Teaching Positions Currently Available in the Department

John Carroll University
Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures

John Carroll University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Classics at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin August 2014. We seek a generalist with strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, a substantial research agenda, and a desire to contribute to the academic life of the University as a whole. Teaching responsibilities will include all levels of undergraduate Latin, Greek, and classical civilization. Candidates must also be willing to teach courses in ancient history and to contribute to a new general education program that pairs courses from different disciplines. Ph.D. by August 2014 strongly preferred. Send letter of application, CV, transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Gwen Compton-Engle, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, 1 John Carroll Blvd., University Heights, OH 44118. Questions may be directed to gcomptonengle@jcu.edu, but application materials will not be accepted by e-mail. Review of applications will begin Dec. 1. We anticipate conducting initial interviews at the APA.

John Carroll University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. The university is committed to diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

General inquires about full and part time positions are welcome; for more information, see the two sections immediately below. For job information, contact the department chairperson, Dr. Martha Pereszlenyi-Pinter mpereszlenyi@jcu.edu, (216) 397-4371 or 4723. (However, do not send any “scanned” documents as attachments – they are too large for our e-mail systems – thanks!)

Other Full-time Positions Available

On behalf of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures, we would like to thank all those who submitted their candidacy or otherwise showed interest in the Tenure track Assistant Professor of Spanish position at JCU commencing Fall 2010; as well as the Tenure track Assistant Professor of Italian and the Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics positions commencing Fall 2011. We are pleased to report that offers have been made and accepted. We are no longer seeking candidates for any of these positions.

Thank you to all who took the time and trouble to apply. We received a great many applications from a great number of well qualified applicants. Rest assured that our search committee thoroughly read, reviewed and considered every single application. Everyone who applied should have received an e-mail acknowledgement. (If you do not recall getting the acknowledgement, we apologize, but there were a few candidates to whom we replied and the e-mail bounced back as spam or as otherwise undeliverable.)

If there are other full time visiting or tenure track positions available in our department in the future, they will be announced on this website and in national and international media and publications.

Part-time Positions

We are currently fully staffed both full and part time in all the other languages that we teach, but occasionally vacancies do occur. We welcome and keep on file applications for part time teaching positions in the following languages: Arabic, Asian (Chinese & Japanese), Classical (Ancient Greek, Latin), German, Romance (French, Italian, & Spanish), and Slavic (Russian & Slovak) languages.

General inquires about any full and part time positions are always welcome. If you are interested in submitting a letter of interest and a CV, please feel free to do so. We will keep your credentials on file and contact you should any positions become available. For a part time teaching position, the minimum requirement is an M.A. (Master of Arts) in the target language, and teaching experience is also expected. If you are contacted, we will also request letters of recommendation, a personal interview, and possibly teaching a demo class.

For general inquiries or letters of interest, contact the department chairperson Dr. Martha Pereszlenyi-Pinter mpereszlenyi@jcu.edu or call (216) 397-4371 or 4723. (However, do not send any “scanned” documents as attachments – they are too large for our e-mail systems – thanks!)

Information about the Department, JCU, and Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

Here is some preliminary information that may be of interest to you, if you are considering JCU for your academic position:

About JCU

General JCU website, including a video campus tour, and links to JCU facts and highlights:

Employment at JCU:

About the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Cultures

In our Department, we offer 11 languages: Arabic, Asian (Chinese & Japanese), Classical (Ancient Greek, Latin), German, Romance (French, Italian, & Spanish), and Slavic (Russian & Slovak). We currently have 15 full time and 18 part time faculty members, and every year we teach well over 1,000 foreign language students per semester, with the largest enrollment being that in Spanish. We have a 2 semester Core language requirement, with initial enrollment at the level determined by a placement test (beginning, intermediate, advanced).

Feel free to check out our Department website and all of our links pertaining to the language that we teach:

Teaching Load

For full-time faculty:

The normal teaching load for full time faculty at JCU is 4 courses each semester (fall and spring), but so long as a tenured or tenure track faculty member is pursuing an active program of research and publication, the load is reduced to 3 and 3 per semester. Summer teaching of 1-2 courses is occasionally available.

Additionally, we should also mention our “IC” (International Cultures) courses offered by our Department. Essentially these are courses taught entirely in English about international topics (including courses on culture, film, literature in translation). They are open to all students and are very popular, since most fulfill various Core degree requirements. JCU also supports interdisciplinary and team-taught courses.

For part-time faculty:

A part time colleague teaches a minimum of one course, or a maximum of two, per semester. Salary is commensurate with degree and experience.

It is expected that the part time colleague will have a degree in the target language (minimum M.A, or a Ph.D.), and also language teaching experience in the target language. A personal interview and letters of recommendation are also expected. The candidate may also be asked to teach a demo class.

Salary and Benefits; Support for Research and Teaching

Regarding salary and benefits, this is an item that candidates for full time positions would discuss only with the Dean or Academic Vice President during their on-campus interview. However, we believe that our salary range is indeed highly competitive for the academic profession and with respect to the cost of living in the area of NE Ohio.

For part time positions, normally the department chair will make a recommendation for salary/stipend, based on the candidate’s degree and years of experience. JCU has a pre-set range of stipends per credit hour, for all part time faculty, in all departments.

Regarding Support for Research and Teaching, JCU offers a wide variety of opportunities to full-time tenured and tenure track faculty for professional development. Consult this website and its links for additional information:


About Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

Cleveland is a world-famous center for art and culture!

The city boasts one of the country’s most saturated square mile of art and culture in its famous University Circle:  http://www.universitycircle.org/

There you can discover the Cleveland Museum of Art:  http://www.clevelandart.org/

You can visit the Museum of Natural History:  http://www.cmnh.org/site/Index.aspx

You can also visit the Cleveland Botanical Garden:  http://www.cbgarden.org/

Don’t miss Severance Hall where you can hear the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra:  http://www.clevelandorchestra.com/html/index.asp

We also have a theatre district in downtown Cleveland called Playhouse Square Center, and it is the largest theatre complex outside of New York City:  http://www.playhousesquare.com/

We have an annual Cleveland International Film Festival:  http://cleveland.about.com/od/filmsandfilmmakers/p/ciff.htm

…and also the Cleveland Cinematheque which is associated with the Cleveland Institute of Art:  http://www.cia.edu/academicResources/cinematheque/cinematheque.php

… and many movie theatres featuring foreign and domestic films.

More about Cleveland and NE Ohio:

Ethnic Cultures in in the Cleveland and Northeast Ohio Area

Cleveland is known for being “an ethnic city,” because the area attracted – and still does – many immigrants from all over the world. And, since Cleveland was created by a diverse mixture of ethnic groups, this is just one of the many things that give our city its interesting character, not to mention the array of ethnic foods, neighborhoods, and customs. The following website – with many links – gives you a sampling of the major ethnic groups that have contributed to making Cleveland what it is today:


Housing and Living in the Area

JCU is located in University Heights, a mostly residential eastern suburb of Cleveland, and our campus is walking or biking distance from almost all points in the city:


Downtown Cleveland sits on the shores of Lake Erie, one of the Midwest’s Great Lakes. The Cuyahoga River divides Cleveland into the west and east side. Most of our faculty live on the east side of Cleveland and besides University Heights, the most popular residential suburbs for JCU employees include Cleveland Heights, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Chagrin Falls and Solon (although there are many other suburbs as well as Cleveland itself).