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The School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) invites applications for two full time faculty positions in poetry: one emerging and the other mid-to-full career. The MFA in Creative Writing is a unique, non-tracking program in which students cultivate a focused and independent writing practice through our inclusive curriculum, professional development opportunities and commitment to the experimental impulse.

The MFA Program is based within the School of Critical Studies which offers a wide array of critical, creative and analytical writing-based courses for BFA students and is integrally linked to the other Schools within the Institute. Together, we offer all undergraduates and graduates opportunities to learn across the fields of performing, visual and musical arts.

We seek to appoint two poetry faculty who would make sustained and vital contributions to the future of our program at a national and international level alongside our innovative, accomplished faculty.

CalArts is proud of its diverse student body and deeply committed to supporting the cultural and artistic aspirations of all its students. A commitment to increasing opportunities for low-income students and currently disenfranchised groups is necessary, as is the desire to work to support institutional goals of equity and diversity in an ongoing way. CalArts is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

The MFA program in Creative Writing is committed to developing world-leading work in the expanded field of writing, fostering serious, experimental engagements within genre, medium and performativity across and through the conventions and traditions of writing. Our faculty have a strong commitment to pedagogy and are able to communicate with a diverse student body at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. While not an essential requirement for candidacy, we are particularly interested in candidates able to teach and research within the fields of African-American, Africana, Latinx, Asian-American, Ethnic, Indigenous, or Queer Studies.

About the School of Critical Studies
The CalArts School of Critical Studies provides a robust liberal arts education to all CalArts undergraduates. In addition to housing the Creative Writing Program, Critical Studies houses the MA in Aesthetics and Politics, and the Center for Discursive Inquiry, which acts as a hub for shared faculty research.

The successful candidates will contribute to our MFA Creative Writing Program and to the Critical Studies undergraduate curriculum. Both foster a pedagogical approach to poetry that is practice-based and informed by critical perspectives, supporting applied engagements with interdisciplinary approaches and innovative practices related to the field. The faculty members will be encouraged to engage in and demonstrate abilities in other writing genres, arts practices, and/or fields of academic inquiry.

Responsibilities for each faculty include:
– Five (5) courses per year
– Mentoring graduate students
– Conducting mid-residency and graduation reviews
– Participating in curricular planning, admissions review and assessment for undergraduate and graduate programs
– Attendance at program, school and Institute events
– Sustaining a vibrant publication record and achievement in the field of writing

How to Apply:
Please email CV and letter of interest to Tisa Bryant, Program Director, School of Critical Studies, Attn: MFA Creative Writing Program Search at

Review of applications will begin immediately, and will be considered until November 1, 2018. Three letters of reference and a writing sample will be requested for those candidates who advance to the next stage of the process.

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