Assistant Professor

The Department of English at Auburn University invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor in creative writing, with a specialization in Poetry and a strong secondary specialization in Creative Nonfiction, to begin Fall 2020. The teaching load for tenure-track faculty is normally 2-2, with the possibility of a special teaching load in the first two years to support strong creative scholarship. Teaching normally includes balanced assignments in upper-division and graduate creative writing courses, including the poetry workshop, or courses in form, craft, or theory, and the possibility of teaching in Auburn’s core curriculum. The successful candidate will participate in and help to shape a strong undergraduate major and graduate concentration that includes advising of MA students in portfolio projects. (Many of our graduates go on to pursue MFAs and PhDs.) Creative writing faculty organize multiple reading series, and work together to edit our national literary magazine, Southern Humanities Review. We are particularly interested in candidates who can advance the Department’s commitment to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment through creative activity, scholarship, innovative teaching and course design.


Required qualifications include a terminal degree in Creative Writing (MFA or PhD) by the August 16, 2020, starting date; a strong creative writing and teaching specialization as well as an academic background in creative writing, especially in poetry and creative nonfiction; evidence of successful teaching experience at the college/university level; evidence of potential for excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in creative writing; significant potential for continued successful publication of creative work, as well as other scholarly, professional, and/or creative activities; and strong potential as a colleague taking part in the life and work of a unified department of English Studies (including majors in creative writing, literature, and professional writing; graduate concentrations in creative writing, literature, and rhetoric and composition, and a graduate program in technical and professional communication). The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment; excellent communication skills required.


Desired qualifications include significant publications in nationally recognized venues, including at least one full-length book from a major independent, university, or commercial press; successful experience teaching poetry and creative nonfiction at the college/university level; interest and/or experience in literary publishing; demonstrated commitment to diversity in outreach and teaching. We seek candidates with a track record of innovative teaching, scholarship, and service.  

Auburn University is one of the nation's premier land, sea, and space grant institutions, and has recently been designated an R1 institution. In the 2018 edition of the U.S. News and World Report, it was ranked 46th among public universities. Highly research-active and committed to maintaining teaching excellence, with graduate and undergraduate degrees offered in more than 200 academic programs, Auburn is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, positive work environment, exciting student life, and the beauty of its campus. Located in a moderate climate with easy access to both beach and mountain recreational facilities, Auburn is situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta and Montgomery. The Auburn-Opelika metropolitan area has a population of 140,000, excellent public school systems, a regional medical center, and is recognized as one of the “best small towns in America.” The Department of English, the largest in the College of Liberal Arts, offers the BA, MA, MTPC, and PhD.


Applications will be accepted online at Please have the following documents ready to upload: cover letter, in which we would welcome a statement on how you will advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity through teaching, research, and service; curriculum vitae; writing sample (no more than 30 pages); statement of teaching philosophy; contact information for three recommenders; and transcripts (official transcripts required only upon hire). Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2019. 


Diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students is an Auburn University commitment.  Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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