Assistant Professor, Creative Writing/Literature

Assistant Professor, Creative Writing/Literature
Regis University


Northwest Denver Campus

Position Type:Faculty

Scheduled Weekly Hours:40

Requested Start Date for this Position:08/01/2021 - 10 months to go

Campus Location:Northwest Denver Campus

Full-time or Part-time:Full time

Job Summary:The faculty member teaches full-time (mostly online), engages in scholarship/creative activity, and coordinates the MA specializations in Creative Writing Pedagogy/Literature in the Liberal Arts Department within the School for Professional Advancement at Regis University. As Program Coordinator, the faculty member has responsibility for teaching observation, degree evaluations, student mentoring, reviewing graduate program applications, administrative support to affiliate faculty, resolving teaching/course issues, curriculum planning/assessment, and is the liaison to the MFA program in Regis College. 49% of students in Regis College are students of color and we seek applicants from historically underrepresented groups. This position also includes recruiting culturally and linguistically diverse students, assessing and mentoring affiliate faculty, and other administrative duties as assigned. The position will be filled pending final budgetary approval for fiscal year 2022.

Working at Regis University
As Regis employees, we each have a responsibility to perform our work in alignment with the mission of the University, especially with its Catholic and Jesuit values. All employees are expected to both contribute to and strengthen the university's culture of respect, inclusion and equity for all members of our community.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please submit a cover letter, CV w/ names of references, and a teaching statement that focuses on online education. Current employees, please submit an application and documents by logging into Workday. Click on the Career Worklet and access the internal site. The submission deadline is November 13th, 2020. For questions about this position, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Janet Rumfelt, at

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
The faculty member teaches graduate classroom and online course in Creative Writing Pedagogy and Literature within the MA program, Creative Writing in the MFA Program, with additional undergraduate teaching possible in English Composition and Humanities; pursues scholarship/creative activity; works with the Liberal Arts Chair and the MFA Program to coordinate and lead activities related to course/curriculum development and revision; works with the Liberal Arts Chair to recruit, assess and mentor new affiliate faculty; represents the Creative Writing Pedagogy/Literature Program with marketing and new student enrollment initiatives; participates in fundraising efforts on behalf of the Creative Writing/Literature Program; serves on school, college, and university-level committees; participates in efforts to further the mission and objectives of the University in service to students, alumni, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders; works with culturally and linguistically diverse students;

participates in faculty development, and performs other relevant duties as assigned.


The Faculty member must have obtained the following: (1) an MFA in Creative Writing or a Ph.D. (which is preferred) in English, Literature, or other related fields, accredited by a regional accrediting association or an equivalent institution outside the US; (2) experience teaching ground-based and online courses in Creative Writing (or Creative Writing Pedagogy) and Literature; (3) experience in curriculum development of courses in both online and ground-based formats; (4) proven success working with diverse populations of students.

Preferred candidates will have the ability to teach English Composition as well as Ignatian Humanities courses, experience working in groups/teams to accomplish joint projects/goals; excellent oral and written communication skills; skill with Microsoft Office programs; a proven ability to understand and incorporate Ignatian values of social justice and the promotion of human dignity within teaching practice; and evidence of teaching excellence particularly with culturally and linguistically diverse students.


Instruction (50%)

Effectively teach courses in Creative Writing, Creative Writing Pedagogy, Literature, and related disciplines in both classroom and online formats to a diverse student population.

Program Coordination (20%):



  • Assist in development, monitoring, and revision of curriculum for the faculty member's respective programs in the school.
  • Participate in the committee work of Regis University, the School for Professional Advancement, the Creative Writing Pedagogy/Literature Program, and the MFA Program especially in the areas of curricular development, textbook selection, and course scheduling.
  • Oversee the recruitment, assessment, training, and supervision of full-time and affiliate faculty in the Creative Writing/Literature Program.
  • Assist the Liberal Arts Department Chair in administering and reviewing program evaluation tools.
  • Remain current on textbooks and teaching innovations in order to develop contemporary and relevant curriculum that reflects an appreciation and understanding of issues of diversity and inclusion.
  • Attend appropriate university, college, school, and departmental meetings.
  • Support the marketing efforts of the School for Professional Advancement and Creative Writing Pedagogy/Literature.
  • Perform other duties as deemed reasonable by the Department Chair of Liberal Arts and the Academic or Assistant Dean of the School for Professional Advancement.


Scholarship (20%)

Engage in scholarly research/creative activity and use that work to facilitate effective and relevant teaching practices.

Student Mentoring (5%)

Be available to Creative Writing Pedagogy/Literature students and provide them with culturally appropriate academic and career mentoring.

Professional Development (5%):

Pursue professional training and development with respect to course instruction and the faculty member's academic discipline.

In accordance with its Jesuit Catholic mission, Regis University is committed to maintaining a humane atmosphere in which the civil rights of every individual are recognized and respected. Regis University does not unlawfully discriminate in either the provision of educational services or in employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law. Within this context, Regis University does reserve the right to give employment preference to persons who demonstrate by word and practice a commitment to the University's mission and educational goals.” This statement is intended to indicate clearly that the University is morally committed to the principles of nondiscrimination - that we want to do this rather than just have to by law.

Pay Rate:Salary commensurate with education and experience

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Since 1877, Regis University has been using our Jesuit background to provide an education for men and women of all ages and faiths and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission: A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Inspired by St. Ignatius Loyola, the mission of Regis University is to educate men and women of all ages to make a positive impact in a rapidly-changing global society. We encourage our students to seek truth, live purposeful lives, and continually examine and attempt to answer the question: "How ought we to live?" Regis University's Northwest Campus is the main campus and administrative hub, located in Denver, Colorado. Regis University has three additional campuses in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Thornton, Colorado and the Denver Tech Center, as well as distance learning initiatives.

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