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Assistant Professor of Classical Studies (Greek)

University of Richmond
Richmond, USA, Virginia

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Assistant Professor of Classical Studies (Greek) - 000139

The University of Richmond Department of Classical Studies invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in August 2024. We seek a dynamic teacher-scholar with an active research program in Greek language, literature, and/or culture and strong potential for generating student interest and sustained enrollments in ancient Greek. We are interested in considering a broad range of areas of expertise, including, but not limited to bilingualism, comparative literature, dialectology, digital humanities, epigraphy, Greek law and political theory, lexicography, oral-traditional poetry, paleography, papyrology, spoken language pedagogy, and textual transmission. Research interests may include, but are not limited to race, identity, and ethnicity in the ancient Mediterranean, global antiquities, theater and performance, and ancient magic, medicine, myth, religion, and ritual.

In addition to courses in Greek, the successful candidate will be expected to offer engaging courses in translation as well as in their area(s) of expertise or research specialization, mentor undergraduate student research, and contribute to the Latin program as needed. The regular teaching load will be five courses per academic year. A completed Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Classics or a related field is expected prior to appointment.

The Department of Classical Studies aims to broaden the range of scholarly specialties, viewpoints, and experiences represented within our department. The successful candidate will help to expand the curriculum by offering courses that deepen a student's understanding of power, inequity, diversity, and identity in antiquity. We are therefore especially interested in applicants who are able to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds, including, but not limited to, racial and ethnic minorities, people of all genders, individuals who identify with LGBTQ+ communities, individuals with disabilities, individuals from lower income backgrounds, and first-generation college students.

The University of Richmond is a private university located just a short drive from downtown Richmond, Virginia. Through its five schools and wide array of campus programming, the University combines the best qualities of a small liberal arts college and a large university. With approximately 4,000 students, an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 90% of traditional undergraduate students living on campus, the University is remarkably student-centered, focused on preparing students "to live lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a global and pluralistic society."

The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of difference in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. Our academic community strongly encourages applications that are in keeping with this commitment. Richmond's Department of Classical Studies has six full-time, tenure-stream positions and maintains a vibrant academic program that enrolls a broad array of students each semester while successfully training a small cadre each year for graduate studies in art, archaeology, classics, history, law, linguistics, medicine, and theology. For more information on the department and its programs, please see

Applicants should apply online at and submit:

  • a curriculum vitae including the names and contact information for three references.
  • a cover letter including discussion of the applicant's research interests and goals and how they might involve undergraduate student research.
  • a sample or excerpt of published or unpublished scholarship (15-25 pages)
  • a teaching statement (two pages maximum) articulating the applicant's teaching philosophy, interests, and commitment to inclusive pedagogies and undergraduate mentoring. Applicants should specifically address their experience in and approach to teaching ancient Greek and/or Latin with the aim of generating student interest and sustained enrollments and should describe how they would teach a course that concerns issues of power, inequity, diversity, and identity in antiquity.
  • a statement on equity and inclusivity (two pages maximum) discussing the applicant's relevant knowledge, experience, and plans for future contributions at the University of Richmond via teaching, mentoring, research, and/or service.

Review of applications will commence October 25, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Please direct all inquiries about this position to Professor Elizabeth Baughan (, chair of the search committee.


Working at University of Richmond

Founded in 1830, the University of Richmond is one of America's premier private universities. The University blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. A nationally ranked liberal arts university, Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciencesbusinessleadership studieslaw, and continuing studies. The 350-acre suburban campus, including a 10-acre lake, is consistently cited by The Princeton Review as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation.

With approximately 3,000 undergraduate students, Richmond offers 55 majors, 42 minors, and 12 concentrations at the bachelor's level. Graduate students can choose from six master's degrees programs, an MBA program, a juris doctorate, and six dual-degree programs in law. Continuing studies options include programs at the associate, bachelor, and master levels, in addition to numerous non-credit offerings.

Richmond faculty members are outstanding leaders in their fields. Of the 312 full-time faculty at the University, 98 percent hold doctorate or terminal degrees. Richmond has a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, with zero classes taught by teaching assistants. Our faculty members are in the classrooms and the labs, working closely with students to maximize their educational experiences.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Richmond one of the best liberal arts universities in the nation and in the top 35 for undergraduate research. BusinessWeek ranked The Robins School of Business in the top 20 nationally and fourth for academic quality, as well as among the top 15 part-time MBA programs. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named Richmond in the top 25 for best value among private colleges and universities

As locals like to say, Richmond is "easy to love" because of its rich history, stunning architecture, natural beauty and quality of life. It's been named one of the top cities in which to live and work by numerous national sources, including Forbes magazine. As the capital of Virginia, Richmond is home to the state legislature, a growing number of Fortune 500 companies and industries ranging from finance to agriculture. In fact, Forbes also recently ranked Richmond as the sixth best city to get a job in the U.S. Nearly one million people live in the Greater Richmond region and enjoy an array of cultural opportunities including 35 museums; numerous theatre companies; a symphony, a ballet and an opera; a thriving public forum; three professional, minor-league sports teams; a coliseum for major concerts and sporting events; and much more. Located just 100 miles south of Washington, D.C., Richmond is only 90 minutes from Virginia's beaches and 90 minutes from the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success.  In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE

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