Apply Now: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Ancient Political Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma

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The University of Oklahoma: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Ancient Political Philosophy


The Department of Classics and Letters at the University of Oklahoma is seeking to hire a faculty member of exceptional ability with a specialization in Greek and/or Roman Political Philosophy. Subfields of interest include but are not limited to: the political thought of individual philosophers or schools; education, citizenship, and virtue; freedom, justice, and punishment; comparative forms of government or empire; the history of democracy; or the classical tradition in American political history. We seek a tenure-track Assistant Professor who can be a key bridge-builder, through both research and teaching, between ancient political philosophy and modern constitutional thought and history.

The first department founded at the University, OU Classics and Letters now houses the Institute for American Constitutional Heritage, a nationally recognized, independent center for the study of American constitutionalism, with which the successful candidate will work closely. This position is, therefore, a link between academic pillars within Classics and Letters and represents an exciting opportunity to foster a creative and interdisciplinary program. In addition, the successful candidate will benefit from dynamic interactions outside the department, including with the Department of Philosophy, its successful graduate program, and the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing, an award-winning center that seeks to revitalize and renew the study and cultivation of virtue in higher education. The assigned teaching load will be two courses per semester.

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2021. The search will remain open until filled.


The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Classics, Philosophy, or closely related discipline. Evidence of an exceptional research agenda and successful teaching are prerequisites.

To Apply

Interested applicants should initially submit the following components to

  1. a cover letter;
  2. a current curriculum vitae;
  3. a writing sample (chapter or article);
  4. a statement of teaching philosophy and experience;
  5. and three letters of recommendation.

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Review of applications will begin March 1, 2021 and the position will remain open until filled. For any questions regarding the search, please contact the chair of the search committee, Dr. Scott Johnson,



About the department:

One of the original departments at the University of Oklahoma, the Department of Classics and Letters offers the clearest path to a traditional degree in the Liberal Arts. It offers two undergraduate degree programs:

Students in Classics study the languages, literatures, culture, and history of ancient Greece and Rome. We offer undergraduate majors in Classical Studies, Classical Languages, and Latin. Students can also minor in Classical Culture, Greek, or Latin.

Students in Letters pursue an interdisciplinary curriculum in literature, history, philosophy, as well as an ancient and a modern language. They can also choose to concentrate in Constitutional Studies through the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage.

Both degree programs prepare students not just for a variety of careers, but for life itself. Please browse through the site to learn more about the department.

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About the school:

Founded in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a public research university located in Norman, Oklahoma just 20 mins. south of Oklahoma City. OU’s Norman undergraduate population is slightly more than 20,000, giving students a major university experience in a private college atmosphere. With three campuses in Oklahoma, OU also offers study abroad opportunities at several locations and OU campuses overseas.

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