Temple Classics has an opening for a full-time, non-tenure-track (NTT) position for 2013-14. The position will be renewable, pending satisfactory performance and continued funding. Temple now calls these positions “Assistant Professor, Teaching and Instruction.” This opening is listed with the APA Placement Service. What follows is information that candidates might find useful in deciding whether to apply and in shaping their applications most appropriately.
What we need. We have a particularly pressing need for Romanists (or Latinists, depending on your nominal preferences). Ideally, we would hire someone with different interests than members of the current permanent faculty. Applicants might thus want consult our faculty information page: http://www.temple.edu/classics/faculty.html (where it would become quickly obvious that, even with one person moving to another position, we are very well equipped with scholars working in fifth-century Greek literature, and much less so for areas such as Late Antiquity and Latin poetry of the Republic). The teaching load for this position will be 3-3 or 3-4. The fall semester involves Latin 1, Latin 2 and a General Education course (11 c.h. total); the latter will be either Race in Greece and Rome or Greek Theater and Society (with Race preferred). The spring semester will involve two Latin courses and one or two sections of a survey course of Roman civilization (11-12 c.h. total).
The department has a very strong pedagogical culture; teaching awards outnumber the faculty. NTT faculty members contribute heavily to first-year Latin, so successful experience there is essential. Participation in Temple’s program in General Education is important to our future. We currently offer these Gen Ed courses: Greek Theater and Society, Sacred Space, and Race in the Ancient Mediterranean. An ability to teach those courses is welcome; see http://www.temple.edu/provost/gened/. We also would be interested in people who can teach courses in our upper-level sequence, the Ancient City (Rome, Athens, Jerusalem, Alexandra and, especially, Byzantium, though this capacity is a secondary consideration).
What we want. We will hire based on a combination of the absolute quality of the candidate and who best fits our needs. Despite the focus of this position on teaching, we generally prefer to hire people with a substantial research agenda that excites them (and us), mainly because those people often make the best colleagues and because they are most likely to land tenure-track jobs elsewhere (or, sometimes, here). The department’s research culture has advanced rapidly in recent years. So, now while this might sound strange, what should happen is that new people come in, have great success here for only a year or two, and then move to a better position, and we will help such people as much as we can. Previous occupants of these positions who have won tenure-track jobs elsewhere include Chris Star (Middlebury), Andromache Karanika (Temple and then UC Irvine), Lauri Reitzammer (Boulder), Daniel Marcovic (Cincinnati) and Eric Kondratieff (Western Kentucky).
Current ABDs will need to be able to show, credibly, that they will complete their dissertation very very soon.
Terms. 3-4 or 3-3 load. Minimum salary for 2013-14 for those with the PhD: $44,500, along with health and dental benefits. The department regrets that, due to university policy, it cannot help with moving expenses.
Our timetable. We will accept applications until the position is filled, but the deadline for applications to be considered fully is May 1st, but we encourage applicants not to be emailing us at 11:59 p.m. that day. If a flood of applications arrives at the last minute, our active consideration of the group is delayed considerably. We will be reading applications as they arrive and plan on completing the search as soon as humanly possible. We expect to interview a few candidates by Skype.