Visiting Assistant Professor, Classics Department

Institution Name 
Grand Valley State University
Position Rank 
Visiting Assistant Professor
Area of Specialty 
Generalist
Additional Desirable Specialties 
DigitalHumanities
ClassicalReception
Race and Social Justice
This position is 
Approved/Definite
Application Deadline 
May 25, 2021
Is the institution willing to sponsor a candidate for a visa? 
No

The Department of Classics at Grand Valley State University invites applications for a one-year position as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics for the 2021-2022 academic year. Courses will include mythology, literature in translation, and other courses in ancient Mediterranean civilization.

We seek a broadly trained colleague with the desire to contribute to a vibrant and forward-thinking Classics community. The successful applicant will have experience in (or demonstrated understanding of) social justice issues and/or inclusion, diversity, or intercultural training. A Ph.D. in Classics by the start of the appointment in August 2021 is preferred, although we will also consider advanced ABD candidates.

Interested candidates are asked to apply online at cladept@gvsu.edu. Please submit: 1) a cover letter that includes discussion of your teaching experience; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of commitment to inclusive excellence that includes a summary of ongoing or anticipated activities to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in your teaching; and 4) the names and contact information of three references.  Review of materials will begin on May 25 and continue until the position is filled. Questions should be directed to Melissa Morison, Department Chair, at cladept@gvsu.edu.

Established in 2000, the Department of Classics offers an undergraduate major with emphases in Classical Languages, Latin Secondary Education, and Classical Studies. As colleagues committed to an inclusive face-to-face learning community of students and faculty, the Department works closely with students to facilitate and encourage success in all walks of life. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates from underrepresented groups, and from candidates who have interest and/or experience in working with diverse student and community populations. Medical (including household member) benefits are available.

Grand Valley University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution that attracts more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities, and that has been nationally recognized for innovative pedagogy and positive contributions to students’ social mobility. Located close to Lake Michigan and set in the natural beauty of West Michigan, Grand Valley State University enjoys the advantages of being in one of the economically strongest and fastest growing areas of the state. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable and rich in cultural amenities, and is located in easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues.

Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance.  Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status, or weight. See www.gvsu.edu/affirmative/.

Course Load 
4-4
Placement Year 

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