Sunday, October 6, 2013

Denver University


Assistant Professor of Italian

Department of Languages and Literatures

Salary: Competitive

Work Schedule: Academic year contract, hours vary

Department Introduction:

The Department of Languages and Literatures offers the following undergraduate programs: majors and minors in French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish; minors in Classics, Japanese, and Chinese; beginning levels of study in Hebrew and Arabic. Study of Greek is also available on an individual basis. The Department and University value inclusive excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on how well they acknowledge, include, and engage the rich diversity of their constituents (to learn more, please visit

Job Summary:

The Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Denver invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with a specialization in 20th- and/or 21st-century Italian literature, cultural studies and/or film studies. Position responsibilities include:

Teaching six courses during the academic year. The majority of these courses will be within the Italian curriculum; however, contribution to non-language classes of the University’s common curriculum and/or to other interdisciplinary programs. Working with section faculty, assess Italian offerings, design courses, and revise the curriculum.
Advising of majors and minors, declared or prospective, and of students planning to study in Italy as well as supervising an occasional senior thesis.
Publishing in high quality and increasingly authoritative publications in a field or subfield belonging to the area of specialization, placed in top journals and/or (for book-length manuscripts) with a leading academic press.
Participating in regional, national, and international scholarly associations and congresses.
Serving as a member on ad hoc and standing committees of the department, division, and university. Early in the tenure probationary period these committee obligations will be prudently selected and more demanding service opportunities will be reserved for after tenure is awarded.

Required Qualifications:

PhD or equivalent in Italian or closely related field (e.g., Romance Languages or Comparative Literature with clear Italian emphasis) (ABD Considered). If PhD is not complete by September 1, 2014, the individual will hold the rank of Instructor until the degree is complete.
Demonstrated excellence and effectiveness in teaching Italian language and/or Italian literature, cultural studies or film studies at all undergraduate levels.
Promise of outstanding scholarship.
Native or near-native command of both Italian and English.

Preferred Qualifications:

PhD in Italian or closely related field at the time of application. Area of specialization in 20th- and/or 21st-century Italian literature, cultural studies and/or film studies.
Extended residence and extensive travel in Italy.
Experience in designing courses (including study abroad) and in assessing classes and programs.

Special instructions to applicants: Please include a cover letter. Candidates should describe experiences related to teaching, research and/or service that demonstrate a similar commitment in their letter. Candidates are also encouraged to describe experiences related to teaching, research and/or service influenced by considerations of diversity and inclusiveness. In addition, please send three letters of recommendation, official transcript of graduate studies, statement of teaching philosophy (limit 1 page) and evidence of excellence in undergraduate Italian instruction to: Italian Search Committee, Victor Castellani, Chair, Department of Languages and Literatures, University of Denver, Denver, CO 80208. Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2013. We will be conducting first-round interviews at the January 2014 MLA convention in Chicago, IL.

Applicant Contact: Colleen Lucero, Assistant to the Chair -

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.