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Assistant Professor of Classics

Smith College
Northampton, MA

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Assistant Professor of Classics

Northampton, MA
Open Date:
Sep 20, 2023
Close Date:
Dec 22, 2023

The Department of Classical Languages and Literatures at Smith College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning to advanced, to begin in July 2024. In the wake of retirements, this position will offer the opportunity to be involved in reshaping an undergraduate Classics program for the twenty-first century. Candidates should be prepared to engage actively with diverse students across the liberal arts, and with colleagues across the curriculum. Teaching responsibilities will regularly include Latin and Greek language and literature at all undergraduate levels, and courses in translation according to the candidate’s interests and expertise. Cross-disciplinary teaching is encouraged. While flexibility is important in a small undergraduate department, we seek a Latinist with a literary and cultural focus, whose work falls in the late Republic or early-middle Empire. The candidate must also have a record of active engagement with new directions in the field, possibly including but not limited to race and ethnicity in antiquity, environmental issues or science and technology in the ancient world, uses and abuses of the classical tradition and other reception studies, and/or public humanities. Ph.D. in Classics is expected by the time of appointment. Candidates from groups underrepresented in Classics are encouraged to apply. First round of Zoom interviews planned for early January.

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is the largest women’s college in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Students can cross-enroll and faculty may cross-teach across the Five Colleges. Details about the Department of Classical Languages and Literatures may be found at

As set forth in our mission and values, Smith College is committed to promoting a culture of equity and inclusion among students, staff and faculty.  The College will not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, genetic information, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or any other classification protected by law. Smith College is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination.

Application Instructions:

Submit application at with a concise cover letter that includes a description of the candidate’s research interests, teaching philosophy, and understanding of Classics’ current state and future possibilities, curriculum vitae, diversity/inclusion statement see link, representative syllabi, brief writing sample of no more than fifteen pages, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2023. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.





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Founded in 1871, Smith College is the nation's largest liberal arts college for women. The reputation of the College as one of the finest in the country holds strong because of the dedicated work of our staff, faculty, and administration. We are a diverse group bringing to our community different talents, perspectives, and experiences. Our strength arises from this diversity and is sustained by a community value of providing an outstanding educational environment for our nearly 2,700 students. Smith College is located in Northampton, a lively town of 30,000 in the Connecticut River valley of western Massachusetts.

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