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Current Faculty Opportunities


Adjunct Professor/Instructor for the Masters in Food Studies Program teaching the course "Food, Rurality and Local Development”

The American University of Rome is looking for an instructor to teach the course “Food, Rurality and Local Development” for the U.S. accredited social science Master in Food Studies. Policies for Sustainable Production and Consumption. The course involves 33 contact hours during the period from 3 March to mid-May 2022.

As of 10 January 2022, according to COVID protocols, teaching will be in person.

Course description
The course explores the role of food in influencing and shaping local development in rural areas. It examines the scope and characteristics of local food systems and the markets for typical products. It also reviews the range of other products and services delivered by rural areas for rural and urban communities. The course covers the main tenets, practices and processes of rural development, with specific reference to developed countries, but considering also the global food markets and developing countries' experiences. Rural development paths based on the multiple functions of farms will be analyzed in relation to local food systems as well as to the new roles that rural areas and actors can play to address emerging social needs and demands. The course will include field visit(s) in Italy.

Course Learning Objectives
At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Situate the rural development studies in the wider context of social, economic and territorial studies.
  • Describe the features and characteristics of rural areas in developed and developing countries, connecting the global level with one own’s country situation.
  • Identify and analyze food supply chains and their relation with local-rural development paths. Develop a knowledge of the main factors impinging on sustainable food production and consumption.
  • Describe the EU rural development policies with specific attention to the bottom-up approach to rural development and compare with the policies and experience in the US and developing countries.
  • Use theoretical approaches and analytical tools to identify rural development paths and design possible interventions.

Required qualifications

  • Excellent knowledge of English
  • Ph.D. in rural studies, rural sociology, agricultural economics, human and cultural geography or related discipline.
  • Previous teaching experience.

Desirable qualifications

  • Previous teaching experience at the graduate level
  • Previous teaching experience with North American programs
  • Professional experience in rural development policy and programs.

Please send your motivation letter and CV in English by Wednesday 19 January to (quote ref: FRLD/2022)

Only short listed candidates will be notified of the results of the vacancy search.


Dean of Academic Affairs

The Dean of Academic Affairs is the Chief Academic Officer providing administrative leadership, academic direction, and evaluation of all academic activities and faculty affairs of the campus. The Dean of Academic Affairs plays both a strategic and managerial role, oversees all academic divisions and departments, ensures university-wide delivery on strategic plans & projects, manages assessment and instructional support. Type and length of contract dependent on qualifications and experience.


Education: Ph.D. in a field taught at The American University of Rome, with strong administrative experience and academic profile.

Experience: Minimum of five years progressively responsible administrative and supervisory experience of academic personnel and programs in a university setting, experience in international education strongly preferred. Evidence of effective collaborative relationships with peers is also required.

Skills: Demonstrated ability in shared governance and in working effectively with university administration, faculty, students, staff, and other constituent groups and partners, both within and outside the University. Strong oral and written communication skills are required, as well as excellent interpersonal skills, data-driven decision-making, an appreciation and understanding of instructional technologies and pedagogies, a deep understanding of contemporary issues in higher education. Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development of faculty and academic administrators is required.


1. Demonstrates leadership that fosters intellectual growth, is committed to teaching excellence, student learning, excellent advising, and scholarly and creative activities. The candidate will advance the mission, goals, and objectives of the University, particularly with regard to student success in an international context.

2. Demonstrates sound budgeting experience, fiscal management, and data-informed decision-making by monitoring and improving data dashboards, overseeing program development, and strategic budgeting.

3. Ensures an active engagement with external constituencies to build strategic partnerships.

4. Implements the academic vision and plans by authorizing faculty appointments, recommending promotion and tenure decisions to the President, collaborating and making decisions about the allocation of academic space & technologies.

5. Works closely with the Dean of Students and other senior leadership to address the educational support needs and extra-curricular priorities for students. 

6. Remains current with international higher ed trends through the ongoing reading of the literature, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development conferences, and attending training and/or courses as required.

7. Contributes to the overall success of the University by performing all other duties as needed.

SUPERVISION: The Dean of Academic Affairs collaborates closely with, and is supervised by, the President and oversees academic administrators and professional and support staff.

To apply, please send a cover letter (quote re: Dean of Academic Affairs DOA/2021) and curriculum vitae to  Italian working papers will be required for employment; non-EU candidates must undergo the appropriate visa process if selected. Letters of recommendation will be requested from all candidates who will be interviewed.

The yearly salary range for this position is competitive in Rome.

Deadline for applications: January 21, 2022

AUR is an equal opportunity employer.



Deadline for Applications: January 25, 2022

The American University of Rome (AUR) invites applications for a tenure-track, Program Director position in the Business Administration Program (position rank according to experience). 

The Position

The Program Director provides leadership for the continued development, assessment, and implementation of a comprehensive business studies degree program. Reporting to the Dean of Academic Affairs, the PD provides day-to-day direction of the department while aligning a strategy and vision with the University’s plans for a competitive business program for today’s college-bound students.

Previous teaching experience in a business program in an American liberal arts context is highly valued. Excellent English communication skills and a collaborative attitude are required. The successful candidate will be expected to teach from among a range of general courses such as International Business; Management; Organizational Behavior; Marketing; Strategic Business Management. In addition, knowledge in one or more of the following fields is desirable: Entrepreneurship; Economics; Finance; Risk Management, Business Ethics; Corporate Social Responsibility; Start-up Design and Innovation; Sustainability and Social Innovation; Non-profit and Leadership Management.

AUR is interested in candidates who can contribute to its vibrant liberal arts curriculum with their international experience and an interdisciplinary approach. This position will enable the successful candidate to work in a dynamic and exceptional environment. The American University of Rome offers not just a special location in a world capital, but also the possibility to further relations already established by the University and the Program itself with major companies and non-governmental organizations.

Required qualifications

  • Master’s in Business Administration (MBA); or Doctor in Business Administration (DBA); or Ph.D. in Business Administration or related field.
  • Excellent oral and written English.
  • University teaching, research, and scholarship.
  • Knowledge of course instructional technologies and online course management systems.

Desirable qualification

  • Professional business experience.

Program Director Responsibilities

  • Teach an average of five courses per year.
  • Advise and monitor the progress of students.
  • Work and collaborate on the development of an innovative, state-of-the-art program and curriculum (e.g., cooperate in joint degree programs with other departments, creation of new courses).
  • Organize and promote Program activities (Seminars, Conferences, and Publications).
  • Manage and administer the Business Program (recruitment of adjunct faculty, monitoring the timely implementation of the Program, including advising, organizing the semester course scheduling).
  • Show capacity, knowledge, and/or willingness to attract resources (e.g., visiting professors; partnerships with companies; fundraising) engaging in networking activity.
  • Participate in student-centered service activities and support university initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion.
  • Serve the University through membership of Committees and other functions coordinated by the Division Chairs, Dean, or President.
  • Plan and coordinate field trips (in Italy and abroad) and travel courses to sites of interest related to the courses.

Italian working papers are required for employment. International candidates must complete the appropriate visa process.

Interested candidates should send a letter of application and CV with three referees to (quote re: BAPD/2021 and candidate’s full name in the subject field).

The letter of application should include a reasoned statement of why the candidate wishes to be in Rome and how the candidate intends to support, expand, and consolidate the courses and activities of AUR’s Business Program.

Applications without this statement will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: January 25, 2022.

AUR is an equal opportunity employer.


Instructor: Social and Cultural Dimensions of Food and Eating

The American University of Rome is looking for an instructor to teach the course “Social and Cultural Dimensions of Food and Eating” for the U.S. accredited social science Master in Food Studies. Policies for Sustainable Production and Consumption. The course involves 45 contact hours during the period from the end of January to mid-May 2022.

The learning objectives are:

  1. Frame and address food systems in a social and cross-cultural perspective.
  2. Analyze the different individual and collective eating practices and meanings conveyed by both eating habits and patterns and socio-economic determinants.
  3. Approach the study of the contemporary food production and consumption systems through a socio-anthropological lens disclosing inequality, access and sovereignty issues and the complexity of their global-local interconnections.
  4. Critically unpack the different contemporary foodscapes into their symbolic, social, political, ontological and economic components in order to provide solutions to the challenges of the present and future food systems.
  5. Demonstrate a high level of knowledge of the main factors impinging on sustainable food consumption and production at the global level and relate them to their own countries’ situation.
  6. Identify and use the appropriate set of qualitative methodological tools to observe, collect and interpret socio-cultural phenomena related to food and eating.

Required qualifications:

  • Excellent knowledge of English
  • Ph.D. in sociology, social and/or environmental and/or cultural anthropology. human and cultural geography.
  • Previous teaching experience..

Desirable qualifications

  • Previous teaching experience at the graduate level
  • Previous teaching experience with North American programs
  • Professional experience

Please send your motivation letter and CV in English to (quote re: FS517/2021)

Deadline for Applications: December 11, 2021

AUR is an equal opportunity employer.


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