Assistant Professor, Department of Classics

Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, NC

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Job location: Winston Salem, NC

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-09-23
Req: R0003713
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Job Description Summary

Job Description:

Wake Forest University’s Department of Classics invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level beginning July 1, 2022. The area of specialization is open; it must include race, racism, and Greek & Roman studies as a substantial part of the broader scholarly agenda. A Ph.D. in Classics or a related area is required by start of employment. The teaching load is 3–2/2–2 (nine courses over two years), with a semester of leave in the third or fourth year on the tenure track (or a full year at half pay).

We are especially eager to welcome candidates whose professional and personal experiences equip them to work successfully with diverse student populations and who will, through their engaged research and teaching, contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. We value advising and mentoring students who come from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds.

Candidates should be ready to teach courses in language, literature, and culture that will appeal to students in and out of Classics. We also welcome candidates with expertise in material culture, art history, archaeology, or religion. Candidates should specifically be prepared and eager to teach the department’s Classics Beyond Whiteness course in rotation with other department faculty, as well as courses in the College’s core curriculum, which includes first-year seminars and the recently adopted Power, Inequity, and Global Contexts curriculum. Priorities for this search include advancement of the department’s Diversity Action Plan. Faculty in the Classics department are actively engaged in interdisciplinary work and regularly collaborate with other departments and programs, such as the Department of Women’s Gender, & Sexuality Studies and the new African American Studies Program, and we are seeking a candidate who will value and expand such interdepartmental connections.

The department has five tenure-line faculty and one teaching professional; this search is for a new line. The department offers B.A.s and minors in Classical Languages, Classical Studies, Greek, and Latin. As part of our mission statement, we have articulated firm commitments to equity, action and practice, and support and community. Our department is the first Classics program in the world to require all majors and minors to study race in the ancient world and critical race theory. The department is host of the March 2022 annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South and of the eighth quadrennial Feminism & Classics conference, May 19–22, 2022. More information about the department is available at

To apply, submit a letter of application and CV by close of business Eastern time on November 1, 2021. In the letter of application, please be sure to include coverage of how your research agenda and your teaching experience and philosophy fit the position in its focus on expanding the scope of Classics as a discipline to account for racialized experiences and understandings in and of the ancient world. Later in the process, we may ask you to supply a statement of teaching philosophy (including discussion of how your teaching promotes an inclusive learning environment in the liberal arts context), a sample syllabus, and/or a sample of your research writing. References will be contacted only for short-listed candidates, with their prior approval.

Apply online by visiting Submit the application as a single PDF file. If internet access is an issue, you can submit a hard copy of the application to Ms. Julie Pechanek, Wake Forest University, Department of Classics, P.O. Box 7343, Winston-Salem, NC 27109.

Applications are due on November 1, 2021. We plan to hold first-round (distance) interviews in early December and in-person campus visits in January or February.

We welcome inquiries about the faculty position or department: please send them to the search committee chair, Prof. T. H. M. Gellar-Goad ( Inquiries about the application process and document submission may be addressed to

Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational institution dedicated to academic excellence in liberal arts, graduate, and professional education. Founded in 1834 and integrated in 1962, the University is ranked among the top 30 national universities. With 5,200 undergraduates and 3,200 graduate and professional students, the student-faculty ratio is 11:1. Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant intellectual community with robust support for faculty research and teaching activities, a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and an active athletics community. For quick facts about the University, visit As a private university, Wake Forest University is not governed by political appointees or state legislative regulations for public universities, and has an explicit commitment to nondiscrimination.

Winston-Salem, NC, is an affordable, diverse city with a growing arts and culture scene. The City Council recently adopted a comprehensively inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance that applies to municipal government, city contractors, and, starting in March 2022, public places of accommodation. The city is located less than an hour’s drive from three gorgeous state parks. Living outside the city while working at Wake Forest is eminently feasible.

Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and inclusivity and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest University is an AA/EO employer and values an inclusive and diverse learning community and campus climate. The university is willing to sponsor candidates for work authorization.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for final candidates upon their acceptance of an offer of employment. Employment is dependent on proof of an FDA authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccination, unless a medical or religious exemption is requested by the employee and approved by the university. The university requires submission of official graduate transcripts upon employment.

Additional Job Description

*Applications for this position will be accepted through November 1, 2021, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Wake Forest University requires proof of full vaccination with an FDA approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine for all positions posted on or after September 13, 2021. Wake Forest University requires that you provide satisfactory proof of full vaccination status to Human Resources within three days of your hire date. You must also maintain full COVID-19 vaccination status, as classified by the CDC, during your employment at Wake Forest University.

Consistent with federal, state and local law, Wake Forest University will consider accommodations for disability- and religious-based reasons unless providing an accommodation would result in an undue hardship to the University.

If you seek an accommodation from the vaccination requirement for disability- or religious-based reasons, you should contact Human Resources.

Time Type Requirement

Full time

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for all final faculty candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.


Wake Forest University, formed in 1834, has experienced decades of growth and innovation.  WFU is a distinctive university that combines a liberal arts core with graduate and professional schools and innovative research programs.  The University embraces the teacher-scholar ideal, which prizes the personal interaction between students and faculty.  It is a place where exceptional teaching, fundamental research and discovery, and the engagement of faculty and students in the classroom and the laboratory are paramount.

Wake Forest University is a community that seeks the enlightenment and freedom which come through diligent study and learning. Its higher goal, however, is to give life to the University motto "Pro Humanitate," as members translate a passion for knowledge into compassionate service. The community shares a tradition that embraces freedom and integrity and acknowledges the worth of the individual. The heritage, established by the school's founders and nurtured by succeeding generations, promotes a democratic spirit arising from open-mindedness and discourse. Wake Forest fosters compassion and caring for others. Its collective strength and character are derived from the values and distinctive experiences of each individual; therefore, it affirms the richness of human intellect and culture and its contribution to knowledge, faith, reason, and dialogue. Furthermore, it strives toward a society in which good will, respect, and equality prevail. To that end, Wake Forest University rejects hatred and bigotry in any form and promotes justice, honor, and mutual trust.​

The University is comprised of:  the undergraduate college, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, and School of Medicine (located on the Bowman Gray campus with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center) and today enrolls about 4,846 undergraduates and 2,823 students in graduate programs at its principal location, the Reynolda campus.  Students at Wake Forest University enjoy a great deal of access to and interaction with world-class faculty both in and out of the classroom setting with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.  Wake Forest employs approximately 2,772 full and part-time faculty and staff.

Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant, intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and a strong athletics program competing in the fifteen-team Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Since its founding, the university has adopted the motto “pro humanitate,” which is exemplified by a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world. Wake Forest has a strong commitment to holistic, eight-dimensional well-being for students, faculty and staff as evidenced in the Thrive initiative.

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, NC, a beautiful, mid-sized city centrally located in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina.  Winston-Salem is a family-friendly city with high quality schools, numerous outdoor recreational activities and events, and is known for its vibrant and thriving arts scene.

Winston-Salem residents enjoy close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains (1.5 hours) and Atlantic beaches (4 hours), a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, a very reasonable cost of living, and an eclectic variety of restaurants, wine bars, and breweries for dining with friends and family.  Winston-Salem offers many of the amenities of a large city but with the sense of community and quality of life of a smaller town (

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