Assistant Professor in Classical Persian Literature & Culture

The Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia (Vancouver campus), invites applications  for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Classical Persian Literature and Culture. Applicants with expertise in the history and practice of classical Persian literature and culture  are welcome to apply; applicants with a commitment to the broader notion of ‘Persianate’ literary culture  are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are expected to have full professional proficiency in English  and in Persian, and proficiency in at least one other language of the Persianate cosmopolis. A strong track  record of participation in team work and program affairs, and experience in community outreach and  program building is a plus. 

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field or expect to have successfully defended the dissertation  before July 1, 2023. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate excellence in research and  undergraduate and graduate teaching, and to maintain an active program of research, publication,  teaching, graduate supervision, and service. The successful candidate will be expected to work closely  with tenure-stream Asian Studies faculty in South Asian and Persianate and Islamic history and culture,  and with any future hires in the area of Persian/Iranian Studies. Further information about the  Department can be found on its website,

The application dossier should include:  

  • a letter of application; 
  • a curriculum vitae; 
  • a 1-page statement identifying the applicant’s contributions, or potential contributions, to  diversity, and ability to work with a culturally diverse student body; 
  • one writing sample (maximum 30 pages); 
  • two sample course syllabi, preferably one at the undergraduate-level and one at the graduate level; 
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness; and 
  • names and contact information of three referees who could provide confidential letters of  recommendation should the candidate be long- or short-listed. 

The deadline for receipt of complete applications is October 7, 2022. The anticipated start date of  employment is July 1, 2023. 

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and  experience. 

All application materials should be submitted electronically through the Department’s careers website, by October 7. Inquiries may be sent to

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the  inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from  members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human  Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability,  political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or  Indigenous person. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and  permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. 

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct  interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other  restrictions are still in place.


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