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Assistant Professor of Classical Studies

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Assistant Professor of Classical Studies

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Open Date: Sep 14, 2022

The Department of Classical Studies of the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in the 2023-24 academic year. We seek a colleague who will contribute to our ongoing efforts to rethink the boundaries of Classical Studies and to make the field more inclusive, through research, teaching, and/or public engagement. Applicants should have a research focus within ancient Greek and Roman literature and culture and be ready to teach courses, both in the original language and in translation, that appeal to a broad range of students. The teaching load is four courses per year, at least one of which will typically be at the graduate level. The PhD must be in hand by July 1, 2023, and evidence of excellent teaching is required.

Applicants should apply online at and should submit a cover letter, a c.v., a writing sample of no more than 30 pages, the names of three referees who will be asked by the applicant to upload letters of recommendation, and three statements of roughly 500 words each: a teaching statement addressing pedagogical priorities as well as past and potential courses; a research statement describing current and future intellectual projects; and a diversity statement outlining past and prospective contributions to diversifying the field. Within one or more of these statements, candidates should include, where relevant, discussion of public or community engagement. Contributions to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging may also be included in the teaching and research statements.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. We expect to conduct first round interviews over Zoom in December, with in-person campus visits in January and early February. Questions about the position and the search may be addressed to the chair of the search committee, Sheila Murnaghan, at [email protected].

The Department of Classical Studies is strongly committed to Penn's Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating an intellectually vibrant, culturally inclusive, and academically diverse community of faculty. We welcome applications from scholars of diverse backgrounds and those historically under-represented in the academy (for more information see:


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