FACULTY OF CLASSICS
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies,
66 St Giles’,
Oxford OX1 3LU
JOB DESCRIPTION AND SELECTION CRITERIA
Job title Departmental Lecturership in the Greek History
Department Faculty of Classics
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St
_ Giles’, Oxford
Grade 7: £29,249 - £35,938 per annum
Grade and salary Additional remuneration is paid to those undertaking examining
and graduate supervision (including tutorials or classes eligible
for ‘special tuition’ payments).
Hours Full time
Fixed-term for the period 1 January 2013 to 30 September 2013
Contract type to provide cover for a University Lecturer during a period of
Reporting to The Chair of the Board of the Faculty of Classics
Vacancy reference 104944
Additional information Deadline for applications: Monday 5 November 2012, 12 noon
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The Faculty of Classics is the largest department of Classics in the world focussing on research
and teaching in ancient Greek and Roman culture, civilisation, and history between around
1100 B.C. and A.D. 600. Particular subjects include the study of the ancient Greek and Latin
languages, and of literature and documents composed in either, and the histories, cultures and
societies of those who used those languages as a mother-tongue or as a principal mode of
discourse. The Classics Faculty comprises the two Sub-Faculties of Greek and Latin
Languages and Literature, and of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology and currently has
about 53 permanent academic postholders. Faculty members also include researchers
employed on fixed-term contracts, and research and teaching staff employed by the colleges.
Like most other Humanities Faculties in Oxford, undergraduate teaching in Classics is
organised primarily by the colleges, which also manage undergraduate admissions and student
welfare. The Sub-Faculties and the Classics Faculty Board are responsible for devising the
syllabus in the relevant areas for undergraduate courses, for appointing examiners, and for
providing lectures and classes to complement the college teaching (known as tutorials). The
Faculty Board controls the admission and supervision of graduate students through its Graduate
Studies Committees. There are currently about 85 graduate students in Classical Languages
and literature, 75 graduate students in Ancient History and about 75 in Classical Archaeology
(the latter are admitted though the Graduate Studies Committee of the School of Archaeology)
reading for higher degrees (the MLitt and DPhil by thesis, and the MSt and MPhil which are
normally a mixture of thesis and taught course).
The Faculty is based in the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, at 66 St Giles’,
although many activities are also based in colleges. The Ioannou Centre is home to the Faculty
Office (including the IT Officers), several of its research projects and a number of academic
staff, including Byzantine Studies and the Classics Language teaching staff. It includes facilities
for graduates, and acts as a focal point for staff and graduate students in all aspects of
Classical studies. It is open throughout the year, and in addition to providing the space for
teaching and research, it plays host to a range of seminars, conferences, school visits,
exhibitions and other events. Being in close proximity to the Sackler Library, the Ashmolean
Museum, the Faculty of Oriental Studies and the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages
enhances the opportunities for those working in the Faculty.
For more information please visit: http://www.classics.ox.ac.uk
Overview of the role
The Faculty of Classics seeks to appoint a Departmental Lecturer in the History of later
Classical and Hellenistic Greece, to commence from 1 January 2013 or as soon as possible
thereafter. The Departmental Lecturer will provide replacement teaching, administration and
examining during the research leave of the permanent post holder, Dr John Ma.
The Departmental Lecturer will be required to perform the following duties to the satisfaction of
the Faculty Board of Classics:
1. To give, under the direction of the Board, up to 16 hours of teaching (lectures and/or
classes) per week during each full term of the appointment (i.e. Hilary and Trinity terms,
and the ‘full term’ period within each term is eight weeks).
2. To serve as an assessor or examiner when requested to do so.
3. To engage in advanced study or research.
4. To undertake such administrative duties as may be required by the Board of the Faculty
In more detail the duties will include:
a) Lectures and classes in the history of the Greek world in the fourth century B.C.,
including the reigns of Philip II and Alexander the Great; and of the Hellenistic world to
146 B.C. for undergraduate and graduate students; teaching may involve both lecturing
and classes, and may include classes on the sources for Alexander and his Early
Successors, especially Arrian.
b) To serve, if required, as examiner for Greek history papers in undergraduate final
examinations, and as an assessor in the MSt and MPhil in Greek and/or Roman history.
c) To advise and assist undergraduate and graduate students studying Greek history in the
FHS of Literae Humaniores; Ancient & Modern History; and Classical Archaeology and
Ancient History with dissertations and theses, and to provide Special Tuition to graduate
students if required.
d) To engage in advanced research in Greek History.
e) To undertake such administrative duties as may be required by the Board of the Faculty
1. Hold a doctorate in the field of classical or Hellenistic Greek history;
2. Have a primary expertise in either fourth century or Hellenistic history, and to be
competent to teach both at undergraduate and graduate levels;
3. Have a research command in ancient Greek and in at least one European language
(in addition to English);
4. Be able to demonstrate a commitment to publishing research of the highest calibre;
5. Be able and willing to undertake administrative responsibilities; and
6. Have good communication, interpersonal and organisational skills.
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