- Vassar College
- Location details
- Poughkeepsie, NY
- Position type
- Professor, Assistant
- Organization type
- 4-year college or university
- Cultural studies
- Employment category
- Tenure Status
- Tenure or tenure track
- New York
Assistant Professor of Italian, Tenure Track
About Vassar College
Vassar is a highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college of about 2400 undergraduates (no graduate students) located in the beautiful and historic Hudson Valley seventy-five miles north of New York City. The city of Poughkeepsie benefits from rich cultural diversity and 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.
The Department of Italian at Vassar College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Italian beginning Fall 2022.
Vassar College is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and 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. Individuals from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.
We are seeking a specialist in Medieval or Renaissance Italian literature and culture with a secondary focus in Mediterranean, migration, gender, science and information, environmental studies or other multidisciplinary intersections. The successful candidate will be expected to offer courses on seminal primary texts, including Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio, in Italian or English, to students of all undergraduate levels. The candidate should have experience putting these and other foundational texts in dialogue with their secondary interests, to showcase compelling interdisciplinary approaches to traditional fields of study. In addition to offering literature and cultural studies courses and seminars, the candidate will supervise senior projects, collaborate on extracurricular activities, and be an active, teaching member of a lively language pedagogy program. The candidate will contribute to advising and directing the study abroad program.
Teaching load in the first year is four courses. In ensuing years, it will be five courses or four plus an “Intensive,” a course where students work with faculty on projects, theses, independent studies, or other forms of closely-mentored student learning.
How to Apply
Required qualifications include:
● Ph.D. in Italian Studies, Comparative Literature, or related discipline in hand by June 2022;
● Expertise in Medieval or Renaissance Italian literature and culture;
● Experience teaching Italian language at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
● Excellence in undergraduate teaching;
● Evidence, or clear promise, of scholarship;
● Native or near-native fluency in Italian and English.
Preferred qualifications include:
● Interdisciplinary secondary focus, as indicated in the position description;
● Experience teaching undergraduate courses in the United States;
● Experience or interest in study abroad.
Candidates should submit:
● a letter of application
● graduate transcript (unofficial copies are accepted for initial application)
● three letters of recommendation
● a writing sample (max. 20 pages)
● a statement highlighting contributions to and/or future plans for promoting diversity and inclusion through teaching, research and/or professional involvements. https://offices.vassar.edu/dean-of-the-faculty/positions/candidate-diversity-statement/
Applications should be addressed to Prof. Simona Bondavalli, Chair, and submitted online at https://employment.vassar.edu/postings/2147. Review of applications will begin on November 1. There is no guarantee that applications received after that date will be reviewed. Please address any questions to Simona Bondavalli: (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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