Assistant Professor of English in Poetry Writing

Assistant Professor of English in Poetry Writing


Requisition ID: 2022-5697
# of Openings: 1
Location: US-UT-Logan
Category: Faculty
Position Type: Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification: Faculty
College: College of Humanities & Social Sci
Department: English
Advertised Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits

The Department of English at Utah State University seeks applications for an academic-year, nine-month, tenure track Assistant Professor of Poetry Writing. Preferred areas of interest include the poetry and poetics of diverse communities including, but not limited to, African American, Latinx, and/or Queer communities. Possible secondary expertise in hybrid, cross-genre, and/or multimedia work welcome. The applicant is required to have a terminal degree in the field, including either an MFA or a creative PhD in poetry writing, along with a strong publication record and an outstanding record of teaching. This is a research/creative endeavor-intensive position with a teaching load of two courses per semester (2/2). These courses will be based on the Logan campus, in Northern Utah's scenic Cache Valley. The position begins in August 2023.

Preference will be given to candidates who can contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in the creative writing program, and to candidates committed to antiracist principles in teaching and writing. Completed applications will be reviewed starting November 1, 2022. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

The successful applicant will engage in creative activity and publish in their field(s) of expertise. They will teach creative writing and occasional literature courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including general education courses. They will also mentor both undergraduate and graduate students.




  • Applicants must have earned a terminal degree in creative writing (either an MFA or creative PhD) and must have fulfilled their degree requirements by writing a poetry thesis or dissertation by August 1, 2023.
  • Must have a proven record of both strong teaching and writing excellence, preferably demonstrated by having published (or have in contract) a poetry collection with a reputable press.


Required Documents
Along with the online application, please attach:




  1. CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”.
  2. A sample of 12-15 pages of poetry to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”.
  3. The names and email addresses of three references. If your candidacy advances to the next level, your references will be automatically sent a system email from USU asking them to upload a letter of recommendation.
  4. A cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application.
  5. Candidates advancing to the next round of review will be asked to provide a philosophy of teaching statement and a statement describing how their work would contribute to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service.

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary
Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits

Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.

University Highlights
USU actively pursues diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially for historically marginalized groups and individuals, through education, research, creative activity, and collaboration. The College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences is committed to supporting interdisciplinary scholarship, creative work, and pedagogy on social justice issues within both historic and contemporary timeframes. The successful candidate will join a cohort of new faculty in the department, college, and university who are committed to fostering interdisciplinary scholarship and creative activity, and increasing curricular and research coverage of areas that intersect with principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

For further information about the Department of English, see

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.

USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.

USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at

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Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner,, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw,, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481,

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695,

*updated 08/2022

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