Literature Department: Assistant Professor, Italian Literature and Culture
University of California, Santa Cruz, Humanities Division - Literature
United States

Literature Department: Assistant Professor, Italian Literature and Culture (open until filled, initial review 10/24/18) 


  • Humanities Division - Literature



Open date: August 14th, 2018
Last review date: October 24th, 2018

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: June 30th, 2019

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Literature [] at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an Assistant Professor tenure-track position in Italian Literature and Culture. The study of literature at UCSC is organized as an interdisciplinary field coordinated through a single Department of Literature, rather than through separate departments of English, modern languages, and Classics. This structure fosters innovative and comparative approaches to literature among faculty and students. Courses in the major encompass traditional literary history and interpretation, cross-cultural inquiry and current theoretical debates, and new media. We seek a scholar specializing in Global Middle Ages and Dante, with interdisciplinary and/or comparative interests, who will contribute to existing departmental and divisional/campus strengths in any of the following areas: Mediterranean Studies; digital humanities; science and humanities; environmental humanities; empire, race, and colonial/postcolonial studies; film studies; gender and sexuality studies; Jewish Studies. The successful candidate will be expected to have expertise in at least one language literature outside Italian, and research/teaching areas that expand outward from Europe into the Arabo-Islamic Mediterranean, Asia, and/or Africa. The candidates must have university-level teaching experience and evidence of a developed research trajectory, as demonstrated in publications and professional activity. The appointee will be expected to teach large undergraduate lecture courses in English and smaller courses in both Italian (immersion style) and English; to contribute to a small but vibrant interdisciplinary Italian Studies Program; and to join an innovative graduate program in a large department of Literature.


We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minorities who are underrepresented in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. Candidates must be able to work with students, faculty and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds.


Assistant Professor (tenure-track)


Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (9-month basis)


Ph.D. in hand, or equivalent foreign degree in Italian literature or related field of study at time of application; record of research and scholarly productivity, including a book in preparation; and experience teaching in both Italian and English at the university level.


July 1, 2019, with the academic year beginning in September 2019


Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system; all documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.


Please refer to Position # JPF00617-19 in all correspondence.



  • Informative letter of application in English (clearly outlining your educational background, teaching experience, and publication record) (required)
  • Curriculum vitae (required)
  • Statement addressing contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service (required). Guidelines on diversity statements can be viewed at
  • Three Syllabi/descriptions of proposed courses (Italian Literature course in Italian, large lecture course on Dante in English, and a comparative/general interest undergraduate or graduate course on a thematic topic) (required)
  • One writing sample in English of no more than 25 doubled-spaced pages (required)


Reference Requirement
Applications must include three confidential letters of recommendation*. Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.


*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


Full consideration will be given to applications completed by October 24, 2018. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.


UC Santa Cruz faculty make significant contributions to the body of research that has earned the University of California the ranking as the foremost public higher education institution in the world. In the process, our faculty demonstrate that cutting-edge research, excellent teaching and outstanding service are mutually supportive.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.


Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see More information is available at the APO website (see or call (831) 459-4300.


UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.


If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Academic Personnel Office at (831) 459-4300.





Santa Cruz, CA



Document requirements
  • Informative Letter of Application in English - Clearly outline educational background, teaching experience, and publication record

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

  • Syllabi/description of proposed course - Italian Literature course in Italian

  • Syllabi/description of proposed course - Large lecture course on Dante in English

  • Syllabi/description of proposed course - Comparative/general interest undergraduate or graduate course on a thematic topic

  • Writing sample in English of no more than 25 double-spaced pages

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required



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