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Carissa Chappell Wins the 2024 John J. Winkler Memorial Prize Competition

We are delighted to announce that Carissa Chappell’s essay “Leaving No Trace: Reading the Asexual Possibility in Leucippe and Cleitophon” has been selected as the winning essay in the 2024 John J. Winkler Memorial Prize competition.

The Prize is intended to honor the memory of John J. (“Jack”) Winkler, a classical scholar, teacher, and political activist for radical causes both within and outside the academy, who died of AIDS in 1990 at the age of 46. Jack believed that the profession as a whole discourages young scholars from exploring neglected or disreputable topics, and from applying unconventional or innovative methods to their scholarship. He wished to be remembered by means of an annual Prize that would encourage such efforts. In accordance with his wishes, the John J. Winkler Memorial trust awards a prize each year to the author of the best student essay in an adventurous or marginal field of classical studies. Topics include (but are not limited to) those that Jack himself explored: the ancient novel, the sex/gender systems of antiquity, the social meanings of Greek drama, and ancient Mediterranean culture and society. Approaches include (but are not limited to) those that Jack’s own work exemplified: feminism, anthropology, narratology, semiotics, cultural studies, ethnic studies, and lesbian/gay studies. 

Congratulations, Carissa!

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Chris Erdman to join the Classics faculty at Wash U

Chris Erdman (PhD ’24) will join the Department of Classics at Washington University in St. Louis as an Assistant Professor this fall. Chris has spent the year in Rome at the American Academy as a Rome Prize Fellow. He is currently finishing a groundbreaking dissertation (supervised by Robert Morstein-Marx) on voting culture in the Roman Republic. His article “The ‘Ballot Questions’ of Roman Republican Legislative Assemblies” is forthcoming in Historia. Congratulations, Professor Erdman!

Part-Time Lecturer in the Classics Department

Job #JPF02536
Classics / College of Letters & Science – Humanities and Fine Arts / UC Santa Barbara
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Salary range: See Table 15 for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimated full-time rate for this position at 100% time is $64,329-$70,295.
Percent appointments may vary.

Open date: June 2, 2023
Next review date: Friday, Jun 16, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Sunday, Mar 31, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

The Department of Classics at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a pool of qualified part-time lecturers to teach for the academic year. The availability of positions varies from quarter to quarter, depending on the needs of the department. Positions may range from one quarter to
a year, with the possibility of reappointment.

The university/department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.

The posting will remain open until March 31, 2024, to accommodate department needs. The pool will close on March 31, 2024; if you would like to continue to be considered after that time, and the pooled position is advertised again, you will need to submit a new application.

Please note: The use of a lecturer pool does not guarantee that an open position exists at the time you are applying. See the next review date specified in UC
Recruit to indicate the next potential upcoming opening. If there is no future review date showing, your application may not be considered at this time.

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
– Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent) except the dissertation at the time of application.
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
– PhD in a relevant field is required by the time of appointment for all lower division courses.

Document requirements
Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
Cover Letter
Two Syllabus Samples –
One lower-level GE course syllabus
One upper-level GE course syllabus
Reference requirements
3 required (contact information only)
Applicants should provide the names and contact information for 3 references. If elected for an interview, if further information is needed, a reference check
will be done via email.

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic
protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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The Classics Department’s statement on racism following George Floyd’s death

The Classics department wishes to echo and affirm the joint statement issued by UC Board of Regents Chair John A Perez and President Janet Napolitano, which recognizes that ‘[t]he tragic deaths of George Floyd, countless other African Americans and people of color, as well as the justified anger and fury in the ensuing protests, speak to the institutionalized racism that has plagued this country in the same way it has perpetually defined the everyday realities of individuals who face intolerance, marginalization and bigotry’. (The rest of that statement can be read here:
The department is committed to fighting such racism, to raising students’ and colleagues’ consciousness about racism, and to promoting a more equitable and inclusive society.

Classics Graduate Students read Greek Myths to children

Special Guest Storytime Kicks Off at Goleta Valley Library 

The Goleta Valley Library is excited to share its newest program, Special Guest Storytime. The library has collaborated with valued community members to record themselves reading a favorite picture book for the library’s young patrons. New readings will be available every Friday beginning today, May 22, on the Goleta Valley Library website at and via Facebook (@GoletaValleyLibrary). Listeners will hear stories from City of Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte, members of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Graduate Students in UCSB’s Classics Department, and more.

Job Posting: Lecturer in Classics

The Department of Classics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for a one-year, generalist part-time lecturer position for the 2018-2019 academic year. Responsibilities include teaching 5 undergraduate courses (two ancient Greek language courses, one larger lecture course, and two smaller lecture courses).

Minimum qualifications: a PhD in Classics or a comparable degree (including Comparative Literature/Classics). Preferred qualifications: 3-5 years of teaching courses using Greek and Latin texts in translation at the college level. The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. For information on our department please visit our website:

To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a syllabus for a course on The Romans (a class of 130 students, to be taught using texts in translation, and with the support of a graduate student Reader), and arrange for three letters of reference. Documents should be submitted to UC Recruit at

Letters of recommendation must be confidential. Please have your referees upload them directly through UC Recruit at

Apply by August 13th, 2018 for primary consideration. This position is open until filled. Inquiries about the position may be directed to Helen Morales, Chair of the Department of Classics at

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


The University of California at Santa Barbara is delighted to offer a new funding opportunity: 6 years of full funding for a Classics PhD student who is able to teach modern Greek. The successful applicant will be expected to teach modern Greek to undergraduates for two quarters each year, and will be on fellowship for the third quarter (for five years; a 6th year will be funded by a fellowship year or teaching ancient languages or Greek myth). Summer funding is included. Greek-speaking applicants from Greece, the US, and other countries are encouraged to apply.

To learn more about the UCSB Classics department and PhD program:

Who may apply?
Students who wish to pursue a PhD in Classics and who have a BA in Classics or a comparable degree and who have a minimum of 2 years training in both Latin and ancient Greek. Applicants must be a good fit for our department and bilingual in modern Greek and English. Applicants should have an aptitude for teaching, but no teaching experience is necessary as training will be given.

How to apply:

When to apply: 

By April 30th, but applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis.

For more information please contact the Chair of the Classics department, Professor Helen Morales: