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Assistant Professor of Italian Studies Smith College – Northampton, MA

October 12, 2021

October 12 – The Department of Italian Studies at Smith College invites applications for a full-time tenure track position in the area of Early Modern Studies. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2022. Applicants must have earned a PhD in Italian Studies or a related area in the humanities, and have a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching both culture and language. Fluency in spoken and written Italian at the highest level of proficiency is essential. Knowledge of other languages is desirable, as we seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our emphasis on transnational studies. The successful candidate will be an active interdisciplinary scholar whose research and teaching combine expertise in both Italian Medieval/Renaissance Studies and Global Early Modern Studies. Possible areas of research specialization include but are not limited to: Book and Media Studies,
Cultural Studies, Diaspora and Migration Studies, Gender Studies, Race and Ethnicity Studies, Mediterranean Studies, Art and Visual Studies. While the successful candidate will be appointed in the Department of Italian Studies, they will also teach and be creatively engaged in the department’s transnational approach and its developing collaboration with Smith’s Department of German Studies. In particular, we welcome applications from scholars whose work expands beyond the canonical study of Early Modern culture and brings a variety of transversal, interdisciplinary and ethically-informed perspectives to the field. Demonstrated familiarity with both online and in-person pedagogical practices is required. Successful candidates should be prepared to engage with diverse students across the liberal arts and actively attract them to the study of humanities.

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is the largest women’s college in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student faculty research projects. Smith College offers opportunities to foster faculty success at every career stage, such as those listed here: development. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Details about the Department of Italian Studies may be found at

Submit application at with a cover letter, curriculum vitae,teaching and research statements (both addressing how the candidate’s transnational approach informs their work), teaching materials that specifically address the candidate’s transnational approach (courses already taught), Diversity and Inclusion Statement, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Finalists will be asked for additional materials.

Review of applications will begin Monday, October 18.

Diversity and a culture of equity and inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, historically underrepresented minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.