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The Department of Classics and Humanities at San Diego State University (SDSU) invites applications for a position in Classics in the 21st Century at the rank of Assistant Professor to start in the 2023/24 academic year. We are seeking a dynamic, engaged scholar who is committed to interdisciplinary approaches, creative research and pedagogy, and program building.

We seek a teacher/scholar in 21st Century Classical Studies with specialization in classical civilization and culture whose research navigates the gap between ancient and contemporary cultural studies as explored by the Humanities side of our departmental curriculum, and whose inclusive study of the ancient world blends elements of traditional philology with innovative methods of new investigative technologies. The holder of this position will teach courses in both Classics (language and literature) and Humanities, and would take a leading role in the development of classes reflecting our evolution towards a more diverse and inclusive interpretation of what studying classics means in the world today.

We are seeking a scholar capable of constructing elements of the classical cannon into exciting and innovative curricular contexts from such areas of study as cultural property and repatriation, the post-traumatic effects of war and its resolution, and/or comparisons of the operations of western and non-western empires. Today, the study of the Classical world stretches from antiquity to the future and encompasses regions far outside the Mediterranean. Ideally this scholar could further enhance teaching of the humanities in contexts past, present, and future: "Faith and Hope," "Understanding Evil," "The Future," and "The Body." Each of these courses might be augmented by, for example, the exploration in big data, or networking software as a means of establishing connections in texts, material culture, and across geographic space, or reconstruction of ancient technology, textiles, and agriculture.

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The ideal applicant would be well trained in ancient languages and have expertise in some aspect of the reception of classics in the 21st century: the treatment of classical history or culture in contemporary popular media (films, comics, etc); the ongoing re-use or re-purposing of classical tropes, rhetoric, images, etc. the rewriting of classical literature for new audiences; classics in the New World; the history of racial and gender bias constructed into the study of Liberal Arts as currently practiced; classics and global crises; and/or the wisdom of pre-industrial arts (e.g., agricultural production, textile making, healing arts, land conservation, religious rite) in current revival.

Candidates must have demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Please indicate in a separate diversity statement how you meet at least two (2) of these criteria (one-page maximum).

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should apply via Interfolio: Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a diversity statement (one page max), along with names and contact information of three (3) references (letters will be requested of finalists only).

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

Application Deadline: October 10, 2022

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