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Position Overview

The Department of Classics at the University of Kansas invites applications for two non-tenure track, limited term appointments at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor. The positions are for one academic year each, beginning on August 18, 2023. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Classics or a closely related field with a specialty in Greek literature and culture or Latin literature and culture (expected by the start date of the appointment). The successful candidate should demonstrate excellence in teaching as well as a strong record of research in Classics. The teaching load is three courses in the fall and three courses in the spring, including introductory through MA-level Latin and/or Greek courses and courses in ancient literature, culture, and history in translation.

In a continuing effort to enrich the academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, KU actively encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in higher education. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the time of appointment.

The University of Kansas is located in the beautiful, historic, and culturally vibrant city of Lawrence, a thriving community 40 minutes from the Kansas City metropolitan area and 30 minutes from the state capital, Topeka. Lawrence, a progressive college town of 95,000, boasts a lively downtown with many music venues, award-winning restaurants, and a nationally celebrated independent bookstore among its many independently owned small businesses. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest school within the campus and plays a central role within the University. Founded in 1865, KU is a designated Carnegie comprehensive doctoral and research university and is one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The University enrolls more than 28,000 students and offers students and faculty opportunities to collaborate in its graduate and professional programs, which include education, public health, medicine, law, and a number of allied social science and humanities disciplines.

The Classics Department maintains an excellent undergraduate program and one of the top MA programs in the country. It enjoys close collaborative relationships with KU’s departments of Theater and Film; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; History; History of Art; Religious Studies; Philosophy; and Jewish Studies.

Job Description

Research: (30%): Establish and maintain an active and productive program of research within area of specialization.

Teaching/Advising: (60%): Teach three courses in the fall and three courses in the spring at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including introductory through MA-level courses in Greek or Latin and courses in ancient literature and culture in translation. Teaching duties include developing syllabi, preparing and teaching lectures, creating, administering, and grading homework assignments and exams, holding regular office hours, and supervising Graduate Teaching Assistants when appropriate. Advising duties may include mentoring graduate students in the Classics Department and serving on undergraduate and graduate thesis and exam committees, as appropriate.

Service: (10%): Visiting faculty members are expected to participate in departmental events and actively contribute to the workings of the University community. They are expected to perform service to the Department, College, University, and/or the profession at large.

Application Materials

For a complete announcement and application instructions, please visit the KU job listing online.

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of educational and professional experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in CV, (3) writing sample, and (4) information provided from professional references:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Civil Rights & Title IX,, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).