Visiting Lecturer, Liberal Arts Department
Massachusetts College of Art and Design - Boston, MA

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Functional Title:
Visiting Lecturer, Liberal Arts Department

FLSA Status:

Faculty / Librarian

Pay Rate:
$3,500 per section, 1st and 2nd semester; $4,506, 3rd semester or more


Liberal Arts

Job Description / Statement of Duties:
Successful candidate(s) will teach a section or sections of Fall 2013 Literary Traditions, a Liberal Arts Department required sophomore course. Primary course readings include Genesis, The Iliad or The Odyssey, lyric poems by Horace and Catullus or selections from Virgil's Aeneid or Ovid's Metamorphoses, a New Testament gospel, selections from Dante's Divine Comedy or Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, one of eleven designated Shakespeare plays, and readings in Renaissance lyric poetry. Optional readings include, among others, The Epic of Gilgamesh, poems by Sappho, selections from Don Quixote. Literary Traditions seeks to: teach students to analyze culturally formative literary works from antiquity through the Renaissance using the critical tools and vocabulary of literary study; differentiate characteristics of poetry, prose, and dramatic works and of literary forms and genres such as comedy and tragedy, epic and lyric, etc.; recognize themes and cultural contexts of major works of Western literature; interpret primary and optional texts by closely attending to imagery, nuance, tone, ambiguity, and language (including language in translation); and compose critical (not personal) essays that analyze and evaluate (but do not extensively summarize or paraphrase) assigned literary works. Literary Traditions sections meet 1x/week. Review of applications will begin on April 5th, and will continue until the position is filled.

Required Minimum Qualifications:
Successful candidates will hold a Ph.D. in English Literature, Comparative Literature, or a comparable literature.

Preferred Qualifications

Three or more years of college-level teaching, publications treating one or more course readings or comparable readings. We are looking for someone whose pedagogical approach favors close, attentive reading and practical criticism, not theory, and for whom works of literature are complex provocations to the imagination rather than tracts or specimens for cultural studies.

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Your application should include a cover letter, a vita, and a brief writing sample.

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