Assistant/Associate Professor in Creative Writing, Poetry


The Department of English and Literary Arts occupies a distinctive position in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. English has two major components—creative/ performative and theoretical/literary historical. Students bridge the two areas while concentrating in one. In addition, English has three separate constituencies—undergraduate majors and minors, MA students pursuing literary studies, and Ph.D. students who focus on creative writing (poetry, prose, and hybrid genres) or literary studies. Our programs benefit from an ethos that facilitates and encourages work and thinking that bridges the critical-creative divide.

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Department of English and Literary Arts are strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on its commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. Candidates must demonstrate ability to integrate content and issues relating to, and to work effectively with, ethnically/racially diverse populations.

The University of Denver recognizes that its success in being a great university dedicated to the public good depends greatly on how well it engages, supports, and champions the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. As part of our intentionality in recruiting and retaining faculty from a wide variety of historically excluded intersecting identities, including those from communities of color, with diverse gender and sexual identities, first-generation college graduates, or with disabilities, new faculty will have the opportunity to choose to participate in a pilot University-wide initiative. This initiative will connect new colleagues in a cohort, building community across units with supportive programming led by the Office of the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs in collaboration with the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and each faculty participant’s academic unit. To learn more about the University of Denver’s commitments and work in support of DEI and J, please visit: For more information about this program or if you have any questions, please email and/or visit

Position Summary

The Department of English and Literary Arts seeks candidates for an Assistant/Associate Professor in Creative Writing, Poetry to start in Fall 2023. Duties of the position include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, including workshops; directing undergraduate and graduate theses; advising undergraduate and graduate students; and contributing to the creative and intellectual life of the department through individual and collaborative initiatives. Candidates must be ready to teach a range of courses, workshops as well as literary subject area, for general education students as well as majors and graduate students. Applications from emerging writers who also write criticism are encouraged. The ideal candidate demonstrates experience and versatility in inclusive pedagogy. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion through their teaching, research, and service.

Candidates must have a strong publication record.

Essential Functions

Teaching; service at the departmental level and beyond; publication.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Our department is committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter and teaching statement information about how the candidate’s research, teaching, and/or service contributes to DU’s values, practices, and actions regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates can view DU’s DEI Strategic Plan and/or the College of Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) DEI Strategic Plan.

Required Qualifications

  • Terminal degree (MFA, PhD, EdD) in English/Creative Writing or other relevant discipline by date of appointment.
  • Successful relevant teaching experience at the college level which can include GTA experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in English/Creative Writing or other relevant discipline by date of appointment.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) November 14, 2022.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $69,000-74,000 for the assistant level; $75,000-85,000 for the associate level.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Cover Letter
3. A one- to two-page teaching statement. Two or three sample course syllabi would be useful to include.
4. A statement of poetics of one or two pages.
5. Names and contact information for three references.

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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