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What's Your Status?[]

Currently in TT job: 1

PhD in hand, currently in non-TT job: 15

PhD in hand, currently unemployed: 4

VAP: 5

Adjunct: 4


ABD, but looking to defend this year: 12

ABD in non-TT job:

Your Field[]

Medieval: 3

Renaissance: 4


18th: 1

19th: 3

20th: 13

Cinema: 5

SLA/Pedagogy (language and culture):2

Linguistics and sociolinguistics: 1

Other? Define:


Use "Heading 3" for names of Schools / Positions

Auburn University, Assistant Professor[]

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Auburn University invites applications for a tenure-track position, Assistant Professor in Italian, starting Fall Semester 2012. Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply. Nine-month appointment with teaching load 3-2; assignments in undergraduate Italian language and culture courses.

Required qualifications: PHD in Italian (ABDs may be considered; however, appointment to the tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor requires the earned doctorate by August 15, 2012; native or near-native fluency in English and Italian; evidence of successful teaching at the college level and of potential for successful research and scholarly/professional activities; eagerness to contribute to program expansion and departmental service. Familiarity with multi-media technologies and language pedagogies, together with an interest in study abroad programs and innovative course curricula, is highly desirable. As the Italian section has redeveloped a Minor in Italian Studies, an Italian Club, summer and semester programs in Italy, the successful candidate will be expected to commit to strong student enrollment, strengthen the Italian program and participate in study abroad.


  • Contacted for phone interview (3/27) (x2)
  • Anyone know if the instructor is the internal candidate being moved up to TT?
  • Or why acknowledgement letters are coming out dated after phone interviews were scheduled?
  • Campus visit scheduled (4/6) x 2
  • Any news here? Have they made an offer?
  • Candidates were contacted for phone interview on 3/27, but I received a letter from Auburn U. dated 3/28 acknolwledging receipt of my application. Since I wasn't considered at all for the position, I saw the 3/28 letter as a joke, a mean and cruel one indeed. Institutions should show more respect and consideration for all candidates instead of just exploiting them for their surveys. (5/23)
  • Rejection letter (6/16). (x2)

Auburn University, Lecturer[]

This is a full-time nine-month, non-tenure eligible position.This appointment, for one year, may be renewed by mutual agreement annually, contingent upon availability of funds, the need for services and satisfactory performance. Teaching load is eight courses per academic year. The successful candidate will be required to teach at the first and/or second year levels of the Undergraduate Programs in Italian and be willing to learn and use Canvas course management software. They must be familiar with current language pedagogy, and be willing to participate in extracurricular activities (Italian Club, Film Series) to help promote enrollment and participation in the Italian Studies and Abroad Programs. Required qualifications: M.A. required in Italian or Italian Studies, ABD and PHD are encouraged to apply.


  • Any news on this one? (5/7)
  • Yes, a good one. I was interviewed by phone. I received an email to have the interview the following day. The interview was 8 minutes long. Do you interview someone for 8 minutes if you're truly interested in hiring? Obviously not. I'm almost certain, putting together various sources, that there was an inside candidate. As in most of the other positions.
  • Was this position eventually assigned?

I think so. I received a letter stating that they found their candidate

Borough of Manhattan Community College, Instructor/Asst Prof/Assc Prof/Full Prof[]


Performs teaching, research, and guidance duties in area(s) of expertise as noted below. Shares responsibility for committee and department assignments, performing administrative, supervisory, and other functions as may be assigned.


Teach all levels of Italian language, and participate in department and college activities such as curriculum development, grant writing, assessment, faculty development, and mentoring student programs. Evening/weekend schedule may be required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: {C}For Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor designations: {C}Ph.D. degree in area(s) of expertise, or equivalent as noted below. Also required are the ability to teach successfully, interest in productive scholarship or creative achievement, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.

For Instructor designation: {C}A Master's degree in area(s) of expertise, and/or active progress toward a Doctorate, or equivalent as noted below. Also required are the ability to teach successfully, interest in productive scholarship or creative achievement, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. required for professorial titles. For Associate Professor and Professor, the candidate must also have a record of significant achievement in the field. Ph.D. preferred but individuals with master's degree and doctoral work in progress may be considered for hire as an Instructor.

Persons appointed to the Instructor title are only eligible for five annual appointments. Appointment to a professorial title subsequent to service as Instructor will only be considered if the candidate has obtained the qualifications for professorial ranks as stated above. Instructors with ABD preferred. Knowledge of current language teaching methodology & technology preferred. Ability to teach Spanish a PLUS.

HOW TO APPLY: {C}Access CUNYFirst portal


  • Interview scheduled 6/7
  • First round of campus interviews held (6/16).
  • Position offered to Kristina R Varade
  • no reason to reveal the name....

Bowdoin College[]


  • Offer made and accepted (4/24)

Bowling Green State University, Instructorship in Italian[]

The Department of Romance & Classical Studies at Bowling Green State University invites applications for a one-year instructorship in Italian. Minimum MA required, ABD or Ph.D. preferred, to teach Italian language and culture. Participation in service activities is also required. The salary is competitive and commensurate with peer institution levels for rank and position and in keeping with candidate experience and credentials. Start date: August 2012. Send letter of application, full curriculum vitae, three current letters of recommendation (dated within one year), and transcripts to Italian Instructorship Search Committee, Department of Romance & Classical Studies, 203 Shatzel Hall, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403. All application materials must be postmarked by May 9, 2012.

Final candidates are required to authorize and pass a background investigation prior to an offer of employment.


  • Background investigation? WTF?
  • Any news on this one?
  • Public employment form to fill out received (4/27)
  • Phone interview scheduled (6/1)
  • A friend of mine was offered the position (6/25)

Brigham Young University, Assistant Professor / Instructor[]

Assistant Professor or instructor of Italian, PhD for continuing faculty status track position. Native or near native Italian required. Specialist in Italian culture or Italian linguistics and/or applied pedagogy.



Bronx Community College, Instructor or Assistant Professor[]

Performs teaching, research, and guidance duties in area(s) of expertise as noted below. Shares responsibility for committee and department assignments, performing administrative, supervisory, and other functions as may be assigned. More information here: {C}Updates:

  • I applied last spring and it seems the position was frozen, so I haven't reapplied this time
  • Acknowledgement letter (1/24) (x5)
  • Request for Skype interview (02/28)
  • Skype interview scheduled via phone (3/1)
  • Skype or In-person interview offered and scheuled (3/1)
  • 3 finalists selected (4/2)
  • Rejection e-mail (5/4)
  • Position filled with Rutgers graduate (5/16)

Chapman University, Associate or Full Professor TT[]

Qualifications: Required: Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Italian/Italian Studies, as well as a substantial academic research and a teaching record consistent with the level of the appointment. Desired: Candidates who are able to teach in different programs / departments such as languages, general educations, art history, and music.

Responsibilities: The candidate will teach a full range of courses in Italian literature, culture and language and show scholarly commitment to teaching excellence and research.

Contact Information: Review of applications begins on December 1, 2011. Applicants should submit a letter of application detailing qualifications related to the position description, curriculum vita, teaching evaluations and three letters of reference to: Dr. Walter Tschacher, Search Committee Chair Department of Languages Chapman University 1 University Drive Orange, California 92866 The position will remain open until filled. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The University offers a relocation expense reimbursement package as well as a first-time Orange County homebuyer assistance program.


  • Is this job still open? Posting says review of applications begins Dec. 1, 2011? --> YES
  • Acknowledgement letter 02/01
  • Acknowledgement email 04/01
  • Uhm. They have an internal candidate, who is the wife of one of the deans.
  • phone interview scheduled (02/17) (x2)
  • This job was posted online again today...what's going on? (3/5)
  • Campus interviews are being scheduled for March. (03/06)
  • Noticed today (04/19) that the person who almost certainly was the internal candidate (and wife of a Dean) appears to have been promoted from Assistant to Associate. Which is kind of strange, since rank, tenure and promotion are normally applied to the following academic year, not "switched around" in the current one. Please prove me wrong and confirm that she will not "magically" be the new Musco professor, but that someone else was actually hired. Was anyone actually invited for a campus interview? Many qualified applicants (already associate professors with tenure) were completely ignored (not even a "thanks but no thanks" email).
  • I don't want to believe that. I hope they have the decency of giving an answer (even a negative one) to the the candidates who went on campus before doing that.
  • I don't want to believe that either, and I hope that you are right. Being fortunate enough to have tenure, I would also hope that the position could go to someone who a) truly deserves it, and b) needs the stability. However, other colleagues and myself have been completely ignored, and qualifications (theirs even more so than mine) were excellent (associates with tenure, many publications, excellent teaching record). None of our applications were even acknowledged. Someone who appears to be informed (but may be wrong?) told me shortly after I applied that basically the position was the internal candidate's. On a related note, being "on the other side" (someone who has found himself/herself in the position to hire full-time lecturers / TT people) I understand the need to favor the internal candidate who has proven himself/herself to be a solid asset to the program. There seem to be unfortunately many "difficult", not-very-competent, non-collegial candidates in our profession. I would think twice before hiring someone I do not personally know, or that came highly recommended by someone I actually know and trust. I have had some very bad experiences with people who came to us with excellent recommendation letters and excellent qualifications (on paper).
  • Search closed, no internal candidate here

Christopher Newport University, Assistant Professor TT[]

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures (MCLL) invites applications for a full-time faculty position (renewable, non-tenure-track) in Italian language and literature at the rank of Lecturer. The curriculum currently comprises elementary and intermediate language courses as well as courses on Italian culture and film taught in English translation. Courses taught in translation are typically geared for the Liberal Learning Core required of all undergraduates. MCLL is seeking to expand the Italian curriculum by contributing to the development of a new interdisciplinary minor in Renaissance Studies. Applicants must be committed to undergraduate education and demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching and research with undergraduates. An earned Ph.D. in Italian Studies, Comparative Literature, or related field is preferred, though ABDs will be considered for the rank of Instructor. The areas of specialization are open, although expertise in Italian Renaissance literature and/or culture is highly desirable. The nominal teaching load for this position is 4:4.


  • Letter acknowledging receipt of application (12/19) (X2)
  • Letter acknowledging receipt of application (12/20) (x2)
  • MLA interview scheduled (12/24) (X3)
  • Will they conduct on-campus interviews or decide upon the first round at MLA? On-campus interviews - Thanks
  • On campus interview scheduled (1/19) (x2)
  • Did anybody receive the invitation on Campus? Do you mean a job offer while on campus?
  • Offer made and accepted (03/16)

Colgate University, Assistant Professor TT[]

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Colgate University invites applications for a tenure-stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Italian language, literature, culture, and cinema, beginning fall term 2012. Completion of the PhD is expected prior to or shortly after the date of hire. The teaching assignment is five courses per year, including introductory through third-year Italian, Italian cinema, and courses in Colgate's Film and Media Studies program. Applicants should possess expertise in the history and theory of Italian cinema as well as in conceptual and methodological approaches to film studies.


  • E-mail request to schedule MLA interview (16 spots available) (12/9)
  • Internal candidate. --> yes, and that candidate is liked and has a very strong academic record!
  • Really? I had that strong impression too, that's why I haven't applied.
  • Internal candidate?! that must be the reason why they interviewed ABD's for TT positions, hahahah.
  • They wouldn't bother dragging themselves to the MLA if they weren't serious about hiring. That's a good rule of thumb in general, too.
  • Any news about on-campus interviews?
  • Nope. I also haven't heard anything post-Seattle.
  • Campus interview scheduled almost two weeks ago (x2)
  • Offer made (02/23) (not to the internal candidate, it seems) --> no
  • And accepted (03/08)

College of the Holy Cross, Part-time Visiting Faculty in Italian[]

The Department of Modern Languages andLiteratures at the College of the Holy Cross invites applications for a visiting part-time faculty position to teach 3 courses in Italian language (2 in the fall and 1 in the spring) during the 2012-2013 academic year to begin in August. Candidates must have native or near-native fluency in Italian and English and proven expertise in teaching Italian language at all undergraduate levels at a or university. M.A. in Italian required, Ph.D. preferred. Please send a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, a statement on teaching philosophy and interest, graduate transcripts, and two letters of recommendation to Prof. Susan Amatangelo, Ref: 00, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA 01610. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled.

Important: interested individuals should first send a copy of their CV (only) via email to Prof. Susan Amatangelo (


College of the Holy Cross, Visiting Faculty in Italian[]

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the College of the Holy Cross invites applications for a visiting full-time faculty appointment in Italian for the 2012-2013 academic year to begin in August. We seek a generalist who will be responsible for teaching Italian language courses and potentially an Italian literature course. Candidates must have native or near-native fluency in Italian and English and proven expertise in teaching Italian language at all undergraduate levels at a U.S. college or university. Ph.D. in Italian preferred.


  • Asked for additional information [teaching demo video] via email (4/23) (x2)
  • Rejection letter, by mail (5/10) (x2)

College of Southern Nevada, Italian Language Instructor TT[]

Job Description: Teach undergraduate courses in Italian, advise students, participate in assessment activities, develop courses, perform service to the Department of International Languages, CSN and the community.

Required Qualifications: This position is open until filled. Review of application-related materials will begin on 05/03/12. For full consideration please submit all required application-related material no later than 05/02/12.

1. Native or near-native proficiency in Italian and English.
2. Minimum two years teaching Italian in a Community College.
3. Demonstrated incorporation of technology in the teaching of Italian.
4. M.Ed. or in Pedagogy, Method or Master of Arts in the Italian language or related field.
5. Experience in curriculum/program development and program assessment.

Required Documents: Required documents (Cover Letter, Resume, and Transcripts) must be attached directly to the ON-LINE application. If you are unable to attach the required documents to your ON-LINE application, you may send them to Human Resources via email or fax to 702.651.5778.

SPECIAL NOTE: Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications. The search committee will use this information during the initial review of application materials.

Preferred Qualifications:
1. Experience working with student organizations or on extra-curricular activities.


Florida Institute of Technology, Assistant Professor[]

Florida Institute of Technology seeks applicants for an assistant professor in foreign languages. Duties include teaching French and Italian language and literature courses, scholarship, and university service. Ph.D. in foreign languages, French or Italian (or foreign equivalent) and fluency in both French and Italian required. Send application letter and vita to Dr. R. Taylor, Humanities and Communication Dept., Florida Institute of Technology, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne, Fl. 32901 or to


Florida State University, Assistant Professor TT[]

The successful candidate will serve as coordinator of the Italian basic language program, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, including language courses at the undergraduate level. The candidate will devise language syllabi, train and supervise Teaching Assistants, and work towards further developing and expanding the language program. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active program of research (e.g. SLA/Linguistics). Excellence in teaching and a willingness to work collaboratively are also essential. In addition to responsibilities as coordinator of basic language program in Italian, teaching load for the position will be three courses per academic year (1/2 or 2/1). Salary is competitive.


  • Skype interviews scheduled
  • Could you please clarify? Do you mean that your Skype interview was scheduled or do you have information that all interviews have been scheduled?
  • Rejection e-mail received (1/19/12) (x5)
  • Has the rejection e-mail been received after the Skype interview? Thanks
  • I wasn't interviewed at all and was sent a rejection letter (no surpirse, really).
  • Has anyone received any news after the Skype interview?
  • I was informed by a friend today that the position has been filled (2/4/12).

George Washington University, Regular Part-Time Instructor[]

The Department of Romance, German and Slavic Languages and Literatures at The George Washington University in Washington D.C. is seeking a qualified candidate for a regular part-time language instructor position. The successful candidate will help coordinate the Italian language program. This part-time position includes partial University benefits.

Basic Qualifications: Applicants must be native or near-native speakers of Italian and have an MA or equivalent degree in Italian language or literature. Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with university-level teaching experience and a good knowledge of multimedia and computer technologies. Application Procedure: To apply, send a letter of application outlining how background and experiences specifically match the basic and preferred qualifications, with full contact information, a current CV or résumé via E-mail or US mail to Sergio Waisman, Chair, Department of Romance, German and Slavic Languages and Literatures, The George Washington University, 801 22nd St. NW, Washington, DC 20052. E-mail (and for additional information): Only complete applications will be considered. The position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified. Review of applications will begin May 16, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled. Projected Start Date: August 20, 2012. Regular Part-Time Faculty generally teach 3 courses per year. In addition, they are assigned an average of 6 hours per week on Italian-related administrative tasks. Service is expected each term from the week prior to the start of classes through the end of the semester.


  • Where was it advertised? --> HERC jobs

Georgia State University, Visiting Instructor/Lecturer (non TT)[]

The Department of Modern & Classical Languages anticipates hiring Visiting Instructors and/or Visiting Lecturers to teach Italian pending budgetary approval. Successful applicants will instruct elementary and intermediate courses in the relevant discipline. Applicants must possess a Master's degree or equivalent in the relevant discipline for Visiting Instructor positions and a Ph.D. in the relevant discipline for Visiting Lecturer positions. Send an application letter, CV, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and 3 current letters of recommendation to the Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Georgia State University, P.O. Box 3970, Atlanta, GA 30302-3970. Review begins May 1, 2012 and will continue until positions are filled.


  • Any news on this one? (06/12)
  • Phone interviews done
  • Was offered the position but choose not to accept it. (7/26)

Gettysburg College, Assistant Professor TT[]

{C}Preference will be given to candidates who have expertise in Italian Medieval or Renaissance literature. Requirements: PhD in hand at the time of appointment; native or near-native fluency in both Italian and English; evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching and advising; demonstrated potential for strong scholarship; commitment to interdisciplinary teaching; and sustained living experience in Italy. Candidates must be able to teach Italian language courses at all levels in addition to advanced topic courses in Italian Studies.


  • Letter acknowledging receipt of application (12/12) (x2)
  • Letter acknowledging receipt of application (11/11)
  • Letter acknowledging receipt of application and enclosed EEOC form (12/13) (2x)
  • MLA interview scheduled by phone (12/15) (x5)
  • They interviewed modernists for this position. This tells me two things about this department: 1) They don't know what they are looking for and 2) they have an internal candidate.
  • How do you know they interviewed modernists?
  • They didn't only interview modernists. I know at least one Med/Ren candidate that interviewed.
  • They did interview modernists. -- This is unbelievable -- *NOT ONLY* modernists, but yeah,they did.
  • Campus visit scheduled (x4)
  • Offer extended. To the modernist internal candidate. > REALLY?! So they listed for a Medievalist but selected a modernist AND they went with the internal person. *Sigh*
  • So, what is it? "Just" a morally corrupted department? Or did she vow to turn Early modernist (I am chuckling)? Or the pool of candidates (us, that is) was so weak and she's so bright that they "HAD" to hire her? *Sigh* does not cut it. --> I agree. Not a nice way to treat candidates looking for work.
  • I like to think that the candidate was well qualified and deserved the offer. It is the most reasonable explanation, even though it can be hard to accept in this highly competitive market.
  • Oh yes! And I like to think that this is the best of the possible worlds, Candide, and that we will end up in heaven, where our reward is awaiting for us all, after living a pious life.
  • So some of you are being petulant because when everything is said and done neither you nor your friends (assuming you were one of the candidates or know someone that was) were chosen for the job? Or are you understandably annoyed that the department stated a preferance for a medievalist/early modernist and yet they went with a modernist? Or have you simply not considered that for a small college like Gettysburg the area of expertise is less important than other qualities? At the end of the day the department went with the choice that was best for them, for whatever reason, and I sincerely doubt they went through the entire process of a job search if they already knew who they were going to hire. --> Or, they know of such an irrelevant thing called law (as in "you cannot just hire your "other qualities card-carrying members" without due process").
  • I would invite everyone to consider the following page as a better place for this sort of conversation: -- Good luck everyone!
  • The venting page is pretty useful - but maybe there's a place for field and job specific venting. This job seems like a pretty egregious example of the use and abuse of job descriptions in academia. If I were a modernist candidate, I would not have applied for this job in the first place, because in this market, there are so many talented candidates in a "preferred field", it's not a good use of time. To the poster who wrote some of the comments above off as petulance, I'm a strong medieval/early modern candidate who had surprisingly good luck this year on the job market as a whole, and I was really surprised not to have even an MLA interview at Gettysburg. I wasn't upset about that on a personal level - these things happen, and there's an enormous range of unpredictable considerations, and I know that there are lots of other great med/early modern candidates out there. But it's pretty hard to believe that with the market what it is they couldn't find someone fantastic in the stated field of preference. What is our strategy to be, apply for every job for an Italianist, in case the description doesn't line up with what the SC is looking for? Who knows, maybe I should have applied for that East Asian post-colonial position this year after all.
  • Preference" is not the same as "required". I don't know about everyone else, but I and many of my colleagues have applied for all jobs in Italian Studies that did not specify a "required" specialty. That is not a waste of time; it is making sure that you have done all that you can do to find a job. I didn't know that the job market was so ample that we could be overly selective about the positions we apply for.
  • Nope, didn't say it was a waste of time, or judge you for applying. If a listing says preference given to a modernist, with experience teaching film and Italian American culture, and you're a Dantista, it's even more of a long shot than things normally are - it's something we would only do because the job market is so bleak. Not applying isn't being "overly selective", it's assuming that the job ad is a reasonable estimation of the candidate the SC is genuinely seeking. The blame isn't on you as an applicant - this is a systematic problem.
  • Hear, hear! The system is totally broken. First- how many jobs this year were *really* available? The "state of the field" is not reported as being as bad as it truly is because on the face of it there were a decent number of slots. The problem is that precious few of them were real contests. Second- it is not a question at all of being overly selective. There are plenty of posts that clearly state that they don't have a specialization preference. If the department is willing to consider any period, they should say so. I'm a Med/Ren, and I've never dreamed about applying for modern spots- though perhaps I ought to start! Look at Gettysburg this year, Bucknell last year -- both period bait-and-switches. The frustration, I think, arises from the feeling that there is a lot of half truths floating around, and definitely poco respect for candidates' time, money, and energy. A buyer's market.
  • The situation is such cases is much more complicated than being a question of a "bad" department where "evil people" are "cheating". In most cases, a department chair, the director of a program, etc, may ask the administration permission and money to open a new TT position in their department. Administrations nowadays usually refuse to immediately grant TT positions, and instead give permission to hire someone in a non-TT position (usually as Lecturer, Instructor, VAP, etc). This allows them to save at least $15-20k per year - on the stipend of the person who is hired, who as Istructor, VAP, etc usually makes something around $30-40k per year, instead of the $50-60k of an Aisstant Professor, while doing the exact same job, when not having a heavier work load of an Assitant Professor. After a while, the department may finally get the permission to have the TT position that was previously denied and replaced with the non-TT one. At this point, the law requires the search to be a national search - i.e., tons of people will apply, including the person currently in the temporary position. The search committee now has basically two options: run what may be considered a "fake" search and give to the person currently in the temporary postion the TT job that he/she should have received when he/she first applied, or instead do a real national search - which on the one hand means hiring the person that at that point really seems the best possible applicant, but on the other hand would also mean kicking out the person that has been doing the job (while being underpaid) until then. Now you tell me which one of the two options really is the moral one.
  • A few years back, a SUNY university has run a search. The job description was so detailed that everybody figured they had to have someone in mind. It turned out it was a deferred spousal hiring, so to speak. However, it was moral and by the book, unlike this episode IMHO. I believe that, should what happened at Gettysburg occur in Italy, the usual suspects would be tossed around more freely: mafia, baronato, raccomandati, etc... Just my opinion.
  • I agree with your mapping out of the moral question. However, when it is the case that a department intends to 'do the right thing' by one of its VAPs, they should make the process as painless as possible for the other candidates. Preliminary interviews via Skype rather than a conference would be a good start, as would resisting the urge to ask for extra materials such as syllabi tailored to the department's needs.
  • Yeah, I totally agree with you. I once had an experience such as the one you're describing - went for a campus interview where I was asked to prepare tons of extra material, and where eventually they hired their VAP. The only good thing was that shortly thereafter I was in a situation where I actually need the material that I had to prepare for that interview, and it was very convenient to have it already made. And btw, I was not defending Gettysburg - just pointing out that nowadays we, as candidates, may easily be stuck in situations that are much more complicated than it may seem at a first glance.

Hunter College, Assistant Professor of Italian[]

The Department of Romance Languages at Hunter College of the City University of New York invites applications for a tenure-track position in Italian at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 2012. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Italian language, literature, and cultural studies in both Italian and English.

The Department of Romance Languages at Hunter College of the City University of New York invites applications for a tenure-track position in Italian at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 2012. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Italian language, literature, and cultural studies in both Italian and English.

HOW TO APPLY Applications can be submitted on-line by accessing the CUNY Portal on City University of New York job website and navigating to Careers at CUNYfirst. Current users of the site should access their established accounts; new users should click on the appropriate link to register.

CLOSING DATE The committee will begin reviewing applications on April 30, 2012. The search will remain open until the position is filled.


  • Some one said that they want out of college graduates.
  • Received a letter stating that the first cut will be done at the end of June. (6/10)
  • Contacted to schedule Skype interview (6/20)
  • does anyone know why was the position reopened?
  • Invited to campus via email (10/02).
  • Rejection email received. Successful candidate not named but it says they made a hire (12/11).

Indiana University, Visiting Lecturer[]

One-year, renewable, non-tenure track position beginning August 2012, to teach elementary and intermediate Italian language and culture courses and to assist in the coordination of basic language courses and the supervision of graduate teaching assistants. ABD or PhD, excellence in teaching, and native/near-native Italian are essential. Send complete dossier including letter of application, CV, teaching philosophy, sample teaching video, and three letters of support to Search Committee-Lecturer in Italian, Dept. of French & Italian, Indiana University, Ballantine Hall 642, 1020 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, IN 47405-7103. Deadline: February 20, 2012.


  • Offer made (5/11)
  • Rejection email (5/11)

John Cabot University, Assistant Professor TT[]

John Cabot University, an American liberal arts college in Rome, Italy invites applications for a full time faculty position in Italian Studies with an emphasis in social science. We seek candidates with a Ph.D., demonstrated excellence in teaching and research, and commitment to academic service. The ideal candidate should be a graduate of an American university or have experience within the American liberal arts tradition and specialized knowledge of contemporary Italy. He or she will be expected to teach introductory and advanced courses at the undergraduate level with a course load of three per semester. The position includes developing and directing a center for Italian culture and research as part of the administrative duties. This is a two year appointment with the possibility of tenure after two years. The language of instruction is English. An excellent knowledge of Italian is required.


  • Any news on this one?
  • Has anyone been shortlisted for this position?
  • I heard of one interview taking place. I don't know any more than that.
  • Thanks. Do you know when it took place?
  • Nope. I know it was scheduled before the MLA, but I don't know when it actually happened.
  • Many thanks for this. I applied and never heard from them. Checked their website and no official news with regards to this appointment.
  • They did say that only shortlisted candidates would be informed. I believe they had an internal candidate. They did not even download the publications I submitted.

London School of Economics and Political Science, Part-Time Language Teacher[]

The LSE Language Centre provides undergraduate degree options for nearly 200 students, an institution wide language programme for over 1,800 students, English for Academic Purposes for the whole School, a wide range of English foundation and pre-sessional programmes, and has also developed a range of tailored courses for business clients and governmental organisations.

We are recruiting an enthusiastic Italian language teachers with a proven track record in teaching Italian (A1 to C2 Common European Framework of Reference) to international students.

You should be educated to graduate level or equivalent and taught Italian from absolute beginners to advanced levels. An interest in social, political and economic issues as well as experience of using web based resources are also highly desirable.

In addition to a good salary, the benefits that come with this job include a defined benefits pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

To apply for this post please go to at LSE and select "Visit the ONLINE RECRUITMENT SYSTEM web page" and follow the instructions. If you have problems with the online system, please contact the Resourcing Team on 020 7955 7859 or email quoting reference 1247361

Applications must be received by midnight on 20 June 2012.


Loyola University Chicago, Instructor

Duties and Responsibilities: The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Sciences, Loyola University Chicago (LUC) invites applications for a one-year, non-tenure track, non-renewable appointment as Instructor of Modern Languages and Literatures, in the field of Italian Cultural Studies, and Women's Studies and Gender Studies. Information about the department and its major and minor programs is available at Information about the Women's Studies and Gender Studies Program is available at

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates will hold a Ph.D. in Italian Literature or Italian Cultural Studies and have significant interdisciplinary experience in teaching a variety of courses in Italian Literature, Italian Film and Women's Studies. Knowledge of post-colonial theory and related fields is highly desirable.

Preferred Qualifications: The candidate will be able to teach a variety of Italian literature in translation (core literature) courses, in 19th to 21st Century Italian literature, from a Cultural Studies perspective as well as introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses in Women's Studies and Gender Studies. The expected teaching load is 3/4.


Marywood University, Part Time Instructor of Italian[]

Summary of Duties The Marywood University Department of Foreign Language seeks part time course instructors in Italian beginning August 2012.

Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses in Elementary Italian and participation in department-related activities when needed. The maximum number of teaching hours for part time instructors is six (6) credit hours per week, and any additional office hours to meet with students.

Marywood University is a comprehensive Catholic university sponsored by the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and located in northeastern Pennsylvania.

  • Position filled (email notification 04/16)
  • Hm, I have not received the rejection email (4/17).

McGill University, Assistant Professor TT[]

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Italian Studies from scholars with expertise in one or more of the following areas: the Italian theatrical tradition (including opera and commedia dell’arte) and the relation between dramatic performance and cultural history; Italian intellectual and social history; and/or visual culture and its relation to literature in Italy. Candidates must demonstrate competitive research and publication records, substantial teaching experience, and a strong potential for collaborative research and program development across media, disciplines, and cultures.


  • In November they contacted me asking to fill out the electronic application (which I had forgot to do). After that, total silence.
  • Is the interview at the MLA?
  • Are they interviewing??
  • Phone interview scheduled (1/18) (x5)
  • Any news on on-campus visits?
  • Campus visits scheduled
  • Offer accepted, other candidates rejected by e-mail (4/23/2012)

Miami University, Instructor of Italian[]

Instructor to teach Italian language courses; advise students; contribute to intellectual environment of department; contribute minor departmental service. Require: Master's degree; native or near-native fluency in Italian and English.

Submit letter of application, curriculum vitae and three letters of reference by email (preferred) to; or to Professor Sante Matteo, Coordinator of Italian Studies, Department of French and Italian, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056. Contact phone number is 513/529-7508. Screening of applications will continue until the position is filled. Priority will be given to applications received by April 27.


  • Any news on this one?
  • Rejection email (6/20) (x2)

Middlebury College, Visiting Assistant Professor (Ph.D.), Instructor, or Lecturer[]

The Italian Department has an opening for a one-year part-time leave replacement beginning September 2012. Appointment will be made at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor (Ph.D.), Instructor, or Lecturer. Native, or near native fluency in Italian and familiarity with the use of technology in language teaching are required. Specialization open, but preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated excellence and commitment to language teaching.


  • (Seems that there is an internal candidate)
  • ok
  • What is happening here?
  • Rejection e-mail, stating that job search has been completed (4/23): "The Italian Dept. at Middlebury College has completed its job search for a part-time position for the academic year 2012-13. There were over 50 applications for the position, and most of these applicants were clearly qualified for the position. On behalf of the Italian Department I wish you the best of luck in your job search, and thank you for your interest in Middlebury."

Mount Holyoke College, Lecturer in Italian (Senior Lecturer Track)[]

The Department of Classics & Italian at Mount Holyoke College invites applications for a three-year renewable Lectureship in Italian (Senior Lecturer track) starting July 1, 2012. The successful candidate will teach language courses at all levels and, occasionally, courses on Italian culture. S/he will coordinate instructors and is expected to participate in all aspects of departmental/college life. Ability to use innovative technology in the classroom is essential. Ph.D. preferred. Teaching load will be five courses per year.


  • Skype interview scheduled (12/7) x3
  • Rejection email (12/12) (x3)
  • No rejection, no interview...
  • Rejection email (1/4) (x2)
  • Rejection email (1/16) (x2)
  • Campus interviews scheduled (mid-February)
  • Offer made (2/22)
  • And accepted (03/08)
  • Internal candidate? No

Mount San Antonio College, Professor[]

Teach all courses in the Italian program, from elementary to advanced levels

Participate in curriculum development, serve on College committees as necessary to maintain and improve the instructional program, and participate in appropriate professional development activities

Perform related duties as assigned, including timely compliance with clerical and administrative responsibilities and College, division, and department policies

Maintain scheduled office and campus hours, and participate in department/division meetings and committees

Instruct and assist in the growth and success of a diverse population of students through careful preparation of course materials, effective teaching methods, and informed critical feedback on assignments and discussions

Late afternoon and/or evening assignments may be required as part of the regular contract

APPLICATION PROCEDURE {C}Apply between 1/20/12 and 4 PM, 3/20/12. Paper applications are no longer accepted and incomplete packets will not be considered.

For more information or to apply, visit


  • Rejection email (4/26): "no evidence to meet the minimum qualifications"; I have the PhD in hand and 10+ years teaching experience, so I don't know what they want. I remember this was a quite absurd online application - same system and same questions (way too many) no matter if you were applying to a job as a janitor or as a professor, with technical issues on the part about uploading rec. letters. But, oh well, c'est la vie...
  • To the author of the previous comment: If it's any consolation, I had a friend who taught Italian here and from what I heard about the experience, you really, really don't want to teach here.
  • From what I've heard it is an inside job. I was selected for an interview, but not invited back for a teaching demo. Someone who has been teaching there for 15 yrs is next in line for the position.

National University of Ireland, Galway, Lecturer (Fixed Term) in Italian[]

Applications are invited for a fixed-term appointment as Lecturer (Fixed
Term) in Italian at NUI Galway. The appointment is available from the 1st
September 2012.

Italian at NUI Galway is a dynamic and ambitious discipline, seeking
excellence in both teaching and research. Our staff have won prestigious
European awards for their innovative approach to the teaching of Italian
language and culture, and are internationally recognised for their expertise
in nineteenth and twentieth century Italian culture. We offer a full range
of courses at undergraduate and graduate levels, run a successful evening
Diploma in Italian, and supervise PhD as well as master theses.

The successful candidate will be required to design, teach and coordinate
language and culture modules at undergraduate and graduate levels, and carry
out administrative responsibilities as requested by the Head of School.

For this post we seek to appoint a candidate with:
· A completed PhD in an area of Italian Studies.
· The ability to teach Italian language and culture at undergraduate
and graduate levels. Preference may be given to candidates with a
demonstrated experience in the teaching of 20th century poetry and fiction.
· A developing track record of research in contemporary Italian
literature and/or linguistics.
· Native or near native competence in Italian and English.
· An understanding of the Irish Tertiary Sector is desirable.

For further information or informal enquiries, please contact:

Professor Paolo Bartoloni, or telephone: +353 (0)91 492392

(This appointment will be made on the Lecturer (FT) scale in line with
current Government pay policy)

Closing date for receipt of applications is midnight (local time) on
Thursday, 17th May 2012
. It will not be possible to consider applications
received after the closing date.

For more information and Application Form please see the public jobs

Applications should be sent to

All applicants will receive an acknowledgement within 2 working days. If you
do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your application within this
timeframe or if you have any other queries regarding the application process
please contact Alan Kelly at 01 8587681 or email


Ohio University, Instructor/Asst Professor of Italian (non TT)[]

The Department of Modern Languages at Ohio University invites applications for a non-tenure track Instructor/Assistant Professor of Italian position, with the possibility of renewal, to begin academic year 2012-13.

Teach a minimum of three undergraduate Italian language courses per semester.

Minimum Qualifications:
Master's degree in Italian or equivalent degree.
Excellent proficiency in Italian.
Excellence in undergraduate language teaching (1st and 2nd year).

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; for full consideration, please apply by 5/20/12.

Contact: Molly Morrison ( for any queries

Online App. Form:


  • Skype interviews scheduled (5/22)
  • Offer made and accepted (6/16)

Pace University, Lecturer of Italian[]

The successful applicant will have the credentials and college-level experience necessary to teach Italian language, literature, and culture. Experience teaching Spanish language and culture courses is a plus. Some departmental service—advising the Italian Honor society, for example—is expected. Candidates with expertise in film studies, as well as in on-line instruction, are especially encouraged to apply.


  • Skype interview requested (4/23)
  • Invited for campus interview (5/2)
  • Any news on this one? (5/3)
  • Impressions of Pace University? They certainly didn't make the job sound appealing: Italian is dying slowly and they just want someone to help the majors to complete their degree..:(
  • Concur with the above comment, got the same impression. They don't want to invest in Italian, nor in the lecturer-position.
  • Never been invited or interviewed and now acknowledgment e-mail received...?! (5/7)
  • Does anyone know of any offer made? (5/14)
  • Not yet. One more round of interviews still to come. (5/17)
  • Any news of final offer or have they withdrawn the position......? (6/8)
  • Last I heard one finalist had been selected for the last round. I'm assuming they have been offered the position. But that's just my guess. (6/8)

Quinnipiac University, Assistant or Associate Professor TT[]


  • Any news here? 2/20/12
  • Phone conference scheduled (2/23)
  • 140 applicants, 10 finalists (2/24)
  • Rejection e-mail (3/6)
  • After the phone conference or w/o one?--> w/o one (x3)
  • Anyone know if someone got hired here? And in what field or if they hired an Assistant or Associate?
  • Offer made and accepted (5/14)

Rider University, Assistant Professor (non-TT)[]

Westminster Choir College of Rider University (Princeton Campus) invites applications for a one-year (September 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013) 'Acting' full-time position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin September 1, 2012.

Duties: The teaching responsibilities will include nine classroom contact hours per semester teaching undergraduate language courses (Levels I-IV) to students who are pursuing either a Bachelor of Arts in Music or Bachelor of Music degree. As appropriate and possible, they may be assigned related undergraduate language/literature courses or graduate reading courses in their specialty language(s). In addition, the faculty member will work closely with the Bachelor of Arts in Music Faculty Advisory Committee to advise Bachelor of Arts in Music majors, provide oversight, grading of placement and proficiency tests, and work with adjunct faculty.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include a master's degree in languages (Italian or German); college-level teaching experience. The ideal candidate will be passionate about teaching the language to music students. Additional expertise in a second language would be looked upon favorably. Administrative and leadership skills and/or experience are desirable.

Review of applications will begin immediately. All applicants must complete an online application at, 'Employment Opportunities'; 'Create Application'; and attach a cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae. Three professional references are also required and should be sent separately to: Manager of Employment, Rider University, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-3099. Please reference position number 315455.


-Had a phone interview in mid-June (4 slots) but was not chosen to move into the top two. Top two were invited on campus for teaching demos.

Rutgers University, Assistant Professor TT[]

Tenure-track, three year renewable appointment, beginning July 1, 2012 available at the Assistant Professor level in the Department of Italian, with a specialization in twentieth-century literature, theory, cinema and an interdisciplinary approach. Requirements include Ph.D. in hand, fluency in Italian and English, strong commitment to scholarly research, and demonstrated teaching excellence. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active research agenda, teach two courses per semester, and contribute to the academic life of the department by advising undergraduate and graduate students, and serving on department as well as university-wide committees.


  • Writing sample requested (12/9). (x3)
  • Maybe those with experience of other MLA cycles can give some background here...If a school is interested in your application are you typically asked for a writing sample even if you already have peer-reviewed publications? YES.
  • Any sense of whether Rutgers will interview at MLA or not? YES
  • MLA interview scheduled. (12/19) --> Did you receive this via email? Via email.
  • Rejection email after request of writing sample (12/22) :(( (x2)
  • Met people who were interviewing for this position at the MLA. They were PhD candidates. So much for the PhD in hand requirement.
  • I know someone on the short list for on-campus visits. At least one invitation was already extended, but I don't know if they're done contacting candidates (1/16)
  • Campus visits are being held
  • Very classy rejection letter wishing for "better job markets in the future" received, 2/18
  • For what it's worth, rejection letter received (TWO of them!) via postal mail (2/27)
  • Offer made and accepted.

Rutgers University, Language Coordinator[]

The Department of Italian at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick Campus), invites applications for a three-year renewable position as Language Coordinator at the rank of Assistant Instructor, beginning on September 1, 2012. The successful candidate will be an ABD or have a Ph.D. in hand (preferred) in Italian Studies and a specialization or long experience in Second Language Acquisition and language teaching methodology. Responsibilities include: Coordinating 20 sections of Italian language (beginning to advanced level), teaching three four-credit courses per semesters, active programmatic involvement, class observation, close cooperation with language instructors and the faculty in order to advance the nascent online language program, participation in extra-curricular activities (such as Tavola Italiana). We are seeking a highly skilled language instructor with experience teaching Italian language at college level, native or near-native proficiency in Italian and English, experience in working with diverse populations of students, knowledge of effective assessment techniques, and expertise in the use of technology in SLA. Annual salary is $34,112.00 plus benefits. The coordinator will be evaluated at the end of every year for reappointment.

Applications should include cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. Application deadline is July 15th, 2012. Review of applications will begin immediately and interviews will be scheduled for the end of July. Please submit all applications electronically to Prof. Alessandro Vettori ( and Prof. Paola Gambarota (

Updates: any news here? Has anyone been interviewed yet?

Salem State University, Full-Time, One-Year Temporary[]

Summary/Responsibilities: Teach undergraduate courses in Italian language, culture and literature. Academic advising, curricular development, and organization of co-curricular events expected. Subject to available funding.

Required Qualifications: Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in Italian; native or near-native ability in Italian; experience teaching Italian language and culture; demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate level.

Preferred Qualifications: Preferred qualifications include: near-native or native proficiency in both Italian and a second language (any of the languages offered in the Department); experience in study abroad and program development; previous college/university teaching experience; experience in and commitment to teaching in a multi-racial, multi-ethnic environment with students of diverse backgrounds and learning styles; and experience in distance learning and instructional technologies. Candidates who enjoy serving as role models and mentors for a diverse student body are preferred. Experience in distance learning and instructional technologies.

Special Instructions: Please apply online, and attach a c.v., cover letter, and three letters of recommendation.

Onlien App. Form:


  • Campus interview requested (4/24)
  • Offer made (05/03)
  • And Accepted (05/7)

Santa Clara University, Associate/Full Professor TT (endowed chair)[]

Candidates must: specialize in contemporary Italian literature and culture; provide evidence of scholarly accomplishment; be willing and able to teach upper-division survey courses in Italian literature and culture and Italian language courses at all levels; and provide evidence of teaching excellence, with experience in the use of technology and computer-assisted instruction highly desirable. Native or near native proficiency in Italian is required; native or near native proficiency in Spanish or French is welcome but not required.


  • Does anyone have inforamtion on what's happening here? Did they hire someone or not?
  • Position has been filled. (4/19)

Skidmore College, Visiting Assistant Professor[]

A one-year renewable position in Italian for a Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor for the 2012-13 academic year for an energetic instructor committed to teaching Italian at all levels. Priority will be given to candidates with demonstrated excellence in teaching at the college level. Minimum qualification: Ph.D. or A.B.D., with native or near-native fluency, open specialization, and familiarity with the use of technology in the classroom highly desirable. We encourage applications from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse student populations; women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. To learn more about and apply for this position please visit us online at: [http://]


  • Any news on this one? Do they have an i.c.?
  • phone interview scheduled (02/22) (X3)
  • campus interview scheduled (3/5)
  • Offer made and accepted (4/18)

Southern Methodist University, Full-time Lecturer[]

The Department of World Languages and Literature at Southern Methodist University seeks to hire one full-time lecturer in Italian beginning Fall semester 2013. This is a non-tenure track position with a one-year contract, but with the possibility of subsequent three-year contract renewals\

. M.A. in Italian Studies, Second Language Acquisition, Foreign Language Pedagogy or related field is required. Ph.D. a plus. We seek candidates with proved excellence in teaching a variety of elementary language courses (first and second year Italian), as well as culture and advanced grammar courses at college level. Candidates should show a strong commitment to upholding the newest trends in teaching and second language acquisition. Near-native proficiency in Italian is required. To ensure full consideration for the position, the application must be postmarked by April 16, 2012. Send cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, two letters of reference and a photocopy of transcript to Professor Denise DuPont, Interim Chair, Department of World Languages and Literatures, Southern Methodist University, P.O .Box 750236, Dallas, Texas 75275-0236. SMU will not discriminate on the basis on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran status. SMU is also committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.


  • I know that a friend of mine received a rejection email on this one. (5/7)
  • Any other news?
  • Emailed the chair directly asking what the hell was up, filled (June)
  • How would they already have filled a position that was supposed to begin Fall 2013?

Stanford University, Assistant Professor TT[]

The Department of French and Italian within the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages at Stanford University is seeking applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Italian with a starting date of September 1, 2012. Applicants will be expected to teach courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in the area of Italian studies, with preference given to specialists in the early modern period.


  • Received e-mail (11/22): 100 applicants, non-early modernists now excluded (x3)
  • MLA / Skype interview scheduled (12/7)
  • MLA interview scheduled (12/9)(x2)
  • On campus interview scheduled (1/17)

SUNY FIT, Assistant Professor/Lecturer TT[]


  • Any news on this job?
  • Phone interview scheduled -- Can you share when and how (email, etc.) you were contacted? Thanks. = it's a friend of mine, not me. I will ask for details (phone)
  • Contacted by e-mail to schedule a phone interview, phone interview conducted end of January
  • Contacted by email to schedule an on-campus interview and to teach a sample class (2/25)
  • Any more specific news abt the on-campus interviews and the sample class? Have they completed the search?
  • Candidates from inside or outside?
  • Contacted by e-mail for interview with Dean/President (4/25)
  • Has more than one person been contacted about an interview with the Dean/President? I had an on-campus interview and taught the demo class 2 weeks ago, but haven't heard anything since. Thanks, and good luck to everyone! (4/26)
  • Guess you're out, sorry! They'll let you know after the interviews. (4/27)
  • Any news here? Have they made an offer?
  • My final interview was a month ago and I've heard nothing. Perhaps the person offered the position is not using the wiki? (6/21)
  • Rejection email (6/26) (x2)
  • Offer made and accepted (6/26)

SUNY Stony Brook, Lecturer[]

The Department of European Languages at the Stony Brook University seeks to appoint a full-time Lecturer for the 2012-13 academic year with the possibility of renewal thereafter. The appointee will teach three courses, including large enrollment classes, per semester in Italian American Studies, lower and upper-division Italian language and literature courses, and European Studies. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. with significant training in Italian American Studies, and should be familiar with recent developments in the application of technology and new media to language teaching and learning. Experience with summer programs in Italy and willingness to contribute to the growth of education abroad programs, as well as the ability to teach another European language (excluding Spanish) or Latin would be an asset.


  • Letter acknowledging receipt of application (sent twice!) (12/27)
  • anyone else received the letter? --> no, still waiting as well.
  • A friend of mine has a phone interview scheduled.
  • E-mail 3/1 confirming "that the position has been closed."(X4) -->
  • Very unprofessional group. --> at least they let us know.
  • For most applications I 've sent (or even interviews I 've had ) I had to figure it out through wiki, now that's unprofessional! -->
  • What I meant to say was leading up to the interview. I agree, at least they were courteous enough to let us know

Susquehanna, VAP[]

Teach all levels of Italian and oversee Italian major/minor program. Ph.D. preferred, All specializations. Ability to teach courses serving the general education curriculum is highly desirable. Native or near-native fluency in Italian and a record of teaching excellence. Letter of recommendation to: Lynn E. Palermo (Chair, Department of Modern Languages, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 17870) at Review will begin on March 22, 2012.


  • Offer made and accepted (5/17)
  • Rejection letter received via mail...what a joke (5/29)
  • Rejection letter received via mail: they found their candidate (5/30)

University of Bath, Teaching Fellow[]

We welcome applications from candidates able to teach at undergraduate level in the field of Italian Studies, focusing on 19th and 20th Century culture, politics and society. The successful candidate will also be required to teach on postgraduate translation courses. The successful candidate will be fluent in Italian, but will also be able to deliver content in English, including translation classes into English.

Candidates should have completed or be near to completing a PhD in a relevant area and have experience of teaching in higher education.

This is a fixed-term contract from 1 September 2012 until 30 June 2013, working 18.25 hours per week.

Closing Date: Tuesday 29 May 2012

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Reference: SC1087

Further details: Job Description & Person Specification


  • Rejection email (6/17)
  • Skype interview (7/2)

University of Bristol, Deputy Language Director, Italian[]

The University of Bristol seeks to appoint a Deputy Language Director in Italian from 1 September 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University's Department of Italian is an integral part of a dynamic and forward-looking School of Modern Languages in the Faculty of Arts. The Department consistently recruits large numbers of well-motivated undergraduates to courses which, in addition to Italian language, currently encompass literature, cultural studies, film and visual culture. Students may enter ab initio or with Italian A-level or equivalent, and may study Italian either as Single Honours, or as Joint Honours in combination with another language or one of several non-linguistic subjects. Italian language is also taught to postgraduates - non-specialists as well as specialists in Modern Languages and Translation - and to a substantial number of non-degree students from all Faculties of the University.

You will be expected to contribute flexibly across the full range of language teaching. You will also support the Language Director in Italian in development of the most up-to-date teaching methods and materials and the dissemination of good teaching practice, and will make a significant administrative contribution to language-related activities. This is likely to include responsibility for a significant part of the mandatory year abroad in Italian.

You will have native or near native competence in Italian and English, and are likely to have both a relevant postgraduate qualification and substantial experience of language teaching and administration in the HE sector.

Closing date for applications: 9:00am 11 May 2012

Anticipated interview date: 28 May 2012

Anticipated start date: 01 Sep 2012 {C}Contact for informal enquiries:

Mr A Zhok ( | 0117 928 9138)

Prof M Basker ( | 0117 928 9733)


University of British Columbia, Assistant Professor TT[]

Candidates should have a specialization within the period from the 18th to the 21st Century in Italian Literature and Culture. Possible areas of interest are: Enlightenment (in Literature, Philosophy, Science and Law), Romanticism; Risorgimento; Verismo; Modernism; Literary Neo-Realism and its Legacy; Contemporary Writing.


  • Acknowledgement of receipt (11/1)
  • Anyone else not yet received an acknowledgement of receipt?
  • I have not heard anything either. (x 3)
  • I also have received aknowledgement of receipt.
  • Me too (12/8/11). They say they will meet in December to shortlist... (x4)
  • Email acknowledgement of receipt (12/15). It said they will meet in January to shortlist. (x2) However, if they had already scheduled MLA interviews (see below), my sense is that they are confusing applications between their two available positions.
  • MLA interview scheduled (12/15) - Prof. Lamontagne wrote me that The members of the search committee have not yet established the shortlist for campus interviews but have selected a few candidates that they would like to interview off campus. Really? so I guess I'm out of this too :-(
  • I would say not to give up just yet. This is all rather weird and unclear...
  • thank you for your reply, but honestly I believe I am out.
  • It is strange because usually Canadian universities don't interview at MLA but shortlist right away. Any news on this one?
  • I received confirmation that they will be shortlisting in January (12/22)
  • Can anyone confirm MLA interviews for UBC? Yes, I know someone who is being interviewed
  • Interviewed for this position at MLA on Jan 7; I know of at least two others who interviewed there as well for the same position. They said a couple of weeks for campus visit notifications / short list.
  • -Any news on this one?
  • Do you know anyone who was shortlisted? Did they schedule the campus visit?
  • Search suspended due to administrative reasons *
  • What is the source of this info?
  • I received a letter 2/22 re: search suspension.
  • Me too! Letter on 2/22: administrative reasons. Probably they can't make 2 hires the same year with the crisis...
  • To your knowledge, did they suspend the other position as well?

University of British Columbia, Instructor I TT[]

Candidates should have a specialization in Italian Linguistics or in the acquisition of Italian as a Second or Foreign Language and experience in using and developing language instruction technology. The successful candidate for this position will be the coordinator of the language program in Italian, teach language at all levels and train Teaching Assistants. S/he will possess a strong commitment to teaching, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and promise of educational leadership, and will be expected to maintain an excellent record of teaching and service, and play a leadership role in the development of the language component of the Italian program.


  • e-mail received (12/13) saying they will meet in January to shortlist.
  • MLA/Skype interviews conducted
  • A colleague of mine has been invited for a campus interview.
  • Total silence here. Does anyone have any news?
  • Do you know what happened here? Did they suspend the position as well?
  • Rejection letter received (5/17)

University of California, Berkeley, Italian Language Cordinator[]

The Department of Italian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, seeks to appoint a 100% time Lecturer for the 2012-13 academic year (effective 7/1/12 - 6/30/13), with the possibility of renewal thereafter. The appointee will serve as coordinator of the department's lower-division language instruction program and supervisor of the lecturers and graduate student instructors who teach in it, as well as teaching upper-division Italian language courses and a graduate seminar in pedagogy. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Italian with significant training in applied linguistics and/or second-language acquisition. As well as the ability to perform the above-mentioned teaching and coordinating duties, applicants should also have extensive familiarity with recent developments in the application of technology and new media to language teaching and learning.


  • Request to complete affirmative action form (aka acknowledgment of receipt) received by email on Nov 15.

University of California, Davis, Full-time Lecturer[]

The Department of French and Italian seeks a full-time lecturer in Italian beginning July 1, 2012. Duties include the teaching of elementary and intermediate Italian language courses (up to 8 courses over three quarters). Applicants should possess a minimum of a Master’s degree or equivalent foreign degree in an appropriate field. A Ph.D. is preferred. Candidates should have training in second language acquisition, familiarity with foreign language pedagogy, and experience teaching Italian language courses. Familiarity with the use of technology in the classroom is a plus. Position requires native or near-native proficiency in Italian and English. There is a possibility of reappointment subject to review of teaching effectiveness.

Submit letter of application, current curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, sample pedagogical materials, and the names of three references and their email contact information online at by March 1, 2012. The position is open until filled.


  • Skype interview scheduled via email (4/18)
  • Offer made (4/26)
  • And accepted (5/10)

University of Cambridge, Reseacrh Associate[]

Applications are invited for the post of Postdoctoral Research Associate
(RA) in Italian Studies, with a specialization and/or a demonstrated
interest in one or more of the following fields: Conduct Literature,
Women's History, History of Ideas). The post arises in relation to a new
research project entitled 'Conduct Literature for and about Women in Italy,
1470-1900: Prescribing and Describing Life', co-funded by the Leverhulme
Trust, the Isaac Newton Trust and the Department of Italian. The RA will be
expected to engage in research in areas relating to this project alongside
its Principal Investigator, Dr Helena Sanson. He/she will also be expected
to contribute a limited amount of teaching and examining within the Italian
Department at Cambridge, as specified in the further particulars.

The RA will be required to hold a PhD (obtained or expected to be obtained
very shortly) with a specialization, or a demonstrated interest in one or
more of the fields indicated above and in any part of the period 1470-1900.
Peer-reviewed research publications or evidence of forthcoming publications
on a relevant topic will be an advantage. He/she will have a very strong
research profile, with the ability to make an outstanding contribution to
the Department. He/she will have a native or excellent non-native command
of both Italian and English, spoken and written.

Applications should include: a 500-word description of a proposed research
plan within the terms of the project (see the further particulars), a
covering letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, an account of your research
interests to-date, a list of publications, and the names and contact
details of two referees who are familiar with your work. You are also asked
to submit up to two recent article-length examples of your work for
consideration by the Committee.

Completed applications, including Parts I and III of a CHRIS 6 form
(available at, should be sent
preferably by email to the Secretary to the Appointments Committee at or by post to the Faculty of Modern and Medieval
Languages, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA by the closing date.
Applicants are requested to ask their referees to write/email directly by
the same date. Further particulars may be found at:

Closing Date: 15 June 2012

Interview Date(s): It is hoped the interviews will be held in the week commencing 2 July 2012.


University of Dayton, Assistant Professor TT[]

Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Italian. Specialization: Italian-American Literature and Cinema. Preferred secondary qualifications: gender studies, cultural studies, and/or modern Italian literature. Required minimum qualifications: ABD near completion, experience teaching Italian courses at college level according to proficiency/competency approaches, ability to conduct blended learning courses, knowledge of undergraduate education in the U.S., and "Superior" level proficiency as described in the ACTFL scale in all modalities in Italian and "Advanced High" in English. Preferred qualifications: Ph.D. degree, experience teaching students from diverse backgrounds and learning styles. Substantial publication record required for tenure and promotion. Full participation in all departmental activities.


  • Skype interview scheduled via email in the week Nov. 28-Dec. 2 (12 spots available)
  • Extended invitation for a campus interview (12/12)
  • That seems bizarre. I was told no decisions would be made until the new year, and that candidates would be notified the second or third week of January 2012. (12/27) (x2)
  • It was told the same thing to me at the Skype interview, but two weeks later I received the invitation for the campus interview. Three spots available. (12/27)
  • Any news here?
  • Rejection email received (3/8)
  • Inside candidate here; The position was totally written for an internal candidate...ironically I fit the profile EXACTLY and did not even receive a phone interview!!!

University of Exeter, Associate Lecturer[]

The College wishes to recruit a 0.67% Associate Lecturer (Education and Scholarship) to assist with delivery of Italian language credit-rated modules.

The post will include supporting the student learning experience using a range of approaches and modes of delivery appropriate to the teaching allocated, specifically Italian language teaching from beginner to advanced level and the standard departmental allocation of administration. Details of these modules can be found at

The successful applicant will be fluent in Italian with excellent command of English, with experience of teaching language classes which form part of specialist HE/FE language programmes at all levels, and with experience of designing, setting and marking appropriate assessment components. S/he will be familiar with a variety of strategies to promote and assess language learning. The applicant will be able to work collaboratively as part of a team. Staff at this level are expected to achieve Associate Fellow of the HEA within two years of appointment (if not already achieved) and to attend formal Continuous Professional Development courses relating to this.

For further information please contact Dr Sonia Cunico, or telephone (01392) 724227.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here.


University of Houston, VAP (FIlm Studies)[]

The Department of Modern & Classical Languages at the University of Houston invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor position in our World Cultures & Literatures program. Ph. D. in a modern language, Film Studies, Comparative Literature, or related field required. A successful candidate must be able to teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in global film studies. A strong background in a modern language (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, or Italian) with the ability to work in transnational and transhistorical contexts as well as the ability to contribute to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is desired.

One-year visiting appointment beginning September 1, 2012, with the possibility of renewal or the possibility to apply for a tenure-track appointment.

Applications should consist of a cover letter and curriculum vitae. Candidates should arrange for three letters of reference and official transcripts to be sent directly to Dr. Hildegard F. Glass, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, University of Houston, 612 Agnes Arnold Hall, Houston, TX 77204-3006.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


  • Any news on this one??

University of Hull, Lecturer in Italian[]

The Department wishes to appoint a full-time Lecturer in Italian. The successful applicant will be expected to teach Italian across the range of courses offered within the Department, from beginners to degree level standard. S/he will have native or near-native competence in Italian and experience of teaching in Higher Education would be desirable. The Department offers a portfolio of advanced language modules. Experience in, and an interest in contributing to the teaching of broad-based culture modules covering some milestones of Italian culture from the Middle Ages to the present would be an asset. S/he will join a thriving department and will contribute to a range of interdisciplinary culture modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries and including cinema. The appointee will be expected to make a significant contribution to the research culture of the Department. It is expected that the successful applicant will have a PhD and research publications. Further information at and at the University of Hull website at


  • People should know that in the UK, Lecturer is equivalent to Assistant Professor.
  • E-mail acknowledging receipt of application and explanation for delay in short-list process (more applications than expected). (12/19) x2
  • Rejection e-mail received. (01/06)

University of Leeds, Lecturer (x2)[]

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Leeds is pleased to announce that it is currently looking to appoint to two two-year fixed term lectureships (Grade 7) in Italian from 1st August 2012.

We welcome applications from specialists in any areas of Italian studies, although preference may be given to those with expertise in the post-medieval period.

One of those appointed will be expected to spend 20 per cent of her/his time working as a research assistant to Professor Claire Honess, Head of School. Since Professor Honess works on medieval studies, a willingness to carry out research assistance in this area is desirable, although it need not constitute the principal focus of the appointee's research activity.

Both lecturers will cover undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Italian in general, as well as specialist modules within their areas of research expertise. They may also be expected to contribute to School-wide modules. An ability to supervise research students is desirable.
Both appointees will have a PhD within the field of Italian studies and relevant teaching experience. Their recent and/or forthcoming publications will indicate an ability to make a distinctive contribution to research activity commensurate with inclusion in the forthcoming Research Excellence Framework. They should be able to contribute to research activity in the broader School of Modern Languages and Cultures through membership of one or more of its cross-language research groups. They will also be expected to undertake administrative tasks as required.

There will be a formal university interview for this post, and candidates will also be required to make a presentation to the School about their research and/or teaching.

Informal enquiries about these posts can be made to Professor Claire Honess, tel +44 (0)113 343 3631, email or Dr Gigliola Sulis, tel 44 (0)113 343 3639, email

For more details, including details of how to apply, please see:,5615215623&key=80475355&c=417998744034&pagestamp=sebtfnisgxunkagczl.


  • Rejection email (6/17)

University of Malta, Full-Time Resident Academic[]

Applications are invited for a full-time Resident Academic post in the
Department of Italian in the Faculty of Arts of the University of Malta.
This post is for an initial period of three years with the possibility
of renewal subject to the needs of the University and subject to a
one-year probationary period.
The appointee will be expected to participate in the teaching, research
and other activities of the Department of Italian in the Faculty of
Arts, and as may be required by the University. The appointee will be
required to teach Italian Language and Literature, Cultural Theory and
Film Studies at all levels (including postgraduate level) as well as
other related topics for courses within the Faculty of Arts that require
servicing by the Department of Italian.

Candidates must be in possession of a Ph.D or an equivalent
research-based doctorate in Italian and have a demonstrable commitment
to research. Teaching experience at postgraduate level is desirable. The
selected candidate will further be required to collaborate with other
Departments of the Faculty of Arts in the field of Cultural Theory and
Film Studies from a transnational and transhistorical perspective.
Native or near-native proficiency in Italian is required. Excellent
command of English is highly desirable.

Candidates should submit their letter of application, six copies of
their curriculum vitae, one set of copies of their certificates and
names and addresses (or e-mails) of three referees. Applications may be
sent by e-mail to
Director for Human Resources Management and Development
Room 214, Administration Building
University of Malta
Msida, MSD 2080

Applications should be received by noon of Tuesday, 10th July 2012.
Late applications will not be considered.
Further information may be obtained from the Office for Human Resources
Management and
Development, Administration Building, Room 214, or from the website:


Interviewed at an ungodly hour of the morning via (non-Mac-compatible) teleconference software (09/26). Chair of Search Committee said they had had over 100 applicants and were interviewing 9 candidates.

University of Miami, Visiting Assistant Professor[]

University of Miami, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is seeking a Visiting Assistant Professor in Italian for a full-time, non-tenure-track, one-semester term, Fall 2012. The successful candidate will be expected to teach elementary and intermediate Italian language courses; knowledge of another romance language is desirable. The field of specialization is open. Native or near-native proficiency in Italian and solid command of English required. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses and meeting with students for 3 office hours per week per class, and attending faculty meetings as required. Qualifications include a commitment to excellence in Italian language pedagogy and candidate must have Ph.D. in Italian literature, cultural studies, or linguistics in hand by July 31, 2012. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Lillian Manzor, Chair of Search Committee Department of Modern Languages and Literatures University of Miami P.O. Box 248093 Coral Gables, FL 33124-2074 or may apply electronically to


University of Mississippi, Instructional Assistant Professor[]

The Department of Modern Languages at The University of Mississippi seeks to fill several positions: (1) a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Russian, (2) an Instructional Assistant Professor of Italian, and (3) several Instructors of Spanish, all positions to begin fall 2012. Duties for all positions include teaching basic language courses and assisting in other departmental related duties. The successful candidates will demonstrate native or near-native fluency in English and the language of the respective position, excellence in teaching and at least one year of experience with proficiency-based language instruction. Minimum qualifications for the first two positions include Ph.D.s in Russian and Italian, respectively, or a related field, including Linguistics, and for the latter position, an M.A. in Spanish or a related field. The successful candidate for the Russian position is also expected to develop a serious research profile. To apply for these positions, follow the online application procedure at http://jobs/ and attach your cover letter and a CV, which gives the names of three references. Inquiries may be directed to Applications will be received until adequate pools of candidates have been established or until the positions are filled.

Updates: that's a position with an inside candidate if ever there was one! -- How so?

  • What makes you so convinced of an inside candidate?
  • This is for several positions: so in which field is the internal candidate?
  • The Visiting person there is well liked. Making the position more permanent they hope he's going to stay.
  • The Italian position is not tenure track so it hardly seems a more permanent position...?
  • but it is like a Professor of Practice position
  • ...what is a 'Professor of Practice'?
  • basically a Senior Lecturer, a renewable position that after 3+3 years tupically becomes permanent
  • Rejection note (27/03)

University of Oxford, Lecturer in Italian Literature[]

The successful candidate should have a research record of international standing appropriate to the stage of the candidate’s career with evidence of distinguished research in the field of Dante studies and/or other areas of medieval Italian literature and culture. The candidate will be expected to research, teach, and supervise graduate students in Dante and the medieval period (1250-1400). S/he should also be able to contribute to the teaching provision of the Italian Sub-Faculty at all levels of the undergraduate degree, and to participate in graduate courses and supervision. Candidates should have an excellent knowledge of Italian, established skills in language teaching, and have native or near-native fluency in English, and the ability to teach translation from and into Italian and English. Deadline: December 9 Updates:

  • Note: If you're not a graduate of Oxbridge (Oxford or Cambridge), it is usually very difficult to get selected, let alone if you're not a graduate of the UK!
  • Not really. I had an on campus at Cambridge last summer and I have a Ph.D. from an American institution.
  • I canceled by mistake the last post, please repost it. Sorry
  • What I had said was that I knew about 30+ US PhD degree applicants to the above two universities and only one of them was interviewd (I imagine the same happens in the US towards UK degrees)
  • Have they chosen candidates for on-campus interviews yet?
  • Yes, on-campus interviews scheduled for early Feb.
  • If you didn't get a call for this job and you're a recent PhD, don't sweat it. Although the further particulars only hinted at it (cf. adjectives like "international" and "distinguished"), this was an advanced-assistant-professor-/associate-professor-level job. Of the shortlist, which includes candidates with North American, Italian, and British PhDs, none of them from Oxbridge, all of them have a job, at least one monograph published, and in some cases tenure.
  • Thanks a lot for the note. That was my sense too before applying.

University of Oregon, Assistant Professor of French and/or Italian Cinema, TT[]

The Department of Romance Languages in conjunction with the Program of Cinema Studies at the University of Oregon invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of French and/or Italian Cinema Studies, beginning Fall 2012. Field of specialization: 20th century French and/or Italian Cinema. Secondary fields in media theory, Francophone, and Italian-American film studies are also desirable.


  • Not conducting MLA interviews
  • Teleconference interviews conducted 1/3 and 1/4
  • And then?

University of Reading, Lecturer[]

The Department of Modern Languages & European Studies at the University of Reading is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Italian Studies.

The successful candidate will contribute to furthering the teaching provision at all levels and enhancing the strong research profile of the Department.

You will have:

  • a completed PhD or equivalent in any area of Italian Studies
  • a publication record in any area of Italian Studies, appropriate to your career stage and which will contribute to a strong REF return
  • spoken and written Italian of native or near native speaker level
  • the ability to teach Italian language at all levels of the BA Italian Studies
  • teaching experience at University level
  • the ability to plan and implement a personal programme of international quality research in one or more areas of Italian Studies

Start date: September 2012

Closing date: 30 April 2012

Interview date: 11 June 2012

To apply please visit or contact Human Resources, University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 217, Reading RG6 6AH. Telephone +44(0)118 378 6771 (voicemail)


  • Has anyone been contacted?
  • This position was offered to, and accepted by, a newly minted PhD grad of a US university. I heard there were 240 applications, although that was word of mouth stuff.

University of Southern California, Part-time Lecturer[]

The Department of French & Italian in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles, California, seeks applicants for a part-time (1-2 courses per semester) non-tenure-track position to teach all levels of undergraduate Italian language and literature. The position will be for the 2012-13 academic year. Salary and benefits are competitive.

Requirements: Demonstrated excellence in teaching Italian at the college level and effective application of current technologies in the classroom. M.A. in Italian required.

Complete dossier will consist of: letter of interest; teaching philosophy; CV; three recent letters of recommendation that speak to teaching abilities; teaching video and recent teaching evaluations.

Submit to: Margaret Rosenthal, Chair, Department of French & Italian, Mark Taper Hall of Humanities THH-155, (MC-0359), University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0359.

In order to be considered for this position, all candidates must also apply via the "Apply for this Posting" button at the top or bottom of this page.

Review of dossiers will continue until the position is filled.


University of Southern Mississippi, Instructor[]

The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures seeks an instructor of Spanish and Italian effective fall 2012. Required qualifications include a M.A. in Spanish and/or Italian by time of appointment with 18 graduate hours and native or near native proficiency in both languages. Multimedia and technology experience is preferred. The successful candidate will be expected to show a strong commitment to basic language instruction in both languages. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Position is contingent upon funding. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2012, and continue until position is filled. Please submit an employment application, including letter of interest addressing qualifications as listed above, CV, copies of graduate transcripts and three letters of reference, at the University of Southern Mississippi Human Resources website at


  • Skype interview scheduled (02/22)
  • Offer made and accepted (5/11)

University of South Florida, Visiting Instructor[]

The World Languages Department at the University of South Florida seeks applicants for a fulltime Visiting Instructor of Italian to begin August 7, 2012. The position is a 9-month, full-time, non-tenure track, with possible extension for a second and/or third year. Salary ranges from $35,000 to $40,000 plus the usual benefits.

Responsibilities: Teach Italian language, literature, and culture courses at all levels in a 4 and 4 teaching load or the equivalent of 12 semester credit hours.

Qualifications: M.A. in Italian is required, PhD or ABD preferred. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in classroom teaching at the undergraduate level and will also be a native or near-native speaker of Italian with a full command of English. Experience teaching Italian at the university level, demonstrated interest and commitment to undergraduate education in an interdisciplinary environment. Current in language acquisition techniques, including use of Instructional Technology. Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills. Effective team player and individually motivated.

To Apply: Dossiers must be complete and received by JULY 13, 2012.

To ensure full consideration for the position, submit a letter of application, current c.v., sample syllabi and student evaluations, and a list of professional references no later than July 13, 2012.

Applications for this position are only accepted online at: css.jsp

Please follow instructions for applying for a faculty position. Only information indicated with an asterisk is required. All documents listed above must be uploaded to the online application system by July 13, 2012.


Phone interview done.

University of Virginia, Instructor/Lecturer (non TT)[]

The Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese at the University of Virginia seeks applications to fill non-tenure-track Lecturer and Instructor positions during the 2012-13 academic year. Subject areas of particular need include but are not limited to: language, culture or literature undergraduate courses in Italian. Compensation may take the form of wages, part-time salary with part-time benefits or full-time salary with full-time benefits, depending upon the number of courses taught. A relevant terminal degree is expected but not required. Candidates must have a strong commitment to teaching. Applications will be considered immediately.

To apply, please complete a Candidate Profile online through Jobs@ UVA (, and electronically attach the following: a current CV, cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching evaluations), unofficial transcript, complete contact information for three professional references and a writing sample. Search on posting 0609903.

Questions regarding this position or the online application process should be directed to:

Tally Sanford,&nbsp 434.924.4550,&nbsp


  • Any news on this one?
  • Skype interviews were scheduled last week. (5/21)
  • Rejection letter received: they concluded their search (5/31)

University of Warwick, Research Fellow[]

Fixed Term Contract from 1 September 2012 until 31 August 2014

You will undertake individual research supporting the research activity of the Department and extending and enhancing its reputation, both internal and external to the University. You will be able to contribute to research within one of the three key research areas established by the Department, which are:

1) Medieval and Renaissance intellectual culture;
2) the rise of the novel and development of reading cultures in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries;
3) the literature of migration and mobility in twentieth and twenty-first century Italy.

You will prepare an item or items for publication, in addition to contributing more broadly to the research activity and environment of the department. You may assist in developing or preparing applications for external funding as required, and you may undertake up to six hours per week of teaching at undergraduate and/or MA level as designated by the Head of Department.

You will possess a first degree or equivalent in a relevant field and a PhD or equivalent in Italian Studies or a relevant field; native or near-native competency in English and Italian and evidence of high-quality academic publications, or of the potential to produce them.

Interview date: 5 July 2012

Click here for further details of the post in Microsoft Word format.

Click here for further details of the post in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF).

Click here for an application form.


University of Washington, Assistant Professor TT[]

Permanent, full time, assistant level, tenure-line position to begin September 2012. Specialization in Italian medieval/Dante studies with interdisciplinary interests. Requirements: Ph.D. or equivalent (candidates in the final stages of the Ph.D. program may be appointed on an acting basis), native or near-native fluency in Italian, demonstrated excellence in research and teaching. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service. Updates:

  • Acknolwedgement of receipt (11/15)
  • MLA interview scheduled via email (12/5) (x 3)
  • On-campus interview scheduled via phone (1/23/2012)
  • News?
  • The position was offered and accepted at the beginning of March. Apologies for the late update. The appointee is a medieval specialist not currently in a TT position.

University of Western Ontario, Assistant Professor TT (Italian / Comp. Lit.)[]

The University of Western Ontario, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures invites applications for a Probationary (tenure-track) position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature and Italian to begin July 1, 2012. A Ph.D. in Comparative Literature or Italian, a specialization in Renaissance or modern Italian literature, expertise in literary theory an asset, native or near-native fluency in Italian, a proven track record in teaching, and an excellent scholarly profile are required. Responsibilities will include undergraduate teaching in Italian language and literature, undergraduate and graduate teaching in Comparative Literature, and M.A. and Ph.D. thesis supervision in Comparative Literature.


  • Rejection letter via snail mail, worded in a way that makes it sound as though they have their final candidate (?) (12/20); --Yes, I was under the same impression! (12/20)
  • Rejection letter (12/20) x2
  • No rejection, no interview
  • No rejection, no interview (12/23)
  • --> i'm afraid if you haven't heard anything, you're probably out. check your campus mailbox -- my rejection letter was sent there rather than to home address. their letter said they've already recommended someone's candidacy for the hire, and i'd imagine they already have 2nd & 3rd choices in the event that this person declines.
  • You mean that they have chosen the successful candidate without conducting any interviews?
  • I know of at least one campus visit, which took place in late November. It appears that they did campus visits without interviews, but not decisions.
  • Offer extended to a candidate with forti spinte (5/29)
  • Offer accepted (5/29)

Vanderbilt University, Senior Lecturer[]

Senior Lecturer in Italian, in language and culture instruction. PhD required. One-year appointment with the possibility of renewal. Annual teaching load is 6 courses (3-3). Service commitment includes additional departmental responsibilities commensurate with the position. Special consideration will be given to candidates with expertise in technology-assisted language learning, in Italian-American culture, and in the integration of Italian culture in language learning. Also desirable is willingness to organize cultural activities for students both in and outside of the classroom. Native or near-native proficiency in Italian required. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2011. Please send letter of application and complete dossier (including c.v., letters of recommendation, statement of teaching philosophy, and numerical teaching evaluations from past two years of teaching, if available) to Véronique Homer, Department Administrator, Department of French and Italian, VU Station B Box 35-6312; 2301 Vandebilt Place, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN 37235-6312. Updates:

  • Starting to schedule MLA interviews. Hopefully to be completed this week (12/13).
  • MLA interview scheduled (12/15) (x2)
  • Rejection letter received (12/15) (x2)
  • Any news since MLA interview?
  • They were offered a position change by the administration and changed from a senior lecturer to a TT. I don't know who actually got it but I'm thinking they ended up promoting from within? (x2) >> that is exactly what happened. They offered the TT to one of hte people conducting the interviews who was already working here.

Wake Forest, Lecturer of Italian[]

Lecturer of Italian, July, 2012. Two-year appointment with possibility of renewal. Six courses per year. M.A. minimum, native or near-native fluency. Applicants must have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and submit evidence of same, including course evaluations. Proficiency in use of technology is expected of faculty at Wake Forest. For a complete description of job requirements and credentials go to: and click on "Faculty Job Openings.” Send letter of application, dossier and statement of teaching philosophy by February 10 to Byron Wells, Chair.


  • Any news on this one?
  • Someone I know got the job (6/8)

Washington & Lee University, Mellon Junior Faculty Fellow in Italian Language and Culture[]

Washington and Lee University announces a grant from the Mellon Foundation to recruit post-doctoral fellows in the Humanities. The University seeks applications for a two-year fellowship in Italian language and culture, with teaching responsibilities equivalent to half of the regular faculty. The new fellow will join two other Mellon Junior Faculty Fellows (British History and Classics) on campus. The University looks to the Mellon Fellows to help reshape curricular offerings in fields where we anticipate faculty retirements. The Fellows will catalyze the development of innovative pedagogies, interdisciplinary connections, and courses in new areas of the curriculum. These Fellowships are especially intended for recent Ph.D.s (May 2010 or later) who are interested in teaching careers in a liberal arts college setting.


  • Skype interviews held (4/26)

Wesleyan University, Visiting Assistant Professor[]

Beginning July 1, 2012, two-year position, with possibility of renewal for one additional year, for Visiting Assistant Professor. Ph.D. in hand (preferably) or completed by September 1, 2012. Area of specialization: Early Modern Italian literature/culture. Native or near-native fluency in Italian. Teaching load: 5 courses (3-2), specifically, one advanced course on an early modern topic conducted through the medium of Italian plus four language courses (elementary / intermediate). The visitor is expected to help coordinate multi-section language courses, advise majors, and contribute generally to the academic and intellectual experience of the Wesleyan student community. Excellence in undergraduate teaching and a willingness to work collaboratively are essential. {C}To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, writing sample (50-page maximum), to

Review of applications will begin March 5 and continue until the position is filled. {C}Updates:

  • What's going on here?
  • Rejection email (3/8): it seems they are really looking for a medievalist! I believe there is an internal candidate.
  • Asked to submit materials and skype interview to be scheduled after break. Not a medievalist, but I also believe there is an internal candidate. (3/8)
  • Last year they posted a similar position and weren't really taking outside applications seriously. A few inquiries were met with very unfriendly, "don't bother me" responses.--> It might, just might, have to do with the fact that the person holding the position from last year search is the husband of the language director. --> Huh. Well that's interesting! I rather wish that these programs wouldn't ask for the world (teaching demo tape, a handful of syllabi) when they have someone in house whose contract they're likely to be renewing.
  • Rejection email (4/17)

York University, Seasonal Assistant Professor[]

York University is the leading interdisciplinary research and teaching university in Canada. York offers a modern, academic experience at the undergraduate and graduate level in Toronto - Canada's most international city. The third-largest university in the country, York is host to a dynamic academic community of 62,000 students, faculty and staff, as well as 240,000 alumni worldwide. York's 10 Faculties and 28 research centres conduct ambitious, groundbreaking research that is interdisciplinary, cutting across traditional academic boundaries.

Applications are invited from qualified candidates for a one-year Sessional Assistant Professor position in Italian. Applicants must have a PhD in Italian Studies or a related field and an active research program in a relevant area. Native or near-native fluency in English and Italian is required. Applicants will be expected to teach a full range of courses in Italian language, literature, culture and cinema, and show a scholarly commitment to excellence in teaching and research. Preference will be given to those specializing in Medieval Italian Literature and Culture; other qualified candidates are nonetheless encouraged to apply.


  • Does anyone have any sense of what "one-year sessional Assistant Professor" means in practice (e.g. teaching load, possibility for renewal)?
  • Go to for more details. The teaching load is 3:3, but there is no indication that the position is renewable.
  • Deadline has been extended to April 20, 2012.
  • Rejection letter, by mail (7/10).

Youngstown State University, Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages & LIteratures[]

Youngstown State University invites applications for a full-time tenure track position in Second Language Acquisition beginning August 15, 2012.The position will be housed in Foreign Languages, but teaching duties include Methods of Foreign Language Teaching, courses in the University's TESOL Endorsement program, as well as foreign language courses at the elementary level or higher. In addition, the successful candidate will supervise foreign language student teachers.

Minimum Qualifications: ABD in an appropriate discipline with an emphasis on Second Language Acquisition or Second Language Pedagogy; ability to teach elementary courses in at least one foreign language and to teach courses in a TESOL Endorsement Program.

Preference will be given to candidates who can teach Italian or a critical language.


  • Rejection letter (x1)

Word on the Street[]

It's the end of June (6/20). How many people are still looking for a job? (x1)

Any news on Indiana and Wake Forest (not in the list above)? (04/03) --> see above

As of today (03/10) how many people got offers, how many are still looking? (if you get offers, please also update the "I am still looking" number by subtracting one).

  • I am still looking (04/23) (x13)
  • I got an offer (TT) (x2)
  • I got an offer (1-year) (x1)
  • I got an offer as lecturer, long term (x1)
  • I got an offer (one-year renewable) (x5)

Can we also know who was:

  • Not interviewed (x1)
  • Interviewed via phone/Skype (x8)
  • Invited on Campus (x13)
  • Offered a position (x7)

Re: Western Ontario and UBC, does anyone know what the typical course is on Canadian hires? Will these schools seriously consider non-Canadian citizens/residents?

I know that a few years ago WO extended an offer to a non-Canadian citizen/resident (not me, personally, a colleague...) An American colleague of mine who is in French was recently hired for a TT position at a Canadian university. He is adamant that the days of giving preference to Canadian candidates are over. According to him, schools (especially large research institutions) want to hire the most impressive applicant - wherever he or she might be from.

Canadian schools have to justify hiring non-Canadians. I think the same argument could be made for American schools that hire non-Americans.

Does anyone knows if they hire male professors too at Cabot? I looked at the department and there are no men at all. Like 15 women but no men.

I noticed very same thing. I think it's really weird. Also: did you notice the high number of professor from New York?

Question on timelines - I am a historian, not formally in Italian studies; my experience of the job cycle has always been based around the yearly meeting of the AHA in early January, with on-campuses in late Jan/early Feb. Is it the same for most Italian studies-type searches? Are there typically conference interviews, and if so, at which conference? Or is there no general practice? Thanks for any insight.

Some schools interview at MLA conference ( in early January and others interview via Skype or phone.

At the U of Dayton, there is an internal candidate applying. -- Oh yes! The life of internal candidates is hard and our life - as non-internal candidates - is hard as well. But it is part of the game. What can we do? Not to apply for jobs because there are internal candidates, candidates with better pedegree, or candidates with "spinte"? I learn from interviews, seeing them as experience. Hopefully, one day, this experience will bring me a job. Or maybe not. Who knows? We are so many on the Job Market and all of us deserve a job repaying the long years of sacrifice and study, but it is not written on stone. Notwithstanding that, I personally decided for a positive attitude. Good luck to everybody! - I think the person's point was that the playing feild is not level, which of course makes it even harder for those outside (especially if the inside candidate is liked by the dept).

Anyone get acknowledgement of receipt from Western Ontario - human resources survey postcard, anything? I'm starting to wonder if my materials made it given the early deadline and total silence.

--> Total silence x4

--> I got a notification that my application was incomplete/request to send another letter a day or two before the deadline, but nothing since.

Has anybody applied to the position at FIT in NYC? Anybody heard anything back from them?

--> Total silence there as well. I believe web app did say they would only contact applicants if selected for interview.

--> Seems a bit early, given that the deadline is today (11/30), no?

--> Totes, but this utter silence is disconcerting so late in the season...

-- I agree, this silence is disconcerting. I am wondering if schools will interview at MLA this year, beyond Gettysburg.

--> I hope we get word on that soon... I wouldn't mind skipping Seattle saving the money!

>This is still early! From past experience it can be much nearer Christmas before you even get a hint of an interview. Bear in mind too that the search committees probably won't have a chance to look at materials until their semesters finish.

--> on the faculty website of the FL department ( it states that they have 6 adjuncts for italian... am i the only one fearing that that this will be an internal choice rather than an external one?

---> any news on FIT yet? (12/28)

Has anybody heard from FIT in NYC? (01/01/2012)

--> Any word of FIT?? (1/12/12)

--> I don't have that impression.

--->There can be any number of reasons why people are adjuncts: not everyone wants a full time contract.

--> It's true that the search committees never get around to making decisions until December... so why do they need to start receiving applications in mid-October?? I'd much prefer to have one hellish week in mid-November doing all the applicaitons than having the process torturously dragged out all semester long!

---> I agree. And I'm also irked by the fact that so many institutions don't even acknowledge receipt of the material. I don't expect a formal letter handwritten in golden ink; I'd be happy with a simple email along the lines of "Dear applicant, we received your material. Thank you for your interest in our department." Even better if they add a line such as "The search committee is expected to make a decision by mm/dd/yy." So at least applicants know what the timeline is. - This is how it's done in the UK; very nice way of managing your stress!

---> Guys: There are 3 other job postings: Christopher Newport University (Lecturer). I applied last spring, was rejected, I'm not going to reapply, maybe you guys are luckier. Vanderbilt University (Senior Lecturer), I am not reapplying either.

New TT position posted at Quinnipiac University and VP at Susquehanna University.

--->'what about Susquehanna? Skype interview offered 3/29 (x2). They said they will decide campus visits in the next 2/3 weeks. -How many people have been skype interviewed? Did they invite for campus visit?? Yes. Offer made and accepted.

New visiting lecturer position at Salem State University --- (phone interview scheduled) (On Campus Interview scheduled). The position is actually Visiting Assistant Professor (05/04).

- Just wanted to know what your impressions were of Salem State University? (4/18). Thanks in advance.

- I had to cancel my on-campus interview for reasons that had nothing to do with the school, so I never actually got to check it out. For what it's worth, the SC was very gracious, friendly and kind throughout the interviewing process, even after I cancelled. Good luck!

-I had a very good impression of the faculty of Salem State University (friendly and layed back), I adored the city of Salem and the department of Italian has a lot of possibilities/potentials for growth. I think that it will be a good place to work! ---> whoever you are, thanks for this review! (05/04) You are welcome and Buona fortuna!

Hey everybody, do you know why some institutions skip the MLA and accept applications till Jan/Feb or even March? --> Mostly to save on costs. ---- Yes, but also because MLA is not THE job market anymore, one of crisis effects is that now you have a job market lasting all year.---Why is this a crisis effect? ---- Because institutions put out jobs as soon as money becomes available. If you remember three years ago, the first year of this crisis, most of the jobs on the market were withdrawn, even after offers were made and accepted.---Ok, thank you for the explanation, it makes sense. I' m just desperately trying to understand how to deal with this job market...

Somehow the whole Italian wiki was deletd this morning, hopefully by accident. Restored it.

Has anybody received a campus invitation or post-MLA rejection from anywhere yet? At what point should one start losing hope? --> If you haven't heard anything by the end of January, that's probably a good sign that you haven't made it to the on-campus interview. But not to March, the one year VAPs/Lecturers/Instructors will start coming out for the next academic year (not perfect but better than nothing).

New Lecturer position at UC Davis (1/29). What's the story here? --> Someone is retiring. They are looking for a replacement with lots of teaching/administrative experience.--> So this could be more than a 1 year position?

- NEWS FROM UC DAVIS? (04/15) --> see above. Rumors that an offer was made. I did try to contact the department directly, but in two weeks they did not bother to send me a reply. (04/30) --> if you look above under Jobs/UC Davis, it says that an offer was made on 4/26 (5/2).

-News from Massachusets at Lowell? --> do you mean UMass Dartmouth? no

One fellow applicant's opinion, for what it's worth: based on the experience of going through this process for several years and being employed somewhere where it would not be looked kindly upon if they knew I were aggressively applying to go elsewhere, it seems that hiring universities are aware of the delicate situation that applicants are in and won't "out" you to your current employer. Search committees tend to expect confidentiality from applicants about the process (despite what "leaks" may come out on this page) so it's only fair for them to give confidentiality in return. That being said, nothing would shock me in the present climate where demand is so much higher than supply and search committees as often as not are so overwhelmed with applications that, to offer a generous interpretation, they simply don't have time to put thought into how their behavior (updating job statuses, keeping applicants posted, sending rejection letters, etc.) might affect their applicants.

- Candidates were contacted by Auburn University for phone interview on 3/27, but I received a letter dated 3/28 acknolwledging receipt of my application. Since I wasn't considered at all for the position, I saw the 3/28 letter as a joke, a mean and cruel one indeed. Institutions should show more respect and consideration for all candidates instead of just exploiting them for their surveys. (5/23)

Phone, Skype, MLA Experience[]

University of Dayton They had no clue what they were looking for! Or maybe they did and were only going through the motions?? Last year, for the instructor position: very nice people. I was stuck on an ACTFL levels question. What did they ask you on the ACTL standards? what kind of class activity I would do that is appropropriate to a certain actfl level (I think intermediate and there was a number I don't remember), but since I have never actually worked or been asked to work according to those standards in such a specific way, I just explained what I actually do, but don't think was the right answer.... Very nice panel, rather standard interview. Seems they really have no one for Italian, as the faculty member asking questions in the language was German, and not particularly fluent. They did have someone in Italian but that person retired this year -- let's hope they don't do what other depts have done and let the program slowly decay... I heard from a friend that used to work there and still has contact with the program that they have a young internal candidate that is well-liked.

-Does anybody else feel like it is impossible for our PhDs a)to get a job at a C.College 2)to get a job in the UK?

-- As an American who got his phd at a prestigious US university, and then moved to the UK for personal motives, I can attest that it is extremely difficult to get a job in the UK for a few reasons: first, just as in the US, there is a certain favoritism towards those who have UK phds; second, there are quite a few Italians with Italian AND UK Phds in Italian literature, and there is no way to compete with them; third, because of the job blockage here that has been worse than in the States, there are many more superqualified Phd graduates now with several years of teaching and/or postdoctoral research experience; fourth, the stress on the REF (Research Excellence Framework), a governmental survey of research publications by UK faculty that distributes funds accordingly to the universities, means that publishing is more important here than in the US. There is less a focus on teaching than in the US, in general. What's important, now with the 2014 REF, is having first-class publications; fifth, UK cover letters are different than US cover letters, as the differences in the systems are clear, and many US phds don't understand this. For example, here in the UK there is a big focus on getting research funding, through the British Academy or Leverhulme or AHRC fellowships (equivalent more or less to our NEH/ACLS), and UK institutions want evidence that you can bring in such external funding. Then, last but not least, certain UK universities -- Cambridge and Oxford -- are truly nepotistic, and unless you have connections there, you might as well forget it. For those who want to try their luck, read the Times Higher Education magazine and learn the appropriate lingo. (5/27)

--I can attest to the above comments (very well put!) and can add another motive -- there just aren't as many job openings in the UK as there are in the US (more universities = more possibilites). This has to do in part with the focus on languages (in the US) vs literature (in the UK), which the above commentator touched upon ("less focus on teaching than in the US"). So, if you're thinking of applying in the UK, you'd better have a cape with a big S on it! Good luck anyway.

---Why don't we separate posting for jobs in the UK from the one in th US? this will make everything easier.--> Where do you suggest we post the UK jobs?

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