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Xavier University invites qualified specialists in any modern language to apply for the position of Chair of the Department of Classics and Modern Languages, a three-year, renewable position accompanied by permanent appointment as a tenured faculty member at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, to begin in the Fall 2018 Semester. The department offers Modern Language majors and minors in French, German, Spanish, and Modern Languages & International Economics, as well as minors in Asian Studies, Deaf Studies, Italian Studies, and Latin American Studies. Classics offers majors and minors in Classics and Classical Humanities, and minors in Classical Humanities, Greek, and Latin. The department also offers the university’s Intensive English program. More information about the department can be found at https://www.xavier.edu/cml.

Qualified candidates interested in becoming a leader who will organize, guide, and support a diverse group of about 50 colleagues in programs with varying circumstances, objectives, and needs are encouraged to apply. We seek a colleague excited about strengthening and expanding the study of languages and cultures at Xavier, both as stand-alone disciplines and in relationship to other programs on campus. We are particularly interested in candidates who will lead us in recruiting new students, enhancing the value of our programs, promoting diversity on our campus, collaborating with departments across campus, contributing to international education, and providing professional opportunities for our graduates. Applicants must be committed to outstanding teaching in a liberal arts tradition of active learning, maintaining a scholarly research program, and engaging in service consistent with Xavier’s Mission Statement: “to educate each student intellectually, morally, and spiritually … as they cultivate lives of reflection, compassion and informed action.” A successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate innovative and effective approaches in the teaching of languages and culture to all students, and to support and encourage the efforts of colleagues to do the same. The candidate will work with us in developing activities that encourage student participation in research. Candidates should have an interest in helping grow an inclusive student community while teaching a variety of courses across the undergraduate curriculum. The Department of Classics and Modern Languages is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas.

Required qualifications:

  • Doctorate in one of the modern languages taught in the department. Specialization is open.
  • Demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, scholarship and service commensurate with the rank of Professor or Associate Professor
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills to cultivate a culture of respect, collaboration, and consensus among faculty in all the department’s programs
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate a vision for the disciplines hosted in the department.
  • Strong administrative abilities demonstrated by concrete experience in higher education administration. Experience in program assessment desirable


  • Support department faculty members and their programs while encouraging discernment and development of new opportunities as appropriate;
  • Maintain a visible presence and advocate effectively for all programs within the College of Arts and Sciences and the University community;
  • Maintain effective, responsive, timely, and transparent communication with and among all members of the department;
  • Demonstrate care and concern for the professional growth of all faculty, regardless of rank; facilitate and model quality discussion and assessment of teaching, including observations and evaluations;
  • Encourage interdisciplinary discussions with departments across campus;
  • Maintain an active research agenda.

The successful candidate will join Xavier faculty in the 500-year-old Jesuit Catholic tradition of academic excellence in the liberal arts serving a diverse population of students. Xavier’s location in Cincinnati allows faculty to work with community partners to develop engaged learning and internship opportunities, and we also pursue learning and scholarly opportunities internationally. Xavier is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities as well as the Big East Conference. For twenty years in a row, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Xavier University among the top 10 Midwest colleges and universities. Xavier University is an EO/AA employer committed to a diverse and inclusive environment; we welcome a broad spectrum of candidates, and particularly invite applications from women, ethnic and racial minorities, and other individuals who are under-represented in the profession.

Applicants should submit a cover letter that addresses academic and administrative experience, administrative principles, practices and vision for the department, as well as how they understand their relationship with Xavier’s mission and how they might contribute to the college’s commitment to diversity and inclusion; CV; and the names, titles, and email addresses of at least five (5) references who will be able to speak about the applicant’s qualifications and experience in relation to this position. These documents must be uploaded on Xavier University’s website by February 23, 2018. For questions regarding this position, contact Dr. Natalia Jacovkis at jacovkisn@xavier.edu or 513-745-3136. Initial interviews with selected candidates will be made via teleconference. Finalists will be invited to campus.