Assistant/Associate Professor - Ancient Greek

Position Overview

The Department of Classics at the University of Kansas invites applications for an appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track) or Associate Professor (tenured) with specialty in Ancient Greek. We seek a scholar of Ancient Greek language and literature whose research focuses on the complex identities that literature both shapes and reveals, and whose expertise complements the range of interests covered by current faculty. For more faculty information go to:

The University of Kansas is in the city of Lawrence, a thriving community 40 minutes from the Kansas City metropolitan area and 30 minutes from the state capital, Topeka. Lawrence, a progressive college town of 95,000, boasts a lively downtown with many music venues, award-winning restaurants, and a nationally celebrated independent bookstore among its many independently owned small businesses. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest school within the campus and plays a central role within the University. Founded in 1865, KU is a designated Carnegie comprehensive doctoral and research university and is one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The University enrolls more than 28,000 students and offers students and faculty opportunities to collaborate in its graduate and professional programs, which include education, public health, medicine, law, and a number of allied social science and humanities disciplines.

KU’s research residential campus is in the center of a vibrant and culturally-rich community — a quintessential college town. Visitors, students and new employees from outside the area enjoy discovering the many wonders of Lawrence, including a thriving downtown, diverse local and regional events, area lakes, vibrant arts and music scenes, and an indelible history. Home to nearly 95,000 people, Lawrence is located 45 minutes west of Kansas City and 30 minutes east of Topeka, the state capital. Along with the music, arts, culture and sports experiences offered at KU and in Lawrence, the short drive to Kansas City provides quick access to historic jazz clubs, museums, world-class music and theatre venues, and professional sports teams.

At the University of Kansas, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are an important part of our culture and university strategic plan. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged, noting the value that differences bring to our organization, students, staff, faculty, and community. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.

The Classics Department maintains an excellent undergraduate program and one of the top MA programs in the country. It enjoys close collaborative relationships with KU’s departments of Theater and Dance; Film and Media Studies; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; History; History of Art; Religious Studies; Philosophy; and Jewish Studies.

Job Description

Research (40%): Establish and maintain an active and productive program of research within area of specialization.

Teaching/Advising (40%): Teach two courses per semester including introductory through MA-level courses in Ancient Greek and courses in ancient literature and culture in translation. Teaching duties include developing syllabi; preparing and teaching lectures; creating, administering, and grading homework assignments and exams; holding regular office hours; and supervising Graduate Teaching Assistants when appropriate. Advising duties may include mentoring graduate students in the Classics Department and serving on undergraduate and graduate thesis and exam committees, as appropriate.

Service (20%): Service to the Department, the College, the University, and the profession of Classics exists in many forms from sitting on committees to directing programs and outreach.

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of educational and professional experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in CV, (3) writing sample, and (4) information provided from professional references:
  • Ph.D. in Classics or closely related field (expected by the start date of the appointment), with a specialty in Greek literature and culture that would complement existing departmental specialties;
  • Ability to teach ancient Greek courses effectively at all levels;
  • Potential for high quality teaching in an array of courses across the department’s curriculum in addition to Greek language;
  • Potential to establish an independent programmatic line of research that includes publications and external funding;
For appointment at the rank of Associate Professor with tenure, in addition to the above, the candidate must meet Department and University criteria for a tenured Associate Professor. For information see:

Additional Candidate Instructions

For more information and to apply online, go to A complete online application includes the following materials: (1) cover letter; (2) Curriculum vitae; (3) research agenda; (4) teaching philosophy statement; and (5) the names, email and contact information for three professional references.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less:
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
Applicants are also encouraged to include or expand upon how they have contributed to building a culture of belonging through DEI initiatives within the required application materials provided. For information about the position, please contact Search Committee Chair, Prof. Tara Welch,

Application review will begin October 20 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is obtained.

Contact Information to Applicants

Prof. Tara Welch
Search Committee Chair

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with experience

Application Review Begins

Friday October 20, 2023

Anticipated Start Date

Sunday August 18, 2024

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  26160BR
  • Department:  Classics
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Reg/Temp:  Regular
  • Employee Class:  F-Faculty
  • Review Begins:  20-Oct-2023

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