Tenure-Track Faculty - Creative Writing

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

COLLEGE:  Arts and Letters


POSITION TITLE:  Assistant Professor of Creative Writing


The English department is a community of teachers, scholars, writers, and support staff whose primary mission is to promote learning in composition, creative writing, English education, linguistics, literature, and the teaching of English as a second language.


Assistant Professor in Creative Writing: Fiction, Memoir, and Creative Non-Fiction (MFA or PhD) with preferred additional area of interest in one of the following areas of literary and cultural studies: Asian-American, Native American, Latinx/Chicanx, African-American, Queer, Disability, and/or Diasporic Literature.  Normal teaching load is three courses per semester.


The successful candidate will engage in service to the institution and the community, have an active agenda of creative work and scholarship, work well with fellow faculty in various disciplines in shaping the direction of the Department and University, participate in student advising, and teach a variety of courses, which may include graduate courses in our MA program, upper-division undergraduate classes, lower division general education courses, and composition courses in our writing program.


• MFA or Ph.D. ABD candidates will be considered. If, ABD, candidates will be required to complete the doctoral degree by August 2022.
• Record of achievement in fiction and prose.
• Ability to teach creative writing at the undergraduate and graduate level.
• Demonstrated potential to become a strong teacher of creative writing.
• Demonstrated ability to interact and work with students, staff, and colleagues in a diverse academic community.



 • Ability to teach in one or more of the following areas of literary and cultural studies: Asian-American, Native American, Latinx/Chicanx, African-American, Queer, Disability, and/or Diasporic Literature


Review of applications will begin November 22, 2021.  Applications must include the following:

  • A letter indicating the applicant’s interest in the position and the way in which the applicant meets the qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial transcripts from institutions granting post-secondary degrees to applicant
  • A statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching
  • Sample of creative writing applicable to the qualifications of the position
  • Three to five recent professional references, including names and contact information

At the time of application, please also have three confidential letters of recommendation sent to:
Professor David W. Toise
Department of English, MS 6075
6000 J Street
California State University, Sacramento Sacramento, CA 95819-6075


About Sacramento State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to student success, diversity, equity and inclusion, community engagement, philanthropy, and campus safety

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning. 

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit .

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit .

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Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at .
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Background Check Disclaimer
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

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

Eligibility Verification
Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency ( ie. H-1-B Visa).

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