Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing/Poetry), Tenure-track

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ENGLISH Creative Writing/Poetry. Elon University invites applications for a tenure-track poet at the assistant professor level, beginning mid-August 2022. 


Requirements: MFA or higher, an active record of publication in top-tier journals and/or presses, and a record of innovation and excellence in undergraduate teaching. We especially seek candidates with a teaching history that demonstrates an explicit engagement with, and commitment to, understanding experiences shaped by race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, dis/ability, religion, and/or class.


A successful applicant will be prepared to teach the intermediate poetry course, as well as multi-genre introductory and upper-level creative writing courses, including the senior seminar. The applicant should also be equipped to teach first-year writing, literature, and/or interdisciplinary courses in the Elon Core Curriculum, and to mentor students pursuing creative thesis projects. The Creative Writing program at Elon is a tight-knit community. Applicants should be prepared to engage openly and frequently with students both in and out of the classroom. 


Elon is a dynamic private, coeducational, comprehensive institution that is a national model for actively engaging faculty and students in teaching and learning on a liberal-arts-based residential campus. To learn more about Elon, please visit the University web site at


Applications must be received by November 16, 2021. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a portfolio of selected work (links and/or PDF, 15 pages maximum), and three letters of recommendation to Drew Perry at Include your name in the subject line. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of people, and who can contribute to a climate of inclusivity, are encouraged to identify their experiences in their cover letter. We may request additional materials at a later date.


Elon University is an equal opportunity employer committed to advancing a diverse faculty, staff and student body and welcomes all applicants. Candidates from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

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