Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Assistant Professor, Tenure Track
The Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics at California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for a tenure‐track Assistant Professor position in Creative Writing with appointment to begin Fall of 2023.
California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) is a minority-serving institution and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. CSUF is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. CSUF serves one of the largest student bodies in the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system, with an enrollment of over 40,000 students. The CSU is currently engaged in a directed multi-year initiative to improve graduation rates for all students with a particular focus on first-generation college students, low-socioeconomic students, Latinx, African American and Native American students. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through equity-minded teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.
CSUF faculty are committed teacher/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, studios, and individually mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on departmental and university-wide committees. The primary responsibilities of the person in this position will include the development and teaching of introductory and core courses in the discipline, and the development of courses in their area(s) of specialization. Areas of preferred emphasis include poetry writing, creative nonfiction writing, fiction writing, creative writing pedagogy, contemporary literature. Areas of preferred secondary emphasis include ethnic literatures, such as Native American and Indigenous literatures and/or Chicanx and Latinx literatures; digital/multimodal writing; social justice writing; literary journal editing and production; queer literatures; feminist or women’s literatures; de-colonial literatures, literatures with a focus on class, race, gender and/or disability. The appointee will be expected to teach a range of courses in creative writing and literature at the upper division and M.A. levels, in addition to lower-division, introductory, and general education courses in the field of Creative Writing. The appointee will also develop courses in their specialties, particularly at the senior and graduate levels. Faculty generally teach 3 classes per semester. A reduced teaching load is provided for the first two years. This person will also be responsible for producing creative publications and, if applicable, scholarly publications commensurate with the requirements for tenure. Candidates must provide evidence of an ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary and student-centered environment. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to and participate in the life and development of the department, advise students, serve on committees, and participate in the broader university and disciplinary communities. Evidence of or potential for an active publication record and high-quality teaching is required.
- Ph.D. in Creative Writing, English, Comparative Literature, or a related field is required by August 2023. ABDs must show evidence of degree completion prior to appointment.
- Ability to balance excellent teaching, creative activity, and service.
- Demonstrated commitment to and excellence in teaching a diverse student population, including first‐generation college students, low-socioeconomic students, and racially minoritized students.
- Active publication record with demonstrated evidence of, or clear potential for, high-quality peer-reviewed publication.
- Potential for collegial participation in departmental, campus, and disciplinary communities.
- Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with students from intersecting marginalized social groups.
- Training and/or experience in contemporary literature, digital/multimodal writing; social justice writing; literary journal editing and production; queer literatures; feminist or women’s literatures; de-colonial literatures.
- Expertise in one or more of the following subfields: ethnic literatures, such as Native American and Indigenous literatures and/or Chicanx and Latinx literatures; digital/multimodal writing; social justice writing; literary journal editing and production; queer literatures; feminist or women’s literatures; de-colonial literatures, literatures with a focus on class, race, gender, and/or disability.
A complete on‐line application must be received by electronic submission to be considered. To apply, please visit http://hr.fullerton.edu/careers/Faculty.php, choose full-time faculty, search for Job #518794, and provide the following required materials:
- Letter of interest in which you respond to the required qualifications and preferred (if applicable)
- Curriculum vitae
- Writing sample of no more than 25 pages
- A brief statement addressing your past and/or potential commitment to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service
- A list of three references with relevant contact information
- On the references page of the online application, enter information for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application.
- Finalists will be asked to have each of their three referents submit a letter of recommendation. Please ensure that the referents have these letters ready to submit should you move forward to this stage of the search.
- Referents will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the letter at the appropriate step in the search process. Candidates can verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back into the recruitment system.
Please direct all questions about the position to: Dr. Irena Praitis, Chair of the Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics at email@example.com or call 657‐278‐2453.
To be assured full consideration, all application materials must be received by October 20, 2022. The anticipated appointment date is August, 2023.
The College and Department
The Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics is one of nineteen departments housed within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The mission of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is to educate students to be culturally, globally, socially, historically, and environmentally astute, civically responsible alumni able to navigate an increasingly complex and interconnected world. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest college at Cal State Fullerton, offering 23 undergraduate degrees, 38 minors, and 15 graduate degrees. The 20 departments and programs employ over 450 faculty and 50 staff members serving more than 7,500 students and annually awarding over 2,000 degrees. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers students the breadth of a traditional liberal arts education in the humanities and social sciences while preparing them for a wide range of professions. Faculty members in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are committed teacher/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, and individually mentored projects. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is committed to the University’s strategic plan objective to “increase the number of tenured and tenure-track faculty, with a concentrated attention to those from historically underrepresented groups.” For more information about the college, please go to http://hss.fullerton.edu/
Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, and is subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee‐waiver; access to campus child‐care; and a defined‐benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit https://hr.fullerton.edu/total-wellness/.
The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be formally offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self‐disclose.
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