Assistant Professor, Italian Studies

The University of Richmond’s Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Italian Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in August 2024. We seek a teacher-scholar with research and teaching interests in the 20th and/or 21st centuries. The department welcomes expertise in at least two of the following areas: Italian Literature, Cinema, and Culture; Mediterranean and Transcultural Studies; Ethnic and/or Minority studies; Colonialism and Post-Colonialism; Italian-American Culture and Literature; Translation Studies; Environmental Humanities and Ecocriticism; Gender and Sexuality studies; Medical Humanities. Native or near-native fluency in Italian and English and a strong commitment to teaching at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum are required. We are particularly interested in applicants willing to engage in collaboration with the University’s programs in Film Studies, Global Studies, History, Art History, Classical Studies, WGSS (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), and/or PPEL (Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law). Experience in language teaching and instructional technologies is preferred.  The regular teaching load will be five courses per academic year.

The University of Richmond is a private university located just a short drive from downtown Richmond, Virginia. Through its five schools and wide array of campus programming, the University combines the best qualities of a small liberal arts college and a large university. With approximately 4,000 students, an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 90% of traditional undergraduate students living on campus, the University is remarkably student-centered, focused on preparing students “to live lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a global and pluralistic society.”

The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community that values the expression of difference in ways that promote a sense of belonging as well as excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. Our academic community strongly encourages applications that are in keeping with this commitment. For more information on the department and its programs, please see

Applicants should apply online at and submit:

- a curriculum vitae

- a cover letter

- a statement of research interests (two pages maximum) that includes, if applicable, reflections on how the candidate’s present and future scholarship may address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.   

- a teaching statement (two pages maximum) that articulates the candidate’s teaching philosophy, interests, and future professional development goals as well as involvement in and commitment to inclusive pedagogy.  Applicants should also describe their approach to teaching language courses with the aim of generating student interest and maintaining enrollments.

- copies of academic transcripts.

- The names and contact information of three references who may be asked, at a later date, to submit letters of recommendation. 

- Finalists will be asked to submit a writing sample from their research.

Review of applications will commence on November 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.  Please direct all inquiries about this position to Anthony Russell (, chair of the search committee and Coordinator of the Italian Studies Section.



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