Position Description for Tenure-Track position Fiction/Creative Nonfiction

Position Description for Tenure-Track position Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, Department of Creative Writing, College of Liberal and Creative Arts, San Francisco State Universtiy

Position title: Assistant Professor, George and Judy Marcus Endowed Chair in Creative Writing

Start date: August, 2020

Position Summary:

The George and Judy Marcus Endowed Chair in Creative Writing is a tenure-track position in the Department of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University.


San Francisco State University is a member of the California State University system and 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. The Department of Creative Writing 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 360 majors in three degree programs, the B.A., the M.A., and the M.F.A. The department is one of the few that offers concentrations in Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Playwriting, Poetry, and Literary Translation.

Further information about the Creative Writing Department is available at the following

http://creativewriting.sfsu.edu/ and https://poetry.sfsu.edu

This position is in the area of Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, specifically with literary emphasis on the African Deaspora, Latinx, Asian, Middle Eastern and/or Indigenous/Native cultures. The position has a teaching workload that entails teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in Creative Writing. The creative work illuminates and explores a range of topics and forms in the area of fiction and/or creative nonfiction. Specifically, the creative work contributes to the literatures and literary dialogues of the African Diaspora; Latinx; Asian; Middle Eastern; and/or Indigenous/Native cultures.

Endowed chairs are expected to present lectures/readings on and off campus, organize presentations of visiting authors and other scholars, and establish themselves as public scholars contributing to the literary life of the Bay Area. Specifically, the endowed chair has the responsibility of presenting an inaugural reading/performance to the campus and Bay Area community, and organizing a major high-profile event for a visiting author during the first year of employment.


Essential Job Tasks:


  • Facilitate student success through teaching and advising with a focus on inclusive pedagogy;
  • Design special topic and workshop courses, prepare course materials such as syllabi, lecture and discussion materials, readings and assignments, assessments, and learning resources;
  • Prepare and lead effective lectures/discussions for undergraduate and graduate students;
  • Initiate, moderate, and facilitate classroom discussions of literary texts (reading as a writer) and students' works-in-progress in developmental workshops;
  • Supervise M.A. and M.F.A. theses;
  • Read yearly applications to the Creative Writing graduate program;
  • Provide developmental feedback, evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, papers, etc. in a timely manner;
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations or other learning assessments;
  • Maintain student grades and other required records or reporting materials;
  • Stay current on developments in the discipline by reading new literature, talking with community and campus colleagues, and participating in professional conferences;
  • Stay current in teaching methodologies;
  • Plan, evaluate and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction, particularly with regard to student learning outcomes;
  • Mentor and advise graduate and undergraduate students;
  • Hold regularly scheduled office hours for the purpose of  advising and assisting students;
  • Actively participate on assigned committees in accordance with department or College needs, and SF State's strategic vision;
  • Actively participate in collegial interactions in fulfilling service assignments and other duties at the department, college, and university level;
  • Write and publish creative works and participate in local, national and international readings/events/conferences;
  • Additional duties as assigned.

For more information on applying and to apply, please visit https://careers.calstate.edu/detail.aspx?pid=76641