The Holy Cross Classics Department is one of the largest and most active undergraduate programs in the United States. From a student body of roughly 3,000, we average about 50-60 declared majors at any given moment, all of whom complete at least four semesters of both Greek and Latin and do advanced course work in at least one language. Beyond these requirements, students tailor their major to their interests with courses in areas that are long established (eg., history, archaeology, literature in translation), and newly developed (e.g., ancient science, gender and sexuality, nature and the environment). Our students are also exceptionally active in student-run cocurricular activities, which include a chapter of the Eta Sigma Phi Classics Honor Society; Parnassus, the Holy Cross Classics journal; and the Manuscripts, Inscriptions and Documents Club. Moreover, our majors organize programs for local and regional outreach and have presented research at conferences in twelve countries over the past seven years.
We seek to hire a colleague who will contribute to maintaining our strengths and developing new ones over the next decade and beyond. Candidates must show promise of achievement in teaching, service, and research, the three areas in which Holy Cross evaluates for tenure. Candidates must be able to teach Greek and Latin at all levels (beginning to advanced); develop courses in translation that serve the evolving needs of our students; and contribute to our department’s cocurricular activities. In addition, we seek candidates who can contribute to one or more of these four areas of departmental emphasis: collaborative student research; diversification of the curriculum; outreach to audiences beyond Holy Cross; and exploration of new language pedagogy. We recognize that many graduate programs offer limited or perhaps no direct opportunities to develop a professional record in these areas, and we welcome applications that show candidates’ interest and initiative in gaining experience relevant to these endeavors. We encourage candidates to seek letters of recommendation that will help our search committee identify their strengths in these areas. We welcome applications from those working in any area of Classics and especially those interested in reception studies and/or digital humanities.
This position carries a 3-2 teaching load with a full-salary one-semester research leave prior to tenure review and generous sabbatical and fellowship leaves for tenured faculty. Tenure track faculty are eligible for travel support and reimbursement of relocation costs within the College’s published policies. All full-time appointments offer competitive salaries and include full benefits. To learn more about faculty life at the College & the Worcester area, candidates are encouraged to visit http://holycross.edu/join.
As a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college, the College values dialogue among people from diverse perspectives as it is integral to the mission and essential to the excellence of our academic program. In your application please highlight how your scholarship, teaching, mentorship and/or service might support the College’s mission and its commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Thank you for your interest in our position. While these dates may change, we hope to ask select candidates for writing samples in late September, conduct video conference interviews in early October, host candidates for campus visits in early November, and complete our search by the end of November. We will do our best to keep candidates informed at each stage of the process. Please feel free to consult our departmental web site, and, if you have further questions, to contact by email:
Neel Smith, Co-chair, Search Committee and Chair, Department of Classics
Aaron Seider, Co-chair, Search Committee