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Assistant Professor in Classical Archaeology and Digital Humanities

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Classics - 311300

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Permanent Faculty

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Assistant Professor in Classical Archaeology and Digital Humanities

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Tenured/Tenure Track

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Full Time

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Position Location:

North Carolina, US

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Dependent on Experience and/or Qualifications

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The mission of the Department is to promote and advance the study of the ancient Mediterranean in its broadest sense, focusing on the cultures, languages, literature, art, and archaeology of diverse regions implicated in the expansion of Greek and Roman cultures, from the Bronze Age Aegean to the Middle Ages and beyond. The scope of our department’s research is dynamically self-forming, encompassing literary, historical, and archaeological fields of study. Classics is by nature interdisciplinary as well as methodologically, geographically, materially, and culturally diverse, and our missions of research and teaching therefore encompass a wide range of periods, objects, and methods of study. In classical languages and literatures, the department has a strong philological orientation across a broad range of genres, periods, and topics in literary and cultural history. Current faculty strengths include epic and lyric poetry in the Greek tradition from the archaic to the late antique period; Greek drama of the fifth century BCE and related questions of aesthetics and performance; Greek historiography; Greek literature and literary cultures of the Roman Imperial period; Latin poetry including lyric, elegy and comedy, as well as Augustan epic, didactic and satire; Latin historiography and cultural history, including religion and law; and Greek and Roman mythological discourses and ancient representations of gender and ethnicity. All faculty contribute to an expansive program in Greek and Latin that emphasizes core texts of the Greco-Roman literary tradition while also encompassing texts and topics beyond the canon. Philological methodologies are the foundation of both our undergraduate and graduate teaching, and individual faculty bring a range of critical and interpretive frameworks to bear in line with their research interests. Our current faculty strengths in archaeology are Aegean prehistory and protohistory; classical Athens and mainland Greece; Hellenistic and Roman Egypt and the eastern Mediterranean; and Roman Italy. In our classes we emphasize the study of primary archaeological material, historical and contextual perspectives, as well as diverse methodologies, applications, and interpretive frameworks in the study of material culture. Approaches include archaeological excavation, intensive archaeological survey, and artifact and assemblage analyses; GIS applications and digital visualization projects; as well as art historical, historical, and anthropological methods that communicate within and between fields of classics, archaeology, ancient history, and material culture studies.

Position Summary:

The Department of Classics in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks an Assistant Professor in Classical Archaeology and Digital Humanities for a tenure-track appointment. We are looking for someone to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in their specialization and whose research program resides at the intersection of the growing field of Digital Humanities and Classical scholarship. Since this person’s courses will contribute to the curriculum of the newly-established UNC School of Data Science and its Data, Culture, and Society modules (, the candidate’s work should include data analysis and/or application of digital technologies and tools. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research addresses the material culture, landscape archaeology, spatial archaeology, history or epigraphy of the ancient Mediterranean and adjacent regions. This position will complement existing strengths on campus in artifact and spatial analysis, virtual modeling, data visualization, and database management. Relevant centers include the Classics Department’s Spatial Antiquity and Innovation Lab, the Research Laboratories of Archaeology, BeAM@Carolina, Carolina Drone Lab, and others.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Ph.D. in Classics or a related field

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

Preference will be given to those with a Ph.D. in Classics or a related discipline in hand at the time of application. Applicants should demonstrate the potential for excellence in research and a commitment to teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities:

Not Applicable.

Special Instructions:

Two additional documents are required (Other Documents): 1) Teaching Statement. 2) Either a portfolio of digital and/or spatial humanities projects (including project descriptions, live links, and/or screenshots) or a writing sample of about 20 pages.


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Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

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Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

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Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

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Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

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UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

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