Teaching Postdoctoral Associate

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Cornell University
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November 17, 2017

The Department of Classics (http://classics.cornell.edu/) invites applications for a three-year Teaching Postdoctoral Associate. The start date is negotiable (but between 1 January 2018 and 1 July 2018). We invite applications from candidates who have, or will have, completed their Ph.D. after 1 September 2013 and before appointment with a specialization in any area of Classics broadly defined, ideally with training in both Greek and Latin, and with interests in more than one of the sub-disciplines of archaeology, art history, linguistics, literature, philology. We especially seek applicants with both good and interesting research potential but also critically strong interest and commitment to innovative teaching at an undergraduate level with a view to making Classics courses more accessible, vital, and successful. This position is part of an Active Learning Initiative in the College of Arts & Sciences at Cornell (http://as.cornell.edu/active-learning-initiative). The position should attract those interested in developing faculty careers including a focus on pedagogy. The Teaching Postdoctoral Associate will (i) work with faculty to develop new and innovative active-learning Classics larger courses, coordinate and contribute to activities related to developing new teaching approaches in Classics (including working with faculty, involvement in focus groups, class observations, study of student assessment, class surveys, etc.), co-teach on some of these new courses (co-teaching only once courses developed, and to be no more than 2 courses in a semester); and (ii) pursue their own research. The balance of work will be approximately 75% teaching related (including education research as part of the Active Learning Initiative) and 25% personal research. An interest in and skills using new classroom technologies, and a willingness to explore and invent will all be advantages. The position will report to the Classics Active Learning Initiative team and through them to the Department Chair. Two faculty mentors will be appointed to guide the Teaching Postdoctoral Associate with their professional development. The Teaching Postdoctoral Associate is required to be in residence at Cornell during the semesters of their tenure, but may spend some time elsewhere on research during the summer or winter breaks with the agreement of the Chair. The starting salary for this position will be $48,900 per year, with benefits, and with up to $2,000 per year available in research allowance. All applications are due before the strict deadline of November 17, 2017. Review of applications will begin promptly and a decision is expected before December 15, 2016. We expect to conduct Skype interviews with shortlisted candidates in early December. Eligibility: Applicants must have received the Ph.D. degree no earlier than September 1, 2013. Applicants who will complete all requirements for the Ph.D. degree (including filing the dissertation) before appointment are eligible to apply (in all cases before July 1, 2018). The completion date for the Ph.D. degree will in no circumstances be waived or extended.

Applications: Applications will be submitted through Academic Jobs Online (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo). Please submit (1) a letter of application – including especially a clear statement of why you wish to be considered for this teaching postdoctoral position within the Active Learning Initiative (read the materials at the following link and discuss how you see yourself contributing and engaging: http://as.cornell.edu/sites/as/files/09-09-2016-RFP-pages%5B1%5D.pdf); (2) CV; (3) a scholarly writing sample (of less than 30 pages); (4) brief descriptions (200 word maximum for each) of 3 courses that adopt an active learning approach and aim at wider enrollment; and (5) the names and contact information for three references. Letters of reference will be solicited only for those applicants of the most interest to Cornell. Questions about the position or the application process should be addressed to the Chair of the Department of Classics at sm456@cornell.edu.

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