The Professional Matters Division is charged with overseeing the social, ethical, and professional contexts of the discipline of Classics. Its goal is the promotion of equity in all aspects of the profession. It is headed by the Vice President for Professional Matters and includes the Professional Matters Committee, the Committee on Professional Ethics and a number of other committees that are new as of 2017. The Committee on Placement has been replaced by the Committee on Career Planning and Development. The Committee on Diversity in the Profession and the Committee on Gender and Sexuality in the Profession are dedicated to advancing equality and inclusion in all aspects of the profession. The Classics Advisory Service is a service to help college and university teachers maintain and strengthen their programs in Classics.
Electronic Publication and the Classics Profession
In order to begin dialogue on this topic among classicists, the division sponsored a panel at the 2004 Annual Meeting. The papers from this panel (which will open in a new window) are now online.
Advice for Job Candidates
The Joint Committee on Placement has prepared a Checklist of Advice for Job Candidates that should be consulted by all those seeking academic positions in classics or classical archaeology (opens in a new window).
The SCS is a member of the Coalition on the Academic Workforce, a group of higher education and disciplinary associations concerned about the dramatic increase in the use of "contingent," or non-tenure-track, faculty appointments. The Coalition has published a survey on the work and working conditions of part-time faculty in colleges and universities. The Professional Matters Division sponsored a panel on this topic at the APA's 1998 Annual Meeting and issues facing contingent faculty were the topic of John Marincola's Presidential Panel in 2016. An ad hoc advisory group on contingent faculty in 2016 has been replaced in 2017 by a standing Committee on Contingent Faculty.
Council of Graduate Schools' April 15 Deadline
The SCS Statement of Professional Ethics specifically affirms this CGS policy, and the Subcommittee on Professional Ethics reminds Classics graduate programs in the United States that they should not require or even suggest an acceptance deadline before April 15. Students should also strictly comply with the provisions of the CGS resolution and promptly notify other institutions when they have accepted an offer from a graduate program. The Subcommittee confirms that it will treat very seriously allegations that the policy has been violated by either graduate programs or graduate students.
All grievances should be reported to Ruth Scodel, Vice President for Professional Matters (firstname.lastname@example.org). Consult the SCS Statement on Professional Ethics for information about the association's ethical standards and the Society's Regulations for information about grievance and complaints procedures.