Loyola University-Chicago, Department of Classical Studies position: Chairperson

The Department of Classical Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University Chicago (LUC) invites applications for the position of Chairperson at the rank of Associate, Advanced Associate, or Full Professor beginning in the academic year 2021-22. The department seeks applicants with expertise in the Ancient Mediterranean, with a focus on the Ancient Near East (Middle East) and/or Africa. The successful candidate will lead a growing department of six full-time faculty members; majors and minors in Classical Civilization, Latin, and Ancient Greek; and a post-baccalaureate program in classics. For more information about the department, please visit its website at https://www.luc.edu/classicalstudies/

This search is part of a University-wide, multi-year hiring initiative designed to hire outstanding researchers and teachers who are reflective of our diverse student body and committed to interdisciplinarity (i.e., working with colleagues across different subfields and disciplines) and the pursuit of external grants. Of special interest are candidates who can further the University’s efforts to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

 The chairperson will coordinate day-to-day department activities, operations, scheduling, budgeting, and long-term planning. The successful candidate also will teach courses in the Core and their area of specialization (load is 1-1 for chairs), mentor students, engage in extra-departmental services as needed, and is expected to pursue a strong research program, including the pursuit of external grants. 

The candidate will have a Ph.D. in Classics or a related discipline such as Ancient History or Near Eastern Studies. Candidates for the position must clearly demonstrate the potential for excellence in research and teaching and have a record of distinguished scholarship, grant-funded research, and student mentorship. Experience working or conducting research in the specialty area of the Ancient Near East (Middle East) and/or Africa is desirable. The successful candidate will also have a history of successful service and collaborative leadership in administrative positions at the department, college, or university level. The minimum expected time of service as chair would be two consecutive terms (2021-2024 and 2024-2027). The candidate should be willing to support the mission of LUC and the goals of a Jesuit Catholic Education. 

Candidates should submit to www.careers.luc.edu (1) a brief letter of interest; (2) a current Curriculum Vitae; (3) a statement outlining the applicant’s research agenda; (4) a statement on teaching experience; and (5) a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to mentoring a diverse student body through research, teaching and other channels and engaging a diverse community through scholarship and service. They also should provide the names and email addresses of three individuals prepared to speak to their professional qualifications for this position. Referees will not be contacted immediately but might be at subsequent points in the review process. Any additional materials related to teaching, scholarly, and administrative excellence can be uploaded to www.careers.luc.edu

 Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. 

 LUC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty. The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity – including a wide range of individuals who contribute to a robust academic environment – is critical to achieving the University’s mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and services in an increasingly diverse society. Therefore, in holistically accessing the many qualifications of each applicant, we would factor favorably an individual’s record of conduct that includes experience with an array of diverse perspectives, as well as a wide variety of different educational, research or other work activities. Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degrees. 

As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seek candidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver a transformative education in the Jesuit tradition. To learn more about LUC’s mission, candidates should consult our website at www.luc.edu/mission. For information about the university’s focus on transformative education, they should consult our website at www.luc.edu/transformativeed

 Quick Link for Posting           http://www.careers.luc.edu/postings/14521 

Laura Gawlinski
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Classical Studies
Loyola University Chicago

Crown Center 579

773.508.3657

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