Creative Writing- Visiting Assistant Professor- Poetry

We invite applications for a two-year position at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2020-2022 academic years. We seek a passionate teacher and poet to join a thriving English major with concentrations in creative writing for both majors and minors. The program sponsors an innovative curriculum, vibrant visiting writers series, well-funded writer-in-residence program, and, beginning in 2020, a new literary festival that celebrates the written word beyond the classroom. We support students who edit two literary magazines and engage actively in service learning and interdisciplinary partnerships.

For this visiting position, we seek a poet with significant publications, demonstrated teaching excellence, and interest in community engagement. Teaching responsibilities include a multi-genre introductory course for first-year students, poetry writing courses at both the introductory and intermediate levels, and possible supervision of honor theses. Applicants must have an MFA and/or PhD. For further information, contact Adrian Blevins, Search Chair,

Colby is a highly selective liberal arts college recognized for excellence in undergraduate education and close student-faculty interaction.  We are especially interested in candidates who, through their scholarship, teaching and service will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

To apply, please submit applications through Interfolio at   Include a cover letter articulating teaching philosophy, ongoing creative interests, and evidence of a commitment to the value of diversity and experience with inclusive teaching; curriculum vitae; three confidential letters of recommendation; and a writing sample of ten poems. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. We will be conducting preliminary interviews in January 2020.


Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual’s qualifications to contribute to Colby’s educational objectives and institutional needs.  Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or veteran’s status in employment or in our educational programs.  Colby is an Equal Opportunity employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and encourages applications from qualified persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, military veterans and members of other under-represented groups.  Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities.  Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights.  For more information about the College, please visit our website:

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