MESA - Middle East Studies Association

Employment

Individuals interested in a vacancy listed below should respond directly to the institution named.

To post an employment ad (fee-based service), please complete the form found here. It is the posting institution's responsibility to take a screen shot of their ad for future reference. Questions may be directed to Mark Lowder at mark@mesana.org.

Click on the name of the institution for the full description of the employment advertisement in the list that follows.

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Current Employment Listings

 

Date Posted Institution/Organization Position Deadline
5/19/15 American Academy of Religion AAR-Luce Fellowships in Religion and International Affairs June 18, 2015, 5:00 p.m. EDT
5/12/15 American University of Sharjah Faculty Position in the Modern History of South Asia or Sub-Saharan Africa Review begins November 1, 2015 and continues until filled.
5/11/15 Vanderbilt University and Syriac.org Visiting Research Assistant Professor in Syriac Studies and Digital Humanities  
4/30/15 Rice University Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ottoman and/or Modern Middle East History June 1, 2015
4/2/15 University of Winnipeg Assistant Professor - Islamic Religion and Culture (Two-year Term) Review begins on May 1, 2015 and continues until filled.
3/26/15 New York University Clinical Assistant Professor-Modern Middle East June 1, 2015
3/12/15 Rice University One-year Postdoctoral Fellowship on Islamist Movements in the Middle East in the Baker Institute for Public Policy  
3/5/15 Lehigh University Visiting Lecturer or Visiting Assistant Professor in Arabic  
2/20/15 Princeton University Library Director, East Asian Library  
2/17/15 Doha Institute for Graduate Studies Position Vacancies in the Legal Studies Program  
2/2/15 Columbia University Arcapita Visiting Professor (open rank) Review begins immediately; open until filled.

 

American Academy of Religion

AAR-Luce Fellowships in Religion and International Affairs

The American Academy of Religion (AAR) invites applications for AAR-Luce Fellowships in Religion and International Affairs. The program places scholars with PhDs, from the humanities or related social sciences, or ThDs at the US Department of State, under the Department's Franklin Fellows Program. Fellows will participate in substantive work of the Department involving religion and international affairs. Fellows will receive a stipend of up to $6,500 per month plus up to $1,500 as a relocation subsidy. Funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Fellowship program seeks to bring scholarly knowledge and critical perspectives to the analysis of contemporary issues and the shaping of policy; and to offer scholars opportunities to contribute their expertise while learning about the functioning of a US government agency. Please see the AAR's website for more information and to apply: https://www.aarweb.org/programs-services/call-for-applications-for-aar-luce-fellowships-in-religion-and-international. Deadline: June 18, 2015, at 5:00 pm EDT. To be eligible, applicants must: 1) hold a PhD, in the humanities or related social sciences, or a ThD 2) be a US citizen (a State Department requirement) 3) have at least five years' full-time professional work experience 4) be available to work full-time on site in Washington, DC, for twelve months 5) possess substantial academic expertise on religion outside of North America 6) not currently be a US government employee For questions, please contact us at aarlucefellow@aarweb.org.

American University of Sharjah

Faculty Position in Modern History of South Asia or Sub-Saharan Africa

The Department of International Studies at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates seeks a full-time faculty member specialized in the modern history of South Asia or sub-Saharan Africa . A sub-field in East Asian history is an advantage. Candidates must be able to teach a range of courses in their field of specialization as well as survey courses in world history and an upper division course on imperialism. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in the relevant field, a record of excellent teaching, an active research agenda, and a wish to contribute actively to the interdisciplinary atmosphere in the Department of International Studies. Founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, the American University of Sharjah is an independent, not-for-profit coeducational university, serving some 6,000 students of more than 80 nationalities.. The university is accredited by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the institution is committed to diversity among its faculty and staff. As a university formed on the American model and with English as the language of instruction, the American University of Sharjah will give priority to candidates who have substantial experience in American models of higher education. Application materials must include: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, names and contact information of three references, a writing/publication sample, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Please send applications to: Dr. Mahmoud Anabtawi, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, American University of Sharjah, e-mail: cashr@aus.edu. Review of applications will begin on 1 November 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

Columbia University

Arcapita Visiting Professor (open rank)

The Middle East Institute and the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University invite applications for an appointment as Arcapita Visiting Professor of Modern Arab Studies for a one-semester position for the fall 2015 or spring 2016 semester. The position may be filled at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor, Visiting Associate Professor, or Visiting Professor. We are interested in candidates whose field of research and teaching is in history, culture, or social sciences of the modern Arab world. The incumbent will be expected to teach two courses, participate in the activities of the Middle East Institute, and give a brown bag lecture and other such public lectures as may be appropriate. A Ph.D., a record of scholarly publications, and proven teaching experience in English are required by the beginning of the appointment. Experience teaching at a university in the Middle East highly preferred. For additional information and to submit your application, please visit our Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS) website http://bit.ly/1KKZxcm Review of submissions will begin immediately. Columbia University is an equal opportunity /affirmative action employer.

Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

Position Vacancies in the Legal Studies Program

The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI), an independent institute for learning and research in the fields of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Public Administration and Development Economics, has been newly established in Doha, Qatar by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. Student applications have now opened and the DI is scheduled to launch its first academic year in the Fall semester of 2015.

The School of Social Sciences and Humanities is seeking to strengthen its Master’s Program in Legal Studies by the appointment of academic staff in the following specialisations: Public Law, International Law, Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, and International Business Law.

The positions are open-rank on the academic scale and contracts are normally offered for a period of three years, renewable. Applicants will have a proven research record and teaching experience in their field. Knowledge of Arabic is highly desirable but not a condition. Successful candidates will have the exciting opportunity to participate in building up a new program in a new institution.

Applicants should submit a CV with the names and contact details of three referees and a cover letter in which to highlight the possible scope of their contribution to the delivery of the Program as detailed on the DI website, and to the School at large with its interdisciplinary ethos in both teaching and research. The selection process will remain open until the positions are filled. The successful candidates will be expected to take up the posts as soon as is practically possible but no later than the beginning of September 2015. The DI offers internationally competitive salaries and benefits based on rank and experience and the opportunity of promotion across ranks, subject to performance.

For further information on the DI’s mission, faculties and programs, please visit:
www.dohainstitute.edu.qa

Inquiries and applications (detailed CVs and cover letters) can be sent to: careers@dohainstitute.edu.qa.

Lehigh University

Visiting Lecturer or Visiting Assistant Professor in Arabic

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Lehigh University invites applications for a one-year position (renewable for a second year) as Visiting Lecturer or Visiting Assistant Professor in Arabic (depending on qualifications) to teach all levels of Arabic language. We are seeking applications from recent ABDs or PhDs with teaching experience in Arabic and a demonstrated record of teaching accomplishment. Candidates must be able to teach Modern Standard Arabic and a dialect (preferably Egyptian). The teaching load is three courses per semester and the starting date is fall 2015. The College of Arts and Sciences at Lehigh University is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and curriculum. Lehigh University is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. To apply, please send cover letter, a teaching statement, CV, three letters of reference, and teaching evaluations to Antonio Prieto, Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Lehigh University, 9 W. Packer Ave., Bethlehem, PA 18015, or email ap01@lehigh.edu. We will begin the review process immediately, and will continue to consider applications until the position is filled.

New York University

Clinical Assistant Professor - Modern Middle East

The Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies in Arts and Science at New York University, a Title VI institution, invites applicants for a Clinical Assistant Professor position. This is a full-time, renewable non-tenure track position to start September 1, 2015, pending budgetary and administrative approval. We are interested in a scholar whose field of research and teaching is in politics, culture, or social sciences of the modern Middle East, and who has demonstrated research and teaching experience. The ideal candidate has an in-depth understanding of the modern Middle East, knowledge of at least one Middle Eastern language, and has a Ph.D. in one of the following fields: Anthropology, Comparative Middle Eastern Studies, Contemporary Middle Eastern History, Cultural Studies, Politics/Political Economy, Sociology, or Urban Studies/Geography. The appointee will be expected to teach at the graduate level (mostly 2-year program MAs and some PhDs), advise MA students, organize and run MA-thesis workshops, and participate in the activities of the Kevorkian Center. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship, excellence in teaching and advising, and a willingness to partake in administrative duties. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2015. To apply see the NYU Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at http://neareaststudies.as.nyu.edu/page/home via the "Employment" link to submit a detailed cover letter describing research, teaching and advising experience, c.v., writing samples, sample syllabi, and the names of three referees. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled.

Princeton University Library

Director, East Asian Library (Requisition #1500096)

The Princeton University Library is one of the world's leading research libraries, serving a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,700 graduate students, 1,200 faculty members, and many visiting scholars. Its holdings include more than 7 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, 2 million non-print items, and extensive collections of digital text, data and images. The Library employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support staff working in a large central library, 9 specialized branches, and 3 storage facilities. More information: http://library.princeton.edu/

Position:

The East Asian Library's (EAL) collection contains more than 801,000 bound volumes, 38,000 print and electronic serials subscriptions, rich offerings of digital content, and a world-famous collection of rare books and artifacts. About 69% of EAL's holdings are Chinese, 27% Japanese and 4% Korean. Collections range across all fields of knowledge but focus especially on humanities and social sciences. The EAL is staffed by 4 librarians, 3 support staff, and many student assistants. Another 11.5 FTE of staff are devoted to processing and cataloging East Asian materials. The Director bears primary responsibility for all aspects of administration of the EAL, supervision of staff, providing leadership in planning and implementing collections, liaison and services, and representing the Library in many national and international partnerships with other centers of excellence in East Asian Studies. The EAL serves students (undergrad and graduate), faculty and visiting researchers associated with the study of East Asia in all disciplines at all levels. In close liaison with the Department and Program of East Asian Studies, and serving the broad East Asian studies constituencies across campus, the Director coordinates the work of Chinese, Japanese and Korean Studies Librarians in developing and managing strong, interdisciplinary digital and print collections, shaping and providing innovative services for all levels of library patrons (via reference, research consultation, instructional programs, exhibits, and production of online guides) in support of learning, teaching and research. The Director works closely with the Department and Program to ensure the EAL provides outstanding support for their over-arching priorities on classical traditions, history and literature, and the study of the contemporary world of China, Japan and Korea. Liaison with other departments (including Tech Services, Systems, Center for Digital Humanities, and Preservation) forms an important component of the operation of the EAL. The Director's work is coordinated with that of other area studies units in the Library system, under the oversight of the Associate University Librarian for Collection Development. In proportion to the East Asian Library's international stature, the Director provides high-level leadership and initiative, representing Princeton in regional, national, and international organizations and meetings; seeking opportunities to advance inter-institutional initiatives for collaboration in collection development, digitization, preservation and access, and other projects; and helping to identify opportunities for grants to further enhance the Library's service to this field.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master's in library science OR equivalent combination of education & professional library experience
  • Minimum 3 years professional library work in an academic or research library
  • Advanced degree in a humanities or social science field; OR at least 4 years relevant library experience in East Asian Studies
  • Proficiency in at least one East Asian language; excellent oral & written communication skills
  • A record of successful leadership, management and strategic planning
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work successfully and collegially with a diverse group of colleagues and scholars

Strongly Preferred:

  • Experience in managing a branch library or library department
  • Experience supervising professional staff in an academic setting
  • Demonstrated success working collaboratively with all levels of users and staff, across all functions of the library system
  • Ability to work effectively in a rapidly changing environment

Applications:

Applications will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: http://jobs.princeton.edu. Click the "Search Open Positions" button on the left, and search Requisition #1500096. Applications must include a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information. This position is subject to the University's background check policy. Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Rice University

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ottoman and/or Modern Modern Middle East History

The Department of History at Rice University in Houston, Texas invites applications for a one-year post-doctoral fellowship in Ottoman and/or modern Middle East history. This fellowship is renewable for a second year upon successful completion of the first year. In addition to research, the successful candidate is expected to teach 2 courses per academic year and to participate in the intellectual life of the department and other units on campus. S/he will receive a stipend of $50,000 plus benefits, a research and relocation fund of $2,000 in the first year, and a research fund of $1,250 in the second year. Applicants must have received their Ph.D. within the last five years or at the latest by July 1, 2015. This position begins on July 1, 2015. Only electronic applications will be accepted, on the Rice University RICEWorks website, jobs.rice.edu (or direct: http://jobs.rice.edu/postings/4036.). Please apply by June 1, 2015, and attach a letter of application and CV to the respective tabs, as well as a 1,000-word research statement and the names of three references to the tab labeled "Other." Three letters of recommendation are required. Applicant will be asked to input necessary information on the evaluators, who will receive an email generated by the system. In this email, they are given instructions on the process for submission of their letters. All documents are required for the applicant to be considered for the position. Applications must be received by June 1, 2015. Questions regarding the post should be addressed to the Department of History at hist@rice.edu. Rice University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, and international scholars are encouraged to apply.

Rice University

One-year Postdoctoral Fellowship on Islamist Movements in the Middle East

Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy is seeking a one-year postdoctoral fellowship on Islamist movements in the Middle East beginning fall 2015. The scholar is expected to work independently to pursue his/her research agenda and report to the Institute's Academic Affairs Director and the Institute's Founding Director. Funding is expected to cover 12-month appointment, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Applicants must have a PhD in a field related to the politics, history, and societies of the contemporary Middle East such as political science, international relations, or history.

Required skills:

  • Demonstrated deep understanding of Islamist political movements in one or more of the following contexts: Egypt, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, and the relations of these movements to the policies of regional governments, the United States, and the broader international community.
  • Demonstrated ability to formulate policy recommendations, initiate and engage in creative approaches toward advancing policy, including the ability to initiate projects and balance multiple projects.
  • Sufficient knowledge of Arabic, Turkish and/or Persian to be able to engage with source materials in these languages.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to deal with people with sensitivity, tact, and professionalism.

Applicant must include or be prepared to provide:

  • A letter of interest
  • A resume or CV
  • One writing sample
  • A research statement (no longer than one page single-spaced)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Teaching evaluations (if available)

For more information, please see http://jobs.rice.edu:80/postings/3482.

University of Nevada Reno

Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics of the Middle East (tenure-track)

The Department of Political Science at the University of Nevada, Reno is soliciting applications for a tenure-track, full-time appointment at the rank of assistant professor to begin in the fall semester of 2015. We are looking for an applicant whose primary area of expertise is focused on the comparative politics of the Middle East. Additional consideration will be given to candidates with complementary expertise in political economy, democratization and human rights. Applicants with training in qualitative research methods and the ability to teach graduate level qualitative research methods will also be given consideration in the search process. The selected applicant will be expected to teach at all levels (lower-division undergraduate, upper-division undergraduate and graduate M.A./PhD). Applicants should show strong research and grant potential. Ph.D. in Political Science Comparative Politics Middle East specialization Applicants must have the Ph.D. in hand by August 15, 2015 for appointment as an Assistant Professor. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.unrsearch.com/postings/15807 EO/AA.

Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

University of Winnipeg

Assistant Professor - Islamic Religion and Culture (Two-year Term)

The Department of Religion and Culture at The University of Winnipeg invites applications for a two-year term appointment in Islamic Religion and Culture at the Assistant Professor rank, commencing July 1, 2015, subject to final budgetary approval. The area of specialization is open to any aspect or geographical area of Islam; preference will be given to candidates who have an academic background in Religious Studies and are able to teach courses that focus on Islam in multicultural, pluralistic contexts. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain a research program and engage in administrative duties. Additionally, the candidate will be able to teach introductory survey courses in both Classical and Modern Islam, and demonstrate a firm grasp of gender analysis. Competency in teaching modern standard Arabic will be considered an asset. Applicants will typically have completed their Ph.D. by the time of appointment. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a cover letter (outlining the candidate's suitability for the position, as well as research and teaching interests), an indication of teaching experience, and a representative writing sample (e.g. a publication or dissertation chapter). Applicants should arrange for this material and three confidential letters of reference to be submitted electronically in PDF format to Mr. Lee Richard, administrative assistant for the Department of Religion and Culture: le.richard@uwinnipeg.ca. Questions should be directed to Dr. Jeffrey Newmark, Departmental Personnel Committee Chair at: j.newmark@uwinnipeg.ca. Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2015. The search will continue until such time as the position is filled. The Department of Religion and Culture at the University of Winnipeg offers a 3-Year BA, a 4-Year BA, and a BA Honours degree. The Department also participates in a Joint Masters Program in Religion with the University of Manitoba. Applicants can learn more about the Department, including descriptions of current course offerings in Islam and faculty research interests at http://religionandculture.uwinnipeg.ca/Home.html The University of Winnipeg is committed to employment equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons and persons with disabilities. In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, this advertisement is initially directed to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

Vanderbilt University/Syriac.org

Visiting Research Assistant Professor in Syriac Studies and Digital Humanities

Vanderbilt University and Syriaca.org invite applications for the open position of Visiting Research Assistant Professor in Syriac Studies and Digital Humanities. The term of appointment is one full year, beginning in fall 2015, with the possibility of renewal for one further year. The Visiting Research Assistant Professor will work full time under the direction of Prof. David Michelson on the publications of Syriaca.org: The Syriac Reference Portal (http://syriaca.org/), a digital reference project sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The researcher will be affiliated with an academic unit at Vanderbilt University depending on expertise (Classics, Divinity, History, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Religion, etc.). The scholar will also be invited to take an active role in the life of Vanderbilt's Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, including its Digital Humanities seminar. The person hired for this position will be a specialist in Syriac studies with strong linguistic skills (ancient and modern) and considerable experience working with Syriac texts, both editions and manuscripts. There will be a strong preference for a candidate who has experience with digital humanities, especially TEI XML, but additional training in digital technology specific to the project will be provided as needed. The researcher will be a contributing author to SPEAR (Syriac Persons, Events, and Relations), the New Handbook of Syriac Literature, Gateway to the Syriac Saints, and other Syriaca.org publications as needed. The researcher will collect and interpret data in Syriac and other languages, contribute to evolving data models, test user interfaces and XForms, collaborate with other project researchers, and perform additional project duties as needed. The term of appointment is one full year, beginning in fall 2015, with the possibility of renewal for one further year. Applicants are expected to be in residence for the duration of the appointment. Applications should be submitted online at: http://syriaca.org/blog/2015/05/ visiting-professor/ Please contact Prof. David A. Michelson (david.a.michelson@vanderbilt.edu) with any questions about the position or about the online application system.



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