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The Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS) and the Program in Jewish Studies ( ) at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park ( ), invite applications for the appointment of a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in the field of early Christianity, beginning August 2022, or as agreed upon.

Responsibilities will involve a combination of teaching, research and service duties. The successful candidate is expected to teach broad survey courses that contribute to the General Education curriculum offered jointly by CAMS and Jewish Studies (e.g., New Testament; Early Christianity) and undergraduate courses in early Christian literature, history and special topics at all levels. Research will include the history and literature of early Christianity, with a focus on early Christianity in Africa (i.e., Egypt or Ethiopia) or the Near East where possible. Complementary areas of teaching or research specialization may include material culture, archaeology, race, or gender and sexuality. The department embraces the entire Mediterranean and Near Eastern world in antiquity and the successful candidate is expected to contribute to the dialogue across the fields of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and to the department’s study abroad programs. The successful candidate will also be expected to promote and advance the department’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

This position may be filled at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor rank.  Candidates for Assistant Professor must have a Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Near Eastern Studies, History, Classics, African Studies or related field in hand by the start date; expertise in one or more relevant ancient language (e.g., Greek, Ethiopic, Coptic, Syriac); evidence of scholarly publication and productivity; and at least two years of undergraduate-level teaching experience.  Candidates for Associate Professor must have all aforementioned requirements as well as an additional two (for a minimum of four) years of undergraduate-level teaching experience. 

Additional Information: Candidates should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae (including contact information for their three references), a sample of scholarly writing (no more than thirty pages), and a teaching portfolio online at . In the cover letter, applicants should include a statement describing how they envision helping to foster an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community at Penn State.

Candidates should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation, which should be emailed to Keshia at

The application portal has a technical limit of 5 documents (5mb per document). Please combine your materials as best possible to meet the 5 document limit. If you have more documents than the system allows for or have any questions, please contact Keshia at The additional material will be uploaded into the system manually.

Review of applications will begin on November 16, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews of selected candidates will be conducted by Zoom.


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