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Vassar College

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department: Greek & Roman Studies

Posting Removal Date:

Posting Number: F067P

For full consideration applicants should apply by: 02/20/2023

About Vassar College

Vassar is a highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college of about 2400 undergraduate students, located in the Hudson Valley, seventy-five miles north of New York City. Vassar stands upon the homelands of the Munsee Lenape. The College is located in Poughkeepsie, home to a culturally diverse community, and benefits from convenient commuter rail access to New York City. Vassar faculty are committed teachers/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, and studios and in individually-mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on college-wide and departmental committees. The College maintains a generous leave policy, provides strong support for research, and encourages multidisciplinary approaches to teaching.

Position Introduction

The Department of Greek and Roman Studies at Vassar College invites applications for a three-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in the history and/or material culture of the Roman world, beginning in the fall of 2023.

AA Statement

Vassar College is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. The College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and especially welcomes applications from veterans, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of racial, ethnic, and other groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding.

Position Description

We seek a scholar whose work focuses on the perspectives and experiences of those outside the dominant Roman culture, whether socio-politically or geographically, from early Rome to the disappearance of centralized Roman political power in the fifth century CE. In keeping with our existing curricular investments in critical reception studies and our commitment to a more diverse classics, we particularly welcome applications from scholars whose scholarship and teaching complicates and expands traditional conceptions of Greco-Roman antiquity.

In addition to courses on Roman history and culture, the successful candidate will be expected to teach Latin at all levels. They should be able, in all their classes, to demonstrate an ability to translate specialized knowledge about the ancient world for undergraduates studying in a liberal arts environment in which all classes, including at the advanced level, are taken by non-majors. An ability to offer classes that can be cross-listed with one or more of our multidisciplinary programs (listed at is also a plus.

How to Apply

Candidates should submit:

-A letter of application


-Graduate transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable for initial application)

-Proposals for two courses, one a 200-level course in translation and the other a 300-level Latin seminar. The seminar need not be focused on a single author or a single work; we encourage candidates to think expansively and consider other organizing principles such as topic and genre

-A statement highlighting contributions to or future plans for promoting diversity and inclusion through teaching, research, and other involvements

-Three letters of recommendation

Applications should be submitted online at PhD is required at time of hire. Address any questions to Rachel Friedman, Chair of Greek and Roman Studies,

Review of applicant materials will begin on February 20, 2023 and will continue until the position has been filled. There is no guarantee that applications received after this date will be reviewed.