The Department of English at Western Michigan University invites
applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the
Assistant/Associate Professor rank in creative writing (poetry).
Candidates should provide evidence of publication and instruction
that could contribute to course offerings in one or more of the
following: African American, Asian American, Black Diaspora,
Indigenous, Latinx, and/or transnational poetry. This is an
academic-year (September through May) position, with the
possibility of a Summer (June through August) instructional
assignment for additional compensation. The start date is August
Major Responsibilities: Instructional
assignments will be in creative writing as well as in other courses
at introductory, advanced undergraduate, and graduate levels. The
position requires contribution to research and/or the creative
arts, to student instruction and mentorship, and to departmental
and university service. WMU is a residential campus, with most
classes and committees meeting in person. Some hybrid or online
sections are scheduled when students require them, but most
instructional and service assignments require in-person work.
Qualifications: Appointment as an assistant or
associate professor requires a doctorate in English or creative
writing or an M.F.A. awarded by August 15, 2022. The appointee must
be qualified to instruct and mentor undergraduate and graduate
students in creative writing. Successful candidates will have a
strong publication record. Prior instruction at the undergraduate
and graduate levels and prior professional service are preferred,
as is experience in diverse communities dedicated to arts,
education, community development, and/or social justice. We are
particularly interested in candidates who can demonstrate a strong
commitment to integrating inclusivity and equity into their
writing, teaching, service, and student mentoring.
The Department: In addition to our M.F.A. and
Ph.D. programs in creative writing, the Department of English
offers undergraduate studies (majors and minors) and graduate
studies (master’s and doctoral) in literature and language,
creative writing, rhetoric and writing studies, English education,
and world literature. Our students represent a variety of
backgrounds and Western Michigan University has traditionally
enrolled a large number of international students. The successful
candidate will join a faculty with significant professional
accomplishments in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction,
playwriting, British, American, and global Anglophone literatures,
English education, popular culture, linguistics, rhetoric, medieval
studies, and film studies. Diverse literatures and writing
practices (including students’ right to their own language) are
emphasized in our introductory courses (1000 and 2000 levels) and
appear throughout our upper-level and graduate courses. Our faculty
in creative writing have received significant acclaim, and our
graduates in creative writing have achieved remarkable success in
higher education and other professions. Creative writing is the
most popular concentration among undergraduates majoring in English
at WMU. The Department of English is also the home of several
well-respected book and journal publications, including Third
The College: The College of Arts and Sciences
represents the foundation of learning and the academic heart of
WMU. As articulated in the College of Arts and Sciences strategic
plan, we are committed to fostering a community of diverse,
inclusive, equitable, and globally engaged scholars, learners, and
leaders. With twenty-five departments and interdisciplinary schools
and institutes, WMU’s largest college offers a broad range of
learning opportunities and career paths for our students. CAS
students are among the very top students in the country, having
received competitive awards such as Goldwater Fellowships, Udall
Scholarships, Boren Fellowships, and Fulbright Scholarships.
The University: Western Michigan University
(WMU), located in Southwest Michigan, is a vibrant, nationally
recognized student-centered research institution with an enrollment
of over 19,000. WMU delivers high-quality undergraduate
instruction, has a strong graduate division, and fosters
significant research activities. The Carnegie Foundation for the
Advancement of Teaching has placed WMU among the 76 public
institutions in the nation designated as research universities with
high research activities. Western Michigan University is a globally
engaged university that promotes success for learners at all levels
and stands out among America’s more than 4,600 public and private
degree-granting colleges and universities.
INSIGHT into Diversity consistently honors WMU for its
outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Military Times ranks WMU among the best institutions for
veterans, and WMU is the only Michigan school to appear on all nine
years of its annual Best for Vets list.
U.S. Department of State data shows that WMU was number six
among producers of American Fulbright Scholars in 2016–2017
WMU operates the nation’s largest and most comprehensive
collegiate support program for former foster-care youth and is an
international model for teaching, research, learning, and public
service related to foster care and higher education.
Washington Monthly ranked WMU first in the state of Michigan on
its impact on alumni earnings 10 years after graduation.
We would like to recognize that Western Michigan University is
located on lands historically occupied by Ojibwe, Odawa, and
Bodewadmi nations. Please take a moment to acknowledge and honor
this ancestral land of the Three Fires Confederacy, the sacred
lands of all indigenous peoples and their continued presence.
The Community: Kalamazoo is located only two
and a half hours by car or train from Chicago and Detroit and only
45 minutes from the beaches of Lake Michigan. With 263,000 people
in the greater Kalamazoo area, the community offers an array of
cultural events, entertainment, and all-season recreation. The city
supports a nationally recognized symphony and enjoys a vibrant
community theatre and visual arts scene. Kalamazoo is also located
in one of Michigan’s designated research corridors, maintaining a
strong life sciences/biotech presence and supporting two leading
medical centers. In addition, Kalamazoo Public School students
receive the Kalamazoo Promise, a scholarship program that covers up
to 100% of tuition and fees to all Michigan public (and many
private) colleges and universities.
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with
qualifications and experience, with an excellent benefits
Expected Start Date: August 15, 2022.
Application Deadline: Review of applications
will commence on December 1, 2021, and will continue until the
position is filled.
Required Application Documents: To apply, go to
wmujobs.org and submit Faculty Credential Summary (completed
through the online job application portal): a letter describing
qualifications, accomplishments, and professional experiences
related to the position; a CV; a representative writing sample (PDF
or MS Word file) of at least 10 pages; three letters of
recommendation; a teaching philosophy statement; and a diversity,
equity, and inclusion statement.
WMU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and all
other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.