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Lecturer in Classical Studies

Cornell College, a selective undergraduate liberal arts college located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, invites applications for Lecturer in Classical Studies, to teach three courses in the 2021-2022 academic year. Cornell courses are taught on a One-Course-At-A-Time schedule, in which faculty members teach and students take one course at a time, meeting daily, M-F, for three and a half week terms. We are especially interested in advanced graduate students looking to expand their teaching portfolios by teaching at a liberal arts college. An MA in Classics is required; candidates who possess or are in the process of completing a PhD may be preferred.

LAT 103 Beginning Latin III (Term 2: September 20-October 13, 2021)

Introduction to the language of ancient Rome, its empire, the middle ages, and the early modern world. Students will learn the essentials of grammar, vocabulary, and Roman history and culture through reading, speaking, and writing Latin; increase English vocabulary through Latin derivatives; and read selections from Latin writers from different eras.

CLA 216 Classical Mythology (Term 3: October 18-November 10, 2021)

Development of the myth, legend, and folklore of the ancient world, especially their place in Ancient Greek and Roman culture, and their survival in the modern world.

LAT 205/291 Introduction to Latin Literature and Roman Culture (Term 5: January 10-February 2, 2022)

Intensive engagement with a cultural topic through reading Latin texts of the Republic or Empire, in tandem with listening, speaking, or writing in the target language. The instructor is encouraged to design a course related to their interests. Topics in the past have included Roman comedy, Roman performance culture, Roman banquets, and Roman elections. Prerequisite: LAT 103. Taught as an Intercultural Literacy encounter course in the Ingenuity Core Curriculum.

Because Cornell College values diversity and strives to create a welcoming community in which all individuals are respected and included, the entire campus community is called upon to engage in dialogue around issues of difference, identity, and ideology. The College is committed to fostering a faculty and staff community that reflects our diverse student body. We encourage applications from candidates who share our vision for a campus that embraces differing backgrounds, viewpoints, and identities—including exploration of ancient roles and perspectives that have traditionally been underrepresented in classical studies—and who will excel at working with students who are broadly diverse. (See our diversity statement here.)

About Cornell College

Cornell College is a selective liberal arts college distinguished by our Ingenuity curriculum that builds on the strengths of our One Course At A Time schedule. This combination encourages the qualities of being thoughtful, original, and inventive, using the strengths of a liberal arts education to apply ideas to solve problems and meet challenges through hands-on experience in learning. Academic immersion, Division III NCAA athletic teams, and unparalleled flexibility attract an ambitious student body from across the U.S. and worldwide. We are located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, an urban fringe community located in the heart of the ICR Iowa region.

Application Process
Interested applicants should submit the following materials through Cornell's online application system:
  • A letter of application/cover letter, which includes a description of any experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Names and contact information for a minimum of three references

Applications will be reviewed as received and continue until the position is filled.

For more information about the Classical Studies program, please visit the website at

Cornell is an AA/EO employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups. Cornell complies with Iowa's Smoke-free Air Act, participates in e-verify for verification of employment eligibility, and conducts background checks.