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PhD in hand, currently in non-TT job (lecturer, etc.): 1 

PhD in hand VAP: 3

PhD in hand adjunct:

PhD in hand postdoc fellowship: 3

PhD in hand, unemployed:

PhD in hand, non-academic job: 2

ABD, looking to defend this year:3

ABD in non-TT job:1

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Bronx Community College, CUNY (NY) - TT Asst. Professor - ItalianEdit

Job Title: Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) - Italian (Modern Language)

Job ID: 16398

Location: Bronx Community College

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

FACULTY VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: The Modern Language Department at Bronx Community College invites applications for a tenure-track position in Italian at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in August 2017. Bronx Community College is among the nation's top ten colleges in minority enrollment. Our student body reflects the diversity of the Bronx; we serve approximately 11,000 students from 100 countries. We are a diverse faculty that values pedagogical inquiry and dedication to teaching. Located on a 45-acre tree-lined campus, Bronx Community College was recently designated a National Historic Landmark — the very first community college to enjoy this honor. The campus was cited as a nationally significant example of Beaux-Arts and Modernist architecture in the United States, containing seminal works by Stanford White and Marcel Breuer.

The Modern Language Department currently offers a Liberal Arts Degree with a Spanish concentration. The program offers language courses from the introductory to the advanced levels as well as thematic advanced courses in Caribbean, French, Iberian, Italian, and Latin American literature and culture. The Department offers courses in five languages: Arabic, French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. Recent initiatives include study abroad, e-Portfolio integration, learning communities, hybrid courses, Open Educational Resources (OER), and the introduction of less commonly taught languages (LCTLs). We are seeking the strongest candidates, regardless of specialization in Italian Studies, and encourage applications from innovative scholars who study the literature and culture within the larger interdisciplinary frame of European and global studies (i.e., intellectual, aesthetic, and cultural history; the transnational study of literature, culture, and media; multicultural Americas or Europe). We also seek a scholar with experience in curricular and programmatic innovation.

Scholarly growth and involvement in department and college initiatives is required. Perform teaching, research and guidance duties in area(s) of expertise. Share responsibility for committee and department assignments, including the coordination of multi-sectioned Italian courses. The position entails teaching courses in Italian, conducting research leading to publication, designing or updating courses, providing curriculum material, constructing syllabi, mentoring students, and serving on various faculty and student-oriented committees. Other areas of responsibility include grant writing, assessment, faculty development, and academic advisement. The position will offer the opportunity to develop new courses and initiatives, and the possibility to teach in a second language.

QUALIFICATIONS: Earned doctorate in Italian, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Romance Languages, or a related field, with native or near-native fluency both in Italian and in English. Also required are the ability to teach successfully, demonstrated scholarship, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution. Teaching experience with culturally and linguistically diverse student populations at the undergraduate level is preferred. Departmental and institutional service is required, and flexibility for evening or weekend teaching is expected. Grant writing experience is a plus. Demonstrated scholarship or achievement, and interest in technology enhanced instruction. Training, experience, and interest in one of the following areas are preferred: - Open Educational Resources (OERs) or online/hybrid courses - Expertise and experience to teach in another language (other than Italian) - Evidence of excellence in Italian language teaching at all levels of undergraduate language instruction, with a strong commitment to introductory courses. COMPENSATION CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development. Assistant Professor: $47,340 - $90,149*

  • Salary subject to new contract implementation in 2017

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants must apply online by accessing the CUNY website at and navigating to the following links: Select “Employment”, then select “Search Job Postings” and find JOB ID #16398. Please attach resume and cover letter. References on request. Please do not include any other documentation. For general assistance with your CUNYfirst application, please go to for information.

CLOSING DATE April 18, 2017


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.


Any news here? (5/21)

Clemson University (SC) - TT Assistant Professor of ItalianEdit

The Department of Languages at Clemson University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Italian, tenure-track, beginning Fall 2017. Preference will be given to candidates with specialization in Italian Literature and contemporary popular culture. The successful candidate will be committed to excellence in teaching, be able to teach courses in his/her specialty as well as Italian language courses at all levels, and demonstrate potential for excellence in research. Candidates will be expected to participate in advising of students and contribute to the Italian Language and International Trade program (a participate in advising of students and contribute to the Italian Language and International Trade program (a traditional Italian major with an added focus on international business). Also desirable is a willingness to organize cultural activities for students both in and outside of the classroom.

QUALIFICATIONS: Native or near-native fluency in Italian and English are required. Candidates should have PhD in hand at the time of appointment.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please submit the following documents via INTERFOLIO: cover letter addressing your research and teaching, CV, writing sample, teaching evaluations, three current letters of recommendation and link to a sample teaching video and corresponding lesson plan (for an Italian language class of any level). Applications received by November 18 are guaranteed review; however, the search will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Application materials must be submitted to INTERFOLIO. Questions about the position or application materials can be addressed to Dr. Luca Barattoni ( Information about the search committee can be found here: (insert link to media page here with info about each search committee member).


  • They can't even type a job post. 
  • They have a strong internal candidate
  • Skype interview scheduled (1/23) 
  • any news on this one?
  • Campus visit scheduled via email (2/7)

County College of Morris (NJ) - Professor of Italian + Spanish and/or FrenchEdit

Faculty have as their primary objective to create a dynamic teaching and learning environment for students while contributing service to the college. Teaching duties may include day/evening or online/hybrid courses. Faculty will teach multiple levels of Italian, Spanish, or French. In accordance with the Faculty Association collective bargaining agreement (CBA), faculty are also expected to provide academic advisement, serve on committees, engage in professional development, design curriculum, and perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: Master's in Italian. PhD preferred. Faculty will also teach Spanish and/or French, so evidence of training/teaching in these languages is also required.

Prior college or university teaching experience preferred, as is evidence of scholarly or professional activities.

Knowledge of second language acquisition theory and practice, including the use of instructional technologies. Strong communication, organizational, and leadership skills.

START DATE & NOTES: Anticipated start date: Fall 2017.

Part of interview will be conducted in Italian, Spanish, and/or French.

As a New Jersey First Act employer, newly hired faculty must establish primary residency in NJ within one year.

CCM is committed to an inclusive environment where students, faculty, staff, and administrators thrive and actively seeks an academically and culturally diverse pool of applicants. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. CCM is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. CCM complies with Title IX, ADA and Civil Rights obligations.


Application URL:

Posting Number: 0000912

Full Consideration Date: 03-19-2017


rejection letter (4/4) x2

Dartmouth College (NH) - TT Open Rank, Italian (20-21 c. Lit. and Culture)Edit

The Department of French and Italian at Dartmouth College seeks an open rank, tenure-track or tenured professor, specializing in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Italian literature and culture. Native or near-native command of Italian and English, a strong teaching record, Ph.D. completed by August 2017, and promise of significant scholarly accomplishment are required. Candidates must possess the skills to teach compelling undergraduate courses in Italian literature, language and culture at all levels. The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic participant in Dartmouth’s thriving program of Italian extra-curricular activities; he/she will also be expected to direct Dartmouth’s quarter-long program in Rome on a regular basis. Beyond the Italian program, opportunities include collaboration with French colleagues, contributions to the Comparative Literature Program, and participation in events and research programs at the Leslie Humanities Center.

Students at Dartmouth College are diverse by many measures. We particularly seek applicants with a record of successful teaching and mentoring of students from all backgrounds (including first-generation college students, low-income students, racial and ethnic minorities, women, LGBTQ, etc.). We are especially interested in candidates who have a demonstrated ability to contribute to Dartmouth’s undergraduate diversity initiatives in research, such as the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship.

Please submit the following to the Head of the Search Committee via Interfolio, by October 28, 2016: 1. Cover Letter 2. CV 3. Three letters of recommendation 4. One- to two-page research statement 5. Writing sample – Chapter two of your dissertation or a published article that reflects the direction of your current research program.

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

(MLA JIL 9/16)


  • Looking for a TT and a Lecturer . . . does this mean something in particular?
  • It means that they have two vacancies, one at each level. Did you have anything more specific in mind?
  • Are there any news about this position?
  • Contacted for preliminary interview (18 Nov 16) x 2 (email)
  • Preliminary interview = MLA or pre-MLA? ---> MLA
  • Campus visit scheduled by phone (1/11)
  • Congratulations to the finalists - with all the money/time spent in attending MLA for the interview, I really want to believe this was a level playing field. Let's see how the search ends!
  • Offer made! (10 Feb 17)
  • Can you elaborate on their background
  • They went for a senior hire

Farmingdale State College, SUNY (NY) - TT Assistant Professor - ItalianEdit

Farmingdale State College, a campus of the State University of New York, is a college of applied science and technology with an enrollment of more than 9,000 students. As the largest of SUNY's colleges of technology, Farmingdale equips students with the resources and critical thinking skills sought by today's emerging industries through its Schools of Business, Engineering Technology, Health Sciences, and Liberal Arts & Sciences. Farmingdale offers 38 undergraduate degree programs and will offer its first Master's program in the Fall 2017 semester. The college is a pioneer in environmental sustainability and alternative energy, and boasts a highly successful NCAA Division III athletics program.

According to the 2016 U.S. News & World Report, Farmingdale State College is ranked #9 among public colleges in the north and #28 among all colleges in the region. Farmingdale has been ranked as one of the top colleges in return on investment and as one of the safest colleges in the nation according to multiple rankings. The campus is located on 380 lush acres in the heart of Long Island, approximately 45 minutes by rail or automobile from New York City.

The Department of Modern Languages at Farmingdale State College of the State University of New York invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in Italian commencing Fall 2017. The successful candidate will be teaching four (4) courses per semester in both Italian language and English to non-majors. Courses are in Italian language, culture, film, and literature in translation

All faculty members at Farmingdale State College have three workload components: teaching, research and scholarly activity, and service. Service includes advising students as well as serving on departmental and college-wide committees. The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest and high level of competence in teaching. Candidates should have a research agenda that complements their area of academic specialty and has the potential for peer-reviewed publications and presentations, both of which are necessary for promotion and tenure at Farmingdale State College.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Italian, comparative literature, or related field, evidence of excellent teaching and record of research. College teaching experience, native or near-native fluency in Italian, and excellent command of the English Language.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Preference will be given to candidates who have two years of teaching experience at college level in Italian, culture, film, and literature in translation.

This is a full-time, 10 month faculty position.

POSITION AVAILABLE: September 1, 2017


Salary $65,000 and may increase commensurate with experience

The State University of New York offers excellent fringe benefits including health insurance options and retirement plans


The Consumer Information web page can be viewed at the following link - This page describes various services, information and statistics on many different aspects of the College's operations.

State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

A letter of application with curriculum vitae should be submitted online at:

Candidates invited for interviews will be asked to make a presentation on their research as well as a separate teaching demonstration.

MLA JIL 11/4/16


  • rejection letter (1/5)
  • Email request for Skype interview (1/6)
  • Invitation for campus visit extended (1/25)
  • Did they make an offer? 
  • On campus visits still ongoing
  • Offer extended and accepted 

Franklin and Marshall College (PA) - TT Asst. Professor of ItalianEdit

Franklin & Marshall College invites applications for a tenure-track position in the Department of Italian, beginning Fall 2017. The rank will be Assistant Professor or Instructor depending on qualifications. Applicants should possess or be close to completing a doctoral degree in Italian, Comparative Literature, or a related field. Research specialization is open.

Teaching load is 3/2. The successful candidate will teach all levels of Italian language and offer courses in Medieval and Renaissance literature. Native or near native fluency in Italian and English as well as demonstrated excellence in teaching are required. The candidate will also contribute to the College's general education program, Connections. An interest in taking part in Comparative Literary Studies or other relevant interdepartmental programs is encouraged. The successful candidate will be expected to participate actively in the life of the academic program. F&M faculty are expected to maintain active research agendas and contribute to the College's shared governance.

Pursuant to cultivating an inclusive college community, the search committee will holistically assess the qualifications of each applicant. We will consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds. We will also consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to academic success.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, teaching statement, research statement, teaching evaluation forms, and three letters of recommendation. Interested candidates should apply at Interfolio For full consideration applications should be received by November 12, 2016.


  • Any news here? Has anybody received an emai about first-round of  interviews?
  • Yes, email request for MLA interview.  11/29 (x2)
  • Anyone heard anything since MLA? Campus visits? [1/24]
  • Campus visits scheduled. [1/24]
  • Any news here  (3/9)?

James Madison University (VA) - TT Asst. Professor of ItalianEdit

The Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures at James Madison University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Italian at the level of Assistant Professor, beginning August 25, 2017. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation.

Duties and Responsibilities: The teaching load is three courses per semester.

Qualifications: Candidates should have a Ph.D. in hand by August 2017 with native or native like fluency both in Italian and in English.

Specialization: any field of Italian literature, history or culture, with the ability to contribute to an interdisciplinary curriculum ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. The successful candidate will be able to teach all levels of language, literature and culture. Ability to teach courses serving the general education curriculum is highly desirable.

Candidates should have an excellent record of prior teaching experience and show evidence of strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, service and scholarly activity. Also desirable is willingness to organize cultural activities for students both in and outside of the classroom.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent collaborative skills and a strong commitment to the enhancement of the Italian Program.

MLA JIL 11/18/16


  • Care to elaborate?
  • If you are this: [1]
  • the dept. is ok, the students, well, that's another story...
  • any news here? (1/23)
  • The ad says that it closes 2/6... so I doubt they would have much news before that date.

has anybody heard anything on this one? (2/20)

  • Skype interview stage
  • Campus visit stage

Johns Hopkins University (MD) - TT Asst. Professor of Italian StudiesEdit

The Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures at Johns Hopkins University ( seeks to fill the position of Assistant Professor of Italian Studies, tenure track. The preferred primary field will be modern Italian literature and/or cinema, with secondary interest’s related fields such as media studies or comparative literature. The successful application will have a proven track record of research and teaching. Moreover, the search committee is committed to hiring candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Requirements: PhD in Italian, comparative literature, or related field, evidence of excellent teaching and scholarly potential, native or near native fluency in Italian and English. Please submit a letter of interest, CV, three letters of recommendation and a writing sample online via Interfolio: Posting will close on October 15, 2016. (posted via AATI listerve 14 Sept)


  • There is an internal candidate who got the visiting position that was posted in April.  
  • - Oh, there is an internal candidate everywhere these days, what with the prevalence of adjunct labor. Still doesn't determine the outcome of a search.  
  • I second the prior comment. Just because a VAP has been brought in to cover classes does not mean that the department will view him or her as the perfect fit for the TT line they have secured. Far from being "on the inside," VAP's are not regular voting members of the departments they serve and they live one bad teaching eval or misunderstanding with a colleague away from being fired. Once a TT search has been announced in their field then they are effectively undergoing a continuous interview in the full knowledge that, if they fail, they will need to find another job. The history of the wiki is that people are very quick to point to internal candidates in advance but not so diligent at the end of the year about ascertaining how many actually got the job (more often than not they didn't). If you're going to flag up an internal candidate for the wiki's attention, maybe consider stating why you think the fact is relevant to other jobseekers.
  • Does anyone know if this is a new tt line or a replacement for someone who left/is leaving? Thanks, and good luck to all.
  • ANY NEWS HERE? Did they contact anybody to schedule preliminary interviews (or it's too early?)
  • Scheduled Skype interviews (11/15)
  • Emailed for a skype interview (11/21)
  • mind if i ask what kind of profile got shortlisted?
  • Last day of Skype interviews (12/9)
  • Any news regarding campus visits? (1/5)
  • Campus visit scheduled (email) (1/12)
  • Received rejection letter informing all campus visits were scheduled (1/17)
  • Any news here? (3/8)

Kennesaw State University (GA) - TT Asst. Professor of ItalianEdit

Kennesaw State University is now accepting applications for a nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Italian faculty position in the Department of Foreign Languages/College of Humanities and Social Sciences which begins August 7, 2017. Candidates should possess expertise in Italian (area of specialization open). Responsibilities will include teaching, scholarship, and service. An earned doctorate degree in Italian or the foreign equivalent, or its equivalent in training, ability, and/or experience is required.

For more than 50 years, Kennesaw State University has been known for its entrepreneurial spirit and sense of community. Offering campuses in Marietta and Kennesaw, the university is located just north of Atlanta and combines a suburban setting with access to one of the country's most dynamic cities. As Georgia's third-largest university, Kennesaw State offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a growing doctoral program. Designated by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia as a comprehensive university, Kennesaw State is committed to becoming a world-class academic institution positioned to broaden its academic and research missions and expand its scope on a local, regional and national level.

Review of applications will start immediately.

All applications must be received by September 18, 2016. For a full description of this position and application procedures, go to

Inside Higher Ed


  • Interview via Skype on 10/3
  • References checked (10/6)
  • On campus interview invites (10/13)
  • Rejection Letter (11/16)
  • Has anyone been offered the job yet? (12/10)
  • Job has been offered and accepted (12/10)

University of New Hampshire (NH) - TT Asst. Professor - Italian Studies - pre-18th c.Edit

The Department of Classics, Humanities, and Italian Studies invites applications for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor to start in August 2017. Specialization is open to any field of pre-18th-century Italian Studies with expertise in at least two of the following areas: Digital Humanities, Material Culture, Mediterranean Studies, Textual Studies, and Visual Studies.

The candidate must be able to teach courses across a broad intellectual and historical range, be willing to engage actively in program development, and have demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse communities. The teaching load is four courses per academic year.

Additional Job Information To apply, visit Please submit online a cover letter, CV, graduate transcript, and a list of three references.

Once your application is complete and submitted, your list of references will be notified automatically to submit letters via the portal.

Applications will be accepted through 24 October 2016. Candidates selected for further consideration will be notified mid-November and asked to send a writing sample, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a statement on teaching and research philosophy.

Posting Number/Job Order # PF0028FY16

Acceptable Minimum Qualifications: -PhD in an appropriate Italian Studies discipline -Specialization in pre-18th-century Italian Studies -Expertise in two of the following areas: Digital Humanities, Material Culture, Mediterranean Studies, Textual Studies, and Visual Studies -Fluent in Italian -Fluent in English

Additional Preferred Qualifications

Salary Information: Salary is complemented by a generous benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.

Quick Link to Posting:



  • request for mla interview (11/20)
  • It is a terrible department. Toxic work environment.... bad, bad!
  • would you mind elaborating? i have had very limited engagement with some individuals in the italian contingent of the seemingly very interdisciplinary dept, but they have seemed quite cordial. many thanks in advance for any details you feel comfortable providing! 
  • Appearances are very deceiving. It’s a department run by men and women are silenced…no matter what.
  • I know this department, and this hasn't been my experience at all.
  • They have a strong internal candidate. 
  • What is the point of this vague and unfair accusation? I don't know anyone in this Dept yet I can't see the point of a comment like that above. Also, almost every Dept have "strong internal candidates". Some are hired, some are not. Again, what's the point of highlighting this? I don't think these comments are useful to any of us.
  • Any news regarding campus visits? (1/14)
  • No. Has anyone else who was interviewed heard back? (2/2)
  • Campus visits ongoing (2/7)
  • Offer made and accepted.

University of Oklahoma (OK) - TT Open Rank Italian Renaissance and/or Medieval SpecialistEdit

Open Rank Italian Renaissance and/or Medieval Specialist (tenure-track assistant professor or associate/full professor with tenure)

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at the University of Oklahoma seeks a highly qualified and diverse applicant pool for an open rank specialist in Italian Renaissance and/or Medieval literature and culture. OU, a Carnegie R-1 comprehensive public research university, is home to the international literary magazine World Literature Today, the South Central Modern Languages Association, the Fred Jones Museum of Art, and the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. The city of Norman is a vibrant university town ranked 6th best small city in the United States by CNN Money Magazine and offers a wide variety of activities in the arts and athletics. For information about the department, please visit; see below for more information about OU.

This hire will lead the Italian major and minor programs as well as have the opportunity to participate in the OU in Arezzo study abroad program ( ). The successful candidate will maintain a strong research agenda; teach classes on Dante, Medieval, and Renaissance Italian literature as well as language and culture classes at the undergraduate level; revitalize recruitment and retention for the major; and carry out service to the institution. The hire will work collaboratively with related units on campus, such as the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, English, Classics and Letters, History of Science, and others. The position is a 9-month faculty appointment and carries a teaching load of 12 credit hours (4 classes) per year in both Italian and English.

Minimum requirements: PhD in Italian or a related field; record of research publications in top-tier national and international venues and/or evidence of outstanding research potential; minimum three years' experience teaching Italian to non-native speakers at the college level; evidence of teaching excellence; native or near-native fluency in Italian and excellent command of English.

Preferred qualifications: History of competitive external grant funding; publication of a single-authored scholarly book in print with a reputable top-tier press; record of publications in top-tier national venues in English.

Instructions to apply: Priority deadline is October 21, 2016; applications may be considered until the position is filled. Note: there is no online application for this position. All application materials will be sent with subject line “Italian Application” via email to Dr. Logan Whalen, Search Chair (; letters of recommendation should be sent under separate cover.

Required materials: A 1-2 page cover letter detailing how the candidate's experience meets the job requirements and will enable her/him to excel in this role. Please make specific reference to outstanding teaching and research potential. Curriculum vitae or resume. 1-2 writing samples. PhD transcripts or a PDF of the degree. Minimum 2 complete sets of recent teaching evaluations including student comments. Four letters of recommendation under separate cover from experts in the candidate's field.

Review of complete applications will begin after the deadline and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Skype in November, followed by campus interviews with short-listed candidates in late fall or early spring

Link to Appl:

MLA JIL 09/09/16


  • Any news here regarding campus visits? (1/18)
  • News, anybody? (2/8)
  • Campus visits scheduled
  • Any news here (3/9)?
  • Offer made and accepted. (3/29).

University of Oregon (OR) - TT Asst. Professor - Contemporary Mediterranean Studies in French and ItalianEdit

The Department of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with a specialization in Contemporary Mediterranean Studies in French and Italian, beginning in September 2017. Research specialization is open, though fields of particular interest to us include Migration Studies, Europe and the Maghreb, the Global South, Film and other visual media, Decolonial Studies, or Translation Studies. We prefer candidates whose research program addresses both French/Francophone and Italian/Italophone contexts. The successful candidate will teach courses at the upper-division undergraduate and graduate level, in French or Italian, as well as a general education course in English, and have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds. We are a creative department in the process of enhancing our curricula in Romance Languages and seek candidates with a strong publication record, demonstrated excellence in teaching, commitment to mentoring undergraduates and graduates, and professional proficiency in English and French or Italian. Ph.D. must be in hand by the time of the appointment.

Submit application online at (insert AJO link here). Interested applicants should submit a letter of application, CV, writing sample (e.g. article, book chapter, dissertation chapter), evidence of successful teaching (e.g. class evaluations, supervisor's report, or teaching portfolio), and three letters of recommendation to: Mediterranean Studies Search committee c/o Professor Amalia Gladhart, Head, Department of Romance Languages, 1233 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1233. To ensure full consideration, application material must be submitted by (insert date here). Position will remain open until filled. For full posting please and application directions, please visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

Deadline: Nov. 15 2016. Apply at: AcademicJobsOnline


  • campus visits scheduled [12/26]

University of Pennsylvania (PA) - TT Asst. Professor - Italian StudiesEdit

The Italian Studies Division in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania seeks applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level in Italian Studies. Ph.D. is required to be in hand at the time of application.

The successful candidate will have native or near native proficiency in Italian, a strong background in 19th, 20th, 21st century literature, the ability to teach large courses in English. We welcome candidates with competence in Cinema and Performance studies as secondary fields of specialization.

The candidate is expected to maintain a research program that inspires a highly motivated undergraduate and graduate 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.

Submit applications online at Please include letter of application, curriculum vitae, two writing samples, and the contact information of three individuals who will provide letters of recommendation. Recommenders will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit letters to the website. Screening of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The Italian Studies Division in the Department of Romance Languages is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to establishing a more diverse faculty (for more information see: The University of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Chronicle (posted 8/2/16)


  • See notes on similar (seemingly failed) search last year: Italian 2015-2016
  • No deadline (again)...
  • wouldn't it be great if we all boycotted this search? 
  • Anyone know what they're actually looking for here? x2
  • - Io non sarei troppo sorpresa qualora il lavoro andasse a qualcuno con un PhD da U Penn
  • Reccommenders contacted for letters (not sure if it is an automatic thing or not)
  • Based on previous experience, it's not automatic. In the past they've not contacted everyone's references. Good luck.
  • Skype interview scheduled by email (x3)
  • Rejection letter (11/29)
  • From website: "Assistant Professor Candidates Lecture Series" scheduled for 1/23, 1/25, 1/30, 2/1 - anyone invited for campus visit yet?
  • Candidates should be notified during the week of January 9th
  • Search cancelled
  • ^--again???
  • It would be funny if it weren't tragic, given the current state of the market and of our discipline. Is the info reliable?
  • ^-- In the email they only stated that "the Italian Assistant Professor search has been cancelled" and apologized. 
  • ^ Oh well, at least this year they emailed you to let you know something. It's an improvement, I guess.
  • Yes, absolutely. Two in a row. Congrats! 
  • Special kudos should go to Professor Finotti - thank you for confirming Italian Studies as the most disfunctional and corrupt discipline in the humanities!
  • Well, let's not generalize to the whole Italian Studies field. It's just this particular department, run by somebody who imported the provincial, Italian nepotistic business style to the US.

Yale University (CT) - Dept. of Italian - Senior Position - Renaissance StudiesEdit

The Department of Italian at Yale University has been authorized to appoint a distinguished senior scholar of Renaissance Studies. We seek a gifted, leading figure in the field, one who is open and engaged in the vast spectrum of Renaissance culture. Such a figure would be an important interlocutor between Italian and the Yale Renaissance Studies Program as well as the Departments of History, Art History, Classics, Philosophy, Theater, Religious studies, and Comparative Literature. The successful candidate will teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and will play a vital role in the life of the department, fulfilling leadership functions and mentoring graduate students and younger faculty in their process of professional growth. To apply, please submit your CV, cover letter, and list of publications. Deadline for submitting application is November 15, 2016.

Apply online:


Yonsei University, Korea - TT Assistant Professor of pre-1800 European LiteratureEdit

The Underwood International College (UIC) of Yonsei University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in pre-1800 European literature at the international campus in Songdo, Incheon, located within the greater Seoul metropolitan region. We welcome applications from scholars specializing in any European national literary tradition and genre. Applicants should have received their Ph.D. by August 1, 2017 and have a strong commitment to research and undergraduate teaching. Teaching responsibilities are 6 credit-hours (2 classes) per semester. The starting date is either March 1 or September 1, 2017. Compensation includes competitive salary, health insurance and other benefits, subsidized housing up to six years, and a generous relocation and start-up package.

Yonsei University’s Underwood International College is a highly competitive undergraduate program at South Korea’s most prestigious private university, and combines the intimate atmosphere and low student-faculty ratio of a liberal arts college with the resources of a major research university. All instruction is in English, and the student body represents over 70 different countries. As part of Yonsei University’s continuing effort to increase faculty diversity, we are only accepting applications from non-Korean citizens.

Interested applicants should submit a short letter of application, dissertation abstract, and C.V. at before October 31, 2016. Short-listed candidates will then be asked to email 3 letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and sample syllabi to Interviews will be held over Skype. For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Jen Hui Bon Hoa (

Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit our website at



Arcadia University (PA) - Full-Time Asst. Professor of Italian (non-TT)Edit

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures in the College of Arts and Sciences at Arcadia University is seeking applicants for a full-time, non-tenure track Assistant Professor in Italian position commencing in September 2017.

Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in Greater Philadelphia and promises a distinctly global, integrative, and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and lead in a diverse and dynamic world. A national leader in study abroad and international education, Arcadia has been named #1 in undergraduate study abroad participation by the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors Report for the past six years. Approximately 3,900 students attend Arcadia, and the University’s 2,500 undergraduate students choose from more than 65 fields of study.

For additional information and to apply, please visit: and submit a cover letter, resume and names and phone numbers of three professional references.

Arcadia University seeks candidates of diverse cultural backgrounds and abilities. Arcadia University encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. All offers of employment are conditional based on successful completion of a background check.

Responsibilities: Candidates must teach three classes each semester and must be able to teach Italian grammar, culture, literature, and cinema. Interest in teaching popular culture a plus.

Candidates should have a primary specialization in Italian literature and/or film, but should also have a demonstrated ability to teach in other areas. Faculty in the department are expected to teach language courses of all levels.

All college faculty supervise undergraduate theses as part of their work load. Faculty also have regular opportunities to teach in interdisciplinary programs and in the First-Year Seminar program.

Qualifications: The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in twentieth-century Italian language, literature, cinema, or related field, and must possess native or near-native fluency in Italian and English. The appropriate candidate will have at least four to five years’ experience teaching at a university level. Strong candidates must demonstrate a desire to teach and advise undergraduates, facilitate the growth of the Italian program, and contribute to departmental and university service.

Application Instructions and Requirements: For additional information and to apply, please visit: and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and names and phone numbers of three professional references.

Applications must be received November 14, 2016. Application review will begin immediately. Posting will be removed from the website once we've established a sufficient talent pool for consideration.


  • Rejection letter (12/9) x 2
  • Is this real? Did anyone get an interview?
  • Not sure...I fit the bill to a T and received a rejection letter...
  • I have received neither an invitation nor a rejection letter: who knows what is happening... Thank you for the answer, though, and good luck with the other searches.
  • mla invitation received (12/17)
  • any invitation for a campus visit yet?
  • rejection letter received.

Coastal Carolina University (SC) - Lecturer of ItalianEdit

The College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University invites applications for a position as Lecturer of Italian to join the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies. The preferred starting date is January 2017 but a start date of August 2017 will be considered.

The successful candidate will hold an M.A. in Italian or Italian Studies; the ideal candidate will hold the Ph.D. The successful candidate must possess near-native fluency in Italian and English. He/she must be able to demonstrate teaching excellence in Italian language classes and possess academic preparation that supports teaching upper-division coursework that has the potential for interdisciplinary outreach. The position requires teaching introductory and intermediate courses in Italian language, as well as upper-division Italian culture courses in English that fulfill cognate requirements for students from other disciplines. The candidate will work together with the chair and others in the department to expand Italian offerings, recruit and retain students in the Italian language program, and enhance departmental extracurricular programming. He/she will contribute to faculty governance activities as appropriate.

Candidates should submit a letter of application (outlining interest in the position, qualifications, technical and work experience and approach to instruction), curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of three references, and transcripts of all graduate work (copies are acceptable at this time) electronically at: Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

MLA JIL 11/25/16


  • Any news here or it's too early?
  • Rejection letter (01/19)

Colorado College (CO) - Visiting Assistant Professor (2 blocks)Edit

The Department of French and Italian at The Colorado College seeks a 2-block Visiting Assistant Professor in Italian from September 25th to November 15th 2017 (blocks 2-3). The ideal candidate will demonstrate interest and experience in teaching Italian language at all levels, and culture courses in both Italian and English. Preference given to candidates who can teach creative writing, women writing, and/or theater and performance in Italian (advanced level) to an American and international student body. Requirements: Ph.D. or ABD in Italian language, literature, or culture, or related field; native proficiency in Italian; excellent command of English. Candidates with provable artistic merit and teaching experience without a Ph.D./ABD will be considered.

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/artistic performances are an asset. Please email letter of application, description of two courses, curriculum vitae, one letter of recommendation, a 1-page teaching philosophy statement, and one set of complete students’ evaluation for one course to by April 3rd, 2017. Please note: this is a high-paying job for the time commitment, and a potentially renewable position.  If you have questions, contact

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 and the block plan, please see, and


Dartmouth College (NH) - Lecturer in Italian (2 yr. appt. - renewable)Edit

The Department of French and Italian at Dartmouth invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Lecturer in Italian beginning July 1st, 2017. Initial appointment for two years, with the possibility of longer-term renewal upon successful performance; annual teaching load of six courses at all levels of Italian language. The successful candidate will join a vibrant language program committed to excellence in foreign language teaching and learning; s/he will work closely with the Language Program Director in the department, and will also participate in a broader community of language pedagogues on the Dartmouth campus. Familiarity with instructional technology and best pedagogical practices expected; service commitment includes active involvement in the organization of co-curricular activities. Native or near-native fluency in Italian; minimum of M.A. in Italian, Second Language Acquisition or Applied Linguistics; and at least three years of college-level teaching experience required.

Applications must include letter of inquiry, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and teaching portfolio consisting of teaching statement, student evaluations from the past two years, and video of teaching. Please submit all materials electronically to Interfolio by November 2, 2016. AA/EOE. Preliminary interviews will take place at the ACTFL Conference in Boston or by Skype for those unable to attend.

Apply online:

MLA JIL 09/16/16


  • Any updates?
  • Rejection letter (12/5)

Duke University - Lecturing Fellow of ItalianEdit

Lecturing Fellow, Department of Romance Studies, Duke University

Pending budgetary approval and instructional needs, the Department of Romance Studies at Duke University is seeking qualified lecturing fellow (non-tenure track) in Italian for a one-year, renewable appointment. Qualifications requested for candidates: ABD or recent PhD in applied linguistics, second language pedagogy or related areas. Applications from candidates with experience in latest applied technology for language pedagogy are especially welcomed. Full and/or part-time positions with competitive salary and benefits. Send CV, recommendations, transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, sample teaching evaluations and video of teaching to: Chair, Department of Romance Studies, 205 Language Center, Box 90257, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0257. Applications received by April 10, 2017 will be guaranteed consideration. Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.



  • Any news here or it's too early?

Indiana University (IN) - Visiting Lecturer of ItalianEdit

One semester, non-tenure track position beginning January 2017, with the possibility of renewal. Duties are to teach elementary and intermediate Italian language and culture courses. ABD or PhD, excellence in teaching, and native/near- native Italian are essential. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience and strong interest in developing and using technology for language teaching, including online language instruction. Submit complete dossier including letter of application, CV, teaching philosophy, sample teaching video, and three letters of support via Interfolio by Committee. You may also mail your application to Chair, Search Committee for Italian VL, Dept. of French & Italian, Indiana University, 355 N. Jordan Ave., Bloomington, IN 47405-1105. Indiana University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

Apply online:

MLA JIL 12/9/16


  • Job has been offered and accepted (12/19)

Miami University (OH) - Five-Years Instructor/Visiting Assistant Positions  Edit

The Department of French and Italian, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, seeks applicants for two Instructor/Visiting Assistant Professor positions in Italian. Employment begins August 2017. Possibility of renewal for up to five years, dependent upon funding and performance. Normal teaching load is three courses per semester. Duties/Physical Demands:
Teach undergraduate courses in Italian language, literature, and culture; advise students; engage in activities that support the growth of the program and contribute positively to the intellectual climate of the Department.
Miami University will not sponsor for H1B work authorization for the 2017-18 year. Minimum Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Italian or related field by date of appointment (for appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor) ABD (for appointment as Instructor). Required specialization in Early Modern Italian Studies. Native or near-native command of Italian and English. Demonstrated excellence in the teaching Italian Language at all levels.Preferred Qualifications:
Specialization in early modern Italian Studies. Ideal candidates will have an interdisciplinary and intercultural research approach and be prepared to offer courses on Italian cultural history prior to 1800.  Special consideration will be given to candidates with a demonstrated ability to contribute to the growth of the program. The successful candidates will also demonstrate excellent collaborative skills and a strong commitment to the enhancement of the Italian Program.Date to Begin Screening: 04/28/2017Required Documents:Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae For more information and to apply please visit:

New York University (NY) - Visiting Fellowship - Dept. of Italian StudiesEdit

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, ideally, during Spring 2019 and Spring 2021, 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 as a Visiting Assistant/Associate/or full Professor 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 April 7, 2017, via the “Employment” link on the NYU Department of Italian Studies web site:


University of Calgary (CAN) - Italian Instructor (2 yr. Position)Edit

The School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures invites applications for a 2-year limited term position in Italian, at the rank of Instructor, effective July 1, 2017. The area of specialization is the teaching of Italian language (both written and oral) and intercultural communication.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in Italian language and culture and participate in curriculum/program and materials development, maintain currency in the scholarship of teaching at university level language programs, and may participate in course coordination and student mentoring.

The successful candidate will have a PhD with a specialization in a relevant area of Italian Studies. Demonstrated evidence of excellence in teaching at the post-secondary level, as well as native or near-native competence in Italian are required. Individuals interested in this position are requested to visit the University’s career website to apply.

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2017.


MLA JIL 12/30/16


  • - News here?
  • Any news here at all? Do we know if they've made the hire?

University of Toronto (CAN) - Postdoctoral Fellowship in Italian StudiesEdit

Post-doctoral fellowship of 1year (July 2017-June 2018).


Value: $31,000, plus benefits

Duration: 12 months (1 July – 30 June)

Teaching: 1.0 FCE

Application Deadline: 15 March 2017

Results Announced: 31 March 2017

Number of positions per year 1

DESCRIPTION OF THE POSTDOC: The aim of the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Italian Studies at the University of Toronto is to support the most promising Canadian and international new scholars in Italian Studies and assist them in establishing a research base at an important time in their careers. We encourage applications from candidates working on any aspect of Italian Studies, including Literature, Linguistics, Cinema, Diaspora Studies, History, Arts, Theatre, Media, Cultural Studies, and Pedagogy, as well as from candidates working on interdisciplinary and comparative subjects involving Italian Studies.

Postdoctoral Fellowship provide stipendiary support to recent Ph.D. graduates who are: undertaking original research; publishing research findings; developing and expanding professional research networks; broadening their teaching experience; preparing for research-intensive careers within and beyond academia; capitalizing on the resources of the University of Toronto in fields related to Italian Studies.

VALUE AND DURATION: The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Italian Studies at the University of Toronto is valued at $31,000 (CAD) plus benefits per year. This is a taxable, non-renewable fellowship, tenable for a maximum of 12 months. The award will begin on 1 July and end on 30 June.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: Subject Matter The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Italian Studies at the University of Toronto is awarded through an open competition. Fellowship proposals may involve any aspects of Italian Studies, including Literature, Linguistics, Cinema, Diaspora, History, Arts, Theatre, Media, Cultural Studies, and Pedagogy, as well as interdisciplinary and comparative research involving Italian Studies.

Proposed research The research proposed in the Postdoctoral Fellowship application must be significantly different and distinct from, or add significantly to, the work done by the applicant in his/her doctoral thesis. Research programs proposing simply the adaptation of doctoral theses for publication, the editing of textbooks, or translation are ineligible.

Eligibility to apply: Candidates must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in hand by the date of application and must have earned their first doctorate (or equivalent) from a recognized university no earlier than 5 years prior to and including the date of application (the date of completion is considered to be the date of completion of all degree requirements, not of graduation). Candidates must have a native or near-native level of proficiency in English. Allowable extensions to eligibility window: the window of eligibility can be extended by a cumulative maximum of two years if applicants had their career interrupted for the following reasons: parental leave; illness; health-related family responsibilities; or mandatory military service. No other exceptions will be allowed.

Exclusions: candidates must not hold a tenure or tenure-track, or equivalent, faculty position. Candidates with a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and previous holders of post-doctoral fellowships in the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto are also ineligible. Candidates must find, prior to the application, a suitable faculty member supervisor within the Department who agrees to supervise them.

Responsibilities and duties of the Fellow: To hold the award, applicants must: engage in postdoctoral research for the period of the award; teach one full course equivalent (FCE). Courses will normally be related to the areas of specialization of the candidate, as well as to the needs of the Department; present his/her research in a public Goggio Lecture.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Before submitting their application, applicants must ensure that they meet the requirements specified under Eligibility Criteria (see above).

In order to apply, candidates must send the following documents to Anna Vanek, Correspondence must be conducted strictly in English.

Cover Letter (including first and last name, current university, supervisor from the Italian Studies, title of project); CV (including list of publications); Two letters of recommendation; letters must be sent directly by the referee. Letters sent by the candidate will be discarded.

Research project (max 3000 words), which includes: Description of the project and of its relation to current research on the subject; Explanation of the research objectives; Description of the theoretical approach and methodology; Rationale for the expected supervisor at the Department of Italian Studies; Rationale for carrying on the research project at the University of Toronto (specific resources available, etc.); Expected outcomes (including dissemination activities and publications); Work plan; Bibliography (this section should not be counted as part of the 3000 words); 1 sample of academic writing.

Please, note that: It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required application components (including all attachments and letters) have been submitted. Under no circumstances will any applications be accepted after the deadline.

EVALUATION AND ADJUDICATION: The following criteria are used by the committee to evaluate the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Italian Studies at the University of Toronto:

  • Originality and potential significance of the research project.
  • Feasibility and appropriateness of the research in the Department of Italian Studies.
  • Capability and expertise of the candidate to succeed (fellowships, scholarships or other awards obtained; previous research experience and/or publications; and timely completion of doctoral studies).
  • Capitalization of the resources of University of Toronto in fields related to Italian Studies.

NOTE ON TEACHING: Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement. However, teaching will be covered under the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 collective agreement.

CONTACT INFORMATION Anna Vanek Correspondence must be conducted strictly in English.


  • Has anyone heard back about this position?
  • Does anyone know if they have picked the person? They are a few days now from the date they gave for the announcement? 
  • They have picked the person

University of Toronto Mississauga (CAN) - Assistant Professor - Contractually Limited Term (5 Years) - Italian StudiesEdit

The Department of Language Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga invites applications for a 5 year contractually limited term appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Italian Studies in one or more of the following fields, with a specialization in Italian Pedagogy: Language Teaching and Learning, Second Language Acquisition, and Sociolinguistics. Demonstrated knowledge in the fields of Semiotics and/or Romance Philology are also an asset. The position start date is July 1, 2017.

Applicants must have earned a PhD in any of the relevant fields mentioned above by the appointment date, or shortly thereafter. The successful candidate must show evidence of excellence in research and teaching, and significant experience in coordinating Italian courses at the university level. Excellence in research will be demonstrated by publications in top ranked and field relevant academic journals, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements by referees. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, strong letters of reference and the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application. Native or near-native proficiency in Italian (i.e., ability to teach in Italian in the undergraduate and graduate programs) and a strong command of oral and written English are required.

The successful applicant will teach in the Italian undergraduate programs and engage in the experiential learning activities offered in the Department. S/he will undertake graduate teaching and supervision, as a member of the Graduate Department of Italian Studies at the St. George campus. The successful applicant will be expected to develop and maintain an active, externally funded program of research.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

For more information on the Department of Language Studies, UTM please visit us at

Application Information: All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (i.e. teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, teaching philosophy, etc.), a statement outlining current and future research interests (written in Italian), and copies of representative publications. All application materials should be submitted online. Please direct questions to The application deadline is October 31st, 2016.

Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word files in the following format: 1) Letter, CV, and research & teaching statements; 2) Publications.

Arrangements should be made for three recent letters of reference, which must comment on the applicant's research and teaching abilities, to be addressed to Professor Emmanuel Nikiema, Chair of the Search Committee, and sent directly by the referee to Please ensure the candidate's name and "Italian Search" are included in the subject line and that letters are on letterhead, signed and scanned.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

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


  • Is this another job for another 'special' candidate? It's shameful that the Dean approves such appointments.
  • "pre-screening interviews" in early December

Vanderbilt University (TN) - Senior Lecturer, ItalianEdit

The Department of French and Italian at Vanderbilt University invites applications for a Senior Lecturer in Italian to begin August 2017. The successful candidate would receive a three-year appointment with the possibility of renewal. Senior Lecturers teach a 3-3 course load, advise students, participate in extra-curricular activities and may perform administrative duties as needed. Qualifications: PhD in Italian or Applied Linguistics preferred. Native or near-native command of Italian and English as well as documented success at teaching Italian language courses at introductory and intermediate levels is required. Special consideration will be given to candidates with a demonstrated ability to contribute to the growth of the program. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a teaching portfolio that contains a statement of teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations covering one academic year including the intermediate level, syllabi, and classroom evaluation by a direct supervisor to by November 1, 2016. Vanderbilt University is committed to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of exceptional faculty. Women, minorities, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Vanderbilt University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

(posted on Chronicle - Vitae, 19 Sept)


  • on Interfolio the deadline is Nov. 15
  • Any news here or it's too early?
  • skype interview scheduled (12/13) (x2)
  • rejection letter (03/15)

Wake Forest U (NC) - Visiting Assistant Professor in Italian Edit

Visiting Assistant Professor in Italian, beginning July 2017. Full-time, one-year appointment. Teaching load is six courses per year of Italian language courses and direction of periodic co-curricular activities with students. M.A. minimum and native or near-native fluency. Applicants must have a firm commitment to undergraduate teaching and submit evidence of same, including course evaluations. Wake Forest University encourages inclusivity and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Please submit cover letter, CV, 3 letters of recommendation, teaching statement, and course evaluations via Interfolio through the link above by March 20, 2017. Wake Forest University is an equal opportunity employer and values an inclusive learning community and campus climate.


  • Any news here or it's too early?

William and Mary College - Visiting Assistant Professor in Italian StudiesEdit

The Department of Modern Languages & Literatures at the College of William and Mary invites applications for a one year, non-tenure track Visiting Assistant Professor position in Italian Studies that will begin August 10, 2017. Duties include teaching language and culture courses at all levels of the curriculum. Teaching load will be six courses (3-3).

Minimum Qualifications: A Master’s degree with A.B.D. status in Italian Studies is required at the time of appointment, August 10, 2017. (M.A. will allow the title of Visiting Instructor.) Candidates must have experience in language pedagogy, demonstrated excellence in teaching at the college level, and ability to use instructional technology. Native or near native proficiency in Italian and English is required. 

Preferred: A PhD is preferred in Italian Studies or other Italian related field at the time of appointment, August 10, 2017. (Ph.D. will allow the title of Visiting Assistant Professor.) Preference will be given to applicants who specialize in 20th- and 21st-century Italian literature and film. 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation (at least one of which must speak directly to teaching ability) with contact information to our online system at . (Please note the system will prompt applicants for the contact information of their references. After submission of the application those individuals will be contacted by us via email to submit a letter of recommendation). If you have previously submitted an application for an instructional position at William and Mary via the online system, you must resubmit the relevant documents for this position.

For full consideration, all application materials including three letters of reference must be submitted by the review date March 24, 2017. Applications received after the review date will be considered only if needed. 


Is the lack of usual feistiness on this page a direct consequence of the depressing MLA job list? Good luck everybody!

  • Last year's page had plenty of feistiness in response to an equally depressing first release of the MLA list. It also had the advice to wait till October/November-time before pronouncing on the TT market for the year.
  • Here is some feistiness from a place beyond depression. As a factual matter the profession is nearly dead--at least the patient is exhibiting symptoms that suggest immanent cardiac arrest. PhD programs are producing too many people while, since 1970 we have gone from 80% of teaching being done by full-time, salaried professors to 70% of courses taught by adjuncts. The so-called "job market" is so beyond bad that it might be considered pointless. This is especially true if you live on one of the coasts or a major metropolitan area and are looking for a job so that you significant other who actually earns from a good paying job will not then be also unemployed. The political economy of higher education in the 21st century (leaving aside administrative bloat and the student debt crisis) is an absolute *disgrace*, yet we are supposed to salivate over the scraps of a maybe 60k job in some far away place? Some undergraduates I have taught less than 3 years ago now report to me that they are making over 80 or 90k in mindless jobs. Tell me any other profession where you go to school for nearly a decade to make janitor level wages and are expected to drink the cultish koolaid that we do it because the "profession is valuable" and we "love the work?" Anyone else tired of reapplying constantly for the job you already have? Anyone else tired of the "publish or perish" mentality? The meaningless production of academic commodities that might be better if done slowly over years of thinking and research, but forced into little journals that few people, if anyone cares about, just because you feel that if you don't you wont be so lucky to bag that 50k or 60k per year job in yourd mid 30s or older? Why do secretaries at dental offices make more money to support their families than PhDs in Italian studies? Just saw that University of Georgia is starting a PhD program in Italian studies... LOL... this seems the height of moral turpitude to be pipelining more PhDs into a moribund and oportunity-less industry. Tenured faculty --the 1%ers--in the field have a responsibility to do something other than business as usual: this is a crisis. Why are you admitting any more PhD students? For what??? The love of Italian literature and culture, and the teaching of it and preserving of it for generations to come, cannot subsist eating out of the garbage can and animal trough that trickles down from the few priveleged places it currently survives. 
  • "Anyone else tired of reapplying constantly for the job you already have?" > Ugh, yes, what has happened to us?!
  • If I may: on what basis do you think it's unfair that we make as much as janitors? Also, what's up with this wage envy towards secretaries?  [I think the point is that doing a job that requires nearly a decade of training beyond college ought to maybe more, not less, than jobs that require lower levels of train.  There is dignity in all work--nothing wrong with being a janitor or secretary.  But, there is something messed up about the fact that all of our additional years of education and training make us eligibile for LESS pay.  
  • [I do not think the problem is the dignity of work (work has no dignity whatsoever in my view), but rather workers' rights and treatment. It seem quite messed up to me to be complaining about the exploitative condition of the neo-liberal precarious university while being resentful towards other exploited workers. A janitor working full-time makes 25k a year, a secretary 12$ an hour btw.]
  • not op, but I totally agree with you on this. Resentment is justified, but we need to express it all together towards the exploitative models of neoliberal academia. organize, strike, agitate. if we don't do it nobody else will do it for us. 
  • ---you don't know what you're talking about.  secretaries at my university are making 50k--some even more.  the janitors are in a union, too, and are making good money.  More to the point no one was actually being resentful towards the secretaries and the janitors--that's you and some b.s. projection. There's resentment towards the pay we can hope for and the system that makes it so that in spite of years and years of education and training, we make less than the undergrads we teach will as soon as they graduate. 
  • I am surprised that with all your years of training and education you are so cluless about life outside academia: average national pay of a janitor is $26000. But yes, they are making good money while academics are the new wretched of the earth.
  • I'm actually experiencing the opposite in some regards. Sure, the job market is pitiful and I agree with most of what you said...but if we're to attribute that to issues of oversaturation, let's be real...graduate programs across the country are actually admitting less and less candidates every year. The institution where I got my PhD went from admitting 20+ new grad sudents per year in the '80s to 1 - ONE - this year. I know of several language graduate programs that are struggling to cover language classes because they don't have enough TAs to teach them. I think the days of hundreds of people applying for the same TT job are inevitably coming to an end as a result of that - whether that makes any difference, it remains to be seen.
  • Two jobs specifying interests in popular culture? You guys must be fuming! 
  • I'm sure I saw an ad for a position at University of Oklahoma. Any news on that one?
    • U of OK job posted in MLA JIL 09/09/16; now added above
  • Does anyone have any dirt on the odd late posting from Columbia?

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