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Assistant Professor of English specializing in Creative Nonfiction Writing

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado

Working Title Assistant Professor of English Specializing in Creative Nonfiction Position Location Fort Collins, CO Work Location Position is fully in-office/in-person Posting Number 202300443F Proposed Annual Salary Range $74,500-$77,500; Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Employee Benefits

Colorado State University is not just a workplace; it’s a thriving community that’s transforming lives and improving the human condition through world-class teaching, research, and service. With a robust benefits package, collaborative atmosphere, commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and focus on work-life balance, CSU is where you can thrive, grow, and make a lasting impact.

Position Type Faculty Work Hours/Week 40 Description of Work Unit

Founded in 1870, Colorado State University is among the nation’s leading research universities and enrolls approximately 32,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Located an hour north of the Denver metro area, Fort Collins is a vibrant community of approximately 157,000 residents that offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a large city. Fort Collins is situated on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with views of 14,000 foot peaks, and offers access to numerous cultural, recreational, and outdoor opportunities.

The English department at CSU is a vibrant and diverse community. We are home to poets and linguists, literacy researchers and teacher educators, novelists and literary scholars, composition specialists and writers of creative nonfiction. We share a passion for exploring the multiple and dynamic ways that the English language is used to meet the demands of life in the twenty-first century. Students, staff, and faculty are committed to inclusive excellence, intellectual growth, and the creation of a more just and sustainable world.

Tenure/Tenure Track? Yes % Research 35 % Teaching 50 % Service 15 % Administration 0 To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 01/12/2024 Number of Vacancies   Desired Start Date   Position End Date   Position Summary

The Department of English at Colorado State University invites applications for an entry-level, tenure track Assistant Professor of English specializing in Creative Nonfiction Writing. We are seeking a writer with energy, vision, and a commitment to building excellence in our growing program in Creative Nonfiction. The successful candidate will be appointed untenured and at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 16, 2024

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires) Required Job Qualifications

  • MFA or PhD in English or related field at time of appointment.
  • Experience teaching at the college level.
  • A promising record of creative activity, scholarship, and contributions to the writing community.
  • At least one book of literary nonfiction (such as memoir, personal essay, lyric essay, narrative nonfiction) published by, or under contract with, a national press.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: Latinx, African American, Native American, Asian American, and LGBTQ, Environmental, and/or hybrid literature and writing.
  • Interest in, and the ability to teach, a range of approaches to literary nonfiction.
  • Applicants are encouraged to describe any additional teaching or scholarly interests and experiences.

Special Instructions to Applicants

CSU is committed to full inclusion of qualified individuals. If you are needing assistance or accommodations with the search process, please reach out to the listed search contact.

To apply, please submit a brief letter of interest; curriculum vitae; graduate transcripts (unofficial); statement of teaching philosophy; a writing sample of no more than 25 pages of published work; and contact information for three references. Address cover letter to Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, Search Chair. 
References will not be contacted without prior notification to candidates.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,

The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,

Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education.

Diversity Statement

Personal and professional commitment to diversity and inclusion as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.

Search Contact Harrison Candelaria Fletcher -

Essential Duties


Job Duty Category Teaching, Advising, Mentoring Duty/Responsibility

  • Teach four courses a year until tenure; advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.

Percentage Of Time 50% Job Duty Category Creative Activity Duty/Responsibility

  • The successful candidate will be expected to establish a scholarly and creative agenda in Creative Nonfiction.

Percentage Of Time 35% Job Duty Category Service Duty/Responsibility

  • The successful candidate will provide service to the department, university, and community.

Percentage Of Time 15% References Requested

References Requested


Minimum Requested 3 Maximum Requested 3 Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  5. Writing Samples

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