Department of Creative Writing {College of Liberal & Creative Arts}

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Assistant Professor of Creative Writing


The Department of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University seeks candidates for an approved tenure-track position in Creative Writing, poetry with a secondary emphasis in cross-genre or fiction, at the level of Assistant Professor, to begin Fall 2014, subject to financial ability.

Responsibilities: Teaching in the B.A., M.A., and M.F.A. programs; supervising M.A. and M.F.A. theses; reading yearly applications to the graduate programs; contributing to curriculum development; and campus, community, and professional service. Normal teaching load three courses per semester. 

Minimum qualifications:  M.F.A. or equivalent with a strong commitment to university teaching; book publication in poetry and book or significant publication in secondary genre, and experience teaching at the university level.  

Rank and Salary:  Salary competitive, commensurate with qualifications.  San Francisco State University, as part of the California State University system, provides generous health, retirement, and other benefits, including domestic partner benefits.

The Department:  The Creative Writing Program at SFSU is one of the nation’s oldest and largest.  Housed separately from the English Department and containing the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives, it has over 462 majors in three degree programs, the B.A., the M.A., and the M.F.A. Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Playwriting and Poetry are currently its four major fields of concentration.  Further information about the Creative Writing Department is available at the following websites:, and

The University:; San Francisco State University, a member of the California State University system, serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom, and human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. SF State faculty are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship, and/or creative work.

To apply, submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, 3 letters of recommendation, a ten-page writing sample, and evidence of teaching effectiveness.  Semi-finalists only will be asked to send copies of their books. 

Please mail documents (no email applications) to:

Hiring Committee
Creative Writing Department
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco CA 94132


(415) 338-1891

Deadline is January 2, 2014.

The University is an Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications from women, members of all ethnic groups, veterans, and people with disabilities.

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