Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern and North African Studies

The Middle Eastern and North African Studies Program at Bowdoin College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position beginning July 1, 2022. A Ph.D. is expected by the start of appointment, preferably in (modern) history. The ability to teach a survey course in modern Middle Eastern history is required; the ability to also teach a course on the history of Palestine and Israel is preferred. We are also interested in candidates whose teaching can address inter-disciplinary and methodological questions in Middle Eastern and North African studies. The teaching load is two courses each semester. Research competency with Arabic sources is preferred, but research subfield is open. For further details on the MENA program see:

Bowdoin requires its faculty to have a promise of long-term successful scholarly or artistic engagement and a strong commitment to inclusive excellence in their teaching. (For a description of inclusive excellence, please consult the following resource Bowdoin College offers opportunities for professional development, a fully-funded, year-long junior sabbatical leave (after three years of teaching and successful reappointment), and regular, generously funded, post-tenure sabbaticals.

Bowdoin is a community that warmly welcomes people of all backgrounds. We encourage applications from candidates committed to the support of an inclusive campus community and those who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. We especially encourage people from historically excluded groups to apply. We recognize that recruiting and retaining faculty may involve considerations of spouses and domestic partners. To that end, where possible, the College will attempt to accommodate and respond creatively to the needs of spouses and partners of members of the faculty.

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please submit: 1) a 2-page cover letter describing your research and teaching interests and how they will contribute to Bowdoin’s developing Middle Eastern and North African Studies Program; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a statement that describes your teaching philosophy and how your teaching, scholarship, and mentorship supports Bowdoin’s commitment to equity and inclusion; 4) the names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation.

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Review of applications will begin October 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Located in Brunswick, Maine, a 30-minute drive north of Portland, Bowdoin’s reputation rests on the excellence of its faculty and students, its intimate size, its strong sense of community, and its commitment to diversity (35% students of color, 7% international students and approximately 15% first-generation college students). Bowdoin complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses. For further information please visit our website:


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