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Open Rank in MFA, Native American and Indigenous Poetry

Apply now Job no: 509182
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: English
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Description:

The Department of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for an open-rank tenure-track professor in its MFA program to begin September 1, 2022.

The successful candidate will teach Native American and Indigenous poetry courses, MFA workshops and seminars, and serve on MFA thesis committees. The successful candidate will also be expected to direct the MFA program in rotation with other faculty (directorship compensated by one-course release from standard 2-1 teaching load), and to participate both in an active and collegial Department of English and in the Five Colleges Native American and Indigenous Studies Certificate Program, a hub for NAIS scholarship and community in the Connecticut River Valley. Our MFA in Creative Writing is one of the oldest and most distinguished graduate writing programs in the country.



  • MFA or PhD in Creative Writing
  • Evidence of outstanding college-level teaching,
  • Strong publication record including at least one book (or a book under contract).


Additional Information:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the University offers an attractive benefits package.


Application Instructions:

Application should include: (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a 25-page sample of recent written work or published book (as PDF); (4) the names and email contact information for three professional references; and (5) a statement of contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion, identifying past experiences and future goals; these contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching and outreach activities.

All applicants must apply by the priority deadline of November 12, 2021 to ensure full consideration.


The member campuses of the Five College Consortium are undertaking significant efforts aimed at expanding academic offerings in Native American and Indigenous Studies, and embedding Native and Indigenous epistemologies, methods, and content across the curriculum. This work includes curriculum development, faculty hiring, and student engagement, and is supported in part by generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional information on Five College NAIS is available at:


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