Assistant Professor
Minneapolis, MN  / Saint Paul, MN 
Posted 18 days ago
Job Description
Job ID
Twin Cities
Job Family
Full/Part Time
Job Code
Employee Class
Instr Fac/TC and Coord Cmp
About the Job

The Department of Classical and Near Eastern Religions and Cultures (CNRC) at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor to begin fall semester 2022 (08/29/2022). Appointment will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May). Appointment will be at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, depending on qualifications and experience, and consistent with collegiate and University policy.

We seek an individual with clear promise of excellence in scholarship and teaching with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their teaching, research, and departmental life. Preferred area of expertise is citizenship, ethnicity, and immigration. Other possible areas of expertise include ancient gender and sexuality; ancient technology and medicine; and environmental humanities. The successful candidate will be able to teach across the classics undergraduate and graduate curricula, including classical languages (Greek and Latin) and large lecture courses (Myth, World of Greece, and/or World of Rome). They will also develop new undergraduate courses that will contribute to an evolving, innovative interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates all the resources of CNRC (classics, ANE studies, biblical studies, and the study of ancient Mediterranean religions) with an eye to interrogating the present. CNRC also works closely with the Program in Religious Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies, which are both housed in the department.

Candidates will be evaluated according to a) overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work, b) relevance of their scholarly research to the department's academic priorities and fields of inquiry, c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and d) strength of recommendations.

Faculty in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Religions and Cultures in the College of Liberal Arts are expected to maintain an active program of scholarly research or creative activity that includes publication, exhibition, or performance; develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses; advise students; and contribute service appropriate for the rank of appointment to the department, college, University, and profession.

The Standards for Promotion and Tenure in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Religions and Cultures are available at:

The Workload Principles and Guidelines for Regular Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts are available at:


Required qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in Classics or related field is required and must be completed by the starting date of the position, August 29, 2022.
  • Demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in scholarship, teaching, and/or the field at large.
  • Ability to teach classical Greek and Latin at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Expertise in citizenship, ethnicity, and immigration.
  • Other possible areas of expertise: ancient gender and sexuality; ancient technology and medicine; environmental humanities.
About the Department

The Department of Classical and Near Eastern Religions and Cultures is devoted to the study of the interconnected cultures and languages of the ancient Mediterranean world, from the dawn of civilization in the Near East through Late Antiquity. We consider these societies and the literatures, religions and artifacts they produced as of interest in and of themselves, while recognizing that they are sources of many modern practices, ideologies and institutions. We also regard them as a reservoir of alternative modes of thought and community, and thus as a means of reflecting on the nature and problems of the modern world. We are committed to the study of antiquity because this contributes to understanding the present and preparing the future. To understand the intellectual and cultural heritage of antiquity, we study original sources in original languages with the modern critical approaches of our disciplines. Much of our work is accordingly literary, philological and historical in character. We also ask broader questions about ancient values, beliefs, and political and social structures, with particular attention to religious communities and convictions and their legacies.

Established in 1868, the College of Liberal Arts supports the University of Minnesota's land-grant mission as home to disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The College of Liberal Arts is committed to intellectual freedom, the pursuit of new knowledge, and the belief that the liberal arts are the foundation of academic learning. CLA prepares students to be independent and original thinkers, innovators in their chosen fields; to create meaning in their lives and in their life's work; and to become productive citizens and leaders in their communities and the world. The College of Liberal Arts values diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives as key to innovation and excellent education.

Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota, with its five campuses and more than 65,000 students, is one of the largest, most comprehensive universities in the United States, and ranks among the most prestigious research universities in the world. It is both a major research institution, with scholars of national and international reputation, and a state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public engagement.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after the application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section. The following materials must be attached to your online application:

  • A cover letter
  • CV
  • Graduate transcript
  • Statement on fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in and out of the classroom in the local university context and in the field of classics
  • Writing sample of no more than 25 pages (portion of a dissertation chapter, published paper, or conference presentation)
  • Evidence of successful teaching is welcome

Also required are three letters of reference. Letters of reference should be from persons who can speak to the candidate's teaching performance and scholarly potential. Letters should be sent by the recommender to

For full consideration, all elements of applications must be received by October 15, 2021 but applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Finalists will be interviewed via Zoom in December; no interviews will be conducted at the SCS/AIA Annual Meeting.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.


Job Summary
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As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full or Part Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
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