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Harvard University Tenured Professor in the Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Title Tenured Professor in the Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Celtic Languages and Literatures/Middle and Modern Welsh

Position Description

The Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, seeks to appoint a tenured professor. Candidates must have command of Middle and Modern Welsh. Familiarity with at least one other Celtic language is highly desirable. We are open to applicants whose research focuses on any period of Welsh language and literature and who have a broad range of interests within the field of Celtic studies. Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching, advising, and research is desired. Candidates should also evince intellectual leadership and impact on the field and potential for significant contributions to the department, University, and wider scholarly community.

The appointee will provide instruction in Welsh to graduate students in the Celtic and other departments and supervise the teaching of Brittonic languages by visiting faculty and graduate Teaching Fellows. Candidates must be prepared to supervise PhD dissertations in the department on a wide range of topics, and to serve on the dissertation committees of students who are not their primary advisees. The appointee will also contribute to the undergraduate curriculum though courses in Harvard’s General Education and/or First Year Seminar programs as well as elective courses, and will be expected to develop innovative courses in Celtic studies more generally as well as on Welsh topics at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

The appointee will also undertake administrative responsibilities in the Celtic Department and will be expected to participate in the interdepartmental and interdisciplinary intellectual life of the Division of Arts and Humanities and the wider scholarly community at Harvard and beyond.

Harvard University is committed to fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive and experience a sense of inclusion and belonging. Community members are encouraged to model our values of integrity, responsible mentorship, equity, and excellence no matter where they are.

To support this commitment to our values of inclusion and excellence, the external finalist for this position will be required to complete a conduct questionnaire ( – specifically regarding findings of violation, on-going formal complaint investigations, or formal complaint investigations that did not conclude due to the external finalist’s departure concerning: harassment or discrimination, retaliation, sexual misconduct, bullying or intimidating/abusive behavior, unprofessional relationship, or misconduct related to scholarship, research, teaching, service, or clinical/patient care.

Harvard will also make conduct inquiries ( to current and former employers of the external finalist regarding such misconduct. To facilitate these inquiries, Harvard requires all external applicants for this position to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to release information for external applicants” ( as part of their application. If an external applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and, as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration.

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Basic Qualifications

Candidates are required to have a doctorate.

Additional Qualifications

Special Instructions

Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal ( Applications must be submitted no later than September 30, 2023.

  1. Cover letter

  2. Curriculum Vitae

  3. Teaching/advising statement (describing teaching philosophy and practices)

  4. Research statement

  5. Statement describing efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past, current, and anticipated future contributions in these areas.

  6. Authorization form (

References and letters of recommendation are not required.

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Contact Information

Joseph F. Nagy

Search Committee

Dept of Celtic Languages and Literatures

Harvard University

12 Quincy Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact Email

Equal Opportunity Employer

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, protected veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or other protected status.

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Middle and Modern Welsh

Celtic Languages

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