Creative Writing (Poetry), Assistant Professor (AA22027)

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 23, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Creative Writing (Poetry), Assistant Professor (AA22027)

Division: Academic Affairs
Department: Arts and Humanities, College of
Unit: English209, IFO
Location: Mankato
FLSA: Exempt
Employment Condition: Probationary
Work Shift:
Work Schedule/Hours/Days:

Posting Details:
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Priority consideration given to applications received prior to February 10, 2021.

POSITION: Tenure-Track (Probationary*)

Salary Minimum:
Salary Maximum:
Salary Type: Depends on qualifications
Bargaining Unit/Plan: 209, IFO

Job Description:
The creative writing specialist in poetry will join a faculty of widely published writer/teachers in serving general education students and undergraduate majors in creative writing, as well as graduate students in a terminal degree MFA program with national and international standing.
  • Serve the creative writing program's outreach to non-academic communities (prisons, literary centers, and elsewhere).
  • Teach the following (but not limited to) courses 644 Poetry Workshop, 641 Form and Technique in Poetry, 647 Contemporary Poetry, 639 Form and Technique in Creative Nonfiction, and 642 Creative Nonfiction Workshop.
  • The successful applicant is expected to have an active research agenda in poetry, professional service within the beyond the department, and active engagement with student populations.
  • A typical faculty workload responsibility may include up to twenty four (24) credits of instruction per academic year.
  • The successful candidate may need to teach in other areas as needed, but the primary responsibilities will remain in poetry-writing.
  • May be expected to develop and deliver instructional material for face-to-face, hybrid, and on-line instruction at the Mankato campus, online, and/or at the university's additional locations, as assigned.
  • The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues in curriculum design, instruction and evaluation, conduct research productively and mentor students in research, help create innovative strategies for student recruitment, retention, and completion, and may be expected to develop external grant funding opportunities.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to engage in scholarly or creative activity or research, in continuing preparation and study, in contributing to student growth and development, and in providing services to the university and community. (These expectations are congruent with Article 22 and Appendix G of the IFO Master Agreement.).
  • All faculty members are expected to engage in scholarly or creative activity or research, in continuing preparation and study, incontributing to student growth and development, and in providing service to the university and community (See Article 22 and Appendix G of the IFO Master Agreement)
  • The successful candidate will advise undergraduate majors and supervise MFA theses.
  • The entirety of these responsibilities and activities will allow the successful candidate to add to the growth and stability of a lively and multi-faceted creative writing program.

Required Qualifications:
  • Terminal degree in creative writing with creative thesis in poetry.
  • College-level teaching experience in introduction to poetry.
  • Publication of book-length poetry collection.
  • Significant record of grant-supported creative work.
  • Significant record of publication of and/or grant-supported creative work in multiple genres.
  • Ability to teach, advise, and support a wide variety of student writers.
  • Preparation for/experience teaching the following graduate courses in Poetry: Poetry Workshop, Form and Technique in Poetry, Contemporary Poetry, 639 Form and Technique in Creative Nonfiction, and 642 Creative Nonfiction Workshop.
  • Experience teaching poetry in non-academic settings (prisons, literary centers, writing conferences, etc.).
  • Preparation for teaching a graduate-level topics course in an area of multicultural literature.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment.
  • Demonstrated effective written, oral communication and/or presentation skills.
  • Ability to contribute to the growth and stability of a lively and multi-faceted creative writing program.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional service.

Other Requirements:
Work safely at all times, which includes but is not limited to, participating and completing all required safety trainings, as well as performing all job tasks in accordance with Minnesota State University, Mankato policies and procedures utilizing appropriate tools, equipment and personal protective equipment.

The English Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato includes an MFA program in Creative Writing and MA programs in Literature and English Studies, English Education, Communication & Composition, Technical Communication, and TESOL, and undergraduate programs in the same fields plus Film & Media Studies and Humanities. The English department is also responsible for the university’s large composition program and offers general education courses in literature, film, and humanities. For further information, visit the department website at: The Department of English is dedicated to enriching and enhancing the diversity of our academic community, including race, ethnicity and national origins, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, veteran status, class, and religion. We are especially committed to increasing the representation of those populations that have been historically excluded from participation in U.S. higher education. In our classrooms, offices, and in the content of our courses, the members of this department are dedicated to cultivating an environment that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

University Demographics

Founded as a Normal School in 1868, Minnesota State University, Mankato is a regional comprehensive university with a tradition of combining big-ideas with real-working thinking to find solutions for pressing problems in the state, region, and global society. Mankato, Minnesota, is a community of nearly 53,000 people, about 85 miles southwest of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Serving ~18,000 students annually, the University is an applied research institution, with >200 academic programs, from bachelor’s through doctoral degrees. The University is a diverse and global campus with 18+% students of color and 1,300+ international students from 95 countries, cutting-edge information technology solutions, 3 additional locations, and extensive partnerships. With ~1,700 faculty and staff, the University has an annual budget of $216 million, and generates $781.5 million in economic impact per year. Minnesota State University, Mankato is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities. Noteworthy facts include: specialized accreditation, certification, or recognition, by more than 24 accrediting bodies; designation as a Non-Land Grant College of Agriculture, by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2015; selection among the top 10% of American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU) institutions for the Re-imagining the First Year of College (RFY) position project; and an Intercollegiate Athletics program that has ranked in the top 5 nationally within the Learfeld Sports Directors’ Cup standings for 7 of the last 10 years.

We seek to attract teaching and research-active, culturally and academically diverse faculty members, with a demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. Minnesota State University, Mankato, is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state, and nation. Additional information on Minnesota State University, Mankato can be found at:


To apply for this position, please continue the process via this website:

A complete online application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact Information for three (3) references
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) of your highest completed degree
  • A brief (no more than one-page) diversity statement presenting a commitment to or experience working in an equity-minded environment

Dr. Glen Poupore, Associate Professor
Phone: 507-389-2769
TTY: 800-627-3529 or 711

*Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization which can be found at:

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Benefits Info:
The following link provides a brief overview of benefits available to eligible employees of Minnesota State University.

Select the IFO Summary (Faculty) link from the list for specifics of that plan.

Benefits Overview

Posting Number: M084M
Number of Vacancies: 1
Desired Start Date: 08/16/2021
Position End Date (if temporary):
Open Date: 01/20/2021
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Special Instructions Summary:

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Minnesota State University, Mankato has a long-standing commitment to diversity and is actively seeking to nurture and enrich its underrepresented communities. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to accept work in the United States. Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Office of Human Resources, 507-389-2015 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY). This Vacancy Notice is available in alternative format upon request. Minnesota State University, Mankato is an affirmative action/equal opportunity University and is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.


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