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Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing)

California State University, East Bay
California, United States
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jun 27, 2019

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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THE UNIVERSITY:  California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) is a comprehensive university serving the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley. It is known for award-winning programs, expert instruction, its diverse student body, and a choice of more than 100 career-focused fields of study.  With an enrollment of approximately 15,000 students and 900 faculty, CSUEB is organized into four colleges. The University offers bachelor’s degrees in 49 fields, minors in 52 fields, master’s degrees in 34 fields, 16 credentials programs, 18 certificate options, and 1 doctoral degree program.

California State University East Bay has a mission to support a diverse student body through academically rich and culturally relevant learning experiences.  The successful candidate will bring with them expertise or an openness to creating a welcoming and supportive environment for all students.


The Department of English offers its diverse student population a rich array of courses in literature, creative writing, linguistics, and composition. The B.A. in English fosters an understanding and appreciation of 1) the major works of British, American, and global literature, including works by and about ethnic and cultural minorities and women, 2) the history, structure, and socio-cultural aspects of the English language, and 3) the aims and processes of creative and critical writing. Our general education offerings emphasize themes of diversity, social justice, and sustainability in literature and creative writing. In all our courses, the department helps students develop the advanced skills in reading, writing, and critical thinking necessary for successful careers and engagement in civic life. The M.A. in TESOL prepares students to teach adult-language learners and enrolls students from around the globe.

Our 12 full-time and 34 part-time faculty are active scholars, acclaimed creative writers, and dedicated teachers. Our students take part in a number of co-curricular activities: student literary magazines, visiting writers’ series, and literary contests.

The teaching load for tenure-track faculty in their first and second years of service is nine units per semester as specified in the collective bargaining agreement. After the second year of service, English faculty typically teach twelve units (three courses) per semester.

For more information on the Department of English, please visit:

DUTIES OF THE POSITION: The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in creative writing and literature as well as supervise the department’s co-curricular activities (i.e., student literary magazine, visiting writers’ series, literary contests). We are particularly interested in candidates who value engagement with issues of race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality. All members of the department are expected to teach composition and general education. In addition to teaching, all faculty are expected to sustain a record of scholarly or creative work, advise majors, assist the department with administrative and/or committee work, and assume campus-wide committee responsibilities.  Please note that teaching assignments at California State University, East Bay include courses at the Hayward, Concord, and Online campuses.   

RANK AND SALARY: Assistant Professor.   Salary is dependent upon educational preparation and experience.  Subject to budgetary authorization.

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: Fall Semester, 2020


Required qualifications included earned MFA or equivalent in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Fiction Writing at time of appointment; a significant record of recent publications in nationally recognized magazines/journals; a book published or under contract with a nationally recognized press; and experience or interest in coordinating co-curricular activities (i.e., student literary magazines, visiting writers’ series, literary contests). The ideal candidate will demonstrate awareness of innovative pedagogy around issues of diversity and social justice, experience in advising and teaching students from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, and evidence of teaching effectiveness.

Secondary emphasis in one or more of the following areas is preferred: creative non-fiction, literature, composition and rhetoric, general education, or teacher preparation.

Candidates should demonstrate experience in teaching, mentoring, research, or community service that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. This University is fully committed to the rights of students, staff and faculty with disabilities in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. For more information about the University’s program supporting the rights of our students with disabilities see:

Application Instructions


For full consideration, all materials should be submitted by September 1, 2019. The hiring committee anticipates phone interviews in October and campus visits in November. The position will be considered open until filled.

Please submit 1.) a letter of application, which addresses the qualifications noted in the position announcement; 2.) portfolio of relevant teaching materials including a teaching philosophy as well as sample syllabi and assignments; 3.) a one-page statement addressing experience in advising and teaching students from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, as well as contributions to diversity through research or service; 4.) a writing sample; 5.) three letters of recommendation, and 6.) a current curriculum vitae via Interfolio (see                                             

Note: California State University, East Bay hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. All offers of employment are contingent upon presentation of documents demonstrating the appointee’s identity and eligibility to work in accordance with provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.  A background check (including a criminal records check and prior employment verification) must be completed and cleared prior to the start of employment.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, CSUEB does not discriminate on the basis of any protected categories: age, ancestry, citizenship, color, disability, gender, immigration status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran's status. The University is committed to the principles of diversity in employment and to creating a stimulating learning environment for its diverse student body.

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