Assistant Professor of Classical and Medieval Studies

Institution Name 
Bates College
Position Rank 
Assistant Professor
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Application Deadline 
December 1, 2019
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The Program in Classical and Medieval Studies, Bates College in Lewiston Maine, invites applications for an approved Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Classical and Medieval Studies (300-1500 CE) to begin August 1, 2020. We are particularly interested in candidates with significant interdisciplinary training who can teach a broad range of topics, such as the history and culture of Late Antiquity and medieval societies and/or the interactions of Western European, Byzantine and Islamic cultures. The candidate will also be expected to teach introductory medieval and/or classical Latin, although we do not assume prior classroom experience in teaching language.  Candidates with demonstrated success in teaching marginalized and underrepresented students are especially encouraged to apply. Research and teaching areas are open, but we welcome scholars who interrogate existing methodological and theoretical orientations of Medieval Studies to examine issues of equality, power, difference, and identity; who work in Digital Humanities; or who consider links between the past and the contemporary world.

The annual teaching load is five semester courses. The successful candidate will develop a curriculum that complements the existing curricular and scholarly strengths of the Classical and Medieval Studies Program, and those of the Department of History. Responsibilities include a one-semester survey of medieval history, upper-division thematic courses, senior thesis advising, and some Latin instruction—medieval and/or classical.  Alternatively, Koine or Byzantine Greek will be considered. Responsibilities may also include a course on historical methods. Candidates should have a Ph.D. completed, or nearly complete.

The college and the Program in Classical and Medieval Studies are committed to enhancing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. We welcome applications from those with the ability to contribute to the college’s continuing commitment to social and cultural diversity, inclusiveness, equity, and the transformative power of our differences, in the classroom, college, and community. The search committee expects candidates who can contribute to this goal to identify their strengths and experiences in this area.

A new Faculty Diversity and Renewal grant from the Mellon foundation has made it possible for the College to offer a Post-Doctoral Fellowship to qualified candidates.  This would mean that the successful applicant would teach a two-course load during the first year (one course per semester), which would then segue into the tenure track assistant professorship in year two.  To that end, and in furtherance of academic excellence, Bates seeks applications from individuals from groups underrepresented in the professoriate, including African Americans; Hispanics; Native Americans; Alaska Natives; Native Hawaiians; other Pacific Islanders; Asian Americans; first generation college students; individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to college due to exceptional talent and motivation in the face of adversity, such as societal, economic or academic disadvantages;  individuals with a demonstrated commitment to applying and including diverse backgrounds and perspectives to learning, scholarship, creative work, service, and leadership in the academy.

Those eligible candidates who have already applied, and who wish to be considered for this additional opportunity, may indicate their interest by email to  They do not need to submit a second application.

The review of applications will begin on December 1.  Interviews will be scheduled beginning in January 2020.  Please submit a letter stating your qualifications, both scholarly and pedagogical, for this position as well as your interest in teaching at a small liberal arts college such as Bates College; a scholarly writing sample of no less than 20 pages (such as a dissertation chapter, an article in any stage of publication); a teaching statement that includes your training and experience in teaching a wide range of marginalized and underrepresented students through active learning strategies; and a sample syllabus or course outline. After candidates have been selected for an initial video-conference, they will be asked to submit letters of reference. Those not selected at this time will be notified. Employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check.

Questions about the position and our process may be directed to search committee chair Laurie O’Higgins at

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