NEW PAGE for Italian Jobs that begin in 2015: Italian 2014-2015
Page for Italian Jobs that begin in 2014.
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PhD in hand, currently in TT job: 1
PhD in hand, currently in non-TT job (lecturer, etc.): 7
PhD in hand VAP: 3
PhD in hand adjunct: 4
PhD in hand postdoc fellowship: 1
PhD in hand, unemployed: 2
PhD in hand, non-academic job: 1
ABD, looking to defend this year: 9
ABD in non-TT job: 1
SLA/Pedagogy (language and culture):
Linguistics and sociolinguistics: 3
JOBS: FULL-TIME / TENURE-TRACK
Binghamton University (NY) - TT Assistant Professor The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Binghamton University, State University of New York, seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Italian beginning in Fall 2014. Specialization will be in Film Studies and Visual Culture, and the position will be affiliated with a university-wide "Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence" on the Material and Visual Worlds. The successful candidate will teach courses in Italian language, culture, and literature at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; will have an active research agenda; and will participate in departmental service, including organizing and running activities for students. This is an affiliated position for Material and Visual Worlds, one of five Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence (TAEs) that Binghamton University has identified for growth under the auspices of its SUNY2020 plan. The successful candidate will contribute to the development of this TAE as an area of intensive research and teaching. The search committee will include members of the Material and Visual Worlds steering committee. For information on the TAEs, go to http://www.binghamton.edu/academics/provost/tae2013.html.
Requirements: The successful candidate will have the PhD in hand or have completed all the requirements for the Ph.D. by May 2014.
Application Instructions: Applicants will submit a cover letter and an up-to-date curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, and three recommendation letters to http://binghamton.interviewexchange.com. Candidates may include other materials they deem pertinent to the application. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on November 15, 2013, and the search will continue until the position is filled. Contact Dana Stewart firstname.lastname@example.org or Antonio Sobejano email@example.com, Chair, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, phone 607-777-4642 with questions.
Online Application Form: http://binghamton.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=43839
-any update here?
Invitation for skype interview (12/12) and (12/17) Any campus visit scheduled? - had a skype interview but not heard anything yet (as of 01/03) same here: skype interview but not heard anything yet as of 01/06 Thank you. I know of someone with a campus visit for this job. S/he found out before the New Year (01/14). I received a very nice rejection e-mail stating they have organized campus visit (beginning of January). Any news? (2/10) Offer made and accepted (2/25)
Cardiff University (WALES, UK) - Lecturer (i.e., TT Assistant)
From September 2014, the School will be delivering a University wide ‘Languages for All’ programme as part of Cardiff’s commitment to developing further its international ambitions. Staff and students are central to the vision of the School and the School and University invests in staff training and development in order to nurture highly skilled managers and leaders in research and teaching. At this time of expansion and development, the School has the opportunity to invest in a number of key appointments, including a Lectureship in Italian.
You will have excellent ability to communicate in English and Italian, both orally and in writing. You will have developed effective language teaching skills, above all in relation to translation into English, and be able to deliver high-quality lectures and tutorials on topics relating to post-war Italy and Italian culture, politics, film, history and society.
The appointment is full time and ongoing. The successful candidate will be expected to take up the post on or before 1 September 2014. Appointment will be made at Grade 6 Lecturer: £30,728 - £36,661 per annum or Grade 7 Lecturer: £38,907 - £45,053 per annum, depending on experience. We expect to interview on or around 10 April 2014. Further details about the post can be found at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/jobs
Date advert posted: Thursday 6 March 2014
Closing Date: Friday 21 March 2014
Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.
Know from very reliable source that they have someone in mind already. No real chances if you are not her.
College of William and Mary (VA) - TT Advanced Assistant Professor The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the College of William and Mary seeks applications for a tenure track position at the advanced Assistant Professor level in Italian Studies. Area of specialization is open, though expertise in Film Studies, Gender Studies and/or Postcolonial Studies is preferred. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Italian or a related field at the time of appointment August 10, 2014; and native or near-native fluency in Italian and English is required. The candidate is expected to maintain a research program that inspires a highly motivated undergraduate student body. Candidates must possess the skills to teach compelling courses in Italian language and culture at all levels. Evidence of excellent teaching is required and previous experience in teaching and mentoring successful undergraduate research is preferred. Teaching expectation is two courses per semester. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and teaching experience. Candidate must apply online at https://jobs.wm.edu. Submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter including statement of research and teaching interests. For full consideration, submit application materials by the review date, 15 November 2013. Applications received after the review date will be considered if needed.
Question: After how many years of teaching can one apply to a position as "advanced assistant professor"?
Answer: It's usually around 3 years. Thanks. Any news here? (3 Dec) Skype interview scheduled via email (3 Dec). Did anyone receive a rejection email? (Dec. 16) None here (18 Dec) Campus visit scheduled (18 Dec) And did anyone hear about this one? Do you know how many candidates were invited? Is this search concluded? Rejection email received - no skype interview, no campus interview (02/28/14) (x2) Offer made and accepted (late Feb)
Dartmouth College (NH) - TT Assistant Professor Tenure-track Assistant Professor, specialist in Italian Studies, with preference for a scholar in Medieval studies and a second area of expertise desirable such as, but not limited to, queer theory, film and media studies, literature and politics, or literature and science. Expected to teach The Divine Comedy, general courses in Italian literature and culture, and all levels of language courses. 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. Submit all materials electronically to Interfolio (www.interfolio.com) by Monday, October 28, 2013. Applications must include a letter of application with c.v., three letters of recommendation, one-page dissertation abstract and Chapter Two of the dissertation or book manuscript.
Interfolio Link: https://apply.interfolio.com/22252
Did anyone hear back from the search committee? I was wondering the same thing. I haven't heard anything yet. - Thanks! Pazienza. Didn't hear back until early December last year, and the deadline was similar. Any news from the search committee? Contacted by email for MLA interview (12/6) (x2). Rejection email received (12/18). (x4) Campus visit scheduled by phone (01/16) Job offered and accepted (02/10)
Internal candidate? Nope. This would really be a surprise, unless the new hire comes from one of the same institutions. I don't know what this last comment means but it sounds mean-spirited. Do you mean Berkeley? ...What a surprise...;) Successful candidate here: I didn't go to Berkeley and I have no prior connections to Dartmouth. I found the tone of these comments distasteful and unjust to a fellow job-seeker and wiki-participant. Congratulations to the successful candidate. As a fellow candidate for the position, I must say that I found the search to be above-board. Not all searches involve internal candidates and connections!
- Posted at French and Francophone Studies 2013-2014
Johns Hopkins University (MD) - TT Assistant Professor The Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures at Johns Hopkins University (http://grll.jhu.edu) is seeking applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Italian literature with an emphasis on the intersections of literature and music, broadly conceived. We invite applications from scholars working in a wide variety of periods and genres. Examples include, but are not limited to, scholars with research and/or teaching interests in opera from the 16th to the 20th century; musical intermezzi and other interludes in Renaissance theater; lyric poetry and madrigal; libretti and autobiographical writing in the 18th century, and so on. The scholar will be expected to teach courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the area of Italian literature and music. Native or near native fluency in Italian (and English) is required; fluency in one or more additional relevant languages is preferred.
Qualifications: Applicants will need to have the PhD in hand by the appointment start date of July 1, 2014.
Application Instructions: All application materials must be submitted by November 20, 2013. The application should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including list of publications), statements of research and teaching interests (no more than three pages), teaching evaluations (if applicable), a writing sample the length of a typical research article or book chapter, along with three confidential letters of recommendation. Inquiries (only) should be directed to Walter Stephens 410-516-7229 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Any news here? Campus visit scheduled (Dec. 21) x 5 Very professional rejection letter received in the mail - kudos for class, JHU (Jan. 8) Offer accepted (4 Mar)
McGill University (CANADA) - TT Assistant Professor The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill
University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor
position in Italian Studies. Candidates must demonstrate competitive
research and publication records (according to career stage),
substantial teaching experience, and a strong potential for
collaborative research and program development across media,
disciplines, and cultures.
Italian Studies at McGill is part of a growing multidisciplinary unit offering courses and programs in German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish
languages, literatures, cultures, cinemas, and thought, as well as in
digital humanities. We are seeking applications from scholars in any
areas of Italian Studies who approach their field from a wide cultural
perspective. We are especially interested in candidates whose research
and teaching is innovative and forward looking. The successful candidate should be prepared to teach a broad range of courses in Italian Studies
at the undergraduate and graduate level and to supervise
graduate students in her/his particular areas of expertise.
Ph.D. in Italian Studies (or appropriate equivalent) is expected by the
time of appointment. Native or near-native fluency in Italian and
English are required. Knowledge of French is an asset. McGill is a
research intensive university and teaching duties include four courses a
year. Appointment is expected to begin in Fall of 2014.
Applicants must fill out the online application form. A letter of
introduction (including a statement of how their research will
contribute to the department's interdisciplinary and intercultural
trajectory), cv, teaching portfolio, and a 10-20 page writing sample
should be submitted electronically, as well as three letters of
recommendations at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/3252. Further inquiries should be addressed to Professor Karin Bauer, Chair,
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, McGill University, 688 Sherbooke St. West, room 425, Montreal, QC H3A 3R1. Email: email@example.com. Application
deadline is November 15, 2013.
In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent
residents will be given priority. McGill University is committed to
diversity and equity in employment. It welcomes applications from:
women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities,
persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible
minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification.
-Any news? I applied 2 years ago, what happened? The person they hired resigned to take the Villanova job last year.
An even more pressing question: what is an "interdisciplinary and intercultural trajectory"? And, once the department's done trajecting, will it still need Italian Studies?
-Do you need to have published a book, or articles are enough?
Articles are just enough for this position. - Skype interview scheduled by email. (x3)
May I ask what field? - Cinema/Contemporary Italian Studies Renaissance Medieval/Renaissance
When did you receive the email for the interview? - 11/27 Could the others tell if they are in the same field? And whether are they Canadians or not? Any ABDs get interview requests or were interviews only given to PHDs-in-hand? Campus visit scheduled (12/18) Any news? Any news? What is happening with this one? Did anyone receive an offer? Offered made Today the Chair sent out rejection e-mails... After four months... Pathetic! Yes the email said that this job has been filled. Did the position go to a Canadian student? No it didn't, they hired again from the US. And NOT a student.
NYU (NY) - TT Assistant Professor The Department of Italian Studies of New York University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in modern and contemporary Italian Literature, to begin September 1, 2014, pending administrative and budgetary approval. Course load: 2 courses per semester, with opportunities to teach periodically at NYU's Villa La Pietra in Florence.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, c.v., and three references, via the "Employment" link on the NYU Department of Italian Studies web site:http://italian.as.nyu.edu. Deadline for applications is November 15, 2013.
Any news on this one? Skype? MLA? Anything? - it seems strange that no one seems to have been contacted, since presumably the search committee is now on holiday. Any news?
Email request for further materials, 12/20. Email said they will not be doing MLA interviews. (x2) Is this a first selection? Yes Let's keep this about jobs and not about individuals. Rejection e-mail received (had been asked for further materials) (2/4). I have heard that campus visit requests have gone out for this job (2/5). No skype interviews? No, they're running the seach British-style: semi-finalists submit written materials and only the finalists have an interview on campus. On-campus interviews are currently underway (2/17) Update? Offer made & accepted. (07 Apr)
Rhode Island College (RI) - TT Assistant Professor (French/Italian)
The Department of Modern Languages at Rhode Island College invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position to teach all levels of Italian and French language, literature and culture starting Fall 2014. The position is pending budgetary approval; final appointment is subject to available funding.
Required qualifications include:Ph.D. in Italian, French or Comparative Literature; college-level teaching experience in Italian and French; native or near-native fluency in Italian and French and the ability to teach both Italian and French.
Application deadline: January 31, 2014.
IMPORTANT: For full job description, which includes additional responsibilities and requirements for the position and application procedures, see our web site at https://employment.ric.edu/
Candidates must apply on-line, using Rhode Island College’s PeopleAdmin Applicant Tracking system.
The doctoral or other appropriate terminal degree is required for the tenure-track appointment and must be completed prior to the beginning of service.
- Also posted at French and Francophone Studies 2013-2014
Stony Brook University (NY) - TT Assistant Professor (from Italian 2012-2013 )  Updates:
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) Does anyone have any post-Skype news? (10/21) I heard that at least one candidate was on campus in late September (10/29) Did that one candidate already do a Skype interview? (11/1) Correction to the 10/29 post. I learned that that one candidate only had a Skype interview NOT a campus visit! Last I heard there is no news on the position. (11/25) Received email stating the search committee has not yet made a decision on the candidate. (5 Dec) Man! I remember applying for this position last year! What a drag! Good luck to the selected candidate! Search is officially reopened (2/25) As a fInalist for this position, I just wanted to let everyone know that they didn't even have the decency or professionalism to inform me that the position has been reopened. So whoever applies should get ready for a rollercoaster ride! Original Ad:
Stony Brook University’s Department of European Languages, Literatures and Cultures invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level beginning Fall 2013. The candidate should have a PhD and have; native or near native proficiency in Italian; a strong background in Italian-American Studies, Italian Studies and European Studies; the ability to teach large courses in English; and research in areas of modern and contemporary Italian cultures. Experience in study abroad programs and knowledge of European Culture would be useful. Proficiency in another modem European language or Latin Is encouraged. The successful candidate will join a newly planned doctoral program in European Studies.
The Department of European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures of Stony Brook University invites applications for a tenure track position in Italian Literature and Culture at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning Fall 2014. The candidate should have a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree, matched by a strong publication record with primary expertise in modern and contemporary Italian and European studies; should present solid evidence of ongoing and future active research plans; experience in teaching language, culture, humanities and literature courses at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in English and Italian. Preferred areas of qualifications and research, in addition to Italian and European literature and culture, include Italian-American culture, critical theory, study abroad programs, film theory, transnational studies, and translation theory and practice. Native or near-native proficiency in Italian and English is expected, and knowledge of another modern European language or Latin is strongly recommended. The successful candidate will join a newly planned doctoral program in European Studies. The application deadline is April 6, 2014. Interested parties must submit a cover letter, CV, teaching statement, and three letters of recommendation via Academic Jobs Online.
Does anyone remember if this is different from the first one? So as you can see above, the job description has been greatly expanded (thanks to the illustrious Luigi Fontanella) -is there anything they DON'T want the person to be able to do? -Breathe :) How can I apply for this position? In Academic Jobs Online there isn't any position in Italian Studies. I don't find it in Stony's website neither. Thanks Strange because it was there a few weeks ago (maybe they took down the job announcement?). Anyway, write to Prof. Giuseppe Gazzola (Giuseppe.Gazzola@stonybrook.edu) and ask him about it. Search is officially cancelled according to Victoria Judd, Secretary of the Dept. 3/18/14 Thanks for the update. Again, they are rushing out to let the potential candidates know... ;) FYI: This is what Academicjobsonline is saying: Search Update - ON HOLD, 2014/03/07 This position is on hold until further notice. Feel free to apply up until the deadline, however, no further action will be taken at this time. Received email from one of the faculty members saying that the position was cacelled by the Provost -- great job SB faculty! (24 Mar)
University College London (ENGLAND) - Lecturer (i.e., TT Assistant Professor)
Full Time: The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be Grade 7 £36,424 - £39,523 per annum; Grade 8 £40,618 - £47,915 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.
UCL's School of European Languages, Culture and Society is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Italian Studies. The successful candidate will contribute to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level and will be encouraged to develop their individual research interests and to lead or participate in collaborative research projects.
The position is available from September 2014.
The successful candidate will have a strong track record of high quality research in post-1800 Italian Studies and a proven ability to teach Italian at undergraduate and postgraduate level. A PhD or equivalent is essential as is complete fluency in both English and Italian. Appointment at Grade 7 or 8 will be commensurate with accomplishment and experience, as outlined in the person specification.
UCL vacancy reference: 1396907
Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AIA994/lecturer-in-italian-studies/.
If you have any queries regarding the vacancy please contact Professor Robert Lumley on firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing Date: Friday 07 March 2014
Latest time for the submission of applications: Midnight.
Interview Date: Tuesday 06 May 2014
- Very polite rejection e-mail. (17 Mar)
- Any update? Shortlist?
UCLA (CA) - TT Assistant Professor The University of California, Los Angeles, invites applications for an Assistant Professorship in Italian literature and culture, beginning July 1, 2014. Broad scholarly specialization will range from Dante and the European Humanist tradition to the 17th century. The successful candidate will be a committed and published scholar, with PhD in hand, a strong critical and trans-disciplinary or comparative approach to research, and documented pedagogical abilities and interests. Teaching load will include graduate and undergraduate courses taught in Italian and English, as well as undergraduate General Education lecture courses in English. We welcome expertise in digital humanities and/or comparative Mediterranean studies, and the ability to teach comparative courses in other periods of Italian and European literature and culture.
Apply on line, by December 1, 2013, via UCLA Recruit: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF00081. Please upload an application letter, CV, three letters of reference, and one writing sample (limited to 25 pages).
Invitation for Skype interview (12/10) Any news? A 12/9 email said the department expected to contact January Skype interviewees by 12/20. The campus is now closed until 1/2, so I assume continuing candidates have heard. Any news from the search committee? Have Skype interviews taken place? Yes, Skype interviews have been taking place (01/24) Any news? Campus invites have gone out. (3 Feb) JOB FILLED (14 Mar)
University of Alabama (AL) - TT Assistant Professor The Department of Modern Languages and Classics and the Program in Italian at The University of Alabama invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Italian, beginning August 2014. Minimum requirements include Ph.D. or equivalent in-hand in Italian, Romance Languages, or Comparative Literature with specialization in Italian, native or near-native fluency in Italian, and an excellent functional command of English. Area of expertise is open.
In addition to teaching all levels of undergraduate language courses and participating in the activities of the Program in Italian, the position also seeks candidates with the interest and/or experience to direct the “UA-in-Italy Language and Culture” summer program in Florence, Italy.
Applications should include a current curriculum vitae, a letter of application describing relevant teaching experience, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a description of research interests/publications. Three confidential letters of recommendation are also required. Application review will begin November 15, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. With the exception of letters of recommendation, all materials should be submitted online at facultyjobs.ua.edu. Letters of recommendation should be mailed directly to Dr. Maurizio Godorecci, Search Committee Chair, Dept. of Modern Languages and Classics, Box 870246, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0246. To apply, go to http://facultyjobs.ua.edu
Notification of receipt of application sent to me by mail. (11/25) (x4) What if one did not receive it? Email Dr. Godorecci (email@example.com) Any updates? Skype interview requested by email (12/9) (x2) Any news after the Skype interview?
Update? I just found out that the position has been filled. Did they even conduct campus visits? Comunque...Congratulation to the successful candidate! (3/6) It was an internal candidate.
University of Cambridge (ENGLAND) - Lecturer (i.e., TT Assistant Professor) The Department of Italian at Cambridge University is seeking to appoint a University Lecturer in Medieval Italian Studies.
The successful candidate will normally hold a PhD in a relevant field and will have a record of – or demonstrate clear potential for – outstanding research and publications in medieval Italian literature and culture. The successful candidate will be expected to lead the teaching, supervising and examining of students in the area of Dante and medieval Italian literature and culture, at both undergraduate (B.A.) and postgraduate (M.Phil. and Ph.D.) levels. Other duties will include, as requested by the Head of Department, teaching language, collaborating with researchers and teachers in related fields and disciplines, and contributing to the administration of the Department’s and Faculty's activities. Native or excellent near-native command of both Italian and English is essential.
The full advertisement is to be found at: http://www.mml.cam.ac.uk/faculty/Italian%20MedUTO%20Ad.pdf
Further details are to be found at: http://www.mml.cam.ac.uk/faculty/Italian%20MedUTO%20FP.pdf
You are welcome to seek further information by contacting Professor Robert Gordon (Head of Department): firstname.lastname@example.org
Vacancy reference no.: GM02117
Salary: £37,382 - £47,314 per annum
Available from: 1st September 2014
Closing date: 12:00 noon, Monday 6th January 2014
Interview date: Friday 31st January 2014
any news here? Rejection e-mail received (1/20) Position is filled (28 Mar)
University of Connecticut (CT) - TT Assistant Professor
The Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages at the University of Connecticut, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, solicits applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. We are seeking a specialist in Italian Studies (13th-16th centuries) with broader interdisciplinary and trans-cultural focus in the area of Mediterranean Studies. This position will be in Italian Studies, but the candidate will have the opportunity to serve as an important link to Medieval Studies, the Middle Eastern Minor, the Program in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, and/or Hebrew and Judaic Studies.
Minimum Qualifications: A Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in Italian Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, or a related field by June 1, 2014; native or near-native command of Italian and English; evidence of an active research agenda; strong commitment to innovative teaching.
Preferred Qualifications: Research specialization in the following possible areas: migration, race, and slavery; symbolic, cultural, material trade and exchange with the Levant or Africa; cultural and intellectual exchange and interaction with Southern, Central, and Northern Europe, or the Ottoman Empire, or the Judaic and Levantine intellectual traditions. Knowledge of Arabic or another non-European language.
This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2014. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Candidates may apply at Husky Hire (www.jobs.uconn.edu) to submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of successful teaching, and an article-length writing sample by January 25, 2014. Additionally, please follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct three reference writers to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf. If you have questions or need further information you may contact Dr. Rosa Helena Chinchilla via email at email@example.com.
- Skype interview scheduled via email (27 Feb)
- Campus visits scheduled (March 26)
- Any updates here?
- They did not even write a boilerplate email saying that the search was completed. Excellent.
University of Denver (CO) - TT Assistant Professor The Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Denver will hire an Assistant Professor of Italian to begin September 1, 2014. The successful candidate will join the University of Denver's vibrant Italian program, which offers both an undergraduate major and minor. Italian at the University of Denver is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the study of the Italian language, its manifestations in history and the study of past and present literary and artistic facets of Italian culture. Italian faculty members enjoy substantial programming and financial support from the Anna Maglione-Sie Endowment in Italian Culture.
This is a tenure-track position with full benefits. The teaching load is six classes per year on a quarter calendar. Salary is competitive. Area of specialization: 20th-and 21st-century Italian literature, cultural studies and/or film studies. The successful appointed candidate is expected to teach all levels of undergraduate language, literature and culture. Minimum requirements: native or near native fluency in Italian and English and PhD in Italian or related field required by June 1, 2014.
All applicants must apply online at http://www.dujobs.org and attach a letter of application and CV. Candidates should describe experiences related to teaching, research and/or service that demonstrate a similar commitment in their letter. Candidates are also encouraged to describe experiences related to teaching, research and/or service influenced by considerations of diversity and inclusiveness. In addition, please send three letters of recommendation, official transcript of graduate studies, statement of teaching philosophy (limit 1 page) and evidence of excellence in undergraduate Italian instruction to: Italian Search Committee, Victor Castellani, Chair, Department of Languages and Literatures, University of Denver, Denver, CO 80208. Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2013. We will be conducting first-round interviews at the January 2014 MLA convention in Chicago, IL.
Applicant Contact: Colleen Lucero, Assistant to the Chair - firstname.lastname@example.org
Internal candidates? I applied 2 years ago and had skype interview. Don't know who was offered the position at the time... I don't think there is any reason to be paranoid about this. It's a search to replace the faculty who left for another job. asking questions doesn't mean to be paranoid. [Oct 31]: Got rejection email. Sounds like they've already actually chosen their candidate: "We have been able to very closely match our job specifications with another candidate." (x8) ^ but if they are doing first round interviews at MLA? Doesn't make sense... [1 Nov]: Got a bizarre email from Denver stating that their previous message was sent in error about having chosen a candidate, and that in fact my application is still being considered. reviewing more than a hundred applications in less than 2 weeks seems to be a joke. I've heard they actually have a candidate in mind (as they did 2 years ago with the person who is now at USC) [Nov. 1] Got a rejection email. (x2) -- Sounds like the same bizarrely worded one some people got on 10/31. I received the same email this morning and will be writing directly to the secretary just to make sure. What an embarrassment! (11/1) Did you receive any reply after contacting the secretary? I got the rejection email but not the "oops my bad" message. Anyone else in the same boat? I am (x 6). Question: did DU send any notice to confirm receipt of applications other than the odd email noted in discussion above? Thanks. Answer: I received an official confirmation from DU the day after (Nov 1) receiving the "oops my bad" message What was the answer from the secretary on 11/1? -- She never responded to my email but I did receive an official confirmation from DU the next day (11/5) Hi all: I have never received any notice from them! what does it mean? Contact the Assistant above; you should have recieved either a confirmation or rejection email from DU. Received email saying that I was a semi-finalist for the MLA interview (11/10) (x4) Received e-mail saying I was not considered since I haven't submitted the application in the right way (!) (x2) I think this tells you a lot about the seriousness of some people. I'm glad I'm out of this, honestly. Did you write to the Assistant to ask her what exactly was wrong with your application? I can't believe that they would not take it just because it was submitted incorrectly (whatever that means). (11/12) I got the same email today. The funny thing is that I had already received the involuntary rejection email two weeks ago. I hope that the madness stops here, and that people interviewed at MLA will be treated with the degree of professionalism we all deserve.
Did anyone of the semi-finalists receive any actual appointmment for the MLA? Yes, I reeived an actual appointment (11/13) (x2) Apparently, I did not! Thanks!
It seems that DU is keeping a subset of the semi-finalists for possible future interviews in case none of the MLA interviews work out. Interviewed with them in 2010. The most bizarre interview I've sat through to date. The chair was literally half asleep throughout the entire thing. The assistant professor spoke almost unintelligible Italian. They unwittingly portrayed a rather grim picture of their program. I'm not surprised the candidate they selected back then left as soon as the contract was up. I interviewed with the same chair 20 years ago. He was a vecchio bislacco then, I can only imagine what it's like now. "Greetings fron Denver... Alas, with no glad tidings!" That's how his later rejection letter began. My 2010 interview was ok, instead, so maybe he had an espresso right after your interview.
Anyone willing to share a hotel room in Chicago? I saw the prices... crazy expensive! To the previous poster: I got a great deal on Priceline, $49 a night plus tax for a three-star place within 10 minutes of the conference hotels. This was much cheaper than comparable offers on the MLA's web site. I also got a better deal on the internet than with the MLA ($69/night for a three star hotel and only two short blocks north from the convention location) (14 Dec). Thanks for the tip! And good luck if you have an interview!
Doesn't MLA have a list to match roommates? Also, and obviously this is my humble opinion, it makes sense to fork the extra $ and stay in the conference hotels, especially in cold cities that you might not be familiar with. YMMV. Post-MLA rejection email (1/21) On-campus visits completed by two candidates (1/30) Did they hire the "close match" of the first email?
The position has been filled. (24 Mar)
University of Durham (ENGLAND) - Lecturer (i.e., TT Assistant Professor) The School of Modern Languages and Cultures seeks to appoint a permanent full-time Lecturer in Italian from September 2014 who is able to make an outstanding contribution to research and teaching in the field of Italian Studies. Applications are sought from candidates specialising in Italian studies from the Unification (1861) to the present day. Applications are particularly welcome from those specialising in subjects that chime with the broader strengths of the School, including literature, visual culture, cultural and intellectual history. Research conducted in this post will be encouraged to have impact beyond academia; a clear understanding of the impact agenda of the UK research councils is highly desirable.
Requirements: The successful candidate will undertake research, teaching and administration at a level appropriate to their skills and experience. Appointment at Grade 7 is appropriate for candidates who are likely to be early-career researchers with proven expertise in a relevant area of Italian Studies, some exposure to University-level teaching, a developing record of high-quality publications, demonstrable potential for producing research that generates impact (broadly understood) beyond the academic community, and demonstrable potential for the generation of grant funding. Appointment at Grade 8 is broadly comparable, but commensurate with a greater amount of experience and achievement, including an ability to attract and successfully supervise doctoral students, a mature record of excellent publications, a record of producing research that generates impact (broadly understood) beyond the academic community, and funding success. The successful candidate will be given a reduced teaching and administrative load during the three-year probationary period and will be supported in developing a sophisticated research portfolio.
For complete job description and application instructions please see http://tinyurl.com/q5c5tvo .
Informal enquiries can be addressed to the Head of the Italian Department, Dr Dario Tessicini email@example.com.
US-based candidates may be invited to preliminary interviews at the 2014 MLA Annual Convention in Chicago (9-12 January 2014).
Deadline for application: 10 December 2013.
Invitation for a MLA Interview via Phone (12/20) (x2) This job was advertised earlier in the year too, and despite interviewing candidates they didn't hire anyone for political reasons (apparently there are internal politics surrounding the potential hiring of a spouse) Any news? Campus interviews scheduled (3/4) Rejection email (03/10) (x2) Job offered and accepted (3/23)
University of Georgia (GA) - TT Assistant Professor 
The Department of Romance Languages at the University of Georgia (http://rom.uga.edu) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor (beginning August 2014) for a specialist in the language, literature and culture of the Italian Renaissance or Early Modern period. Scholarly preparation in the Seicento and Settecento are also welcome.
Required: Ph.D. in Italian or Italian Studies (or equivalent) and native or near-native fluency in Italian. Teaching load: four courses per year. The candidate should be adept at Italian foreign language pedagogy, including technological applications, and be prepared to teach intermediate and advanced language classes and split-level literature and culture courses (open to both undergraduates and graduate students) taught in Italian.
Applications should include a cover letter, c.v., and three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on November 8, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Please send all materials to: Prof. Stacey Casado, Head, Department of Romance Languages, Gilbert Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-1815
Electronic submissions also accepted. Please upload all documents to Interfolio ByCommittee: https://apply.interfolio.com/23089
- Emailed for Skype interview (11/15) (x3)
- Any news?
- Do we know what their plans for campus invites/visits are?
- Campus visit scheduled (Dec. 3)
University of Mississippi (MS) - TT Assistant Professor
The Department of Modern Languages at the University of Mississippi seeks a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Italian to begin Fall 2014. Duties include teaching all levels of language courses in the department's Italian curriculum and assisting in other departmental related duties. Minimum qualifications include: a PhD in Italian or related field; three years of experience teaching basic Italian; native or near-native ability in Italian and English. To apply for the position, follow the on-line application procedure at [http://jobs.olemiss.edu] and attach your cover letter and CV, which gives the name of three references. Inquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be received until the position is filled or until an adequate applicant pool is established.
- The director of the Italian program has been a VAP since 2003. Is this all theater for her to hire herself on the TT?
- Truth is better than fiction! Maybe they finally came around to permanently hiring her?
University of Toronto (CANADA) - TT Assistant Professor The Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in the field of Italian Medieval Literature and Culture. A proven record of publications in the field of Italian Medieval Literature and Culture is essential. The candidate should also possess a strong knowledge of Latin and Old Italian. 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.
Applications should include a cover letter, and a statement of current and future research and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, and materials relevant to research and teaching experience (e.g., course outlines and handouts, student survey results). Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters (at least one of which should focus on teaching) directly to the department via e-mail to Gloria.Cernivivo@utoronto.ca by the closing date. To receive full consideration, applications and all materials must be received by November 1, 2013.
Skype interview scheduled (11/10) Did they call or email to invite candidates for the Skype interviews? Thank you in advance. Does anybody know if they invited candidates with European doctorates and no teaching experience in North American programs? Yes, they did.
Is it a good idea or not to bring up Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto during the interview? Perhaps create a clever comparison between him and Berlusconi? What do you all think?...What if you know him personally...will that help you to get this job??? To the previous poster's question (or at least the first part): probably better to avoid hot-button topics unless a search committee brings them up. Why risk offending someone's political sensibilities with what's at best going to get you a few seconds of conversation? Wow. Just wow. I would strongly suggest to keep politics out of an interview. It is amazing to me how foolish sometimes candidates can be. I am not surprised that someone interviewing for an Italian position would think that bringing up politics will give them an advantage. Siamo proprio malati di mafia, eh! Lo dico da italiano. DO NOT mention Rob Ford at your interview. He's a polarizing subject in Toronto right now, and you'd risk really annoying somebody on the hiring committee. And an annoyed committee member means no call back. Has anyone had any news post-Skype interview? Have campus invites gone out? No news post-Skype interview yet (28 Nov.) Campus visit scheduled (6 Dec) any news here? Well...I mentioned Rob Ford during the campus visit and they immediately offered me the job...I am still considering the offer...Should I accept it? What do you all think?....Ok...I am sorry for the stupid joke...any news about this position? The position has been filled.
LECTURESHIPS/VISITING POSITIONS / LIMITED TERM APPOINTMENTS
Bennington College (VT) - Visiting (for SPRING 2015) Bennington College invites applications for a one-term visiting faculty position in Italian for the spring 2015.
Preference will be given to candidates who have taught courses at all levels in language, culture, and literature. Candidates must demonstrate excellence in teaching and have a native or near-native command of Italian. PhD preferred, though ABDs and strong candidates with MAs will be considered. Teaching responsibilities include two courses, one beginning and one advanced. Both are to be conducted entirely in Italian.
To apply, please e-mail a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, teaching statement, and a cover letter to: http://bennington.recruiterbox.com/jobs/32204. The letters of recommendation may also be e-mailed separately to email@example.com, if preferred. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
- Any news?
- I guess not... - Position has been filled
Borough of Manhattan Community College (NY) - Lecturer GENERAL INFORMATION
Performs teaching and related faculty functions in area(s) of expertise and cooperate with others for the good of the institution.
Campus Specific Information: Teach all levels of courses in the Italian language. Participate in departmental and college activities, such as committee assignments, curriculum development, and mentoring student projects. Evening/Weekend schedule may be required.
Bachelor's degree in area(s) of expertise, and the ability to teach successfully.
Preferred Qualifications: A Master's in Italian, Second Language Acquisition specializing in Italian, or the equivalent preferred. The preferred candidate should have evidence of excellence in Italian language teaching at all levels of undergraduate language instruction, interest in techonlogy enhanced instruction.
HOW TO APPLY
Deadline to apply: December 2, 2013
Online Application Form
No since it's for a Lecturer position. An MA is probably better to have for this postion. DO you think a MA is better because a Ph.D. woulb be paid more and so they cannot do otherwise due to the Union and will choose someone with a MA? I don't know about the union issue but the pay difference would make complete sense.
Brown University - Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Italian Studies and Middle East Studies, 2014-2016
Bucknell University (PA) - Visiting Assistant Professor
Bucknell University invites applications for a one-year position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian Studies beginning August 2014. PhD or ABD in Italian Studies, native or near-native fluency in Italian and English, and evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching is required. The teaching load is six courses a year (3 courses per semester). The courses may include all levels of Italian language and culture as well as courses taught in English. One of the courses might be a course on modern Italian literature or culture. The Italian Studies Department seeks student-centered faculty members with a demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity and the liberal arts mission. To apply, please submit cover letter, C.V., statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation to http://www.bucknell.edu/jobs. All materials must be received by February 24, 2014. Questions about the position should be addressed by email to: Prof. Bernhard Kuhn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Rumor has it that it's been filled
Cambridge University (UK) - CRASSH Postdocs (3 Postdocs in Renaissance/Early Modern Studies)
CRASSH at the University of Cambridge is pleased to announce three 4-5-year postdoctoral research positions in Renaissance/early modern studies. The posts are advertised in connection to the ERC-funded project Genius before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Modern Art and Science (PI: Dr Alexander Marr). Applications are invited from all fields pertinent to the project, but especially history of art and architecture, history of science, intellectual history, cultural history, English and modern languages and literatures, and book history.
Application deadline: 30 April 2014
Interviews: Late June 2014
Applications should be made via the online system by 30 April 2014, and should include:
Colby College (ME) - Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor The Italian Studies program in the Department of French and Italian seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor or Instructor in Italian for the 2014-2015 academic year, to begin September 1, 2014. PhD preferred, ABD considered. The successful candidate will be part of an energetic department committed to providing the best possible instruction to talented undergraduates. We are particularly interested in individuals with a strong background in language instruction and teaching/research expertise in contemporary Italian literature, culture, and Film. Teaching load is four courses, at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.
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 to email@example.com. Address all inquiries to Bénédicte Mauguière, Chair of Italian Search Committee, Department of French and Italian, Colby College, 4660 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901.
Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.
Invitation for skype interview (4/22) Any news? Invitation for on-campus visit or rejection email? Job offered and accepted
Colorado College (CO) - Visiting Assistant Professor
The Department of French, Italian and Arabic at The Colorado College seeks a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor in Italian beginning September 2014. Generalist sought, with preference for candidates with research interests in second language acquisition and/or Cultural Studies. The ideal candidate will demonstrate interest and experience in teaching language and culture at all levels and will be prepared to offer courses for on-site instruction in Italy. Ph.D. in Italian language, literature, or culture, or related field; native or near-native proficiency in Italian required. Colorado College is a distinguished liberal arts college with a history of innovative and interdisciplinary teaching. Evidence of superior teaching commitment to undergraduate education and expertise in the use of technology in the classroom required. Active program of scholarship is an asset. Please email letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, a teaching philosophy statement and samples of teaching evaluations to Teresa.Latimer@coloradocollege.edu by March 5, 2014.
Colorado College is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and curriculum; candidates who can contribute to that goal are particularly encouraged to apply and to identify themselves and their relevant experience. Equal opportunity employer: The Colorado College welcomes members of all groups and reaffirms its commitment not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation or disability in its educational programs, activities and employment practices. For more information about Colorado College see www.coloradocollege.edu.
Cornell University (NY) - Lecturer
The Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University seeks a lecturer in Italian language. This position is a full-time appointment with renewal contingent upon a successful review. The successful candidate will hold at least a MA in Italian, Applied Linguistics, or related field. English and Italian native-equivalent fluency is required. Preference will be given to those with expertise in the use of technology in the language classroom and experience in TA training and course coordination. Interested candidates should submit electronically a letter of application, C.V., a teaching portfolio, and three letters of recommendation at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/3808/
The deadline for applications is February 21, 2014. Visa expedition funds are not available for this position.
Hamilton College (NY) - Visiting Instructor
One year appointment with possibility of renewal to teach five sections of beginning and intermediate Italian. Other responsibilities include participation in co-curricular course related activities such as the Italian Table and Film Series. Requirements: Master’s degree, ABD or PhD; fluency in Italian and English; demonstrated college level teaching experience in the United States and expertise in current pedagogy as well as in the use of web-based and electronic media in language teaching. Send curriculum vitae, letter of interest and contact information for three professional references via Interfolio at apply.interfolio.com/24367 by April 4, 2014.
Send questions to Dr. John Bartle, Russian Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- - Any news?
NYU (NY) - Visiting Fellowship
The Department of Italian Studies and the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at New York University invite applications for the Tiro a Segno Fellowship in Italian American Studies, to be held during Fall 2014 and Fall 2016, pending administrative and budgetary approval. This visiting fellowship is open to academics of any rank with demonstrated expertise and a publishing record in Italian American studies. Field is open; applications from the areas of history, visual culture, anthropology, religious studies, and cultural studies are particularly encouraged.
The successful candidate will be appointed for one semester. He or she will teach two courses (normally one undergraduate and one graduate course) and will be required to offer two public lectures under the auspices of the Tiro a Segno Foundation.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, c.v. with bibliography of published works, and descriptions of proposed courses by November 1, 2013, via the “Employment” link on the NYU Department of Italian Studies web site: http://italian.as.nyu.edu.
Ohio University (OH) - Lecturer
The Department of Modern Languages at Ohio University invites applications for a non-tenure track Lecturer position in Italian with the possibility of renewal, to begin Academic year 2014-15. The candidate will 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).
Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in Italian.
Please complete the Online Application Form and attach the following documents:
1. Curriculum vitae
2. Cover letter
3. Unofficial Transcripts
4. Upload as "Other" document type: Teaching Evaluations for a minimum of three class. *Note, please edit these evaluations into one document before uploading.
Optional Documents: Actual or proposed course syllabi, teaching philosophy statement, and research interest.
You will also be prompted to key-in contact information for at least 3 reference letter providers who will receive an auto-generated email invitation to upload a recommendation utilizing a provided unique link.
Review of applications will begin January 6, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled; for full consideration all material must be received by 2/2/14.
Contact: Molly Morrison (email@example.com) for any questions.
Online Application Form: http://www.ohiouniversityjobs.com/postings/8288
Penn State University (PA) - Lecturer (for SPRING 2014) The Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese at The Pennsylvania State University (University Park) invites applications for a full-time lectureship position (non tenure-track) in Italian, term to begin in Spring 2014 (January 6) with possibility of annual renewal. Responsibilities include teaching introductory and intermediate language courses, and advanced undergraduate literature and culture courses, according to program needs and candidate experience/expertise. Teaching load is 3-3. Applicants must have native or near-native fluency in English and Italian and hold a Ph. D. in Italian or related field. Applications from individuals with prior teaching and program-building experience and with expertise in 19th and 20th century literature and women writers will be given priority. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes benefits.
Please submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae electronically at the following website: http://www.la.psu.edu/facultysearch. Two letters of recommendation should be sent to Bonnie Rossman at firstname.lastname@example.org. If unable to submit CL and CV electronically, please send to Bonnie Rossman at email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Penn State University (PA) - Lecturer
The Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese at The Pennsylvania State University (University Park) invites applications for a full-time lectureship position (non tenure-track) in Italian, term to begin in Fall 2014 with possibility of renewal. Responsibilities include teaching introductory and intermediate language courses, and advanced undergraduate courses in Italian linguistics, according to program needs and candidate experience/expertise. Teaching load is 3-3. Applicants must have native or near-native fluency in English and Italian and hold a Ph.D. in Italian Linguistics or related field. Applications from individuals with prior teaching experience in linguistics will be given priority. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes benefits. Please submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae electronically at the following website: http://psu.jobs/Search/Opportunities.html Two letters of recommendation should be sent to Bonnie Rossman at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on our program, please consult http://sip.la.psu.edu. We will begin to review applications on , and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Rice University (TX) - Lecturer (Part-time)
Rice University's Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication (CLIC) invites applications for a part-time appointment for a Lecturer in Italian language. This is a one-year, renewable appointment with a 1/2 teaching load (or equivalent), to begin 1 July 2014. Requirements: M.A., native or near-native Italian, training in second language pedagogy, experience teaching at the US university level, and demonstrated ability to develop innovative second language curricula. Knowledge of another language taught at the CLIC, experience with Study Abroad program development/implementation, and Ph. D. degree would be beneficial.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the implementation of an innovative, research-based curriculum; the development of a coherently articulated program of instruction in Italian across levels of competency; the design, preparation, implementation, and evaluation of the syllabus and daily lessons; assisting with the development and administration of assessment instruments; and participation in professional development programs.
Salary will be commensurate with credentials and experience. Rice offers good institutional support for professional development and state-of-the-art technological facilities are available. Rice University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Please send a letter of application, clearly addressing the above position requirements, CV, transcript, three letters of recommendation, two of the latest teaching evaluations from students, and sample syllabi and sample lesson plans to the application address listed below.
Application Deadline: 16-Apr-2014
Mailing Address for Applications:
Program Coordinator Andrew Stefl
Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication
Rice University - P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892 — USA
Electronic Address for Applications: CLIC-Search@rice.edu
Contact Information: Program Coordinator Andrew Stefl (CLICAdmin@rice.edu)
Rutgers University (NJ) - Language Coordinator
ORIGINAL AD (26 Mar)
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 Instructor, beginning on July 1, 2014. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in hand in Italian Studies and a specialization and/or long experience in Second Language Acquisition and language teaching methodology. Responsibilities include: Coordinating 15 sections of Italian language (beginning to advanced level), teaching three four-credit courses per semester (a mixture of online and face-to-face), active programmatic involvement, class observation, close cooperation with language instructors and the faculty in order to advance the well-established 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 will not be less $40,000.00 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 April 15th, 2014. Review of applications will begin immediately and interviews will be scheduled for the middle of April. Please submit all applications electronically to Prof. Alessandro Vettori (email@example.com).
NEW AD (27 Mar)
The Department of Italian at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick Campus), invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track position as Language Coordinator in Italian, beginning September 1, 2014. The position will be a one-year contract, with the possibility of renewal. Salary and title will be commensurate with qualifications and experience; the position carries a full package of University benefits. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in hand in Italian Studies and a specialization and/or long experience in Second Language Acquisition and language teaching methodology. Responsibilities include: Coordinating 15 sections of Italian language (beginning to advanced level), teaching three four-credit courses per semester (a mixture of online and face-to-face), active programmatic involvement, class observation, close cooperation with language instructors and the faculty in order to advance the well-established 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.
Applications including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically through Interfolio (apply.interfolio.com/24650). Review of complete applications will begin April 15, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Only candidates who are United States citizens or permanent residents can be considered.
- Invitation for on campus interview [at least three,maybe four slots] (4/25)
Tufts University (MA) - Lecturer
The Department of Romance Languages at Tufts University has an opening for a part-time lecturer in Italian language to teach one or two courses in the Fall 2014 term with the possibility of renewal in the Spring 2015 term. B.A. or equivalent required; M.A. or equivalent preferred. Previous college-level teaching experience desirable. Native or near-native fluency in Italian required. Applicants should submit a letter of application, current curriculum vitae and two letters of reference via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/24684. Review of applications begins April 9, 2014 and continues until the position is filled. Start date is September 1, 2014.
Has anyone heard anything about this?
St. Lawrence University (NY) - Visiting Assistant Professor (Italian/French) The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at St. Lawrence University invites applications for a one-year, visiting position (academic year 2014-2015). The position will entail teaching courses in French and Italian language. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Italian, French, or Comparative Literature. A proven ability to teach introductory and intermediate Italian and French is required. Position begins August 2014.
The University seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff and students and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.
Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, CV and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Marcella Salvi, French/Italian Search Chair, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, St. Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Drive, Canton, NY 13617. Application materials may also be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is successfully filled.
Deadline: review begins March 15.
Also posted at French and Francophone Studies 2013-2014
Position Filled. (21 Apr)
University of Arkansas (AR) - Instructor
The Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Arkansas seeks applications for a full-time instructor in Italian. Appointment, to begin 15 August 2014, is for one, nine-month academic year. This position is renewable on a year-to-year basis contingent upon performance, needs and available funding. Minimum requirement: M.A. degree in hand in Italian pedagogy, literature, linguistics or related field; native or near-native proficiency in both Italian and English; teaching experience and evidence of quality teaching. Familiarity with technology-based instruction will be considered favorably.
Teaching load for this position is 4 classes per semester of Italian language and culture classes across a range of levels. The instructor is also expected to assist in all co-curricular activities related to the Program.
To apply send a letter of application, a CV, copy of transcript, teaching statement and three letters of recommendation evidencing quality teaching to Dr. Louise Rozier, Chair of the Instructor Search Committee, Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, 425 Kimpel Hall, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701 or email@example.com.
Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is hired.
[Posted in MLA JIL 02/28/14]
- Skype Interview held (04/22)
University of Kansas (KS) - Visiting Assistant Professor (for SPRING 2014) The University of Kansas seeks to fill a visiting assistant professor position expected to begin as early as January 1, 2014 in the area of 20th/21st century Italian language, literature, culture, film, or related field. This appointment is a non-tenure track, term appointment initially for the Spring 2014 semester (136 days) and renewable for one additional academic year, subject to satisfactory performance. Required qualifications: Ph.D. or ABD in Italian studies or a related discipline is expected by the start date of the appointment; specialization in 20th/21st centuries, language, literature, culture, film or related field; significant publications or strong promise of scholarly productivity; native or nearnative command of Italian and English; teaching experience at the university level in North America; and demonstrated ability to direct or co-direct the Italian Summer Language Institute program in Florence, and to assist in outreach activities, such as the Tavola italiana.
For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGWEbHost/jobdetails.aspx?partnerid=25752&siteid=5447&AReq=61BR.
Submit online a letter of application, curriculum vita, statement of teaching experiences and interests, teaching evaluations, and a writing samples (article or chapter length, 3 MB a limit), and the contact information for three references. In addition, arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent separately to Prof. Caroline Jewers, Chair, Search Committee, Department of French and Italian, University of Kansas, Lawrence KS 66045 (7858644056; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Initial review of applications will begin December 1st, and will continue as long as needed to identify a qualified pool.
UMASS, Amherst (MA) - Lecturer The Italian Studies Program of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC) invites applications for a position of Lecturer in Italian. This is a one-year full-time renewable position to begin September 1, 2014. Ph.D. in Italian or related field at the time of hire, native or near-native command of Italian and English, and experience in Foreign Language Pedagogy or Second Language Acquisition are required. Preference will be given to candidates with competence in ACTFL/NCATE program accreditation policies and with experience in online course development. Involvement in assessment practices within the department would be expected.
Please apply online and submit a c.v., cover letter, and statement of teaching philosophy to: http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=45132
Three letters of recommendation should be sent to email@example.com. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on January 6th, 2014and will continue until position is filled.
There are three of them :) I'm just stating the facts... Which rule? The unspoken rule that you can't name anyone in this wiki It looks like they started contacting candidates (02/27) First Skype interview scheduled (02/28) Second Skype interview scheduled (03/03) Was anyone else totally surprised in the interview with a question about pedagogy? It seems the scope of the job is much larger than posted. I assumed lecturer meant teaching language classes full time. This involves being the language coordinator and teaching pedagogy courses to the graduate students. They were under the impression that the posting mentioned those things, but it didn't as far as I could tell. Any thoughts? Offered and accepted. (22 Apr)
Job summary: The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Memphis seeking applications for a non-tenure track Instructor position in Classics/Italian starting August 2014. Requirements: M.A. degree in Classics or Italian; native or near-native proficiency in Italian and English; successful teaching experience in lower and upper division courses by recent student and supervisor evaluations. The successful candidate will teach 4 or 5 courses per semester in Classics, Latin and/or Italian. Applicants will be required to upload a cover letter (clearly outlining educational background, teaching experience and research interests), curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, unofficial transcript, recent student evaluations from calendar year 2013, and three email addresses for reference providers. Candidates should go to https://workforum.memphis.edu to submit all application materials. Review of applications will begin April 18, 2014. If you require additional information, please contact Dr. Cosetta Gaudenzi (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Deadline: Closes: April 18, 2014
Request for more materials:
Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):
NOTES & QUERIES:
University of North Texas (TX) - Lecturer (Multiple Year) Job Summary: Full-time position to begin September 1, 2014 (classes begin 8/27/14). The position of Lecturer comes with full benefits and may be renewed annually based upon a favorable performance evaluation and the availability of funds. Teaching load: four undergraduate courses of Italian language, literature and culture per semester. Active participation in Department activities and committees is expected.
Minimum Qualifications: M.A. in Italian language, literature, or culture, or related field; near-native proficiency in Italian and English. College/university level teaching experience in Italian language is required.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience teaching advanced level Italian literature and culture courses; experience with program coordination/supervision; evidence of commitment to departmental service and commitment to study abroad preferred.
Special Instructions to Applicant: A short list of candidates will be asked to submit 3 reference letters and a CD/DVD of a 50-minute teaching demonstration. Review of applications will begin on November 3, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled
Online Application Form: http://apptrkr.com/393661
University of Pittsburgh (PA) - Visiting Assistant Professor The Department of French and Italian at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a one-year visiting non tenure-stream position in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature and Culture at the Assistant Professor rank. Pending budgetary approval, the appointment will be effective fall 2014, with teaching duties beginning on August 25, 2014. Applicants for this position must have an active commitment to research, a demonstrated proficiency and genuine interest in teaching, native or near native fluency in Italian and English, and a PhD in hand by the time of appointment. The teaching load is four to five courses to be taught over two semesters. Teaching duties entail one Masters-level seminar and undergraduate courses in Italian and in translation, possibly including one large lower-level undergraduate English-language survey course of Medieval and Renaissance literature.
Send complete dossier by February 28, 2014 to the attention of Lina Insana, Chair, Department of French and Italian (email@example.com ). Dossier should include: a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, a short statement of teaching philosophy, a description of research innterests, and an article-length writing sample.
Rejection letter received (5/24)
University of Toronto (CANADA) - Assistant Professor (Two Years) The Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto invites applications for a two-year contractually-limited term appointment in the field of Italian Cinema. The position will be at the rank of Assistant Professor commencing, July 1, 2014. 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. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. by the date of the appointment. Demonstrated excellence in teaching and research is required. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All qualified applicants are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applications should include a cover letter, a statement of current and future research and teaching philosophy, a curriculum vitae, and materials relevant to research and teaching experience (e.g., sample publication, course outlines and handouts, student survey results). Applicants should arrange three letters of reference (at least one of which should focus on teaching) to be sent directly by email (on letterhead, signed and scanned) to Gloria.Cernivivo@utoronto.ca by the closing date. To receive full consideration, applications and all materials must be received by January 13, 2014. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Gloria.firstname.lastname@example.org The UofT application system can accommodate up to five attachments (10MB) per candidate profile; please combine attachments into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply.
Closing date for applications is January 13, 2014.
Wesleyan University (CT) - Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian (One year) ITALIAN. Beginning July 1, 2014, one-year Visiting Assistant Professor. Ph.D. in hand (preferably) or completed by September 1, 2014. Area of specialization: Medieval and Renaissance (Early Modern) Italian literature and culture. Native or near-native fluency in Italian. Teaching load: 5 courses (3-2), specifically, two seminars in English (one preferably on Boccaccio for the fall), a seminar in Italian on early modern literature for the spring, and two sections of the intermediate language course (4 preparations altogether). 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
To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (50-page maximum), to http://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/4249. For full consideration, applications must be received by Friday, February 28, 2014.
Wesleyan University (CT) - Adjunct Instructor/Assistant Professor (Multiple Year) Beginning July 1, 2014, Adjunct Assistant Professor (with Ph.D.) or Adjunct Instructor (with M.A.) to teach Italian language courses and coordinate the Italian language program. We are particularly interested in applicants with training in second-language acquisition. Requirements: native/near-native fluency in Italian, pertinent and substantial language-teaching experience and demonstrated commitment to pedagogy, as well as expertise and strong interest in the use of multimedia in language teaching. Duties: 5 courses per year; develop and supervise the Italian language curriculum; coordinate teaching assistants. The successful candidate will work in tandem with the tenured/tenure track faculty in order to promote the Italian Studies major, and, with other language-teaching adjuncts, to advance the cause of excellent and innovative language instruction within the Wesleyan liberal arts curriculum. Adjunct faculty at Wesleyan are full-time professors of the practice and receive an initial four-year contract, which is followed by a periodic renewal process based on teaching and collegial contributions; adjunct faculty also have the opportunity to apply for periodic sabbaticals and annual funding for pedagogical renewal and research. Submit cover letter, CV, 3 letters of reference, a 2-page statement of teaching philosophy (600 words maximum), and copies of teaching and course evaluations, at: http://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/4166. Candidates may be invited to submit additional material, subsequent to our evaluation of the applications. APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL JANUARY 6, WHEN THE LINK WILL CLOSE.
Got invited to the interview today anybdy else? Do you hold a Ph.D.? This position weirdly does not require it. "BA preferred MA" is this strange??? -So, have you had the interview? How was it?
Rejection email received. (4 Feb) Position filled (01 Apr)
Comments that probably belong under headings above but format got too scrambled to repair
- Invite for 'Skype' interview (2/25)
- yeah, me too. The invite showed up the day after the closing date. I'm thinking that means there are a lot of us being invited for the inital round of interviews.
- oh, ok. thank you. that was fast! anyway, I guess I am not one of those then. good luck!
- Curriculum vitae, uploaded as a PDF file. Proficiency in languages must be indicated.
- A Proposal for a Monograph on early modern ingenuity, commensurate with the project’s scope and aims, typed directly into the field DESCRIPTION. The proposal, which should not exceed 2,000 words, should indicate suitability for the project, contribution to the field, resources to be used, and research skills required for completion. It should include a short bibliography and plan for completion of the monograph by the end-date of the RA position.
- A Sample of Writing, uploaded as PDF in the field indicated, of no more than 10,000 words. This should be the work that best indicates the candidate's suitability for this project. The writing sample may be published work, a chapter from the applicant’s thesis, or an unpublished essay/article.
- Completed form CHRIS 6, Parts 1 & 3 only, uploaded as pdf file in the Additional Material field 3.
- The names and contact details of two referees who are familiar with applicant's work, and who must submit confidential academic references via the online system by the closing date. It is the candidates’ responsibility to ensure that letters of reference are received by the deadline.
- Skype interview scheduled (03/09)
- Rumor has it, the position was offered (3/18/14)
- What does exactly mean that "Visa expedition funds are not available"? Polite and quasi-legal way to say they will not sponsor any kind of Visa? Would candidates be allowed with personal funds? (VIsiting VISAs are not too expensive).
- A visiting Visa (like J1) wouldn't work because it's a permanent post. So yes, you are right I think.
- Yes, you need to have a "green card" for this position. Unfortunately, this is becoming more common among departments.
- Actually J1s are good for up to five years, which works fine for a "renewable" position (it is not described as "permanent"). In five years the candidate may get a green card in another way. I think it is illegal to exclude qualified candidates on the basis of their CURRENT VISA status. I hope they consider this matter carefully.
- Are we allowed to say we can pay a temporary VISA as a J1 by ourselves?
- I don't think it's a matter of money but rather of time. Can you get a work visa in time for the start of the academic year? And if so, can you apply for it before even getting an offer? Sounds likes a chicken and egg situation to me.
- There is enough time: I did it last year for my current job and there were no issues. Visiting scholars on J-1s normally pay for themselves, it is in the nature of this VISA, so I do not see what's the problem here! They really should be careful not to discriminate on the basis of one's VISA status.
- Visa process times are so person-specific that it can vary all over the place. I think that most schools no longer want to deal with this uncertainty and rather select candidates who already have working permits in the US.
- There's a bit of confusion in this thread between "visa" and "permission to work." If you're an alien who's already in the US legally you can certainly apply for this job. You don't need a visa in order to stay longer, you need a sponsor, which is usually your employer (or sometimes a US citizen relative). Cornell can isssue a DS-2019 with very little difficulty; you can then use that form to get a J1 visa next time you leave the US and re-enter. THAT'S when you need to be careful about timing, because it will take a few weeks before you're allowed back in. (I speak from bitter experience here!) What Cornell is saying, as I understand it, is that they won't pay the fees associated with the J1, and they certainly won't stump up for an H1-B and later a Green Card. But, as a previous poster said, the J1 is good for five years, which is a lot of time to play with.
- Skype interview scheduled (14/03)
- rejection letter received (3/26)
- Any news?
- Teach lower-division Italian language courses, with the possibility of some upper division courses.
* Advise Italian language students on completing language requirements and study abroad.
* Promote and participate in the academic and cultural activities of the department, college and university.
- Master's degree in Italian pedagogy, literature, linguistics or related field.
* Two years' experience teaching Italian language at the post-secondary level.
- A record of successful teaching of university-level Italian courses to English-speaking students.
* Demonstrated use of teaching methods and strategies fostering oral and written proficiency.
* Advanced proficiency in Italian and English (written and spoken).
* Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse populations on campus and in the community.
- Phone interview scheduled (April 1- not a joke, though)
- Skype interview scheduled (02/12) x 2
- on campus interview scheduled (02/24)
I've read somewhere else that the deadline is December 5. This job must be bullshit, right? Posted on November 26 and the deadline for application is a week later... They must just be going through the motions because they already have someone for the job? Or they received the job opening only now from the Dean and are trying to get the applicants reviewed and selected for interview before everyone goes home for the holidays? Btw, didn't they have an opening last year for a Lecturer position? Yes, they did. They hired two lecturers. So what do you think is going on here? Any news on this one?
- Phone interview scheduled (16-Apr-2014)
- Be careful here...they are VERY shady with faculty. Take a look at the revolving door that goes through there!
- shady like calling that a "part time" job? What a bunch of crap. Part time=showing up to teach class and going home. Not designing the entire curriculum and perhaps laying ground work for a study abroad program.
- What's up with these jobs at major institutions that cannot hire non-citizens/residents?
- I wonder if it is legal to state that you must be a citizen or a permanent citizens is it not discrimination towards the people who work and live here under a visa. It would be interesting to hear from an expert....
- Of ourse it is legal, it takes money for an institution to sponsor a visa, maybe they don't want to (or they can't) spend those money...
- Out of interest, does anyone on this wiki feel qualified to apply to a job like this? This is the 3rd job this year asking for language teaching competency in both Italian and French.
- No and the only qualified applicant that I can think of would be a native of France who grew up in Italy. Honestly, these positions are ridiculous and insulting but unfortunately they've been popping up more frequently in the past year.
- The Doctorate of Modern Languages from Middlebury prepares people to go on the market to teach two languages...there are some people who are qualified. It becomes painful thought because professor have three preps in two languages and are being divided amongst two programs.
- ...or someone with a PhD in Comparative Literatures, or someone with a dual track PhD in French and Italian (no names, but there are a few programs offering that option). There are some people who would be qualified, although it's safe to say they're a minority.
- To the person who wrote "These positions are ridiculous and insulting" I am asking: "To whom are they insulting? Certainly NOT to the people who are perfectly qualified for this kind of position, bicultural and bilingual, either French/Francophone native or Italian native who can perfectly work across and between languages and across cultures. Perhaps a minority, but one that certainly can represent and fit into a variety of contexts: transnational, comparative, Mediterranean to say the least! To the person complaining about three preps and two languages: this seems to be the reality even for professors who work only in one language.
- On campus visits completed. (06 Apr)
- Any news on this position? I applied but did not get any message back except the classical aknowedgment and invitation to fill up the classical infor related to minority etc..... I decided not to fill it up do you think this will stop me from being contacted? thanks
- No, it won't. It's for Human Resources to track applicant backgrounds. I'd write to the email above (email@example.com) for confirmation and/or update. Hope this has helped.
So what's the deal with this job and the Penn State one? If they begin in January (as in two weeks from now) should they not have gotten in touch with someone? Does anyone have any scoop? They know we are desperate and they could hire you 3 days before the beginning of the semester. Any news here? A Hire was made at the beginning of the semester. The candidate left UMASS and hence the opening at UMASS Amherst... nope! the two are not related...
- Internal candidate?
- I was surprised too as it required a very detailed answer. The posting was not clear enough about this specific requirement.
- Another Language Coordinator post disguised as a Lecturer. I'm sure that is what most of us PhDs were thinking of doing once we finished graduate school.
- what's the point of that, though? I don't get it--is that just a salary thing? It doesn't make sense to me why they wouldn't post for what they actually need. People prob didn't apply who might have been interested in something bigger, and they prob interviewed a lot of people w.o. the SLA chops to MAT classes. Did someone just screw up the posting or is there some method to this madness?
- Not only is it a salary issue but they can get a PhD to do what once only an MA was sufficient, a pattern that is happening a lot more frequently. Have you noticed how many Adjunct/Lecturer positions there are today compared to say 20 yrs ago? And who hold PhDs? This is what Chomsky referred to recently in an interview as the corporatization of the American universities. I could go on but will stop here...
- Can you say more about the language pedagogy question they asked?
- There was a question about how i would teach the Masters students a course on foreign language teaching. Since the job was "lecturer" and specified nothing else, i was prepared for questions about teaching language to the students. not teaching grad students how to teach language.
- Any news? (24 Mar)
- Rejection email received (28 Mar) (x3)
Skype interviewed scheduled (11/19) (Was told that there were 6 skype interviews) Invited for an oncampus interview (12/17) (One of three slots) Last on campus visit occured and the search committee met on 1/31/14 (2/1/14) Offer has been made (2/7/14) and now accepted (2/22)
- My sources tell me that this position could eventually turn into a tenure-track position.
- The position is open because the last professor took a job at MLA. They are holding it for one year. If s/he remains with MLA, then the position will turn tenure, otherwise s/he will return to her/his teaching position.
- Any news on this position?
- Well it has been almost a month here. Any news that someone can share on this position? Are they doing campus visits right now?
- Email Prof Insana (firstname.lastname@example.org); she'd be more than happy to give you an update.
This position is being conducted only because of visa issues. They are forced to run a search but intend to rehire the current VAP! If this is the case, it is even more obscene to ask for letters of reccomandation to be hand signed, scanned, and then emailed. Any news here? Rejection email received (3/14) The position has been filled Skype interviews are taking place this week (3/3) Any news here? Yes: the job has been offered and accepted (3/7). Any news? Skype interview scheduled (1/23) May I ask if you have a Ph.D. or a M.A.? I have a MA, not sure about the others (not even sure how many skype interviews were scheduled) Is this search concluded? Nearly: an offer has been made. Email informing that: "the position for an adjunct Italian language professor at Wesleyan University has been filled. " (02/24) x 2
The shortest rejection email ever received. I guess there's just not much to say anymore. Viva la academia! I concur I thought there were only 3 candidates invited to campus - I didn't write any of the comments above and one got the job... :-)
UNIVERSITÀ PER STRANIERI DI SIENA - ITALIA
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- Any news here
- Also posted at French and Francophone Studies 2013-2014
See also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2013-14 
Word on the street
Hey! It's me again. I thanked you for what you wrote. Why did you cancel your post? I think it is important and everybody should read it!!!
Whoever wrote all of the above: grazie. Per aver detto quello che sentivo e pensavo e non avrei mai saputo esprimere così bene. Ti dispiace, se citando, la condivido sui social network? Penso che la tua riflessione sia utile a tutti.
Absolutely. It was my second year at MLA. Interviewed by big Universities (also ivy league). Last year I did not get to the campus interview and this year I am still waiting for ANY response at all. Last year my interview lasted 54 minutes, I thought it went great. Not only I was not chosen, but from their website, it looks like they did not hire anybody new. I believe they just gave a promotion to an internal lecturer. And I spent money I did not necessarily have to get there and I just got a formal message that said it was great talking to me...
--My advice to everyone is to not try to rationalize why they didn't choose you. If you do, you will only drive yourself mad (today, hiring has little to do with your credentials/experience). Stay focused and be persistent; that's how I landed my current posititon (albeit non-tenure track at the moment but very fortunate to have something)...after three years of applications! --I never said that they were courteaous or professional. And believe me I've seen (almost) everything. My point was to (try to) ignore these things (even though it may seem hard) because it's just not productive. In the end, I saved my sanity by lowering my expectations and begun planning for alternative careers in case things didn't turn out the way that I had planned them (and let's face reality, the majority of PhDs are not going to land a tenure-track job, let alone a teaching position. There just too much supply and not enough demand). Sorry for sounding so negative...
- Agree with the post above. The job market is brutal, and for me it was way healthier to accept it the way it is (with its degree of randomness) than fancy about a more "humane" process.
-I agree with both posts, but I still belive the person who complained about wasting money at the MLA is right and s/he has all the reasons to be mad. Understanding a situation and learning how to cope with it is smart, but this doesn't mean one should accept it with resignation and without indignation.
-"be persistant" poster above: I agree that it is a complete waste of money and I'm still trying to figure out who is to blame (the MLA or the depts or both).This year was my first MLA (I've avoided them in the past because I've been fortunate enough to have been hired without them) and I spent over a thousand dollars for ONE half hour interview! It's outragious...
Any word of more to come or do we think this is just a particularly thin year?
- It is quite thin, but many of the postings are for tenure-track positions. Are things finally moving in the right direction, or is this an anomalous year?
- Things are decidely not moving in the right direction. There aren't more TT spots than in the past, about the same number have internal candidates, and--an important indicator-- the 1 and 3 year VAP spots have vanished.
Dare we ask which TT posts likely have internal candidates?
- NYU (current VAP)
- Let's be honest UCLA and Wesleyan both have internal candidates (current VAPs)
- As to Wesleyan, this is DEFINITELY NOT the case. I know: I teach at Wesleyan. An open search is being conducted and we invite all interested and qualified candidates to apply. There is NO one with an inside track at all on this position. The adjunct position at Wesleyan offers an outstanding opportunity for non-research oriented academics/intellectuals who are strong teachers to participate in shaping an important program in a top liberal arts college. Do not be distracted by the rumors!
- So essentially a language coordinator postion disguised as an "assistant professor"?
- You made me LOL...:-)
- Possible one at Wiliam & Mary.
- Alabama has one
- McGill, amidst its finishing dissertators?
- Can they hire their own people for tenure track position? I thought this was not typical in America.
- It's Canada and they typically prefer Canadian citizens.
- No, they don't, the last 2 hires were from the US.
- I wrote Canada not McGill.
- Yes, but in Italian recent hires in a lot of places were from the US, McGill is just an example. University Affairs published an article a year or two ago mentioning that in Canada Canadian Ph.D.s are unfortunately overlooked (the article focused on philosophy departments). It is not good (nor fair) for anyone involved.
- Does JHU have? -- No, but they have a candidate in mind -- Actually, yes
- Dartmouth, likely. Their current VAP seems to fit the job description quite well.
- Guys, the whole internal-candidate-hunting game is a really bad idea because we don't have enough information to do anything but speculate. Most jobs will have an internal for the reason that it's v difficult to convince adminstrations to offer a precious TT line to a small subject like Italian without very solid data on course enrollments. So the courses the new hire will be teaching will have to be offered BEFORE he or she starts the job. Who's going to do that? Probably a VAP. And that person is essentially on a year-long (or multi-year) interview for a job that may still go to someone else. As outsiders, we have no idea how that "interview" is going. It could be going really badly. Several jobs last year (OSU, Colby, Dartmouth) had "internal candidates" who did not get the position. Apply to the jobs you're qualified for and present yourself as best you know how. Speculating will only get you into a downward spiral.
- I agree with the above post but it's still usefull to have this information.
- OP again: my point was that it's not information, which is why it's not very useful. I found most of the replies above questionable with a couple of exceptions: UCLA and NYU, plus Dartmouth kinda, but see above. So the thread gives a misleadingly bad impression of what's going on. Moreover it's premised on the idea that internal candidate = doom for everyone else ("Dare we ask..."), which is untrue.
- I also agree with the above post that it's not only useful but necessary, especially to those who are new to this academic "meat" market where the playing field is not always level.
- I think it useful data because by looking at current VAPs one can have a better sense of what the committee "might" be looking for. At the same time, one should not collapse internal candidates and Italian "raccomandati."
- Agreed. And let's not forget that VAPs are hardly enemies, they are part of our job-hunting community—indeed, they're our recent classmates—and co-participants on this wiki. Good for them for their achievement.
- Yes, in some places that may give them an advantage, but that isn't a new phenomenon, and it's certainly not guaranteed. (See for instance the Villanova job from last year).
- It does not seem a particularly bad year in terms of number. On the contrary, for modern Italian studies, it is better than last year. Hopefully more visiting positions will come out. As far as internal candidates are concerned, I don't have my hopes up for NYU.
- - [In response to "It does not seem like a particularly bad year"] Wow, I don't mean to pick a fight or anything, but this comment is bonkers. Since when do FOUR TT jobs in modern (two of which specify cinema and media studies) for all of Canada and the US qualify as "not a bad year"? It's a terrible year all the way around. I wouldn't bother taking this comment to task, but I think it's important for us --emerging scholars in the field -- to keep the drum beating about how terrible our job prospects are so that the discipline as a whole will be forced to confront just how much in crisis Italian Studies is, especially in the US. You shouldn't ever find yourself speaking to, say, a tenured professor in your department and saying, "Gee, 2013-4 actually doesn't seem like such a bad year."
- - Hear, hear! And when the Medieval and especially Renaissance candidates are looking wistfully at those four modern jobs, which seem bountiful in comparison to their meager pickings. Let us also not forget that the applicant pool has escalated, what with the crisis prompting more candidates from abroad and a deep backlog of candidates here. It's a grim state of affairs, and the poster above is absolutely correct that it's important that this fact not be glossed over to the current faculty in our field.
- - Look, I don't mean to pick a fight either. It just seems to me that 4 TT positions in Modern Italian Studies is much better than what we had for a while. This does not make the job market any less brutal.
- - Having been in the job market now for the last couple of years and having spoken to dozens of chairpersons during this time, the future of Italian is in serious peril. Today, universites are run like corporations (more so if they are public) and if whatever numbers don't hit their targets, then freezes or cuts will occur (these were the exact words of a Dean of Humanities) and in extreme cases, the merger of departments. So what to do? -Good point!
-Does anybody else think it is useless to apply to UK jobs?
- I am not sure. Someone with a US degree got the Reading job from last year. Durham's school of languages is holding a reception at MLA, so it seems they are serious in their translatantic rectuiting efforts.
- No since US PhDs have much more teaching experince and access to potential US funding.
- I wouldn't pin your hopes on teaching experience to get you a job in the UK. Things are changing a little with the increased tuition fees for students but research research research remains the name of the game because of the regular government research assessment exercises. You'll need several articles already in print and a book that's very close to completion if not actually out in print.
-What about updating this wiki? is everybody afraid of sharing info? come on, guys!
-- I got an MLA interview with Princeton. Haven't heard back yet.
--- I had an on-campus at George Washington in 2005. I have not heard back from them yet.
- - Do you think that the dept secretaries haven't figured out how to use Bcc emails or are they just lazy and/or unprofessional? I've had similar experiences with my applications disappearing into the academic black hole.
- I would not say anything bad about dept. secretaries, who are usually overworked. I would say lazy/unprofessional might apply, in this case, to the chair of the search.
- -When employers in general receives 200 applications for positions that in the past attracted far less than that, they are not so concerned about politeness (unfortunately)...
- - But technology has also changed and it doesn't take much anymore to send a mass rejection email...but of course that email cannot be sent without "higher" orders.
- Hi all. I'm relatively new on this page, so apologies if my question sounds stupid... This year I noticed that a few job descriptions specify a citizenship requirement i.e., green card or citizenship). I wonder whether this is a new growing trend or it has always been a reality. Thanks in advance. (Really, I don't want to open a worm can here, nor am I seeking to open a debate over the legality/fairness of this; just trying to understand if things are getting harder for those of us who aren't US citizens, especially given the growing number of desperate European job-seekers out there).