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Currently in TT job: 1

PhD in hand, currently in non-TT job: 11

PhD in hand, currently with postdoc fellowship: 5

PhD in hand, currently unemployed: 2




ABD, but looking to defend this year: 3

ABD in non-TT job: 2

Your Field[]

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18th: 1

19th: 3

20th: 5

Cinema: 2

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Brandeis University[]

The Department of Romance Studies seeks a Lecturer in Italian to teach four language courses per year beginning 2013–2014 additional administrative duties required. 

This position requires proven, effective teaching skills, at least an MA, and native or near-native competency in Italian.

This position, which is benefits-eligible and which has the potential for renewal, will have an initial appointment of up to three years. MA required in language, literature, culture, and/or foreign language education; all candidates must have documentation necessary to work in the United States. Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of and expertise in proficiency-based and/or content-based assessment and instruction as well as the ability to teach in the University's general education program.

Please send hard copies of application letter, CV, three letters of recommendation, statement of philosophy of language teaching, evidence of teaching ability, and relevant course materials to:

Professor Paola Servino
Department of Romance Studies
Brandeis University, Mailstop 024 
PO Box 549110 
Waltham, Massachusetts 02454-9110
Telephone: 781-736-3232
First consideration will be given to candidates whose applications are received by March 1, 2013.

Brandeis University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

-- rejection email received (3/28) (x3)

- internal candidate here?


|Ital, 101 N Merion Av, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Visiting Assistant Professor at the rank of a Lecturer [17872]
The Department of Italian at Bryn Mawr College invites applications for a full-time, one-year position in Italian Studies starting August 2013. A renewal of the position for an additional two years is available pending a successful review of teaching evaluations. The title is Visiting Assistant Professor at the rank of a Lecturer. A full-time load is 3/3 with full participation in all Italian department activities. A Ph.D. in hand by the start of the position is required.The ideal candidate must have native or near-native fluency in Italian. S/he will be expected to teach courses at all levels of the undergraduate program in Italian, from beginning to advanced language as well as courses in the areas of interdisciplinary study of the Italian language, culture and literature; and its manifestations and usage in the present social context i.e. Translation Studies, Music Studies, Migration Literature, Italophone Studies, History of Italian Politics, Pop Culture, Fashion, and Food Studies. Along with scholarly contributions to research, the ideal candidate will have evidence of expertise in foreign language pedagogy and relevant teaching experience in Italian Studies in English.To apply, submit a cover letter; curriculum vitae; a sample syllabus of Italian Studies and course evaluations; a writing sample in Italian Studies, and two letters of reference to Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until November 20, 2012. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the beginning of January 2013 via Skype.Bryn Mawr College is an equal opportunity employer. Minority candidates and women are especially encouraged to apply.

---What do we have here??? a Visiting Assistant Professor position but at the rank of a Lecturer, This is a position for somebody with a PhD, but with a salary for somebody with a M.A. This is both ridicolous and unfair (but with a job market such as ours...desperation makes this right?) What do you all think? Che ne pensate?

- Doesn't seem a big deal at all: I've always understood the difference between VAP and Lecturer to be one of semantics. I wouldn't have expected a VAP with a PhD to be paid any more than a Lecturer with a PhD.

-- No, not really, at least not according to my personal experience. Of course things vary a lot depeding on the specific contract that one gets, but I've generally seen VAPs get a better stipend and a better teaching load than Lecturers, even when both hold a PhD. Again, I'm not stating any universal rule here, but reporting first-hand knowledge.

-- I'd second the OP and the last poster. I also thought there was some tension between the "lecturer" rank and the "VAP" title. I don't know about stipends (those are likely to be lower whatever non-TT position you hold) but I've definitely seen the "P" in VAP matter in terms of teaching load and levels of courses taught, other departmental service responsibilties, and the general level of responsibility and respect a person is accorded around the department.

- (Original responder) It's interesting to see the variety in personal experience. My own remarks come from knowledge of a large state university where a VAP and a lecturer, both with PhDs, were paid the same. The VAP had a 3/3 load and minimal service responsabilities; the lecturer had a 3/2 load and extensive departmental and college-wide responsabilities ...with commensurate respect. I guess these experiences all feed into the general difficulty we find in establishing what is 'normal' for our field?

Any News? x2?

Skype interiew scheduled [2/18]  (x2)

From the ad: "Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the beginning of January 2013 via Skype" - and then they schedule them (not even conduct them yet) almost at the end of February!

On campus interview scheduled

Colby College[]

French and Italian: Italian Studies, assistant professor

I do not see any listing? Who thinks there is a job here in Italian?

- The Chronicle of Higher Ed.

-It's strange that it's still not appearing on the colby employment page.

Here it is, finally: The Italian program in the Department of French and Italian seeks to fill the Paganucci Professorship in Italian studies at the level of Assistant/Advanced Assistant Professor beginning September 1, 2013. Applicants must have a Ph.D., native or near-native fluency in Italian, and a strong research record. Primary field expected in language and literature with expertise in Italian cultural studies desirable. Successful candidates will have teaching experience that prepares for teaching five courses per year at all undergraduate levels, in both Italian and English. We are seeking someone with organizational talent and leadership qualities who will assume significant responsibility for curriculum planning and student advising, and will become involved in the college community at-large.

For full consideration, send a complete application including: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, a representative sample of current scholarship, e.g., reprints of recently published work or a sample of work in progress, and evidence of teaching effectiveness, e.g., complete set of course evaluations for two different classes. Submit application electronically Address all inquiries to Bénédicte Mauguière, Chair of Italian Search Committee, Department of French and Italian, Colby College, 4656 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will take place at the 2013 MLA Convention in Boston.

Colby College is committed to equality and diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college. Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, or age in employment or in our educational programs. For more information about the College, please visit our website:

- receipt of materials acknowledged vial email (10/18/2012)

- any news about MLA interviews? (12/19/2012) - Yes, contacted on 12/17

- Anyone else? And not to start rumors, but is this job intended for an internal candidate?

-- Well, there are two internal candidates: I would be surprised if one of them didn't get the job.

that's gotta be fun, 2 internal candidates...tense hallways.

ANY news here?

Heard on the grapevine that the finalists have been contacted. (And that neither of the internals is among them.)

Have heard the job has gone to a very praiseworthy (imho) candidate. Congratulations! (2/25)

I was on campus but I haven't heard anything official from them. Do you know if s/he accepted?

Columbia University[]

The Department of Italian at Columbia University announces an opening for a full-time, tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor, preferably with expertise in Mediterranean Studies, to begin July 1, 2013. Screening of applications begins immediately; applications must be submitted by November 30, 2012. We welcome applications from scholars whose formal training is not in Italian Literature, e.g. historians, anthropologists, etc. Ph.D. is required to be in hand at the time of appointment.

Applicants must submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae and arrange for three letters of reference. For more information and to apply, please visit our online site at:

  • Is anyone whose formal training IS in Italian literature, and not Mediterranean Studies (whatever that is), history, anthropology, etc. applying to this one? I wish they wouldn't put "preferably" before the main specialism because it sounds like it might be an open search but that rarely proves to be the case (cf. Stanford last year.)
  • Yes, I am. My formal training is in Italian literature and not Mediterranean...but, it is worth the try, I think.
  • Ditto - you have to throw your hat in the ring with these types of posts, at worst you don't hear back from them.
  • OP here. I get where you're both coming from: unsent applications have a 100% rejection rate. But my experience is that job ads usually mean what they say -- my applications get serious consideration when the person specified has a CV like mine and nowhere when they ask for something else. (Cue venting about exceptions to this rule but, in my experience, they are prominent because of, not despite, their rarity.) So what frustrated me here was the obscurity introduced by that word "preferably" before the only specialism suggested. Any thoughts as to *why* they might go against that preference and hire an Italian lit. specialist instead?
  • Well, there's no harm in keeping one's options open.  Say a standard Italian literature specialist publishes a book that changes the face of Italian Studies as we know it.  Columbia would be foolish to close off its options by saying that they wouldn't even consider such a candidate.

Friend w/ mediterranean (not lit) specialty got interview invite (x2)

Cornell University - Full- or Part-time Teaching Associate/Visiting Lecturer/Visiting Sr. Lecturer[]

Description: The Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University wishes to identify individuals interested in temporary full-time or part-time Teaching Associate or Visiting Lecturer, Visiting Sr. Lecturer positions to teach first and second year French, Italian and/or Spanish language courses.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: professional teaching experience in higher education, and native or near-native proficiency in English and the language they are applying to teach. Preference will be given to candidates with a M.A. degree or foreign equivalent in the target language or linguistics, Foreign Language Education or a related field. Level of appointment (Teaching Associate/Visiting Lecturer) will be based upon academic credentials and prior teaching experience. Please submit the following application materials February 1, 2013: 1) application letter, 2) curriculum vitae in English, 3), the names, addresses, and phone numbers of two references and/or letters of recommendation in English (hard copies) addressed to: Samantha Preston, Department of Romance Studies, 303C Morrill Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 14853. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

UPDATE: I don't think this position was ever for someone doing Italian.

-I applied last year, rejected without any sort of  interview.

They have an internal candiate that is probably thinking of leaving/they don't want to rehire.

Dartmouth College - Assistant Professor of Italian -- DEADLINE PASSED.[]

French & Ital, 6087 Dartmouth Hall, Hanover, NH 03755 Assistant Professor of Italian Tenure-track Assistant Professor, specialist in Italian Studies, with preference for a scholar in Medieval studies; expected to teach The Divine Comedy, general courses in Italian literature and culture, and Italian language. Native or near-native ability in Italian required. Excellence in teaching and promise of scholarly accomplishment expected. Ph.D. should be completed by the time of employment. Applicants should submit letter of application with c.v., dossier, three letters of recommendation, one-page dissertation abstract and first ten pages of Chapter Two of your dissertation online at the link above by October 26, 2012. AA/EOE. Dartmouth College is an Equal Opportunity employer and strongly encourages women, minorities and veterans to apply.

MLA interview scheduled via email (12/5) x3

Any updates?

Silence here (01/18).

visits were scheduled shortly after the mla

Updates on this position? Anyone?

Heard through the grapevine that a first offer was made but not accepted. (2/15)

Was a second offer made? (2/28)

Any news here? (3/8)

Received a hardcopy letter saying the search was suspended (3/12)

Elon University (2 positions) (Deadline passed)[]

Elon University seeks applicants for two positions, one tenure track position and one continuing track position, both as assistant professor of Italian, beginning in August 2013. Area of specialization is open. PhD in Italian or related discipline required, plus native or near-native fluency, and undergraduate teaching experience. The successful candidate will demonstrate creativity, engagement, and academic rigor in teaching and will be able to convey effectively his/her research to undergraduates.

Responsibilities include teaching language, literature, and culture courses at all levels; must also be prepared to teach in the interdisciplinary general studies program and direct undergraduate research.

Elon is a dynamic private, co-educational, comprehensive institution that is a national model for actively engaging faculty and students in teaching and learning. To learn more about Elon, please visit the University web site at .

Please send one-page letter of application, current CV, a one-page description of your teaching philosophy, three references from those who can speak to your teaching and/or scholarship, and up to 3 course syllabi from a variety of levels. Finalists will need to provide graduate transcripts prior to the campus visit.

Complete application must be submitted electronically to by midnight Eastern Standard Time on October 8, 2012, to be assured of full consideration. Elon University is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body and welcomes all applicants.

-Receipt of materials acknowledged via email (10/8/12)

-Two insiders.

-skype interviews anybody?

-scheduled 12/5 via email for 12/13 (x6)

-did they explain for which one, before the interview?

- in my case, they did not, but I only applied for the TT position. 

- any rejection letters yet?

-campus visit scheduled for february via email 12/18 (x2)

-really? so I am out of this, but good luck to you guys who are going to the campus visit, I already have a job. I hope these positions are real and you are getting it!

- do not reach conclusions so quickly: the job market is not easily predictable. I got my current job after they invited 3 other candidates to the campus interview. 

- word on the street: offer made and accepted

Fairfield University - Adjunct Faculty, Italian[]

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Fairfield University invites applications for part-time instructor positions beginning in Fall, 2013. Applicants are expected to have a minimum of MA in Italian or related field, native or near-native proficiency in Italian, and previous experience teaching college-level Italian. Evidence of teaching effectiveness also required. Experience with computer-integrated learning a plus ===Applicants should submit cover letter and curriculum vitae by email to Sara E. Diaz at

Position open until filled.


Kennesaw State University, Chair, Department of Foreign Languages and Professor/Associate Professor[]

Position Qualifications – Responsibilities: The department seeks a dynamic and innovative Chair who has worked in a shared governance environment and who values collaboration and collegiality. The ideal candidate will articulate a clear and compelling vision for the department’s future and will be capable of leading a diverse team of faculty and staff in a collegiate environment that is experiencing rapid growth and programmatic expansion. The Chair is expected to facilitate collaboration among the various Department of Foreign Languages (DFL) programs, help strengthen the DFL’s ties with the professional community, promote research, build and maintain successful teams, and cultivate external support for departmental activities. In addition to departmental administration, the Chair carries limited teaching responsibilities and is expected to maintain a research agenda. This is a 12-month, tenure-track position with possibility of tenure upon appointment. Required Education – Experience – Skills (Minimum Qualifications):

The successful candidate must have the following:

  • An earned doctorate in one of the disciplines that contribute to the programs housed in the Department;
  • Native or near-native fluency in one of the languages currently offered in the DFL as a Major or Minor;
  • A record of excellence in teaching, reflective of current and best practices;
  • A record of successful administrative and/or leadership experience in a department, college, or university setting;
  • A record of significant scholarship;
  • A record of international experience and community engagement;
  • A record of excellence in scholarship and professional service commensurate with tenure at the rank of associate or full professor;
  • and, a commitment to promoting diversity.

Application Procedure:

A complete application requires a letter addressing the candidate’s qualifications for the position, including administrative philosophy, scholarship activity, and teaching philosophy; evidence of teaching effectiveness; a current curriculum vitae; a list of five professional references; and unofficial graduate transcripts (official graduate transcripts are required before employment at KSU). Send application materials electronically to:

Priority will be given to applications received by November 1, 2012. It is our policy to hire individuals with a strong commitment to intercultural competence to work in a global environment with a diverse student body. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals, especially those from members of underrepresented and marginalized groups.

Questions About Position Opening: For questions about this position opening, please contact Dr. Thierry Léger at Date Position Available: July 2013 This position is contingent upon budgetary allocation.

Departmental/College Overview: With 28 full-time and approximately 30 part-time faculty members, the DFL houses a B.A. degree program in Modern Language and Culture in three languages (French, German, Spanish) and four concentrations (Second language and culture, Teacher certification in foreign languages, Applied business, and Cross-disciplinary perspectives). In addition to offering Minors in the primary languages of the Modern Language and Culture major, we also offer Minors in Chinese Studies, Classical Studies, and Italian Studies, and we offer regular instruction in Hebrew, Latin, and Portuguese, and instruction in five other languages via the Critical Languages Program. Recently, the DFL launched an M.A.T. program in Chinese and Spanish, and the DFL offers a non-degree Alternative Teacher Preparation Program leading to certification in Chinese, French, German, Latin, Japanese, and Spanish. Furthermore, as a distinctive characteristic, DFL faculty and students are engaged in the community and beyond including initiatives related to teaching-learning, service, and research, which are often facilitated via service-learning, internships, and study abroad opportunities.

Kennesaw State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. Georgia is an Open Records State.

Loyola University Maryland, Visiting Affiliate Assistant Professor (or Instructor), Italian[]

Teach Italian 100-level courses (3/4 of position) and coordinate pre-core and core courses (1/4 of position)

Minimum M.A. or equivalent in Italian, Applied Linguistics or Second-Language Acquisition specializing in Italian and previous experience in college level Italian language instruction.

Job Close Date: Open Until Filled

Anticipated Start Date: 01 August 2013

Please send two letters of recommendation and original transcripts to: 

Ms. Natalie Rock, Administrative Assistant 
Department of Modern Languages & Literatures 
Loyola University Maryland 
4501 N. Charles Street 
Baltimore, MD 21210-2699

Link to online application:


  • was contacted on 4/19 for an interview via email; I declined due to another offer.
  • Any updates after the Skype interview?
  • Offer made and accepted (5/14)

New York University, VAP in Italian Literature[]

The Department of Italian Studies of New York University invites applications for a one-year, non-tenure track Visiting Assistant Professor position in modern and contemporary Italian literature. The successful candidate will teach Fall 2013 at New York University in New York City, and Spring 2014 semester at New York University’s Villa La Pietra in Florence. The candidate will teach 2 courses per semester.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, c.v., and three referees, via the “Employment” link on the NYU Department of Italian Studies web site: for applications is January 15, 2013. We will be conducting interviews via Skype in February.


Email request for writing sample [1/24] X2

Rejection email received after having submitting writing sample [2/6]

Skype interview scheduled [2/6] x2

-I got a request for a writing sample but still haven't received a request for an interview or a rejection. Anyone else in the same boat? [2/7]

Offer made and accepted late February.

Ohio State University, Assistant Professor of Italian Medieval Studies with Interdisciplinary Interestes[]

French & Ital, 1775 College Rd 200 Hagerty Hall, Columbus, OH 43210

The Department of French and Italian in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Italian Medieval Studies with interdisciplinary interests. Additional expertise in Italian Renaissance Studies desirable. We seek a colleague who has the resources to develop and contribute to interdisciplinary initiatives with appropriate departments and programs and who will be instrumental in the launching of a new PhD program in Italian Studies (pending approval of the Board of Regents). Teaching duties include graduate and undergraduate courses in English and Italian, including large-enrollment courses in English.
Qualifications: A strong research agenda, demonstrated excellence in and commitment to teaching, and native or near-native fluency in Italian and English are required. Ph.D. by the time of appointment (August 16, 2013).
Application Instructions: Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, one short writing sample (maximum 25 pages), and three letters of recommendation to Associate Professor Janice Aski, Search Committee Chair, Department of French and Italian, 200 Hagerty Hall, 1775 College Road, Columbus, OH 43210 or electronically to (referees may submit their letters via email). Review of applications begins November 20, 2012. Initial interviews will be conducted at the MLA Convention at Boston.
The Ohio State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. To build a diverse workforce, Ohio State and the Department of French and Italian encourage and welcome applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women.

- They have an internal candidate.

- Request for MLA interview via phone (12/4) (x3)

-Campus visit scheduled (1/9)

- Rejection email (1/8) saying: "Thank you for your application for the Visiting Assistant Professor position in Medieval Italian Studies our department has advertised". Did anyone get the same email?

-No, no such message here. Do you mind divulging if you interviewed with OSU at the MLA?

- They've posted the "Italian Job Candidate" talks on the events calendar of their website, if you're interested.

-Thank you for that...and I would like just to post a little comment because one of their candidates is a tenure faculty from a very prestigious university...Is this fair???? in this type of job market to be looking for a tenure-track job when you already have one? I do not mean to be polemic and I am sure that there could be good reasons for somebody to be looking for another job if they do not like where they currently are...but considering the high number of junior faculy (untenured and in visting positions) who have been on the job market for a few years now and they should be the next in line....but they are competing with candidates like that? This only makes the situation worst for all of us out there who are not in tenure-track positions and are looking to find one....and stick with it!!!! Li mortacci!!!

-Chissa'. Perhaps he's a ringer...

-The job market is awful. There are so many amazing candidates who are not getting jobs. That is not the fault of someone who is in a tenure track (not tenured, not definite!) position. Who knows what is going on his life or at his work (or where he is in the tenure process). Comments like the ones above are part of why many places keep their information private. So many places have hired former graduate students, inside candidates, people with lots of experience, etc. in the past view years. OSU has been very open and professional about their process. Let's support transparency. It seems unfair to voice problems with one individual whose name is revealed because of an open process, when the problem is the state of the field and the state of the humanities. Does anyone know what is happening with all the jobs that have not been as forthcoming? 

-Ok you have a good point there, and I do appreciate the transparency, but maybe it's better not to this point...anybody got any blue pills for sale?

-It's unfortunately common practice to apply for Assistant Prof. jobs the year one goes up for tenure in order to increase the leverage on your home institution should you land an alternative offer. I believe that is what has happened here. But OSU assumedly knows that too. Maybe he is indeed a ringer: one of the other candidates has a Masters from OSU.

Post-MLA rejection email saying the position has been offered and accepted. (2/18)

- I wonder who got it?  Any idea??

-I feel it's not in the spirit of the wiki to name names outright. So all I'll say is that I heard the job went to the candidate who has his PhD from Berkeley. (X2)

Ohio State University, Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Italian Literature and Culture[]

The Department of French and Italian in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor position in Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Italian Literature and Culture. This is a one-year, non-tenure track appointment with the potential for renewal depending upon funding. Candidates with strong interdisciplinary interests are especially encouraged to apply. Teaching duties include graduate and undergraduate courses in English and Italian. A strong research agenda, demonstrated excellence in and commitment to teaching, and native or near-native fluency in Italian and English are required. Ph.D. by the time of appointment (August 16, 2013). Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to Assistant Professor Dana Renga, Search Committee Chair, Department of French and Italian, 200 Hagerty Hall, 1775 College Road, Columbus, OH 43210 or electronically to (referees may submit their letters via email). Review of applications begins December 15, 2012 and continues until the position is filled. Interviews will be conducted at the MLA Convention at Boston and also via Skype. The OhioState University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. To build a diverse workforce, Ohio State and the Department of French and Italian encourage and welcome applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women.

- MLA interview scheduled by phone on 12-15

- "Review of applications begins December 15" + "MLA interview scheduled by phone on December 15" = ?

- I sent mine out in mid November and was contacted on Dec 15 for the inteview. I guess that when you only look at a letter and a cv, and basically it's a one-woman committee, then decisions are made pretty quickly.

- Anyone contacted for Skype interview?

-email rejection stating an offer was made and accepted (1/29)

Pepperdine University - Italian – Assistant Professor[]

The International Studies and Languages Division invites applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment in Italian. Applicants must hold an earned doctorate at the effective date of employment, August 1, 2013, and must have native or near-native fluency in Italian. The successful candidate will have a strongcommitment to undergraduate liberal arts education, a genuine interest in students and teaching, and a dedication to the development of a growing program. Responsibilities include teaching all levels of Italian language as well as Italian literature, culture, and film; an active commitment to research; committee responsibilities; and participation in related division and assessment activities. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, short statement of teaching philosophy, short description of research interests, response to Pepperdine’s Christian Mission Statement (see website:, and three letters of reference. Electronic submissions are preferred. Position is open until filled.

- Acknowledgment of materials received, 10/1

- Any further news here? (12/5)

- Rejection e-mail received on 12/11 (x3)

- Huh. Any known interviews? (12/19)

- Rejection email 12/19 (x2)

- Rejection email 12/20

- Any news on what happened here? (1/27)

-I heard they have a candidate they are getting (or have gotten) approved. Apparently they don't do the normal 3/4 finalists on campus, just pick one finalist and if it works out, go w/ that, and if not, pick another.

- Offer made and accepted.

Queen's University - Instructor for May-June Program[]

Multiple Disciplines - Instructors (Queen's-Blyth Worldwide International Studies Program)

Queen's University

Location: Ontario Date posted: 2012-09-10


Instructors Required

Queen's University at Kingston, Canada is seeking innovative instructors for the Queen's-Blyth Worldwide International Studies Program. This program offers a range of intensive university-level spring / summer courses in various countries around the world. Courses are characterized by experiential learning through small class sizes, close interaction between students and instructors, emphasis on the international context, and a rich program of integrated academic field studies.

Queen's University is currently hiring instructors for the following instructional sessions in 2013: May, June, and May/June. In each session, intensive three or five-week courses will be offered in Art History, Astronomy, Biology, Chinese Language and Culture, Classical Studies, Economics, English Literature, Environmental Science, French Language and Culture, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, Health Studies, History, Italian Language and Culture, Kinesiology, Math, Philosophy, Political Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Spanish Language and Culture.

We are seeking instructors with excellent university-level teaching records who have a passion for experiential learning to participate in this exciting initiative. Instructors will receive a stipend of $5000 (Canadian) per course (before tax), airfare from selected centres to the respective venue, and accommodation for the duration of the course. Applicants, who should have a PhD in hand or near completion, may download an information sheet and application form from Completed applications should be sent electronically to the International Programs Office at:

The deadline for the receipt of applications is 23 October 2012.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen's is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

- Rejection e-mail received on 12/11 (ITLN P10)

Sewanee, University of the South - Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian[]

The University of the South invites applications for a two‑year position in Italian with the possibility of renewal or conversion to tenure track.
Primary teaching responsibilities will include introductory and intermediate Italian as well as upper‑division courses in Italian language, literature, or culture. Additionally, candidates will be asked to participate in the interdisciplinary Humanities program or to offer an English language course in their field of expertise. Familiarity with study‑abroad programs is also desired. Candidates must be committed to teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts setting and actively engaged in scholarship.
The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. Native, or near‑native, fluency in Italian and English is required.
The University of the South comprises a highly‑regarded College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a distinguished School of Theology. It is an institution of the Episcopal Church that welcomes individuals of all backgrounds. It is located on a striking, 13,000‑acre campus on Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau.
Review of applications will begin November 15, 2012. Applicants must submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, transcripts, and at least three letters of reference to:

  • Deadline's just passed on this one I'm afraid, but I realized it wasn't up here when I wanted to pose the following question: Did anyone else get an automated reply suggesting that the position is tenure-track rather than visiting/convertible? And what to make of it? I thought you couldn't actually do that (i.e. make a visiting prof. into a tenure-track) without holding another search.
  • I got the same response. The original ad does mention the possibility of conversion to tenure track, but still it's a little confusing!
  • Request for an on-line interview (12/21) (x2)
  • Any news? (x2)
  • A month after the interview, I still don't have any news. Is there any on-campus candidate for this position?
  • Welcome to the academic job market! Yes, I have heard on the grapevine of campus visits taking place in the last few weeks.
  • Word on the street: offer made and accepted in mid-February.

Siena College (NEW!! Posted on April 2013)[]

Part-time Lecturer in Italian Job Number: 84173283 Location: Loudonville, NY US

Updated: 4/4/2013

The Siena College Department of Modern Languages and Classics invites applications for part-time lecturers in Italian to begin Fall 2013. PhD preferred, but MA considered. Native or near-native fluency in English and Italian. Teaching load: 1 or 2 courses per semester.

Application will consist of letter of interest, curriculum vitae, one-page statement of teaching philosophy, and names and contact information for three references.

Electronic submission through Interfolio is required. Please submit materials to no later than April 15, 2013. Only completed applications will be reviewed. For questions or further information, please contact Lisette Balabarca, Assistant Professor of Spanish

Siena College is committed to attracting, supporting, and retaining a diverse faculty. We actively encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, veterans, and others who may make a positive contribution to the diversification of ideas and perspectives.

Siena College is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. Therefore, we request that in addition to your application, you complete the Equal Employment Opportunity Questionnaire provided on the Interfolio site.


Tufts University - Full-time Lecturer of Italian[]

Full-time Lecturer of Italian beginning September 1, 2013. The Department of Romance Languages is seeking a full-time lecturer in Italian to teach all levels of language (three courses per semester).

Native or near-native fluency in Italian, M.A., and previous college-level teaching experience required; Ph.D. desirable. Participation in extra-curricular activities, familiarity with instructional technology, and other university service expected. Review of applications begins November 16, 2012, and continues until the position is filled. Send cover letter, updated CV, and three confidential letters of reference to:

Professor José Antonio Mazzotti, Chair Department of Romance Languages, Tufts University 180 Packard Avenue, Olin Center Medford, MA 02155

Tufts University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

--11/15 receipt of application materials via email (x3)

-- 11/28 request for Skype interview in early December (x3)

-- 12/19 invitation for on-campus interview

Any updates on this one?

Offer made and accepted

Tulane University - Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian[]

The Department of French and Italian at Tulane University is seeking a Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian for a one‑year position with possibility for renewal. The position will begin on July 1, 2013. Specialization in Italian literature of the Middle Ages is preferred. Native or near‑native fluency in the language is required. Ph.D. in hand.

The 3/3 teaching load includes language courses at all levels as well as advanced undergraduate literature courses. Familiarity with technology‑based methods of language instruction is desirable. Review of the applications will begin on Dec. 15, 2012. Submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references through Interfolio at Tulane University is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. All eligib candidates are invited to apply for position vacancies as appropriate.

Any news for this position? Grazie in anticipo...

MLA interview held. Told final decision will be made late (March?)

When I applied for this position a few years back (it's kind of a revolving door, but not in bad way) they did MLA interviews for the efficient ones who'd applied early, and phone interviews for the deadline addicts like me. They decided in late February, as I recall it.

Yes, I agree with the last post. They sent out an acknowledgement of receipt of application a few days ago...there is still hope fore this one!


I sent in my application too late for an MLA interview so I just emailed them to clarify. I was told that the search is proceeding and my application's under consideration. Has anyone else had a post-MLA interview?

Any updates here?

Shame on these people. God forbid you bother to contact applicants in any way within 4 months of your deadline. Search committees: it's a form email, for crying out loud.

The offer was made and accepted very recently (Apr. 22, 2013)

Official rejection email received (5/1)

University of British Columbia - Assistant Professor of Italian Language and Culture[]

Applications are invited for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to commence July 1, 2013, subject to final budgetary approval.

Candidates should have a specialization in the acquisition of Italian as a Second or Foreign Language and experience in using and developing language instruction technology on different platforms. The successful candidate for this position will be the coordinator of the language program in Italian and teach language and culture courses at all levels. He or she will be expected to maintain an active program of research, teaching, graduate supervision, and service, and play a leadership role in the development of the Italian language program.

A completed Ph.D. (or solid indication of imminent completion) in Italian or an equivalent doctoral degree is required. Candidates must have native or near-native fluency in Italian, appropriate expertise in L2 and L3, as well as an excellent command of English to teach Italian Studies courses. They will also demonstrate excellence or clear promise of excellence in research and teaching.

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a sample of their publications, a statement of teaching philosophy, as well as evidence of teaching ability and effectiveness, and should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to:

Search Committee

c/o Dr. André Lamontagne, Head

Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies

The University of British Columbia

797-1873 East Mall

Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6T 1Z1

-receipt of materials acknowledged vial email 

- 1/22: Email stating that funding for tenure-track position was not approved, but that funding will be available for up to 3 years. Must let them know if I would like my submitted application materials to be considered for the limited position. Position has been reposted, with a new application deadline of 3/1.

- note that the new position is a Limited Term Appointment, as per collective agreement after 3 years you can't be renewed. Be careful!

- Any news here?

-Interviews via Skype, no tenured prof in Italian on the hiring committe (???). Silence after that.

University of California, Berkeley - Full-time Lecturer / Language Coordinator[]

Ital Studies, 6303 Dwinelle Hall, MC 2620, Berkeley, CA 94720 The Department of Italian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, seeks to appoint a 100% time Lecturer who will serve as coordinator for its undergraduate language program for the 2013-14 academic year (effective 7/1/13), with possibility of renewal and subsequent continuing lecturer status. In addition to coordinating the department's lower-division language instruction program and supervising the lecturers and graduate student instructors who teach in it, the appointee will conduct upper-division Italian language and culture courses and a graduate seminar in pedagogy. Applicants must hold an advanced degree in Italian or closely related field (M.A. or above), and have substantial experience in the teaching of Italian language to non-native speakers, as well as in curriculum design and administration. Significant training in second-language acquisition and/or applied linguistics is expected, as well as the ability to apply recent developments in the application of technology and new media to language teaching and learning. Experience of summer programs in Italy and willingness to contribute to the growth of education abroad programs at Berkeley would be an asset. Salary is commensurate with postsecondary teaching experience. Materials, including a CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, sample pedagogical materials, and three confidential letters of reference must be submitted electronically at Application deadline: November 15, 2012. Please refer potential referees to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality at: We encourage applications from individuals who will contribute to diversity in higher education. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

  • Anyone know why UC Berkeley is looking for a lecturer/coordinator again? I interviewed for this position last year (even though I'd heard they had an internal candidate) but it's listed again. Anyone know why? Did the person get another job? Did the person not work out? Please share any info!
    • The offer they made last year - to an outside candidate - was not accepted.
    • Interesting, it must have happened late because my rejection letter stated that the position had been filled.....why wouldn't they have moved to the next candidate down the list?
    • Well, as long as I know, in a national search you're not supposed to move to the next candidate down the list. If things are done by the book, when the candidate to whom the position is offered decides not to accept it, a new national search should be conducted. I've also been told that this is done in order to guarantee the candidates' negotiating power -- otherwise, universities could simply refuse any negotiations and move down the list until they find someone willing to accept the initial offer.
    • Is the previous comment accurate? In today's market when there are over a hundred well-qualified candidates applying for every full-time job, wouldn't it be foolish for universities to start again if the top candidate, who presumably finished a hair above the second-best (and still in all likelihood fabulous) candidate, chose to turn them down?
    • I agree with the previous comment; I've never heard of anything like that. I've served on search committees, and I can assure you that we would have moved to the fourth and fifth candidates on our list and done another round of campus visits rather than risk losing the position the next year (relunctantly, yes, but we would have done it).
    • Agreed, all the search committees I have sat on required us to invite three candidates who we were comfortable offering the job. That's why you invite more than just one candidate to campus - so that the first and second alternates have gone through the same steps and processes as the "top" candidate.
    • OP here - I was totally just reporting word of mouth (coming from a dept. chair at an Ivy, but word of mouth nonetheless).
    • So does anyone have a feeling on this?  Are they looking at another internal candidate or is this a more "real" position this time around?
    • It was real last time and it is real this time. 

Dec 12. MLA interview scheduled x3

  • How long did your interviews last?
  • 45 minutes

- 1/17 invitation to on-campus interview

  • Congratulations! I got a rejection email. Good luck for the on-campus interview!
    • Thank you! Much appreciated and...I need all the luck :)

University of Kansas - Italian Lecturer[]

The Department of French & Italian at the University of Kansas is currently searching for a one-year renewable part- to full-time Lecturer in Italian.

The successful applicant for the position must have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. before employment begins.

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through

(1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application,

(2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in resume, and

(3) information provided from professional references: 1. Bachelor's level study (or foreign equivalent) in Italian, or related arts or humanities discipline. 2. Near native or native command of Italian. 3. For those hired to teach at the 300-level, M.A. plus additional graduate study in Italian (or foreign equivalent). 4. Demonstrated excellence in teaching as evidenced by evaluations and/or letters of recommendation; and near-native or native command of Italian.

Preferred Qualifications

For those hired to teach 100- or 200-level course(s), previous experience teaching the course(s) of interest, demonstrated excellence in teaching as evidenced in evaluations or letters of recommendation. For those hired to teach 300-level courses, Ph.D. or A.B.D., previous experience teaching the course(s) of interest. Percent of Total Time (100) / Responsibilities

1. Teach one to four 3-hour or 5-hour courses at the 100-, 200-, or 300-level. 2. Prepare for and attend all class meetings. In case of absence, the lecturer must make arrangements for a substitute to teach class. Classes should not be canceled. 3. Develop assignments, administer tests, evaluate student work, provide feedback to students, and assign grades. 4. Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught. A minimum of three posted office hours each week is required. These office hours should be divided over at least two and preferably three different days. The lecturer should be available for reasonable appointments if a student cannot meet during scheduled office hours. 5. Adhere to departmental, college and university policies.

To apply, please go to:

- Any news?

University of Minnesota Twin Cities - Assistant Professor of Italian Studies[]

Required/Preferred Qualifications: The Department of French and Italian, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Italian Studies to begin fall semester 2013 (August 26, 2013). The Department welcomes applications from candidates in Italian Studies (literature and culture) or related fields. Candidates' work may focus on any time period or genre. The Department is particularly interested in candidates whose work displays a methodological or theoretical focus that complements the existing strengths of the Department. Candidates' work should support the Department's undergraduate major and graduate minor, and contribute to broader cross-departmental and cross-disciplinary teaching and research. The appointment will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May). Appointment will be made at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, consistent with collegiate and University policy. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: completed Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Italian Studies or in a related field, and a dissertation on a topic appropriate to this position. The completed doctorate must be in hand before the beginning of the appointment; demonstrated scholarly excellence with evidence of potential for scholarly distinction, a well-planned program of research, and an ability to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; primary research and teaching interests in Italian Studies; native or near-native ability in Italian and English. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: college/university-level teaching experience; research and teaching interests that engage with theoretical discussions in other disciplines in the humanities. Candidates will be evaluated according to the overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work, evidence of research ability, evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and the strength of recommendations.

Applications must be made online at

Enter requisition number 179783.

Application materials (cover letter and cv) must be submitted online. A writing sample may be submitted online or in hard copy. Three letters of recommendation may be emailed to or sent to Chair, Italian Search Committee, French and Italian, University of Minnesota, 314 Folwell, 9 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

Review of applications begins on November 7. Applications complete by that day will receive priority in scheduling interviews at the MLA convention.

-any news on this one???

They are still working on a list and will take another week, according to my source. 

-- Any updates? (12/20) This is getting late, no?

12/21 - MLA interview scheduled via email (x2)

-oh, so I am out of this one too. Good luck guys!

-specialty/period?: 20th century 

12/31 - Rejection email

On-campus interview invitation received via email (1/11)

- Offer made

- Offer accepted

-Congratulations to the successful candidate! Would you mind sharing his/her specialization?

University of North Carolina at Charlotte[]

Lecturer of Italian, Department of Languages and Culture Studies at the Full-time, non-tenure-track position to begin August 15, 2013.

Required qualifications: MA in Italian; three years of successful teaching (Italian) at the college level; native or near-native fluency in Italian and English; evidence of engagement in professional development as a language teacher and commitment to working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds.

Desired qualification: Experience in teaching Italian culture and/or cinema.

Duties include: Teaching skills and content courses at all undergraduate levels, working with colleagues in all aspects of the program including enhancing use of technologies and social media resources.

All applicants must apply on-line at, and attach the following documents: a letter of application addressed to Dr. Robert Reimer, Chair, Department of Languages and Culture Studies; a copy of the graduate transcript; and a current and complete CV. Three original letters of recommendation must be mailed directly to Dr. Robert Reimer, Department of Languages and Culture Studies, UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28223. The letters must be specific to this job application.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2012 and continue until the position is filled.

- Any news on this one? 

University of Pennsylvania - Assistant Professor in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italian Studies[]

The University of Pennsylvania announces a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with a focus on Italian and Latin Humanism (late medieval and Renaissance Italian Studies) in the Department of Romance Languages to begin July 1, 2013. A demonstrated commitment to excellence in scholarship and teaching is required. The candidates will be expected to teach a general education undergraduate course in translation once a year. Ph.D is expected by the start of the appointment. Application materials are to be submitted online at

A complete application includes a cover letter, CV, writing sample, and the contact information for three individuals who will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit a letter of recommendation. Candidates are encouraged to apply by November 15, 2012, but applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. The University of Pennsylvania is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

-From the Chronicle of Higher Ed

  • Email forewarning about a further potential email to set up first-round skype interviews the first week of December (Nov 26).

Did anyone hear from them? (12/4)

No, all silent here. (12/4) (x6)

I know that a friend was contacted to schedule the skype interview. He works on It. Renaissance Humanism

Skype interview scheduled (12/3)

Any news here? (3/6)

4/23 What happened? Job just listed again! Offer declined?

Would you mind saying where you saw the job recently listed again? (4/23) --> but I suspect it's a computer glitch (you may want to email them to comfirm) (4/25)

I see what you mean, on that webpage the ad appears indeed to be posted on April 23, but if you read it, it says that the deadline is in November 2012 (,false). It must be a glitch. As far as I know, the offer was made and accepted a couple of weeks ago. (4/30)

University of Southern California - Assistant Professor of Italian (Successful Search Concluded)[]

French & Ital, 3501 Trousdale Pky, THH 155, Los Angeles, CA 90089 Assistant Professor of Italian The Department of French and Italian at the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Italian with a specialization in modern and/or contemporary Italian literature, anticipated to begin in Fall 2013. Applicants should be conversant with interdisciplinary approaches to the study of Italian literature and approach their field from a wide cultural perspective. The successful candidate should be able to offer a range of courses within the field of Italian language and literature at the undergraduate level, as well as graduate courses in their area of specialization. Applicant should have Ph.D. in appropriate field of study by the time of appointment and should provide a CV, research and teaching statements, and three letters of reference via email to Professor Margaret Rosenthal at by October 15, 2012. In order to be considered for this position, applicants are also required to submit an electronic USC application; follow this job link or paste in a browser:. USC strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply.

--very clearly a positioned intended for their current international post-doc.

- Oh but this is a nice, standard job description. Let's not already head down that destructive path!

--Agreed, I don't see anyting here that screams internal candidate. It seems pretty standard to me.

--Except that this department, as well as Spanish/Portuguese, have long histories of corruption in hiring. They always seem to hire their own recent VAPs and Post-Docs into TT and their own PhDs into NTT positions. The last time there was an Italian post-doc at USC? Decades ago. Their having one this year, when they are hiring for next, is not co-incidental.

Request for writing sample by email - 11/27 (x3)

MLA interview scheduled by phone - 12/15

MLA interview scheduled by phone - 12/17 (x2)

Any news post-MLA?

On-campus visit scheduled (1/24)

4 candidates over next few weeks (2/4)

- Offer made

- Offer declined

- Offer made to the candidate the Italian section wanted, and was accepted.  Congratulations!  (The first offer was to the candidate that the French faculty wanted.) 

University of South Florida, Instructor[]

Duties: The Department of World Languages at the University of South Florida is seeking candidates for an appointment to a nine-month position of Instructor in Italian, effective August 7, 2013. This is a full-time position with multi-year renewal contingent upon successful reviews.

Responsibilities: Teach introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in Italian language, literature, and culture in a 4 and 4 teaching load or the equivalent of 12 semester credit hours per semester.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have native or near-native competency in Italian and near-native fluency in spoken and written English; an M.A. in Italian in hand by the time of appointment with a demonstrated ability to effectively teach college level Italian in the American university setting.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates who have a Ph.D. in Italian in hand. 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.

Special Instructions: Dossiers must be uploaded and complete by January 31, 2013. Completed dossier requires a cover letter describing applicant's qualifications for the position, C.V., official graduate transcripts from the Registrar, sample course syllabi, teaching evaluations, a statement of teaching philosophy and three (3) letters of professional recommendation. Materials must be submitted electronically through the USF Human Resources online employment application system.

This position is subject to a Criminal Background Check.

      • did you have problems with the online system for the recommendation letters?
      • -They ask you to upload 3 names/e-mail addresses, and then strangely they ask you to upload one reference letter... I had issues uploading my transcripts pdf, it took me hours...


-any news on this one?

-phone interview requested (2/12)

-any news??

-offer made and declined 

-offer made and accepted

-era un candidato interno?

-per niente!

University of Toronto - Italian Cinema (1 year appt.)[]

The Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto invites applications for a one-year contractually-limited term appointment, with the possibility of a two-year renewal, in the field of Italian Cinema. The position will be at the rank of Assistant Professor commencing, July 1, 2013.

We are seeking an innovative and productive scholar whose major field of research is Italian Cinema and Modern Literature (19th and 20th centuries). A proven record of publications in the field of Italian Cinema Studies is essential. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels in the above mentioned areas as well as language courses. An active research interest in 19th-century Italian literature would be regarded as a special asset. Demonstrated excellence in teaching and research are required.

A completed PhD is required. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy), and a statement outlining current and future research interests. If you have questions about this position, please contact All application materials should be submitted online.

The UofT application system can accommodate up to five attachments (10 MB) per candidate profile; please combine attachments into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Submission guidelines can be found at:

Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters directly to the department via e-mail by the closing date, November 1, 2012.

Information on the Department of Italian Studies may be obtained at:

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

- Offer made and accepted.

University of Toronto Mississauga - Lecturer in Italian Studies[]

The Department of Language Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga invites applications for a teaching stream position in Italian Studies at the rank of Lecturer, beginning July 1, 2013. The Department is particularly interested in candidates with a demonstrated ability to teach a wide variety of Italian courses (language, literature, cinema, theater and culture courses). Knowledge of any other language taught in the Department would be an asset. The successful candidate is expected to have earned a Ph.D. in Italian Studies by July 1, 2013, have an established record of excellence in, and a demonstrated commitment to teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake teaching of the large class-size introductory language courses in Italian at the undergraduate level, participate in the development of undergraduate curriculum, engage in undergraduate mentorship, as well as in course coordination. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the extensive outreach, co-curricular and experiential learning activities in Italian (such as the annual play, internship program, etc.), and to help foster a vibrant intellectual environment for our undergraduate programs. Appointment at the rank of Lecturer may be renewed annually to a maximum of five years. In the fifth year of service, Lecturers shall be reviewed and a recommendation be made with respect to promotion to the rank of Senior Lecturer. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. For further details and to apply online please visit Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi and course evaluations). If you have questions about this position, please contact All application materials should be submitted online. The UofT application system can accommodate up to five attachments (10 MB) per candidate profile; please combine attachments into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Submission guidelines can be found at: Applicants should also ask at least three referees to send letters directly to the department via e-mail to Professor Emmanuel Nikiema, Chair of the Search Committee, at by the closing date, January 11, 2013. The Department of Language Studies website: The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

- This is for a very internal candidate.

- All shortlisted candidates are UofT graduates. Way to go, UofT!

-Re: comment you really think that was a 'fair' search? All UofT grads? Come on!

-It was an ironic comment...

University of Liverpool - University Teacher (deadline February 28th 2013)[]

We wish to appoint a University Teacher in Italian to maintain and enhance our successful and innovative delivery of Italian Language, teaching at undergraduate level and to contribute to a departmental strategy on excellence in language teaching.

You will have completed, or be close to completing a PhD in a relevant subject area. Experience of teaching in Higher Education at undergraduate level is essential; experience of teaching at postgraduate level and of course design are desirable. You will be expected to make a contribution to research, teaching and administration within the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures as a member of the Italian Studies section of the Department, and to undertake administrative duties as required within the Department, the School or the University.

University of Warwick - Language Teaching Coordinator[]

The Italian Department at the University of Warwick has just announced a full-time, permanent position, available from 1st of January 2013, as Language Teaching Coordinator at FA6. The link is ttp:// deadline for receipt of applications is midnight of 6 November. Applications should include a cover letter, an academic CV with the names and email addresses of at least two referees, and a statement (maximum 2 pages) detailing the applicant's experience and philosophy of language teaching and/or coordination.

Vanderbilt University- Lecturer in Italian[]

Vanderbilt University, Department of French and Italian seeks a Lecturer in Italian language and culture. PhD required. One-year appointment with an annual teaching load of 6 courses (3-3). Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in second language acquisition, course coordination, and the use of technologies in foreign language teaching. Native or near-native proficiency in Italian required. Review of applications will begin December 10, 2012, and continue until position is filled. 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 Virginia Scott, Chair, Department of French and Italian, PMB 356312, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN 37235-6312. EEO/AA employer.

  • So last year the interviewer was offered a non-published TT position. ? I'm assuming that they're now going to fill her empty lecturer position. ? Anyone have a sense of Vanderbilt's hiring practicies? ? If the person conducting the interviews is later offered a position that was never advertised, what does it mean for this go round??
  • It's a serious search (inside info)
  • rejection email received today (01/29/13)

Villanova University - Assistant Professor of Italian[]

Tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Contemporary Italian Studies. Preference will be given to candidates with an expertise in other European cultures as well. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to pursue a rigorous program of research, engage in outstanding teaching in a broad range of courses, advise students and contribute to shared governance with service. A Ph.D. in Italian is required at the time of hiring. Native or near-native fluency in English as well as Italian is required. Villanova is a Roman Catholic university founded by and currently related to the Augustinian Order. An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Villanova is committed to fostering a diverse faculty and dedicated to Villanova’s Judeo-Christian value orientation. Review of applications will begin January 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Applications submitted on line to should include: letter of application, unofficial graduate school transcripts, curriculum vitae, a writing sample. In addition at least three letters of recommendation should be sent to Dr. Mercedes Juliá, Chair, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085. 

  • Saw this on the MLA jobs list, but not posted on yet. (1/11)
  • Should we be concerned that this was posted Jan 11 but the deadline is also Jan?
  • Does anyone have a sense of what is meant by "Contemporary"?  As in 2000s?  2nd Republic?
  • Perhaps later 20th/21st so as not to overlap with the modernist already on faculty?
  • I'd say apply if you work on anything post unification. 
  • So, are they interviewing already? On Skype?
  • Is the above question based on any particular information?
  • It might just be post-MLA paranoia, but this position looks weird to me.
  • It does appear that it might be intended for a current (visiting) assistant prof.
  • skype interview requested (2/15) (x2)
  • have the skype interviews already taken place?  Does anyone know if they are still accepting applications?
  • Skype interviews currently underway (2/22)
  • Any word on campus visits? (3/7)
  • I heard that three finalists have been contacted and on-campus interviews arranged, but this is 2nd-hand info, so take it with a grain of sale (3/10)

Yale University - Assistant Professor of Italian[]

The Italian Language and Literature Department at Yale University intends to make a tenure track, non-tenured position beginning July 1, 2013; scholarship in medieval (especially Dante) and nineteenth and twentieth century. Teaching will include undergraduate and graduate courses in literature and culture, and applicants should be able to contribute to an interdisciplinary curriculum that also includes the classical tradition, translation theories and practices, history, art history, and theater. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Italian literature. Yale University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. Yale values diversity among its students, faculty, and staff and strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities. Applicants should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and a dissertation chapter or other writing sample to Review of applications will begin November 15, 2012, for interviews at the MLA meetings in January 2013.

  • Is it just me or is this announcement simply ridiculous? Scholarship in medieval AND 19th AND 20th century literature and culture... plus an interdisciplinary approach?? I pity the students and the young new hires being asked to do the work of (at least) two!
  • This is a replacement hire for a medievalist who also taught modern literature. There are few and far between of people with that sort of range, though, so I would imagine Yale would choose another medievalist over a modernist.
  • MLA interview invitation received (12/7) x2
  • rejection email received 12/21(x2)
  • On-campus interview invitation received via email. Three finalists according to email. (01/08/13)
  • Job offered to and accepted by a recent Yale PhD (2/28).
  • ahahaha.
  • Nihil novi sub sole.

Word on the Street[]

Is there a way to draw a line on the concluded job searches, like last year? Yes: click on more on the edit bar above, and then U, abc, and "signature appear." Highlight and click on strikethrough! I don't have time to do it now, but I might this evening if someone else hasn't done it by then. 

-Any updates from the University of Puerto Rico for the Assistant Professor position? (5/8)

  • Skype interview done (5/14)

-Any news yet from the Stony Brook Assistant Professor search? (4/17)

  • some were asked to submit additional materials and even reference letters (4/18)
  • I heard through the grapevine that due to an error with their submission dates (on one website it said 30 April), no action will be taken until after that date. Seems kinda late?? (4/24)
  • Any updates? Did they schedule preliminary interviews yet?
  • I'm still waiting but guessing that if we don't hear anything by the end of this week, they've probably already interviewed their candidates (it's their last day of classes) (5/9)
  • Phone call received for on campus interview some time in September -- 5 candidates selected (5/10)

-Has anyone heard back about the VAP at Franklin and Marshall College?

  • Offer made and accepted.

-Any info about the Visiting AP position at the University of Arkansas?

  • Skype interview scheduled (04/05).
  • Any updates?
  • Thank you letter received with a very stylish rejection (04/24). Good luck to whoever got the job! (x2)

-Any upadate on the job at Dickinson College?

  • Just received an oddly worded cancellation of search email (3/5)

-and what about the Lecturer position at McGill?

  • Was interviewed for the position; they wanted a language coordinator and trainer for grad students but the ad never mentioned any of that. Skype interview occured and candidate was selected (4/8)

-Any info about the Lecturer position at Pennsylvania?

  • Official rejection email received. (5/6) x2
  • Phone interview requested (5/8)

Any news about the lecturer position at Temple University?

  • Skype interview requested (5/6)
  • Anyupdates after Skype interview?

-Did anybody apply to the Rider University position in Italian or German? Any news?

  • I did - I've got a pretty strong background in Italian opera and music instruction and haven't heard a thing.  Given the quick deadline and small amount of materials requested one gets the impression that they already had someone in mind.
  • -Ok, thank you, I had the same impression...
  • -I was interviewed last week but it looks like they will not decide anything until April. It could be a budget issue... it does not look like they have an internal candidate.
  • Glad to hear that this one seems to be a fair fight - in bocca al lupo to the previous poster!
  • idem!
  • Thank you, and crepi!
  • Any update?
  • Received an email saying that the offer has been made and accepted. (4/19)
  • Any word on who got this job?  Internal/external?
  • No idea

-New job at Brandeis. Anybody has info about it?

  • Just searched for it, and this is all I came up with: "New openings for Lecturers in French, Spanish, and Italian will be posted in early February 2013."
  • Thank you, and what does 2/3 full time equivalent mean?

- Did anyone else apply for that Cambridge Italian postdoc at Pembroke College (the Keith Sykes Fellowship)? Did you hear anything yet?

  • Heard that they are currently evaluating applications and will contact us by 1st or 2nd week of Feb. at latest [1/24] Great! Thanks for that [OP].
  • I was longlisted on 2/8, if shortlisted interviews are 3/8. [Offer made and accepted]

- Update on Catholic U of America?

  • what job is this? Do you mean villanova?
  • They are doing Skype interviews this week.
  • Wonder if it's a real opening since they seem to have someone currently?
  • Update??
  • Are you guys talking about Villanova? 
  • Offer made and accepted in February.

-Anyone hear anything on the job at Baylor?

  • On-campus visit scheduled (1/22)
  • For the French and Italian job or just the Italian Lecturer opening?
  • Both

- Good luck to everyone interviewing in Boston!

Does anybody know how many candidates (approximately) have been interviewed by each university at MLA? How did the interviews go?

  • It's usually 10-15.

- Which schools are definitely interviewing at MLA?

- Which, do we think, are not?

  • Che io sappia, only OSU (TT medieval), Yale, and Dartmouth have made invitations (as of 12/11). Minnesota, Colby, and OSU (VAP 20th/21st C.) said they definitely would interview at the MLA in their ads. Tufts, Penn, Brynn Mawr, Elon said they would definitely skype. (OSU VAP will do both MLA and skype.) The others, who knows? But pazienza: it's still early. I've seen MLA invitations being issued the week of Christmas and I've heard of them going out even the week after that.
  • Does anyone heard somthing from UBC? 
  • For anyone still watching the Hunter College CUNY job advertised late last year, it's still being updated on last year's page. The idea appears to be for the selected candidate to begin teaching in January 2013 for the new semester.
  • Anyone have a sense of how important religious affiliation is for a Pepperdine application?
    • Pretty darn? If you take a peek at their Christian mission statement, you'll notice that it's not only pointing at (fundamentalist) religious belief but right-wing political ideas as well. If that's your cup of tea best of luck to you!
    • I'm curious: how do you define 'fundamentalist'? I see nothing inconsistent with historic, orthodox Christianity in Pepperdine's mission statement ....
  • What a dreadful year for jobs unless you're a dantista! -- It must be all the older profs retiring, where most of them were dantisti.
    • It seems to go in waves: Last year and, even more so, the year before that were pretty bad years if you were a medievalist. Next year there will probably be mainly modern jobs. (If we weren't all humanists someone might be able to give you the statistical likelihood for that.) [Nate Silver, where art thou??]
    • Maybe it's all a question of perspective. Last year seemed like a great year for early modern/medieval, but that's coming from a modernist who had all of 3 tenure track jobs to apply for... This year actually seems somewhat less awful than last year all around. And there will certainly be a new crop of jobs (mostly vaps) coming in the spring. So hang in there...!
    • Early modern this year is no fun...
    • I noticed the number of medieval jobs too, but even for dantisti, it's no fun when you're passed over for interviews and you have no idea why. It's the "black box" nature of the process--plus the fact that half the institutions (in my experience) never send even a thanks-but-no-thanks email--that makes this so maddening. I appreciate the knowledge that everyone shares here.
  • Did any other Italianists apply for the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Assistant Professor position in Mediterranean Studies? It is listed under the French and Francophone Studies wiki, with just one comment that skype interviews were scheduled in early December.
    • I applied for an almost identical position they advertised last year, attempting to spin my Italian studies background as Mediterranean. Didn't get anywhere so I didn't apply to the one this year. I don't actually know if anyone was hired last time; the job wasn't on the 2011-12 wikis for Italian, Spanish, or French.
    • Similar experience to previous poster - sent in application materials last year and didn't get even so much as an acknowledgment of receipt (gotta love academia), figured it wasn't worth my time to do the same this year.
  • Any news on the Canadian jobs?

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