Director of Creative Writing

The Department of English at LSU invites applications for a Director of Creative Writing at the Associate Professor or Full Professor level beginning in August of 2024. The area of writing specialization is open. The teaching load is 1/1, consisting primarily of graduate and undergraduate workshops with opportunities to teach other courses. The teaching load is contingent on conducting Director responsibilities, including but not limited to recruiting and admissions for the MFA cohort, coordinating internal and external program communications, collaborating with faculty and students on reading series production and literary journal publication, working with colleagues on program/curriculum design and development, fundraising/grantwriting, and general program organization. LSU's Creative Writing Program (BA in English with a Creative Writing Concentration and an MFA) is home to two literary journals and Delta Mouth, a nationally recognized literary festival. Experience in literary journal editing and arts administration, an enthusiasm for community-building, a record of working with graduate students, and a sustained interest in serving in program administration are all highly desired.

Located in Baton Rouge, LSU is the flagship land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution in Louisiana and a Research 1 University. The English Department at LSU supports creative activity, research, and teaching in a broad range of fields and many interdisciplinary programs, including fiction writing, poetry, nonfiction writing, screenwriting, and playwriting; British, American, and Global Anglophone literatures; Caribbean, African American, and Black studies; Southern studies; feminist studies; queer studies; digital humanities; film and media arts; rhetoric; literacies; and English Education. English faculty teach in numerous interdisciplinary programs in these and more fields. We especially seek candidates who are able to foster an inclusive environment inside and outside the classroom, and the strongest candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to creative teaching and mentorship of undergraduates and graduates from diverse backgrounds. The College provides support for research and faculty development.

Requirements: At least one published book-length work (ex. novels, short story collections, poetry collections, etc.); an MFA or PhD; an excellent record of teaching at the college level. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory background check. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2024, and continue until a candidate is selected.

Interviews: Interviews will be conducted on Zoom in March 2024.

LSU IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/EQUAL ACCESS EMPLOYER. LSU values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.


Additional Job Description:



Special Instructions:

Please submit a letter of application (one highlighting administrative experience and substantial work with graduate students), current CV, a 20–30-page writing sample, and separate teaching and research/creative activity statements online at: Attachments are limited to five.

Candidates later invited to initial interviews will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation.

For questions or concerns regarding the status of your application or salary ranges, please contact Susan Weinstein at



Additional Position Information:

Background Check - An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

Benefits - LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!


Positions approved to work outside the State of Louisiana shall be employed through Louisiana State University’s partner, nextSource Workforce Solutions, for Employer of Record Services including but not limited to employment, benefits, payroll, and tax compliance. Positions employed through Employer of Record Services will be offered benefits and retirement as applicable through their provider and will not be eligible for State of Louisiana benefits and retirement.


LSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and SAME Agency:

LSU believes diversity, equity, and inclusion enrich the educational experience of our students, faculty, and staff, and are necessary to prepare all people to thrive personally and professionally in a global society. We celebrate diversity and are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We actively seek and encourage qualified applications from persons with diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences. To learn more about how LSU is committed to diversity and inclusivity, please see LSU’s Diversity Statement and Roadmap. LSU is also designated as a State As a Model Employer (SAME) agency and provides assistance to persons needing accommodations or with the accessibility of materials. For those seeking such accommodations or assistance related to this search, we encourage you to contact the Office of Human Resource Management (


HCM Contact Information:

For questions or concerns related to updating your application with attachments (e.g., resumes, RS:17 documents), date of birth, or reactivating applications, please contact the LSU Human Resources Management Office at 225-578-8200 or email  For questions or concerns regarding the status of your application or salary ranges, please contact the department using the information provided in the Special Instructions section of this job posting.

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