Assistant Professor Creative Writing - Poetry

The Macalester College Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track position in Creative Writing--Poetry, at the rank of Assistant Professor. We especially welcome applicants who have a secondary interest in creative nonfiction. The successful candidate will join a renowned and collegial faculty in a department with a thriving Creative Writing program, teach students at all levels from introductory courses to senior honors projects, and have ample opportunities for new course development. We particularly welcome applications from candidates with a commitment to teaching students from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We require a completed MFA or PhD in Creative Writing, along with a book of poetry, published or under contract with a press of national standing. Beginning Fall 2023.

At Macalester College, diversity, equity, and inclusion [DEI] are central to our educational mission and values. We are committed to the institutional change required for visioning and realizing a more equitable and socially just college and society. Strong candidates will have experience and vision regarding teaching and mentorship of students of multiple and diverse backgrounds with attention to structural barriers that limit access to educational opportunities. In addition to the materials noted below, applicants should also submit a statement of commitment to DEI (no more than two pages) that discusses demonstrated activity and contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in their teaching, advising and mentorship, curriculum, scholarship, service, and community and professional engagement.

We ask all candidates to address the following in their cover letter (no more than three pages). Applications that include statements regarding all of the areas will receive strongest consideration.

  • Specific interest in joining the faculty at Macalester College - why Macalester?
  • Experience teaching undergraduate students; include experience using inclusive pedagogy, active and innovative teaching strategies, and assessment of learning outcomes as applicable
  • Contributions to the scholarly or creative field and research; highlight professional engagement in the field and community engagement in local and/or global contexts

To apply, go to [] and electronically submit a letter of application, C.V., and a statement of commitment to DEI . For any questions about the position, please contact Professor Peter Bognanni, Search Committee and Department Chair, at or 651-696-6557. Applications received by November 1, 2022, will receive first consideration

Macalester College is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on the ancestral homeland of the Dakota people who were forcibly exiled because of aggressive and persistent settler colonialism.

Macalester is a highly selective, private liberal arts college in the vibrant Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, with a population of approximately three million people and home to numerous colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota. Macalester's diverse student body comprises over 2000 undergraduates from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and 99 countries. The College maintains a longstanding commitment to academic excellence with a special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. As an Equal Opportunity employer supportive of affirmative efforts to achieve diversity among its faculty, Macalester College strongly encourages applications from women and members of historically marginalized groups. International scholars will receive H-1B visa assistance if selected for this position.

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