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Visiting Poet

University of Missouri - St. Louis
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Oct 17, 2022
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Department of English, the MFA Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis

Job Description

The MFA Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis seeks a visiting poet for the spring semester of 2023. The ideal candidate will be prepared to mentor a diverse student population, and to foster a welcoming and inclusive culture in their classes and in the MFA program. They will be able to translate their own ideas and experience into valuable insights for students, and they will be able to tailor their teaching to the needs of individuals in the class. We seek a colleague who views mentoring as a crucial element in the development of student writers.

During the semester, the visiting poet will:
  • teach two classes: a graduate poetry workshop and an intermediate level undergraduate poetry course
  • offer a reading and community craft workshop at the High Low, the Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s literary arts cafe in midtown St. Louis attend student and faculty events
  • hold office hours and advise students as appropriate
  • serve on thesis committees for graduating MFA candidates
  • Significant literary publications, including at least one full-length collection of poetry from a nationally recognized press.
  • An appropriate terminal degree (MFA or PhD)
  • Experience teaching at the university level
Application Materials

Applicants should apply online at, submitting a letter of application, statement of teaching philosophy, and CV by November 4, 2022 to the UMSL Job site: Http:// In your letter or teaching philosophy, be sure to share your understanding of, experience with, and ability to contribute to a diverse and inclusive campus and classroom.


Salary for the semester is $32,000. (This position does not come with a housing allowance or benefits.)

Other Information

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is the metropolitan, land-grant, research institution serving the most diverse and economically important region in Missouri. We seek to transform lives by delivering exceptional educational, research and engagement experiences that inform, prepare, challenge and inspire.

The Department of English values collegiality, collaboration, and curiosity. We strive to create an environment where our faculty and students can thrive, and where a wide range of voices and perspectives are welcomed, valued, and supported.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. The University will not sponsor applicants for this position for employment visas.

Inclusive Excellence Statement

As one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse campuses in Missouri, UMSL is committed to maintaining a climate where all students, faculty, staff and visitors can explore their interests, refine their talents and flourish. Inclusive excellence is embedded in our strategic plan which focuses on actions to recruit and retain diverse students and employees and promote activities that encourage civil and constructive discourse, reasoned thought and sustained dialogue in an environment of inclusion, respect and appreciation.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is not eligible for University benefits. Individuals in non benefit eligible positions may choose to participate in the Tax Deferred Annuity Plan (403b). For information about this plan, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.

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