Assistant Professor, English/Creative Writing (Poetry)

The University of Illinois Springfield and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for tenure-track Assistant Professor, of English in creative writing (poetry) beginning August 16, 2022 as part of its inaugural cluster hire of three faculty in the English and Sociology departments. Preferred additional areas of expertise this creative writing (poetry) position in the English and Modern Languages Department include the following areas of literary and/or cultural studies: Indigenous, Latinx, African American, African Caribbean, Afro-Latinx, or Afro-Asian Studies, Queer, and Disability Studies. A Ph.D. in English or a related field is required. Expertise may be demonstrated through teaching experience, publication, or additional credentials, such as an MFA. The teaching load is 3-3. 

This initial cluster hire aims to align with our institutional values by engaging in the strategic recruitment of candidates who are integrated into the communities they study and possess teaching and research interests in diversity, equity, and inclusion, and/or underrepresented or minoritized groups. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to engage with programs aimed at supporting underrepresented faculty, for example, the Underrepresented Faculty Recruitment program

The successful candidate will join a collaborative department with interconnected literature, creative writing, linguistics, and rhetoric composition in academic programming. The candidate must be able to develop inclusive courses that support our diverse student population. The candidate must be able to teach first-year writing, lower division (general education), creative writing courses, and core and foundational courses in the major or minor in addition to upper-division creative writing courses. There is ample opportunity for course development, and for work on diversity, inclusion, and social and racial justice. Creative writing faculty work with students on the UIS literary journal, Violet Margin, and organizing the UIS Shelterbelt Reading Series. Other duties include mentoring students, participating in department and university service, and ongoing scholarly or creative activity.  

Application deadline: January 28, 2022

About UIS: Located in the state capital, the University of Illinois Springfield is one of three members of the University of Illinois system. The University serves approximately 4000 students in 21 graduate and 31 undergraduate programs. The academic curriculum offers students a strong liberal arts core, a wide range of professional programs, and close faculty interaction. Making the most of its location in the state capital, UIS is broadly engaged in public policy and service. Its diverse student body includes traditional, non-traditional, and international students. Twenty-five percent of majors are in 17 undergraduate and graduate online degree programs and the campus has received several national awards for its implementation of online learning. UIS faculty are committed teachers, active scholars, and professionals in service to society. The University emphasizes excellence in teaching, and faculty are also expected to provide a balance of scholarship and service activities to meet requirements for tenure and promotion. You are encouraged to visit the university web page at and the English and Modern Languages Department web page at

Responsibilities: Teaching load is 3-3.  This is a full-time on-campus position tenure-track academic appointment. UIS tenure-system faculty are expected to be available and engaged in the campus community, with assigned professional responsibilities for teaching, scholarship, and service.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in English or a related field is required. Expertise may be demonstrated through teaching experience, publication, or additional credentials, such as an MFA. The doctorate should be granted by the start date.

To Apply: UIS Job Board (, create or update your profile, complete the online application, and upload a cover letter addressing the responsibilities of the position, current curriculum vita, and the names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three professional references. Only those applicants who complete the online application and upload all required materials by the January 28, 2022 deadline will be considered; incomplete applications will not be evaluated. To maintain the integrity and confidentiality of the search process, applicants are asked to upload their own materials. Formal review of applications will begin January 31, 2022 and continue until the position is filled or the search is terminated.

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