Employment & Fellowship Opportunities

For September 2016: Lectureship (Lecturer B) in the History of the Middle East and/or the Islamic World at the University of Bristol

Location: Bristol
Salary: £35,609 to £40,082
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 21st April 2016
Closes: 23rd May 2016
Job Ref: ACAD101977

The University of Bristol invites applications to a permanent Lectureship (Lecturer B) in the History of the Middle East and/or the Islamic World. Candidates who can demonstrate excellence in research and teaching in any aspect of this topic are invited to apply. The successful candidate will have a PhD (or completion by August 2016), a record of publication or well-developed plans for publication, and clear potential to achieve international excellence in research. S/he will be expected to develop further an established research profile through publication, bidding for external research funding, and presentations at national and international conferences in order to play an active role in maintaining and enhancing the research profile of the department of History.  S/he will also be expected to supervise postgraduate research students. For further information about the department, see http://www.bristol.ac.uk/history/

Dr Josie McLellan josie.mclellan@bristol.ac.uk
Rosanne Jacks r.jacks@bristol.ac.uk Tel. +44 (0)117 331 7982

Long-listed candidates will be notified on or about Friday 3 June 2016. They will be required to submit a sample of their work (in English, not more than 10,000 words) as soon after notification as possible but no later than Wednesday 8 June 2016. Short-listed candidates will be notified on or about Friday 17 June 2016 and invited to interview. They will be required to submit brief outlines for 3-4 units they might teach (see department website for unit types http://www.bris.ac.uk/history/). Interview date: Week of 27 June 2016. Anticipated start date: September 2016

For Fall 2016:  Assistant Professor (Religious Studies Program, School of World Studies, Tenure-Eligible), Virginia Commonwealth University

The Religious Studies Program in the School of World Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for a tenure-eligible position in Islamic Studies at the Assistant Professor level, with preference for a scholar working on religion and the arts and/or social justice.  We seek a candidate with a a clear research agenda and strong potential for teaching, including methods in the study of religion. The School of World Studies is a dynamic multidisciplinary nexus, combining programs in Anthropology, International Studies, Foreign Languages, and Religious Studies. Required qualifications: PhD in an appropriate discipline, in hand by August 2016, and a record of or demonstrable potential for excellence in scholarship and teaching. We are looking for candidates who bring interdisciplinary and global perspectives to their work. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment, along with a commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU, is required.

Applications must be submitted electronically at https://www.vcu.jobs/posting. Candidates will need to upload the following: 1. a cover letter; 2. a curriculum vitae; and 3. contact information for three professional references. Completed applications must be submitted by January 15, 2016 in order to be considered for this position.  For additional information, please visit http://worldstudies.vcu.edu, or direct questions to Dr. Richard Godbeer, search committee chair, at rgodbeer@vcu.edu.

New as of March 23, 2016:  Part-time Lecturer in Arabic Language position, Tufts University

The Tufts University Arabic Program seeks to appoint  one part-time lecturer in Arabic Language, beginning September 1, 2016, with the possibility of renewal.  Responsibilities: Teach 4 courses per year (2 in Fall 2016, 2 in Spring 2017) in the Tufts Arabic language program, at all levels (introductory to advanced); and work collaboratively with a team of lecturers in creating materials and assessments. Instructional responsibilities are limited to language-teaching duties.

Requirements: MA or higher; experience and demonstrated excellence in teaching Arabic at the university level in North America; a record of excellence in teaching established by reviews and student evaluations; experience that demonstrates both collegiality and teamwork in language education; creativity in curriculum design and familiarity with current trends in Arabic language pedagogy; a high degree of fluency in both Arabic and English. Training in language pedagogy highly preferred.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, student evaluations, and arrange to have three confidential reference letters submitted directly by the authors to:  http://apply.interfolio.com/34567. Questions about the position may be directed to Rana Abdul-Aziz, Arabic Language Coordinator,at rana.abdul-aziz@tufts.edu.  Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

This position is subject to the terms and conditions under the Collective Bargaining Agreement (“CBA”) between Tufts University and the Service Employees International Union (“SEIU”) Local 509.  A copy of the CBA may be accessed through the following link: http://ase.tufts.edu/faculty/resources/documents.htm. Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Librarian for Middle East and Islamic Studies, Duke University

Duke University Libraries seeks an engaged and knowledgeable librarian for Middle East and Islamic Studies.  Scholars of the Middle East and/or librarians fulfilling the qualifications who are interested in supporting the research and teaching mission of Duke University are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate should possess an understanding of research and teaching in Middle East and Islamic Studies and should be familiar with humanities and social science research and teaching methods.  The subject specialist provides advanced reference and bibliographic assistance, and will be expected to develop online services and resources, including research guides and digital collections, and to work with the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library on providing access to and facilitating the use of materials on the Middle East.  The position is in a highly collaborative and innovative department of ten librarians who partner with members of the Duke community to support pioneering research and teaching in and about countries outside the United States.  Interdisciplinary, cultural studies-inflected research and teaching activities which synthesize social science and humanities methodologies have informed the development of Duke University Libraries’ Middle East collection over the past fifteen years. Supported by an acquisitions budget of about $200,000 (not including grants and one-time funding), Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish holdings have grown exponentially, mirroring the rising enrollments in Middle East-related language classes and increased linguistic diversity of FLAS-funded graduate student research. Expanded academic interest in the region across academic disciplines has guided thematically broad collecting in humanities and social science fields, not just of printed materials, but also of films, online resources, and rare historical source materials. Duke works closely with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in building research-level collections to support a joint NRC Title VI center.

For more information, see: http://library.duke.edu/about/jobs/melibn

Assistant Professor in Islam, Vassar College

The Department of Religion at Vassar College seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor (to begin Fall 2016) specializing in Islam.  The area of specialization within Islam is open, and we would especially welcome a candidate whose research or teaching addresses issues of gender and/or sexuality. We also seek a candidate whose theoretical and methodological approaches complement those of other faculty in the department. The candidate will be expected to offer courses in Islamic traditions as well as develop other courses in his or her areas of specialization. The candidate should be prepared to teach at regular intervals an introductory course on Jews, Christians, and Muslims and contribute to a required course on method and theory in the study of religion. In addition, the department encourages partnerships with the variety of multi/interdisciplinary programs on campus.  Appropriate scholarly language skills, teaching experience, and a Ph.D. in hand at the time of employment are required. Teaching load in the first year is four courses; after that it is five courses per year.  Candidates are asked to submit a letter of application, a current C.V., an article-length writing sample, a sample syllabi, graduate school transcript (unofficial copies accepted for initial application), and three letters of recommendation.  To apply, please visit: https://employment.vassar.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=51888

Preliminary interviews of selected applicants will be conducted at the annual American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting from November 22- 24, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. For full consideration applications should be received by October 9, 2015.  Please direct any questions about the position to Jonathon Kahn, Chair, Department of Religion: jokahn@vassar.edu.

Research Assistant for SHARIAsource

The Islamic Legal Studies Program (ILSP) at Harvard Law School is pleased to announce the position of Research Assistant for SHARIAsource—an online portal of resources and analysis on Islamic law, built with support from the Berkman Center and in cooperation with students and scholars of Islamic law and policy in the United States and around the world.

The Research Assistant will assist the Managing Editor with the day-to-day operations of SHARIAsource. Duties may range from editorial work to research and event coordination. Arabic or other Near Eastern languages are not a requirement, but a plus. Basic familiarity with Islamic law and/or editing and blog-writing are also a plus. The initial application deadline is August 28. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled for Fall and year-long positions. Applicants will be typically notified of decisions within 2 weeks.

If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and two references to SHARIAsource Managing Editor Adel Gamar at agamar@law.harvard.edu.

History of the Islamic World/Muslim World, Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track, Duke University

The History Department at Duke University invites applications for the position of a tenure-track, assistant professor from scholars of the history of Muslim societies and cultures, broadly defined. Theme, period, and geographic specialty are open. The appointment will begin July 2016, at the start of the 2016-2017 academic year. Candidates should provide evidence of excellence in research with a commitment to teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Please submit the following application materials online (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/): (a) cover letter addressed to Professor Bruce Hall, search committee chair, (b) curriculum vitae, (c) a writing sample, and (d) three letters of references. Complete applications received by November 9, 2015 are guaranteed full consideration. The search will remain open until filled. Duke University is in Durham, North Carolina and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment

opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship on Islamic Civilisation,  University of Edinburgh, with a special focus on Contemporary Islamic Art

The Alwaleed Centre at the University of Edinburgh (www.alwaleed.ed.ac.uk) seeks to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, to implement its Research activities and Outreach Programme, to commence on 1st June 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will be in the field of Islamic Civilisation (broadly understood, so that it could include Art, Architecture, Science, Medicine, Philosophy, or another aspect of Islamic Culture). Applications would be particularly welcome from candidates with expertise on contemporary Islamic art.

This three year fixed term appointment would be ideal for a recent PhD graduate (recent is taken to assume within the last 3 years). The successful candidate will be expected to contribute both to the development of the Centre’s Research Profile as well as its successful Outreach Programme. This currently runs in schools, among the general public, among policy-makers and the media and takes the form of lectures and presentations at study days, in conferences and symposia, and in summer schools, both within and beyond the university. There is also an expectation that the successful candidate will do up to 5 hours per week of teaching within Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies.

We anticipate interviews will be held on Wednesday 22nd April 2015. You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview; if you have not heard from us by Friday 3rd April 2015 you can assume your application has been unsuccessful.

Associate Research Scholar, Princeton University

The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia invites applications for an Associate Research Scholar position in the History of Islamic Civilization. Applicants can be from the disciplines of history, law, literature, as well as Islamic studies. The appointment will be for the year, July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016, with the possibility of renewal, subject to satisfactory performance and continued funding. Assuming approval by the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Dean of the Faculty, the associate research scholar will be expected to teach a one-semester undergraduate course, which may be open to graduate students. Candidates must hold the Ph.D. degree and are expected to pursue independent research at Princeton and to participate in Institute-related activities on campus. Travel assistance of up to $1000 for round-trip, economy-class airfare will be available to the appointee and her or his immediate family. The salary, to be approved by the Department and the Dean of the Faculty, will be based on the successful candidate’s qualifications. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. To apply: Interested applicants must apply online at https://jobs.princeton.edu and submit a current curriculum vitae, a research statement (maximum length 2 pages), a cover letter, and contact information for three references. We will begin reviewing applications on February 13, 2015.

Essential Qualifications: Applicants can be from the disciplines of history, law, literature, as well as Islamic studies. Candidates must hold the Ph.D. degree and are expected to pursue independent research at Princeton and to participate in Institute-related activities on campus.  Education Required: Doctorate Degree


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