Fresno State campus

Creative Nonfiction - Assistant Professor

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time
Position Description

California State University, Fresno

College of Arts & Humanities

Department of English

Creative Nonfiction

Assistant Professor

Tenure Track position to start Fall 2023 (August 2023)

California State University, Fresno is an engaged university that focuses on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, and developing the leaders of tomorrow.  We promote community involvement and instill an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity on campus and in California’s Central Valley community, and by welcoming the participation of all. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Members of the University community are expected to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect and ethical behavior, please visit:  

Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process. Salary placement depends upon academic preparation and professional experience.  

California State University, Fresno is a vibrant and growing campus.  When necessary, the University may decide to make more than one faculty appointment from a single search.

Position Summary:

Writers of creative nonfiction are invited to apply for the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of English in the College of Arts and Humanities at California State University, Fresno.  The appointment begins in August 2023.

Our new faculty member will teach creative nonfiction both at the undergraduate level—where we have a new creative writing option for the English BA—and at the graduate level in a diverse and flourishing three-year MFA program in the heart of the Central Valley of California. They will also teach core courses in the English major, including the senior seminar and special topics courses of their own design. 

The new hire will, along with the other creative writing faculty, chair theses, help mentor creative writing TAs, advise student groups, facilitate and help organize readings and other events, and assist with efforts in recruitment and ongoing student support. Our Department is committed to intersectional teaching, scholarship, and community building; and new faculty members join an active, engaged and thriving Department with programs in English Studies, Rhetoric and Writing Studies, Creative Writing, and English Education, where they will be expected to serve on committees and participate in the wider community of scholars.


Our MFA program combines studio and academic approaches in a substantial, residential, 54-unit 3-year degree program, providing students with critical workshop experience, a solid background in literature, a focus on pre-professional training, and an emphasis in literary publishing and editing. We feel the best education for the artist includes learning the history as well as the contemporary work in the discipline, training in the theoretical and formal approaches to the profession, and practicing the craft of writing with extensive peer and faculty critique.

Our faculty typically teach three courses per semester and advise MFA theses. Faculty may apply for assigned time course reductions to support creative and scholarly work, and the current faculty contract provides for a course release each semester for the faculty member’s first two years. Active service in the MFA program, department, college and university is expected.

The Department of English offers the MFA Program in Creative Writing, a BA in English with a Creative Writing Option, as well as an undergraduate minor in creative writing. The MFA Program also offers an emphasis in Publishing and Editing and is home to The Normal School: a Literary Magazine and The Philip Levine Prize in Poetry.

Required Education:

M.F.A. or Ph.D. in Creative Writing. The degree must be completed by August 17, 2023.

Required Experience:

  1. Evidence of teaching excellence and commitment to student success.
  2. Significant publications, including at least one book of nonfiction either published or under contract with a reputable literary publisher.
  3. The ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and to engage with diverse communities in the San Joaquin Valley region.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Commitment to student mentoring and bring the potential to teach form and theory and other and other core courses for majors and graduate students that include a diversity of cultural and ethnic perspectives.
  2. Show experience working with students whose narratives are underrepresented in academia and the publishing world.
  3. Scholarship and practice demonstrate knowledge of the historical roots of Creative Nonfiction as well as the contemporary essay and memoir by including sub-genres such as multi-ethnic memoir, trauma writing, disability studies, international nonfiction, multi-media essay, nature and science writing, and/or literary journalism.

Application Procedures:

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled, all searches close on May 1, 2023. To apply, applicants must complete an online application at and attach the following:

  1. a cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications
  2. a curriculum vitae
  3. a statement of teaching philosophy that demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and intersectionality
  4. a 20-page sample of creative nonfiction
  5. names and complete contact information for three professional references

Finalists will be required to submit:

  1. Official transcripts
  2. PDF copy of published or contracted book
  3. Three current letters of recommendation (dated within the last 12 months)

For inquiries, contact:
         Professor Steven Church, Search Committee Chair

Territorial Acknowledgement:

The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land

Other Campus Information:

In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at  Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. Any offer of employment may be withdrawn, or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position is considered a "limited 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 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

California State University, Fresno is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click

 California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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