Duties and Responsibilities: Loyola University Chicago (LUC) and the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) are seeking candidates to fill the position of Founding Director of the Italian American Studies Program (IASP). One of more than 20 interdisciplinary programs in CAS, the IASP will be designed to educate students about immigrant bridges to America and the struggles, challenges, and vast accomplishments of Italian Americans in American society. (For information about the CAS's Interdisciplinary Programs, please visit http://www.luc.edu/cas/.)The IASP will draw on a wide variety of courses from the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, as well as newly developed courses that focus on Italian American history and culture. The program will establish a foundation for understanding the immigrant experience in general. Students will explore the natural affinities between the old and new world that made the European immigrant experience both unique in its time and a useful model for understanding contemporary events relating to the immigration and assimilation of newly arrived groups. Students will become better equipped to examine their own emerging identities. Their learning in Italian American Studies will illuminate their concerns with social justice, urban life, and global connectivities that arose in the 19th century and continue to date.
Minimum Qualifications: The incumbent will serve in the administrative capacity of interdisciplinary program director. Expertise and skills for linking the program to the broader Italian American Community, locally and nationally, will be enormously important. The director must demonstrate the capacity to connect the IASP with existing academic programs at LUC related to Italian culture (such as the major and minors in Italian and the time-spanning minor in Rome Studies) by rooting many related courses in a distinctive American experience. The IASP Founding Director also will integrate into the program course work in Public History, Urban Studies, and Sociology.
Preferred Qualifications: Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a track-record of distinguished scholarship and teaching in the field of Italian American Studies. A portfolio of externally funded research projects would be desirable. Candidates' records should be commensurate with a tenured appointment at the rank of Associate Professor in the specific discipline of their scholarly expertise. All research areas will be considered but specialization in Italian and Italian American Studies is required for this position. An ability to teach courses in Italian Language and Literature in the Rome Studies Program and at the John Felice Rome Center is highly preferred. In addition to a dossier of scholarly excellence, candidates must possess a record of distinguished teaching and student mentorship.
Internal Number: 254_59322
About Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Chicago, a private university founded in 1870 as St. Ignatius College, is one of the nation's largest Jesuit, Catholic Universities and the only one located in Chicago. Loyola University Chicago is comprised of four campuses: Lake Shore (LSC), Water Tower (WTC), Health Sciences (HSC), and the John Felice Rome Center in Italy, and is home to ten schools and colleges: arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola also features course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. Recognizing Loyola's excellence in education, U.S.News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the "top national universities" in its annual publications. Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service.