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Assistant Professor of English

University of Colorado Boulder

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Assistant Professor of English

Requisition Number: 43147
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: Faculty
Schedule: Full Time
Posting Close Date:
Date Posted: 27-Sep-2022

Job Summary

The Creative Writing Program in the Department of English at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Poetry. The anticipated start for this position is Fall Semester 2023.

The MFA program in Creative Writing at CU Boulder is a three-year degree program that emphasizes literary study and innovation. Our prolific faculty value interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to writing that expand the limits of traditional practice and conventional forms. The program also offers an undergraduate major track for English majors and a minor for non-majors. Creative Writing and English are in one of CU Boulder's most historic buildings, home to the Mary Rippon Theatre, the primary outdoor venue for the annual Shakespeare Festival. Faculty and students enjoy proximity to the Denver Metro area and a rich landscape of Front Range writers, artists, and adjacent literary communities. Junior faculty receive strong internal support through the Department of English and the College of Arts and Sciences, including a pre-tenure research leave and research stipend. Additional opportunities for funding and awards for Creative Writing Faculty are available through the Creative Writing Program, the Department of English, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for Humanities, the Graduate School, the Office of the Provost, and the CU Boulder Campus.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder is the intellectual core of the university, conducting research, scholarship, creative work, and education in more than 60 fields. Our research generates new knowledge, solving some of the world’s most critical problems. The college leads nationally in undergraduate and graduate education in the natural sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities, bringing world-class research and scholarship to our students, both in and out of the classroom. Among the most diverse and challenging programs in the country, CU Boulder’s The English Department at CU Boulder is an inclusive culture that welcomes all, and is committed to providing essential skills in language, writing, research, close reading, and critical thinking across multiple genres, applicable to a multitude of career fields, while allowing students to study what they love. Our priority is to cultivate empathetic and responsible engagement with texts, peers, and community on a variety of scales, from local to international in a changing world to solve longstanding and emerging problems.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • 2-2 teaching load (two courses per semester; two semesters per academic year) at both undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Normal service obligations for tenure-track faculty.
  • Maintain a strong record of scholarship.

What You Should Know

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The salary for this position is $80,000-$85,000.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • MFA and/or Ph.D., or equivalent terminal graduate degree, in-hand by start date of appointment.

What You Will Need

  • Successful candidates will have a strong record of publication (at least two books published and/or under contract in primary genre).
  • Candidates should present a strong record of teaching.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Additional qualifications include secondary genre writing and publication in creative nonfiction, lyric essay, and/or literary biography with preference given to those with experience and interest in small press publishing, conference organizing, creative leadership, and/or community building.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Cover Letter, a letter of application.
  2. Resume/CV, a curriculum vitae.
  3. Diversity and Inclusion Statement
  4. PDF Sample of Work, a writing sample of no more than 20 pages in length.

During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references who will be contacted to provide letters of recommendation as the search progresses.

All applications received by 11:59 PM Mountain Time, November 1, 2022 will receive full consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

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