Assistant Professor, History (Professorship in the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures)

The Department of History, with the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies (CCMS), invites applications for the endowed Professorship in the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures. This is a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in comparative Muslim societies and cultures, to start July 15, 2023. Appointment to the endowed Professorship will be for an initial five-year term with the possibility of renewal.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in History or a related discipline completed by the employment start date or shortly thereafter. They will demonstrate the potential for developing a significant program of original research and teaching that makes a substantial contribution to historical knowledge. The geographic area of specialization is open and NOT limited to the Middle East. Knowledge of one or more regional research languages is required. The successful candidate will receive one course release per year for the duration of the Professorship. In addition to providing service to the Department, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the activities, programming, and governance of the CCMS including serving on the Centre’s steering committee.

SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, SFU will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, specifically Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons, and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably. Candidates who belong to underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. However, this is a junior faculty position; only those eligible to be promoted or appointed to the rank will be considered. The position is subject to the availability of funding.

SFU recognizes that alternative career paths and/or career interruptions (e.g. parental leave, leave due to illness, research delays due to COVID-19) can impact research achievements and commits to ensuring that leaves are taken into careful consideration. Candidates are encouraged to highlight in their application how alternative paths and/or interruptions have affected them. SFU also recognizes the value of mentoring and research training, outreach, professional service, and diverse forms of research and/or research outputs.

Full consideration will be given to applications received by November 15, 2022. All applications should include:

Cover letter
Statement of research
Teaching philosophy, including a discussion of the candidate’s experience with and understanding of inclusive teaching and mentoring
Statement on how the candidate intends to contribute to Simon Fraser University’s commitment to furthering Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Curriculum vitae
Writing sample
Names and contact details for three referees
Candidates may later be asked to submit sample syllabi and other documents. Applications will be treated in confidence.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. All applications should be sent to Please contact Dr. Thomas Kuehn (he/him/his), chair of the search committee,, with any questions.


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