Tenure-track, Associate or Advanced Assistant Professor of Poetry

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

 Job Description:

The Department of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a tenure-track, Associate or Advanced Assistant Professor to begin September 2024. The search will focus on poetics of diverse communities including, but not limited to, African American, Asian American, Latinx, and/or Queer communities. The successful candidate will teach modern and contemporary poetry workshops and seminars, and serve on MFA thesis committees. The successful candidate will also be expected to direct the MFA program post-tenure in rotation with other faculty (directorship compensated by one-course release from standard 2-1 teaching load), be a member of the MFA Committee, and fully participate in an active and collegial department of English. Our MFA in Creative Writing is one of the oldest and most distinguished graduate writing programs in the country.


·                     MFA or PhD in Creative Writing

·                     Evidence of outstanding college-level teaching,

·                     Strong publication record including at least one book.

 Additional Information:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the University offers an attractive benefits package.

Application Instructions:

Application should include: (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a 25-page sample of recent written work or published book (as PDF), or both; (4) three letters of reference; and (5) a statement of contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion, identifying past experiences and future goals; these contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching and outreach activities.

Candidates applying at the Associate Professor level should include materials that address the standards and criteria for tenure at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as described in our Academic Personnel Policy, also known as the “Red Book”, which may be found: https://www.umass.edu/provost/resources/all-resources/academic-personnel/policy-and-labor-contracts/academic-personnel-policy-red

All applicants must apply by the priority deadline of October 27, 2023 to ensure full consideration. Letters of reference must be received by November 10, 2023. 

Application materials will not be returned.

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The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages seven applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.






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