Visiting Assistant Professor of Poetry and Screenwriting

The English department at St. Lawrence University invites applications for a one-year, full time visiting appointment in poetry writing and screenwriting for the 2021-22 academic year. We plan to offer in-person courses for the academic year. The successful candidate will offer coursework in beginning and advanced poetry writing, as well as in the literary genre of poetry. The successful candidate will also offer coursework in beginning and advanced screenwriting. The normal teaching load is three (3) courses per semester. M.F.A. in Poetry and poetry publications are required. Ph.D. with creative dissertation preferred. Experience with screenwriting also strongly preferred.

The English department is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our pedagogies, curricular offerings, and mentoring of students. We seek candidates with experience working with diverse communities who can demonstrate evidence of a commitment to incorporating inclusive teaching methods to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations.

We encourage applications from candidates who bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national, social locations, and theoretical perspectives to bear on their writing and teaching.  The successful candidate will join a department with a commitment to excellence in teaching and a program founded upon the essential relationship between creative expression and the study of literature. 

The Department of English at St. Lawrence University has 12 full-time faculty members plus an annual Viebranz Visiting Professor of Creative Writing and offers courses in British, American, and World literatures as well as Creative Writing: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and screenwriting. Our undergraduate major includes concentrations in Literary Studies and Creative Writing.

Interested applicants must apply online at uploading all required materials which are defined in the “special instructions to applicant” section.  Applications should be received by March 26, 2021; review will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position may be directed to Professor Paul Graham at

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

Located at 23 Romoda Drive, Canton, NY, St. Lawrence University is a coeducational, private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,400 students from more than 40 states and 40 nations. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global.

The University is committed to and seeks diversity among its faculty, staff and students. Such a commitment ensures an atmosphere that is diverse and complex in ways that are intellectually and socially enriching for the entire campus community. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups, as well as from individuals with experience teaching or working in a multicultural environment, are encouraged. St. Lawrence University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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