Assistant Professor of English specializing in Creative Nonfiction Writing

The Department of English at Colorado State University invites applications for an entry-level, tenure track Assistant Professor of English specializing in Creative Nonfiction Writing. We are seeking a writer with energy, vision, and a commitment to building excellence in our growing program in Creative Nonfiction. The successful candidate will be appointed untenured and at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 16, 2024.


Required Qualifications

  • MFA or PhD in English or related field at time of appointment.
  • Experience teaching at the college level.
  • A promising record of creative activity, scholarship, and contributions to the writing community. At least one book of literary nonfiction (such as memoir, personal essay, lyric essay, narrative nonfiction) published by, or under contract with, a national press.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: African American, Latinx, Native American, Asian   American, LGBTQ, Environmental, and/or hybrid literature and writing.
  • Interest in, and the ability to teach, a range of approaches to literary nonfiction.
  • Applicants are encouraged to describe any additional teaching or scholarly interests and experiences.



Teaching responsibilities include four courses a year, including MFA and undergraduate writing workshops, craft classes, literature seminars, and surveys. The successful candidate will also be expected to advise and mentor students, direct theses, and provide service to the program, department, university, and community.


Candidates who can advance the department’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and social justice through scholarship, creative activity, and teaching are encouraged to address these goals in their application.

Application Procedures and Deadlines

Please submit a brief letter of interest; curriculum vitae; graduate transcripts (unofficial); statement of teaching philosophy; a writing sample of no more than 25 pages of published work; and contact information for three references. Address cover letter to Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, Search Chair. Semifinalists will be invited to send additional materials and to schedule a Zoom interview in February. To view a full position announcement and submit an application electronically please visit: Hard copy applications cannot be accepted. For full consideration, applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. January 12, 2024 MST.


General Information


Colorado State University, with an enrollment of about 30,000, is located in Fort Collins, a growing community of close to 170,000 at the base of the Rocky Mountain Front Range, 65 miles north of Denver. The city boasts a lively arts and cultural scene, shopping in historic Old Town, a strong economy, and is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, with more than 200 miles of bike paths and trails, easy access to the scenic Poudre River, and within easy driving distance of Rocky Mountain National Park and Colorado’s iconic ski areas. The Department of English has undergraduate concentrations in creative writing, English Education, linguistics, literature, and writing, as well as four Master of Arts degrees. The Master of Fine Arts program offers degrees in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. The CSU English department is also home to the Center for Literary Publishing and the prestigious Colorado Review. More information is available at:


Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.


Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.


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