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Lecturer Pool, Creative Writing, Fall 2023 - Spring 2024

Apply now Job no: 526455
Work type: Instructional Faculty - Temporary/Lecturer
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Temporary, Part Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Lecturer in Creative Writing

The Creative Writing department at San Francisco State University seeks applicants for its part-time lecture faculty pool. This is a CONTINUOUS recruitment for an applicant POOL to fill part-time, temporary, assignments on an as-needed basis, beginning Fall 2023 & Spring 2024.

The Department of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University employs active writers with considered teaching methodologies to match the department’s mission to make our writers attentive readers of the literatures of the world and socially aware members of society, who can use writing for self-expression, explorations of the possibilities of the medium, as well as in service of social justice. The department was established in 1955 as part of the English Department and founded in 1968 as The Creative Writing Department. We offer three degree programs: B.A. in Creative Writing, M.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing; and M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Our curriculum reflects our commitment to a variety of styles, subjects, and approaches, recognizing the diversity, complexity and breadth of contemporary writing. The department offers courses in creative nonfiction, fiction, playwriting and poetry. Students are instructed in literary analysis and develop their craft to constructively critique their own work and that of others. We are honored to be associated with the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives. Internationally known, the center augments our programs, sponsoring approximately fifty visiting writers per year, on campus and at various locations around San Francisco.
We will refer to the POOL of applications on file to fill assignments as the need arises. Part-time faculty applications are accepted year-round. You will be contacted should the program be interested in scheduling an interview. Select candidates may also be invited to give a presentation.

• Provide high quality and timely instruction in assigned courses both online and in-person.
• Maintain contemporary knowledge and expertise in teaching pedagogy and writing practices.
• Collaborate with colleagues in the Creative Writing department and throughout the university.
• Adapt and align course materials using departmental syllabus templates, required text(s), and other resources.
• Provide regular and timely feedback on student work.
• Maintain regular communication with students through virtual/in person office hours and e-mail.
• Maintain clear, consistent records in iLearn (Moodle)
• Participate in department-wide assessments.
• Respond to student and peer evaluation
• Participate in professional development

• Master and/or Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree preferred, Ph.D. in Creative Writing candidates also considered.
• Contemporary expertise in creative writing practice.
• Experience teaching concepts of craft and literature in an academic setting.
• Ability to use online instructional technologies and to travel to the university for face-to-face teaching in lecture activities is required.
• The ideal candidate should possess strong organizational, communication, decision-making, teamwork, interpersonal, technological, and leadership skills, and be engaged in professional development that will facilitate continued excellence in our program.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience with a variety of anti-oppressive/anti-racist pedagogical and technological educational delivery methods
• Demonstrate effectiveness in teaching and student evaluation.
Current Teaching Opportunities:
Undergraduate and/or Graduate courses in one of the emphasis or content areas:
• 810 Contemporary World Fiction

Essential Job Tasks
• Prepare course materials such as syllabi, visual and audio recordings, readings and assignments, assessments, and other learning resources;
• Prepare and deliver/lead effective lectures, case analyses, simulations, and other engaging learning activities;
• Initiate, moderate, and facilitate inclusive classroom discussions;
• Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, papers, exams, etc. in a timely manner;
• Maintain student grades and other required records or reporting materials;
• Stay current on developments in the discipline by reading professional literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional workshops or conferences;
• Stay current on effective teaching methods via resources and training offered by SFSU’s Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching (CEETL);
• Plan, evaluate and revise course content, course materials, and methods of instruction;
• Hold weekly office hours (at least 1 hour for each course section taught) for the purpose of advising and assisting students.
Minimum Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Abilities
• Graduate (Master's) degree preferred in a field directly related to the topic of instruction.
• Knowledge of principles and methods for the instruction of individuals and groups, and the assessment of learning;
• Planning and organizing skills sufficient to ensure implementation of the assigned curriculum, job duties, and established expectations;
• Oral and written communication skills in the English language at a level that conveys information to and from students, colleagues, and others in an effective manner;
• Awareness of contemporary and critical concerns in the discipline;
• Interpersonal orientation that encourages productive interactions with students and colleagues.


Interested candidates are required to upload the following:
• A cover letter
• A current Curriculum Vitae (including details of current and previous teaching experience: date of teaching, institution, class-size)
• The names, addresses, phone-numbers and emails of two professional references who are in a position to comment on the applicant’s current or previous teaching experience.
Applications will be accepted up until the beginning of the term or until positions are filled.


Lecturer A/2 Full-Time Equivalent Salary Range: $4,530 – $6,056 per month
Lecturer B/3 Full-Time Equivalent Salary Range: $5,405 – $11,994 per month 
Lecturer C/4 Full-Time Equivalent Salary Range: $6,190 – $13,172 per month
Lecturer D/5 Full-Time Equivalent Salary Range: $7,794 – $13,797 per month

Anticipated hiring range is generally at or near the minimum of the appropriate range, commensurate with education and experience. Most new lecturers are hired at the Lecturer A or B rank.

Visit the program website here for an overview: Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing | Department of Creative Writing (
The mode of instruction is determined by the department to align with student and program needs. Instructors should be flexible teaching online or in person according to university guidelines and policies.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES: San Francisco State University supports faculty with professional development opportunities such as ongoing training through the Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL). The CEETL courses provide a systematic way to assure ongoing course quality and opportunities for new skill development in teaching courses in any learning mode, from in-person to online courses.

The start and end dates of the semester can be found at the following link:

San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University is a member of the CSU 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. San Francisco State University faculty are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship, and/or creative work. Our goal is to attract a world-class and diverse faculty committed to build a multicultural educational environment.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any employment with the CSU.

SF State is a totally smoke-free campus.

Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU). CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception. While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.




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