New Mexico State University — Assistant Professor, Creative Writing – Fiction

The English Department at New Mexico State University, a Hispanic Serving institution on the Mexico/US borderlands, invites applications for a tenure track 9-month Assistant Professor of Fiction in our vibrant creative writing program. Our English department includes undergraduate and graduate programs in Creative Writing, Literature, and Rhetoric and Professional Communication. The successful applicant will have a commitment to undergraduate teaching, the ability to teach in an MA and MFA program and advise graduate theses, and a readiness to engage in a lively program of writers, which includes magazine production, outreach, and community engagement. We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, and other marginalized communities. New Mexico State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.


  • MFA or Ph.D. in Creative Writing/Fiction by August 2019.
  • A record of publication, with at least one fiction book, novel preferred, published or in contract at the time of application with nationally recognized press.
  • Experience teaching.

Applications should include the following:

  • Cover letter.
  • CV.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy—including approaches to workshops and our form and technique classes, and the ways the candidate encourages aesthetic variety and support for writers of all formal choices and innovations.
  • A diversity statement—including how the candidate will advance our department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service.
  • 3 letters of reference.
  • A digital submission of full book as evidence of publication.

Please submit all materials online:


  • candidates who bring the potential to teach workshops, and form and technique courses that include a diversity of cultural and ethnic perspectives, including African American, Asian American, Indigenous, Latinx, or global perspectives as they intersect with local perspectives.
  • candidates who show experience working with students whose narratives are underrepresented in academia and the publishing world.
  • candidates who foster engagements within and across genre.
  • candidates who publish across genres and/or aesthetics.

New Mexico State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. An active research university, NMSU anchors the southern end of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Research Corridor, exceeding $140 million in research and public service expenditures. NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the federal government with a total minority enrollment over 48%. Home to the state’s NASA Space Grant Program, NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Organ Mountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain. The University is committed to building a cultural diverse educational environment.