Position Announcement

Position Title:  Assistant Professor of Classics (Society, Technology, and the Environment Cluster Hire), to start August 6, 2024.

Summary: The Department of Classics invites applications for an assistant professor, full time, 9-month, tenure-track position. The Department seeks candidates who demonstrate a strong commitment to inclusive undergraduate education and who value the opportunity to work in a collaborative environment with a diverse population of students and colleagues. This position is part of a cohort hire of scholars devoted to innovative curricular and multidisciplinary research initiatives. The successful candidate will be a tenure-track faculty member in the Classics Department. They will be expected to collaborate with teacher-scholars, writers, and artists/designers in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and in other parts of GVSU to explore the relationships between human communities and the technologies and environments that influence them.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Ph.D. in Classics or related field; ABD candidates may be considered for a two-year contract with provision that the Ph.D. must be completed by December 2025.
  • Experience in teaching and/or research at the college level.
  • Demonstrated research interest in ancient technology and/or environment.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect, empathy, and cultural humility.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. This could include experience using inclusive teaching practices; research relating to minoritized populations or social inequality; community-based outreach to minoritized and underserved communities; and other forms of DEI-infused teaching, scholarship, and/or service.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Engagement with digital and/or community-facing approaches and tools.
  • Interest in research involving undergraduate students.
  • Preference will be given to candidates whose interests extend rather than duplicate the capacities of the department faculty, and who demonstrate a commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship.

Responsibilities: Duties each semester include a 9-credit hour (3-course) teaching load, baseline scholarship and service, and a significant focus (equivalent to 3 credit hours) of additional responsibilities (normally in scholarship/creative activity, and/or service depending on the candidate's interests and the department’s needs). The successful candidate will teach across the department curriculum, will work with colleagues to expand the extant curriculum, and will collaborate with other members of the Cluster Hire in Society, Technology, and the Environment.


The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The university offers an excellent comprehensive package that includes health/vision/dental plans, life insurance, retirement, sick/leave disability, tuition waiver, adoption resources, wellness coaching, and free access to campus fitness facilities. Family and child care options on and off-campus are also available. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit Benefits and Wellness - Grand Valley State University (gvsu.edu).

Department/College: Established in 2000, the Department of Classics offers a strong undergraduate major with emphases in Classical Languages, Classical Studies, and Latin Secondary Education. As colleagues committed to upholding the values of liberal education and nurturing a vibrant face-to-face learning community, Classics faculty and staff work closely with students to facilitate and encourage success in every area of academic life. For further information, applicants are encouraged to visit the Department’s web site at www.gvsu.edu/classics.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the largest college at Grand Valley, offering over 50 undergraduate programs and a growing number of advanced degrees. CLAS is a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life. Our faculty are active teacher-scholars committed to equitable, inclusive, career-connected, and community-engaged liberal arts and sciences education. There are many opportunities for collaboration within CLAS and across a broad group of partners on and off campus. We are interested in attracting a cohort of new faculty committed to these core values as we seek to foster a community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive together.

Campus/University:  Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan. The University attracts more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities and has been nationally recognized for its contribution to students’ social mobility. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable, and offers rich cultural amenities. Grand Valley is located within easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues. Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance. The university seeks to create an inclusive and diverse environment for faculty and students while promoting enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and service. More information can be found at  Community Resources - Human Resources - Grand Valley State University (gvsu.edu).

How to Apply: Apply online at Open Positions - GVSU Jobs - Grand Valley State University and select “Apply now”. The online application will allow applicants to attach these documents electronically. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.  Email questions about the position to: Melissa Morison, Classics Department Chair, [email protected].

A complete application must include:

  1. a cover letter addressing the qualifications noted above, and your motivation to contribute as a member of the cohort hire
  2. curriculum vitae
  3. statement of teaching philosophy
  4. a statement that describes ongoing and anticipated activities to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, research/creative activity, and service, with particular attention to experiences engaging and supporting a diverse student body
  5. contact information only of three professional references
  6. graduate transcripts (unofficial issued to students are acceptable to apply).

Applicants selected for the first round of interviews will also be asked to submit a writing sample (of not more than thirty pages).

Application Deadline:  The review process will begin on November 5, 2023. Applications received on or before November 5, 2023 will receive full consideration. Consideration after that date will be at the discretion of the search committee. The posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

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