Assistant Professor of English


Denison University seeks an active poet and experienced teacher for a full-time tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of English. The successful candidate must be able to teach across the genres (including poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction) and to contribute to the English Department’s core creative writing courses and electives within the English major. The annual 3/2 teaching assignment will typically include a multi-genre introductory creative writing course, an advanced creative writing workshop in poetry, introductory and advanced courses of the candidate’s own design, as well as the supervision of small groups of senior creative writing majors on their year-long senior projects. The successful candidate must also have a strong record of publication and an active creative agenda, and they will be expected to contribute service to the department and college community. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in the literary traditions of historically marginalized or underrepresented peoples, especially Latinx and/or Native American literatures, and with the potential to contribute to one or more of Denison's interdisciplinary programs.


Located in Granville, Ohio, not far from metropolitan Columbus, Denison University is an increasingly diverse, highly selective residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 2300 students from across the nation and around the world. A supportive environment for teacher-scholars who value both classroom and research excellence, Denison offers extensive support for its faculty, including competitive professional development funding, a one-semester research leave after a successful pre-tenure review, opportunities for student-faculty research collaboration, and a range of workshops and mentoring programs to develop our strengths as teacher-scholars. Denison offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including tuition benefits at Denison and affiliated colleges throughout the Midwest and a generous retirement contribution.


Candidates are expected to be engaged and effective teachers who can maintain a productive scholarly and creative program while also actively contributing to the English Department and to the college community as a whole. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience. Candidates are required to have an MFA or PhD in English or Creative Writing by start date (ABD will be considered as Instructor until MFA/PhD is attained).

Application Instructions

Please submit a letter of interest, current CV, a statement of teaching philosophy (no more than 2 pages), a diversity statement (no more than 2 pages), a writing sample of creative work (no more than 15 pages), and three letters of recommendation via Interfolio at by November 1, 2022. We will conduct Zoom interviews in early December.

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to attract and hire candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities. Denison fosters a campus community that recognizes the value of all persons regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender expression and identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background. For additional information and resources about diversity at Denison, please see our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and antiracism (IDEA) at

Denison University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


In our ongoing efforts to support the health of our community and continue to operate our campus safely, Denison requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 including a booster within the timeline guidance recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unless a Denison-authorized exemption is approved prior to the first date of employment.

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