Professor in Ancient History

Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Tenure-Track (Assistant or Associate) Professor in Ancient History

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Classics/Ancient History

Position Description

The Department of the Classics seeks to appoint a tenure-track professor in Ancient History. Applications are invited from candidates specializing in any aspect of the ancient Mediterranean world from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2022.

The tenure-track professor will be responsible for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and will be expected to participate fully in the activities of the Department of the Classics, the Ancient Studies program, and Harvard’s broader community of scholars of the ancient world.


assistant, associate, faculty, instructor, tenure track
Boston, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MA, Northeast, New England
Classics, ancient history, Greek history, Roman history, ancient Mediterranean studies

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate or terminal degree in Ancient History or related discipline required by the time the appointment begins.

Additional Qualifications

An inclusive vision for the study of the ancient world, promise of scholarly excellence, and a strong commitment to teaching are desired.

Special Instructions

Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal ( no later than Thursday, September 2, 2021. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as early as possible in order to ensure timely receipt of letters of recommendation.

1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Teaching and advising statement, describing philosophy and practices
4. Research statement
5. Statement on past, current, and anticipated future efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging
6. Names and contact information of 3–5 referees, who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted. Three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is considered complete only when at least three letters have been received. At least one letter must come from someone who has not served as the primary advisor for the candidate’s undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral projects.
7. Writing sample of approximately 25 pages double-spaced.

Contact Information

Professor David F. Elmer, Chair, Search Committee, Department of the Classics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Contact Email

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 3

Maximum Number of References Allowed 5

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Statement of Research
  5. Writing Sample 1
  6. Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Statement
Optional Documents