Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Creative Writing & English (Fall 2021)

Faculty Position in Creative Writing /English for Fall 2021

Truman State University



Position:  The Department of English and Linguistics is seeking applicants for one non-tenure, renewable full-time faculty position as an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and English with expertise in African American literature (and/or other literatures of American minorities) and experience mentoring underrepresented students, to start August 2021.  This position is a full-time appointment on a nine-month contract.  There are also summer teaching possibilities.  This is an ideal opportunity for a creative writer (prose preferred) who aspires to a position at a public liberal arts and sciences institution where teaching high-ability undergraduates is the primary mission.


The successful candidate will provide classroom instruction in creative writing and literature, and participate in the advising and mentoring of undergraduate students. There are also opportunities to participate in the rich interdisciplinary culture of the University. 


The position requires at least an MFA in creative writing (PhD in English and/or Creative Writing preferred), completed by the August start date, with expertise in African American literature and/or literature of other American minorities, and evidence of effective teaching of both creative writing and literature. Additional expertise in Film Studies is desirable, but not required for consideration.


Applicants will be evaluated on demonstrated success in inclusive student-centered teaching of undergraduate creative writing and literature courses; teaching philosophy, experience, and background; academic qualifications; publications; commitment to student development in the liberal arts and sciences; evidence of effective communication and interpersonal skills; and compatibility with the department’s needs.


Program:  The Department of English & Linguistics offers a BFA in creative writing, as well as a creative writing minor, a BA and minor in English, and a BS in linguistics. Depending on their area of specialization and research interests, faculty may also teach courses for the graduate programs (MA in English; MAE in Secondary English); for interdisciplinary programs such as Film Studies, Women’s & Gender Studies, African and African Diaspora Studies, Cognitive Science, Children’s Studies, Disability Studies, and more; and/or seminars for the general education program.


The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 5,200 students that make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience, and nearly half go on to graduate school or professional education within a year of earning a degree.  


Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes, and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among Missouri public four-year colleges and universities. For more than two decades, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Truman as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category. The Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top ten of its master’s university rankings in each of the past seven years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit

 Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, it is home to A.T. Still University, the world’s first osteopathic medical school, as well as a dental school and a community college. The Kirksville School District is among the best in the state, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the Scottish Highland Games and the Red, White and Blue Festival, among many more. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park, with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Due to its location, Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville regional airport to St. Louis allow for quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. Find more information about Kirksville at  


Application: The School of Arts and Letters handles the application process. Electronic submission of applications is preferred,  Application materials may be submitted to or by mail to Truman State University, Office of Human Resources, 100 E. Normal MC 101, Kirksville, MO 63501.  Completed applications must include a letter of application that clearly addresses the qualifications and evaluative criteria listed above; current curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy that presents the candidate’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to student development (this may be integrated into the letter of application, or a stand-alone document); contact information for at least three references; and official or unofficial undergraduate and graduate college transcripts.


Review of applications will begin on March 16, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available. Final candidates are required to undergo and successfully pass a background check.  Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Mary Shapiro,


Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Direct inquiries to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and


Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101,  100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO  63501, 660-785-4031 or


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