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Lecturer in Italian Studies

Melbourne, Australia
$119,231 - $141,581 p.a. plus 17% super (pension)
Closing date
16 Jun 2024

Job Details

Job no: 0062454
Location: Parkville Campus, Melbourne
Role type: Full-time; Continuing
Faculty: Arts
School: School of Languages and Linguistics
Salary: Level B - $119,231 - $141,581 p.a. plus 17% super (pension)

  • Contribute to the ongoing excellence of the Italian Studies program at the University of Melbourne!
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families

About the Role

The School of Languages and Linguistics invites applications for a Lecturer to join the Italian Studies program, with a focus on pre-modern (14th-17th centuries) Italian literature, history and culture.

The role will undertake both teaching and research in their discipline or related areas, contributing to undergraduate, honours and postgraduate education. With a track record of research resulting in high-quality publications, the incumbent will engage in research or professional activities relevant to their field, ensuring high-quality outputs through independent and collaborative efforts.

The Lecturer will also handle administrative duties within the Faculty, including coordinating an award program if required.

In the School of Languages and Linguistics, the Lecturer in Italian Studies will be expected to leverage their teaching expertise to create inclusive classroom experiences that cater to a diverse student body while fostering and supporting scholarly inquiry. The position will be responsible for supervision of postgraduate research students and participation in research training.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Preparation and delivery of lectures, tutorials, and seminars, including
  • Curriculum design and innovation, including cross-disciplinary approaches
  • Subject coordination including the supervision of sessional tutors
  • Administrative tasks associated with the subjects taught, including marking and assessment; team teaching, student consultation
  • Publications, including (but not limited to) peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, books, creative outputs and commissioned reports
  • Research grants and external research income (emphasis on competitive, international and peer-reviewed)
  • Active engagement in service, leadership and coordination roles in the discipline, School and Faculty demonstrating respectful, inclusive behaviours at all times and building trust amongst colleagues

Who We Are Looking For

We are seeking a passionate educator, with a completed PhD in Italian, or a related discipline, with a preference for pre-modern (14th-17th centuries) Italian literature, history and culture.

You will have a strong record in research with a developing research profile, with the ability and willingness to teach subjects at all levels from A1 to C2 of the CEFR in various modes.

With a demonstrated ability to teach at undergraduate level, you are capable of ensuring a highly inclusive student learning environment for students, while also providing support to tutoring staff. 

You have strong organisational skills as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

You will also have:

  • Native or near-native competence in Italian and English
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment for excellence in teaching of Italian language and culture at tertiary level, with the ability and willingness to teach subjects at all levels from A1 to C2 of the CEFR in various modes
  • A strong record in research with a developing research profile, in particular in pre-modern (14th-17th centuries) Italian literature, history and culture
  • Capacity for multidisciplinary and collaborative research and for “Research that makes a difference” in line with the Faculty’s research strategy, and demonstrable potential to attract research funding

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

The Italian Studies Program

The Italian Studies program offers opportunities to study and undertake independent research projects with nationally and internationally renowned scholars working in areas such as language acquisition and linguistics, Italian cinema, contemporary Italian and global literatures and cultural studies, medieval and renaissance studies, translation studies and teaching and learning innovation.

Beyond sound disciplinary skills, our students develop and enhance critical workplace skills. These include intercultural competency interacting with the Italian-speaking communities in Australia and abroad.

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.   

Be Yourself

The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact the employee listed on the first page of the Position Description found below, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Ana via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Applications close: 16 JUNE 2024 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

Please note that in the event of sourcing a suitable candidate, the closing date for applications may be brought forward, and the job vacancy may be closed. Therefore, we encourage interested individuals to submit their applications promptly.

Position Description: 0062454_Lecturer, Italian Studies_PD.pdf

Position Description

Applications close: 16 Jun 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

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