Jobs for Medievalists

The Department of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz is searching for two positions during 2013-14 in the area of Mediterranean Studies, one in Ancient Comparative and one in Medieval/Early Modern, conceived of as a “cluster hire.”  The position in Medieval/Early Modern Mediterranean Studies is found below.  The description of the Ancient Comparative Mediterranean Studies position is available for viewing at the following URL:

Medieval and/or early modern Mediterranean Literatures and Cultures. Work in at least two languages, including Arabic, Byzantine Greek, Italian, Ottoman Turkish, Persian, Spanish, or other relevant languages. Candidates should have a strong grounding in the tradition of their primary literatures, with interests in ways the larger Mediterranean region is a relevant category of analysis. We seek scholars with the appropriate linguistic expertise whose work transcends traditional literary and textual approaches by conceptualizing the medieval and/or early modern Mediterranean as a dynamic space of cultural and historical significance. The successful candidate will be expected to teach large undergraduate lecture courses and small advanced seminars, and to actively participate in the graduate program. This position carries a five-course equivalency workload, which normally means teaching four courses over three quarters and carrying other academic and service responsibilities. The ability to contribute significantly to graduate education and the mentoring of graduate students is highly desirable. The successful candidate must be able to work with students, faculty and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching and/or service.

RANK: Assistant Professor
SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: PhD or equivalent degree (in hand by June 1, 2014) in Comparative Literature, Medieval/Renaissance Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, Romance Languages and Literatures, or related fields; a record of research and scholarly productivity, including a book in preparation or forthcoming; a record of college teaching; competence in at least two linguistic traditions.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience working with graduate students; competence in a third language literature.
POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2014, with academic year beginning September 2014. Position contingent upon final budgetary approval.
TO APPLY:  Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include an informative letter of application (clearly outlining your educational background, teaching experience, and publication record), vitae, three current confidential letters of recommendation* (2010 or later), two syllabi, and a short representative writing sample (30 pages max. in PDF format). Applicants are encouraged to submit a statement addressing their contributions to diversity through their research, teaching, and/or service. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.
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Refer to Position #JPF00037-14 in all correspondence
*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at
CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2013. 
To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete and letters of recommendation received by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than 6/30/2014.

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