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Assistant or Associate Professor of English (Creative Writing and Literature)

California State University- East Bay
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jul 21, 2021





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: The Department of English offers its diverse students courses in literature, creative writing, linguistics, and composition. The B.A. in English fosters understanding and appreciation of U. S. and global literature in English, with emphasis on works by and about ethnic and cultural minorities and women; the history, structure, and socio-cultural aspects of the English language; the aims and processes of creative and critical writing. Our general education offerings focus on themes of diversity, social justice, and environmental justice in literature, creative writing, and composition. In online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses, faculty use innovative pedagogy to help students develop the advanced skills in reading, writing, and critical thinking necessary for successful careers and engagement in civic life. Our 9 full-time and 25 part-time faculty are dedicated teachers, engaged scholars, acclaimed writers, and social activists in our communities. Our students take part in student literary magazines, visiting writers’ series, and departmental 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 (including poetry and poetics) as well as work with other creative writing faculty to supervise the department’s co-curricular activities. The latter include the English Department's student literary magazine Occam’s Razor, Visiting Writers’ series, and 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 or Associate Professor. Either rank will require time to tenure. Salary and time to tenure are dependent upon educational preparation and experience. Subject to budgetary authorization.

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: Fall Semester, 2022

QUALIFICATIONS: Required qualifications included earned MFA or PhD in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Poetry and Poetics 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, adaptive and inclusive teaching practices, 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 but not required: Queer Poetics, Ethnic Literature, Performance Studies and/or Spoken Word, Digital Humanities, Bilingual/Multilingual Poetics, Eco-Poetry, Decolonialism.

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 DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials should be submitted by October 1st, 2021. The position will be considered open until filled. Please submit a current curriculum vitae; a letter of application, which addresses the qualifications noted in the position announcement; portfolio of relevant teaching materials including a teaching philosophy as well as sample syllabi, assignments, and student evaluations; writing sample; one-page diversity statement that addresses how you engage a diverse student population in your teaching, research, mentoring, and advising; and three letters of recommendation. Candidates must apply through PageUp (see "Apply Now"). Questions about the position may be addressed to Dr. Ryan Heryford (

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.

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.

Advertised: July 22, 2021 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
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