and organizational responsibilities at the Cleveland State University Poetry Center.

Minimum Qualifications: This position requires an MFA in Creative Writing; college-level creative writing teaching experience; experience in administration, publishing, outreach, or nonprofit institutions; and publications in poetry and / or creative nonfiction.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates who have a strong track record in teaching creative writing at the college level; substantial administrative experience in the above areas; and significant publications in poetry and / or creative nonfiction; the ability to contribute through teaching and/or service to the diversity, cultural sensitivity, and excellence of the academic community.

The Cleveland State University Poetry Center is a national non-profit independent press under the auspices of the Cleveland State University Department of English. It publishes between three and five collections of contemporary poetry and prose a year with a national distribution and reach. In addition to publishing, the Poetry Center actively promotes contemporary literature through an annual reading series, collaborative art events, participation in national writing and art festivals, and as an educational resource for CSU's undergraduate, M.A., and N.E.O.M.F.A. students by providing assistantship and internship opportunities as well as involving students in the editorial and production aspects of literary publishing. For more information, visit

Poetry Center responsibilities would include but not be limited to: helping train interns and graduate students, corresponding with authors, managing inventory and distribution, organizing the Lighthouse Reading Series, assisting with book production, overseeing campus or city-wide outreach projects, and handling the basic day-to-day operations of the Poetry Center in collaboration with the Director.

The position is annually renewable for an additional five years based on satisfactory performance, programmatic needs and university financial resources. After a comprehensive sixth year review, appointees will be eligible for two successive three-year appointments and six year appointments thereafter.

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a cover letter addressing interests and experiences related to the CSU Poetry Center, a teaching philosophy, a 10-page writing sample, and contact information for three references. Inquiries only can be directed to Caryl Pagel at [email protected]. Deadline for applications is March 15, 2017. Hiring is contingent on maintaining existing levels of funding from the State of Ohio.

Applications will be exclusively accepted online at:

Offer of employment is contingent on satisfactory completion of the University's verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or University policies or practices, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

Cleveland State University is a major public urban university with a diverse population of 18,000 students.

It is the policy of Cleveland State University to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.