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Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Italian

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The Department of Italian at Vassar College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to start in Fall 2019. 

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 that goal are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Applicants who have demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion are particularly encouraged to apply. Individuals from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.

We are seeking a candidate in an open-specialization field of Italian Studies with preference for the following areas of expertise: Medieval and Renaissance literature and culture, language pedagogy, Mediterranean studies, migration studies, translation studies, women and gender studies. Candidates with strong interdisciplinary interests and expertise in at least two of these fields will be given preference.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in hand by June 2019. Native or near-native fluency in Italian and English required. Demonstrable excellence in undergraduate teaching and evidence or clear promise of scholarship are essential. The successful candidate will show a firm commitment to participating fully in a highly collegial department and teaching at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum. Teaching load in the first year is four courses. In ensuing years, it will be five courses or four plus an “intensive”. Experience and/or demonstrable interest in study abroad are highly desirable.

Vassar is a highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college of about 2450 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 and scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, and studios and in individually mentored projects. Apart from teaching a broad selection of courses, they serve as student advisers and as members of college-wide and departmental committees. The College maintains a generous leave policy, provides strong support for research, and encourages multidisciplinary approaches to teaching.

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Candidates should submit a letter of application, a CV, a graduate school transcript (unofficial copies accepted for initial application), at least three letters of recommendation, a writing sample (max. 20 pages), a diversity statement highlighting contributions to and/or future plans for promoting diversity and inclusion through teaching, research and/or professional involvements, and two sets of student evaluations.  Review of applications will begin on November 1 and continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Skype on December 13-21, 2018. 

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Vassar College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.