Classical Studies and the Kelsey Museum

Institution Name 
University of Michigan
Position Rank 
Assistant Professor
Area of Specialty 
Historical &/or archaeological perspectives on ancient material & museum curation
Additional Desirable Specialties 
Ethics & Cultural Heritage, Numismatics
This position is 
Application Deadline 
November 10, 2019
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The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Department of Classical Studies and Kelsey Museum of Archaeology have been authorized to make an appointment in Classical Studies and the Kelsey Museum at the entry level (tenure-track Assistant Professor and Assistant Curator in the Kelsey Museum) beginning September 1, 2020.

We seek a scholar who brings contemporary historical and/or archaeological perspectives to the study of ancient materials, and who is committed to museum research, exhibition, and education with expertise in one of the following areas: numismatics and economic history; Hellenistic Near Eastern material culture and archaeology; ethics and cultural heritage relating to the archaeology of the ancient Classical world. Applications from candidates with experience in, and enthusiasm for, digital humanities will be particularly welcome.

Promise of excellence in teaching and research and museum curation will be the principal selection criteria. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the Department of Classical Studies in its curricular and scholarly activities; teach two courses per year ranging from lower division undergraduate courses to specialized graduate seminars in Classical Studies, the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology (IPCAA), and the Interdepartmental Program in Greek and Roman History (IPGRH); and eventually to advise undergraduates and supervise graduate students in the relevant fields. At the Kelsey Museum, the successful candidate will have the regular responsibilities of a curator, including participation in the exhibition program, stewardship (including publication) of the collections, and involvement in Museum-sponsored field projects and research. As a public institution, the University of Michigan seeks candidates committed to working with diverse student and community populations; therefore, applicants are encouraged to describe in their letter of application or in a separate diversity statement how they intend their scholarship, teaching, and service to contribute to diverse communities.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline prior to July 2020. This is a university-year appointment with an expected start date of September 1, 2020. Applications: Candidates should submit a digital application dossier via email attachments to Any questions may be addressed to Anna Moyer, Executive Secretary, Department of Classical Studies, at this address.

Please include the following components:

1. Cover letter addressed to the Chair, Classical Studies and Kelsey Museum Searc Committee, 2. Curriculum vitae, 3. Article or chapter-length writing sample, 4. Statement of current and future research plans, 5. Statement of teaching philosophy and experience, 6. Evidence of teaching excellence (i.e., student evaluations of teaching, course syllabi, teaching awards, etc.), 7. Diversity statement (recommended, in cover letter or as a separate statement), 8. Names of 3 referees who should send letters separately.

The deadline for submission is November 10, 2019. Interviews will be conducted by video conference and then on campus until the position is filled. The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is supportive of the needs of dual career couples. Women and minority candidates and scholars demonstrably committed to working with diverse student populations are encouraged to apply.

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