Assistant or Associate Professor

Western Michigan University invites applications for a full-time academic year tenure-track position in Creative Writing (Poetry) to begin Fall 2020 at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.


Major Responsibilities: 


  • teaching undergraduate and graduate workshops in poetry and topics courses in contemporary literature, such as Forms of Poetry and Contemporary Poetry
  • guiding undergraduate students in job preparation and graduate school applications
  • mentoring graduate students in poetry at the M.F.A. and Ph.D. levels
  • directing theses and dissertations
  • advising on graduate exams, and providing guidance for career and job preparation
  • maintaining a record of successful publication
  • helping to support the department, the college, and the university through committee work or other service




  • terminal degree in Creative Writing (M.F.A. or Ph.D.; Ph.D. preferred; doctoral degree must be granted by August 2020)
  • at least one published book of poetry
  • proven record of excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching (or evident promise for the latter)
  • demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion


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