College of Arts & Letters


Department of English

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing

Starting Date:

August, 2022

Minimum Qualifications:

1) An earned M.F.A. or Ph.D. in English or closely related discipline from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required; however, Ph.D. applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered.  For appointment, the doctorate must be completed by the date of appointment (08/18/2022).  
2) Evidence of successful teaching experience at the undergraduate level.
3) Creative writing publications.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Evidence of successful teaching experience and/or mentorship in creative writing, including at the graduate level.
2) Ability to successfully teach and supervise more than one creative writing genre.
3) Evidence of literary magazine experience.
4) Evidence of work in, commitment to, and/or interest in community engagement.
5) Promise of future creative writing publications and significant creative impact.


The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community.  These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

The Department of English has a long and illustrious history of supporting creative writing in all genres at the BA and MA levels. This tenure-track Assistant Professor position results from faculty retirements and offers the successful candidate the opportunity to have a significant impact on the growth, direction, and future of this valued specialization. The department houses a 70-year-old literary magazine, Statement, which won the AWP National Program Director’s Prize in Content, and annually sponsors the Henri Coulette Academy of American Poets Prize. The College hosts an esteemed multi- and cross-cultural Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, founded in 2004 to serve the campus and community, which provides exciting opportunities for participation and leadership. The specialization is open but the ability to teach courses and offer MA thesis supervision in more than one genre is desirable, as is experience in literary magazine editing and advisement. Duties will include developing and teaching undergraduate and MA creative writing courses, student mentorship, and the potential to propose readings, seminars, and lectures. The curriculum currently offers a multi-genre introductory course for non-English majors, and upper division and graduate courses in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Reflecting the university’s commitment to the public good, social justice, equality, and diversity, the department is especially interested in candidates who integrate these concerns in their teaching and acknowledge the cultural contexts in which creative writing is produced. We are seeking a colleague who views teaching, creative writing, and community engagement as mutually inspiring practices. 

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.


Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students, and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good.  We offer nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the humanities. Our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, community engagement, and service.

Our 240,000 alumni reflect the City and County’s dynamic mix of populations.  The University has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation.  As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.  


The College:

The Cal State LA College of Arts & Letters transforms lives and sustains thriving communities and cultures. We develop and amplify our students’ unique talents, diverse life experiences, and intellects through the study and practice of the Arts and Humanities so that they can tell meaningful stories, forge their professional pathways, and inspire their communities. Our nine departments (Art, Communication Studies, English, Liberal Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Music, Philosophy, Television, Film & Media Studies, and Theatre and Dance) include programs that lead to Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees, Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, and Master of Fine Arts degrees.

The College of Arts and Letters is also home to the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics.  Founded in 2004, the Center serves as a forum for the performance, preservation, study, and production of poetry and poetics.  Devoted to multicultural contemporary poetry and poetics, the Center actively foregrounds the voices of historically underrepresented poets and communities. The Center brings together poets, scholars, students, and the public to promote the diversity and vitality of current poetry and poetics.

The Department:

The English Department at California State University, Los Angeles, cultivates students’ imaginations and critical skills through the intensive study of literature and language.  Drawing on the richness of L.A.’s geographical and cultural context, the department equips students to see the study of literature and language as both personally enriching and publicly meaningful within their own local and global communities.

The English Department’s journal of literature and the arts is award-winning Statement Magazine, now in its 71st year of publication.  The Statement Magazine class offers professional experience in literary editing and production, highlights students' literary and artistic achievement, and results in a professional quality, student-edited journal that features creative content from authors at Cal State LA and beyond. It brings together students with different skills and interests from many departments in the College of Arts and Letters as well as from the entire Cal State LA campus.

Required Documentation:

Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the email address below:
1) A cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications.
2) A narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of students who are among the first-generation of their family to attend a college or university.
3) A curriculum vitae.
4) A list of three professional references.
5) A University Application for Employment Form
6) Creative Writing Portfolio---please send a sample of what best represents your creative writing. Depending on medium and genre, this may include one or more published works (PDF is acceptable), digital links, and/or a diverse compilation. 
7) Three current letters of recommendation

Finalists will be required to submit:
Official transcripts.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 


Review of applications for full consideration will begin November 1, 2021.

Please email all application materials in a single PDF to: [email protected]. Please type “Creative Writing Tenure-Track Application” in the subject line.

Please address all questions to the search committee chair (Dr. Linda Greenberg) at: [email protected] or 323-343-5812.

Note: 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 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to [email protected].

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.