The mission of the Department of English is to advance the study and teaching of literature, language, and writing. To accomplish this mission, the Department will provide the basis for a strong liberal arts education focused on critical literacy, critical thinking, and culturally informed interpretive skills. The Department is committed to maintaining comprehensive and interdisciplinary English studies curricula for undergraduate majors and graduate students.

The Department of English at Colorado State University invites applications for an entry-level position of Assistant Professor of English specializing in Creative Nonfiction. We are seeking a writer with energy, creativity, and a commitment to our growing program in Creative Nonfiction. The successful candidate will be appointed untenured and at the rank of Assistant Professor. This is a tenure-track, nine-month appointment, beginning August 16, 2016.


Required Qualifications 

  • MFA or PhD in English or related field at time of appointment
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the college level
  • A promising record of scholarship/creative activity
  • At least one book from a national press (published or under contract) in Creative Nonfiction


Preferred Qualifications

  • An application will be enhanced by experience in other areas of English studies at the college level.
  • Applicants are encouraged to describe any additional teaching or scholarly interests and experiences.



Teaching responsibilities include four courses a year (typically two per semester) in the graduate and undergraduate programs. The successful candidate will also be expected to establish a scholarly and creative agenda in Creative Nonfiction, advise and mentor students, direct theses, and provide service to the department, university, and community. Candidates who can advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through scholarship, creative activity, and teaching are encouraged to apply.



Will be commensurate with assistant professor rank and experience.


Application Procedures and Deadlines

Please submit a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, teaching portfolio of no more than 10 pages showing evidence of teaching effectiveness, writing sample of no more than 30 pages of published work, and enter the name and contact information for three references who will be emailed a request for a letter of recommendation. Address cover letter to Debby Thompson, Search Chair.

To view a full position announcement and submit an application electronically please visit: http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/17894. Hard copy applications cannot be accepted.

Application materials of semifinalist candidates, including letters of recommendation, will be made available for review by the entire faculty of the Department of English. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, for full consideration, applications must be submitted by October 31, 2015. Semifinalists will be invited in early December to send a published book and to schedule a Skype interview. Routine inquiries should be directed to Sue Russell at (970) 491-1898 or Sue.Russell@colostate.edu.


General Information

Colorado State University, with an enrollment of about 30,000, is located in Fort Collins, a growing community of close to 150,000 at the base of the Rocky Mountain Front Range, 65 miles north of Denver. The area is noted for its natural beauty, economic vitality and abundant cultural and recreational activities.

Colorado State University is a land-grant institution and a Carnegie Research University (Very High Research Activity). The Department of English has a tenure-track faculty of 32, approximately 379 undergraduate majors, and more than 120 graduate students. We appoint approximately 35 graduate teaching assistants who teach creative and expository writing and English as a second language. Undergraduate concentrations in creative writing, English education, language, literature, and writing lead to a BA in English. Master of Arts degrees are offered in creative nonfiction, English education, literature, rhetoric and composition, and TEFL/TESL. The Master of Fine Arts program, now in its 30th year, offers degrees in fiction and poetry. The CSU English department is also home to the Center for Literary Publishing and the prestigious Colorado Review. More information on the English department is available at: http://english.colostate.edu/.

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation,  gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.