Classics Faculty, 2 year term

Institution Name 
College of St. Benedict/St. John's University
Position Rank 
Visiting Assistant Professor
Area of Specialty 
Generalist
This position is 
Approved/Definite
Application Deadline 
February 7, 2022
Is the institution willing to sponsor a candidate for a visa? 
Yes

The Department of Languages and Cultures at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University (CSB/SJU) seeks enthusiastic applicants for a two-year position as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics beginning August 2022. The successful candidate will have a generalist training enabling one to teach Greek and Latin courses of all levels and a breadth of Classical culture courses taught in English and complementing existing strengths in history and archaeology (the teaching load will include six four-credit courses and one two-credit “language lab”). The candidate will join a Classics Program taught by talented teacher-scholars, including one full-time Classicist and several supporting colleagues housed in partner programs. The Classics Program embraces a broad view of the Classical world and is excited to implement a newly revised curriculum next year, which includes majors and minors in Ancient Mediterranean Studies or Classical Languages. The Classics Program is part of the Department of Languages and Cultures, which is one of the most diverse departments on campus, also including programs in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and ESL/EBS. In this position, the candidate will enjoy the support of experienced colleagues and an institution that prioritizes the professional development of its faculty as teachers and scholars.
 
 The College of Saint Benedict, a liberal arts college for women, and Saint John's University, a liberal arts college for men, are located in the central lakes area of Minnesota, surrounded by more than 3,000 acres of pristine forests, prairies, and lakes. The campuses are minutes away from St. Cloud, an increasingly diverse regional center with a population of over 100,000, and 70 miles from Minneapolis and St. Paul. Some CSB/SJU faculty and staff choose to reside locally, while others commute from the Twin Cities. Both St. Cloud and the Twin Cities offer a wide range of fine arts, cultural, dining, recreational, and sporting opportunities.
 
 CSB/SJU are Catholic colleges in the Benedictine tradition enlivened by values of community, hospitality, stewardship, and justice. The schools are dedicated to cultivating an equitable, inclusive community founded on respect for all persons. Students, staff, and faculty from many diverse belief systems and backgrounds collectively bring a rich dimension to the academic, cultural, and religious experience at CSB/SJU. We welcome faculty who devote themselves with passion and integrity to their disciplines and to a transformative education of their students. Please view our brochure regarding Higher Education in the Catholic and Benedictine Tradition.
 
 With a total enrollment of approximately 3,000 students, faculty members develop relationships with students in small classroom settings and have opportunities to work closely with students on research projects, experiential learning experiences, and study abroad programs. Recent initiatives to create a dynamic general education curriculum and to develop plans for a new teaching and learning center demonstrate strong institutional support for faculty development.
 
 Institutional Commitment to Diversity
 The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University believe that an excellent liberal arts education requires an understanding and appreciation of cultural difference and that everyone deserves to feel safe and morally valued. To that end, we will challenge our own practices and systems.  Our commitment to an inclusive environment will be incorporated into all decision-making processes. We dedicate ourselves to cultivating an equitable, inclusive community founded on respect for all persons.

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers. We strive to attract and retain a talented, diverse workforce. Women, people of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
 
 CSB/SJU offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits program.

Responsibilities

  • Teach Greek and Latin language courses of all levels (beginning, intermediate, and advanced)
  • Teach Classical culture courses (in English), including Classical mythology
  • Collaboratively advise students on academics, study abroad options, and other professional opportunities
  • Support extracurricular programming, including a vibrant Classics Club
  • Work in partnership with colleagues toward the success of the Classics Program and Department of Languages and Cultures

Qualifications

Required:

  • Ph.D. or A.B.D. in Classics or affiliated field
  • Ability to teach Greek and Latin at all levels (beginning, intermediate, and upper-division reading courses)
  • Ability to teach a breadth of Classical culture courses (in English) that complement existing strengths; such courses should include Classical mythology and other courses possibly studying ancient literature, philosophy, gender and sexuality, or religion and theology (e.g., the origins of Christianity and New Testament)
  • Ability to articulate the value of Classical study in the modern world
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Excellence or potential for excellence in advising and student engagement
  • Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice

 
Preferred:

  • An active research agenda
  • Demonstrated ability working effectively with colleagues
  • Enthusiasm for liberal arts education, including student-centered teaching, interdisciplinary study, and the important place of Classics at a liberal arts institution

To Apply

Applications are accepted online (https://www.schooljobs.com/careers/csbsju/jobs/3380342/classics-faculty-...).  Applicants are asked to include the following materials in their application:

  • A cover letter describing your interest, teaching experience, possible courses you could teach, and research interests
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy, including discussion of one’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in the classroom and how to apply the study of Classics to the concerns of the modern world
  • Contact information (phone and email) for three references that can speak to your qualifications for the position
  • Unofficial copy of all transcripts (official transcripts required upon hire)
Course Load 
3-3
Placement Year 

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