Assistant Professor of Poetry and Expository Writing

Central Connecticut State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor in the Department of English to serve as the department’s specialist in poetry and expository writing. The successful candidate will join an English department that has dynamic undergraduate writing minors. The usual teaching load for faculty is 12 credits per semester including courses such as our General Education 200-level survey course Introduction to Creative Writing, 300-400 level courses for the Creative Writing and the Writing and Publishing minors, and special topics courses. Faculty mentor and advise students, help organize community-building programs such as readings, and serve on departmental and university committees. All faculty remain engaged in their respective creative/scholarly fields. Candidates are expected to be committed to promoting multiculturalism and to working with a diverse student body.


CCSU is an inclusive and “student success-centered” institution with an increasingly diverse student body that represents the populations of the communities it serves. We are dedicated to enhancing our innovative practices to increase access, improve retention, engage students in campus life, incorporate high-impact practices, and promote educational achievement and career readiness.


Required Qualifications:


  • M.F.A. or Ph.D. in Creative Writing Poetry. (ABD candidates will be considered if they provide evidence of anticipated completion of doctorate by December 31,2023)
  • Experience teaching poetry writing, and academic college writing.
  • At least one book of poetry published by a reputable press or several chapbooks or significant publications in literary journals/magazines.
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving culturally, ethnically, economically, and linguistically diverse communities.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Ability to teach in a range of genres including mixed media.
  • Experience teaching undergraduates at a public university.
  • We encourage applicants with creative and teaching experience that intersects with one or more interdisciplinary fields of study including, but not limited to, African American Studies, Indigenous Studies, Asian American & Pacific Islander Studies, or Latinx/Puerto Rican Studies.


The University: The largest of Connecticut’s regional comprehensive universities, Central currently enrolls over 10,000 students. A third of its undergraduates are students of color, the largest group being Hispanic. Ninety-six (96%) percent of the students are from Connecticut. For more information about Central Connecticut State University, please visit


The Community: Located nine miles southwest of Hartford, New Britain is a city of approximately 72,000. Part of the Greater Hartford area of 1.2 million residents, New Britain is centrally located in the state and is within easy reach of much of Connecticut and several metropolitan areas. Nicknamed “the Hardware City” for its rich industrial heritage, it is home to Stanley Black & Decker. Important cultural institutions include the New Britain Museum of American Art and Walnut Hill Park, designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead. New Britain’s population is characterized by a high degree of racial and ethnic diversity. Currently, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates 70% of the population as White, 13% as Black or African American, 3% as Asian, and 0.2% as American Indian or Alaska Native. Currently 4.6% of New Britain’s population identify themselves in more than one racial category and 43% of New Britain’s population identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino. Fifty percent (50%) speak a language other than English in the home and 19% were born internationally. Significant portions of its population come from Puerto Rico and Poland or consider themselves to be from the African-American, Italian, or Irish ethnic backgrounds. In addition to all that greater Hartford provides, New Britain is 40 minutes from Springfield, Massachusetts, two hours from Boston, and two hours from New York City. It is also part of the Hartford-Springfield “Knowledge Corridor” and, therefore, within easy driving distance of a host of private and public institutions of higher education and many cultural opportunities.


Application and Appointment: For full consideration, applications must be received by

December 10, 2022.


To begin the application process please visit the CCSU HR Job Opportunities at Select job [C22-084] Assistant Professor of Poetry and Expository Writing and click on the Apply button and submit the following documents:


  • Letter of interest addressing qualifications for theposition
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Names of three professional references including their address, email address, and telephone numbers.
  • If you are an ABD candidate, also include a letter from your dissertation advisor stating anticipated date of completion.


Note: Candidates uploading additional materials must combine all documents into one PDF file. For further assistance, please email



Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.


In accordance with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Collective Bargaining Union Contract, compensation for this position is at the rank of Assistant Professor for 2023-2024. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. For more information, please visit 2021-2025 American Association of University Professors(AAUP) Collective Bargaining Union Contract.


The State of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University are proud to offer its employees competitive wages and a wide range of fringe benefits including voluntary and supplemental benefits.



Fringe benefits include personal and sick leave, paid holidays, medical, dental, and prescription plans, group life insurance, a choice of retirement plans, retirement health care, tuition waiver for employee and eligible dependents at any of the Connecticut State Universities (Central, Eastern, Southern or Western) as well as an array of voluntary and supplemental benefits such as Deferred Retirement Compensation plans, Dependent Care Assistance and Medical Flexible spending accounts, long term and short term disability plans.


For more detailed information, please visit CCSU Human Resources


Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Emailed and mailed applications will not be accepted. Please redact any personally identifiable information (i.e., Social Security number, date of birth, marital status, country of origin) from any documents submitted. Please ensure your Social Security Number is not listed on any documents submitted.


For more information, contact Dr. Melissa Mentzer, Search Committee Chair, at 860- 832-2742 or


As an affirmative action employer, Central Connecticut State University actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request

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