MESA - Middle East Studies Association


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Current Employment Listings


Date Posted Institution/Organization Position Deadline
06/16/17 Emory University Libraries Middle East and Islamic Studies Subject Librarian July 17, 2017 for full consideration.
06/13/17 Indiana University Arabic Flagship Program Full-time Lecturer in Arabic July 7, 2017 for full consideration.
06/12/17 Washington and Lee University Arabic Language and Literature Postdoctoral Fellowship August 1, 2017
06/09/17 National Chengchi University, Department of Turkish Language and Culture Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor September 20, 2017
06/02/17 University of Pennsylvania, Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies 2018-19 Post-Doctoral Fellowship: "Jewish Life in Modern Islamic Contexts" October 31, 2017
06/02/17 University of Oklahoma Lecturer (PhD)/Instructor (MA) in Arabic  
05/30/17 London School of Economics and Political Science Research Officer June 21, 2017
05/23/17 Stanford University Open Rank Faculty Position in Islamic Studies (tenure-track or tenured) September 15, 2017
05/23/17 Princeton University 2017-18 Postdoc (or more senior researcher): Political economy of the Gulf and its relations with East Asia June 18, 2017
05/12/17 Middlebury College, Council on Middle East Studies Assistant Director of the School in Jordan Review begins May 21, 2017 and continues until filled.
05/12/17 Brown University Visiting Assistant Professor in Middle East Studies Review begins June 16, 2017 and continues until filled.
05/12/17 Yale University Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Islamic Art History  
05/10/17 Aarhus University Teaching Assistant Professorship in Arabic Language June 4, 2017
05/09/17 CUNY-The Graduate Center Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor - PhD Program in French  
05/03/17 University of Pennsylvania Assistant Professor in Ottoman History (tenure-track) Review begins September 15, 2017 and continues until filled.
05/02/17 Cornell University Teaching Associate or Visiting Lecturer in Arabic Language June 15, 2017
04/26/17 University of Texas at Austin Lecturer in Arabic  
04/24/17 Stanford University Associate Director of the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Mediterranean Studies Forum  
04/19/17 Brookings Doha Center & Qatar University Joint Visiting Fellowship  
04/10/17 College of Charleston Adjunct Instructor in Arabic Language Review begins May 15, 2017 and continues until filled.
03/13/17 Hamad Bin Khalifa University Assistant/Associate Professor in Islamic Finance Open until filled.
03/13/17 Hamad Bin Khalifa University Professor in Qur’anic Studies Open until filled.
03/9/17 Vanderbilt University Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Modern Hebrew Language Review begins April 1, 2017 and continues until filled.
01/03/17 Rhode Island School of Design Assistant or Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Visual Culture Review of applications underway; open until filled.

Aarhus University

Teaching Assistant Professorship in Arabic Language

The School of Culture and Society, department of Global Studies invites applications for a teaching assistant professorship in Arabic. The position is affiliated with the Arab and Islamic Studies program, and involves teaching Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and at least one Arabic dialect.

The teaching assistant professorship is a three-year position dedicated to full-time teaching, including professional development. The appointment begins on 1 August 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position
We are seeking an innovative and dedicated candidate who can teach MSA and at least one Arabic dialect at all levels.

For more information on the position, please contact Mark Sedgwick (

Employment as teaching assistant professor requires a Master’s degree in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL) or in Arabic or similar academic qualifications. Applicants are also expected to:
- be fluent in Arabic at native-speaker standard
- have relevant experience of teaching MSA and Arabic dialects at all levels
- have experience with student supervision
- have strong oral and written communicative skills
- have experience in teaching in English or a Scandinavian language.

Theoretical qualifications in language pedagogy and foreign language teaching as well as knowledge of technology-based language courses will also be important assets.

The applicant must submit teaching portfolio including a list of courses taught, representative or sample course outlines, and representative student evaluations.

The application must be uploaded in English.

Job interviews will take place 19 June 2017, please indicate in your application, if you can participate either on Skype or in person. Travel expenses will be covered.

For more information about applications, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn at

Read the full job description and apply online here

Application deadline: 4/6/2017

Brooking Doha Center and Qatar University

Joint Visiting Fellowship

Over the course of 4-6 months, the joint BDC-QU visiting fellow will teach 1-2 courses at QU and have the opportunity to conduct research. The 4-6 month period covers one academic semester, and the fellowship may be extended by an additional semester. The joint fellow will also author a policy briefing on her/his area of focus, to be published by the BDC. Candidates with a focus on the Maghreb or the Gulf region are particularly encouraged to apply.

Joint BDC-QU visiting fellows teach a semester-long seminar (16 weeks) at QU on a topic of his/her own choosing. This may be one of the courses currently offered in the QU International Affairs program (History, Political Science, Economics, International Relations, Education, Law), or a related subject as defined by the fellow. Courses are typically discussion-based, enabling fellows to develop and refine their ideas and research in an academic setting.

The BDC’s location in the Gulf allows fellows to conduct field research in the region. The Center’s convening power gives fellows the opportunity to share views with policy scholars and opinion leaders, academics, diplomats, government officials, and journalists, as well as regional business leaders. The Doha-based international media frequently call on fellows to provide commentary and analysis. The fellow will undertake original research and writing on a topic of their choosing and produce one policy briefing (3,500 to 5,000 words) on a policy-relevant issue.

Education/Experience Requirements:
Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field, with a proven record of publishing and fluency in English, and experience teaching at an undergraduate level. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:
Strong research record and commitment to excellence in teaching. Organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, with a high level of professionalism. Must be flexible, self-motivated, and eager to engage students through effective teaching.

Additional Information:
Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply. They should include professional and educational experience, citizenship details, three references, and full contact information.

To apply, visit:

When prompted, please also upload the following documents:
1. A 200-300-word proposal of a course that you would be interested in teaching at Qatar University.
2. A proposal for a policy briefing of between 1,000 and 1,500 words. Length requirements must be strictly observed. The proposal should include the key questions being addressed, relevance to policymaking communities, and method of research, project objectives, and an estimated timeline.
3. A writing sample (no more than 8,000 words) in English, on a relevant topic.

About the Brookings Doha Center:
Established in 2008, the Brookings Doha Center is an overseas center of the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. As a hub for Brookings scholarship in the region, the BDC advances high-quality, independent research and policy analysis on the Middle East and North Africa. The BDC launched its joint visiting fellowship with Qatar University in 2011.

Brown University

Visiting Assistant Professor in Middle East Studies

Middle East Studies at Brown University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor in Middle East Studies (MES). The position is open to all disciplines, with a preference for the social sciences such as anthropology, history, political science, and sociology. This is a two-year position. We especially welcome candidates who thrive in an interdisciplinary environment, who have experience teaching and supervising undergraduates, and whose work is informed by comparative and global perspectives. The successful candidate will serve as the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) for the MES concentration (major) and will teach two classes a year: a seminar dedicated to developing honors theses for MES students and a lecture course in the applicant’s area of interest. The DUS oversees the undergraduate curriculum, is the point of contact for current and potential concentrators, provides oversight for the undergraduate advising program, and represents the Department at undergraduate events on campus.

The salary is $56,000/year. Additional funding for programming and research expenses will be considered.

• Doctorate in the field of Modern Middle East Studies; social scientist is preferred.
• Native or near-native fluency in Arabic.
• Deep knowledge of the intellectual content and research trends of the field of Modern Middle East Studies, in both its social sciences and humanities dimensions.
• Ability to manage and create collaborative networks across multiple constituencies.
• Ability to use institutional databases and learn new software as needed.

Application Instructions
Review of applications will begin June 16, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, the following materials should be submitted prior to that date to the application portal in Interfolio (

1. A cover letter stating the applicant’s academic field, area of specialization, research agenda, and teaching / advising experience.
2. A curriculum vitae.
3. Names and contact information of three references, who will be contacted for short-listed candidates.
4. Proposed class syllabi

Interviews will be conducted by Skype in late-June 2017. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2017.

For further information, please visit the Middle East Studies website ( To contact us, send an email to

Inquiries should be addressed to:
Beshara Doumani
Director, Middle East Studies
Brown University
111 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02912
+1 401.863.6924

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

College of Charleston

Adjunct Instructor in Arabic Language

The Program of Asian Studies at the College of Charleston invites applications for a one-year full-time adjunct instructor in Arabic Language, starting August 16, 2017. The candidate must be able to teach Arabic at all undergraduate levels. The position is benefits-eligible, the salary is competitive, and the teaching load is 4/4.

Minimum requirement is a Masters degree in Arabic or a related area with at least 18 graduate credits in Arabic language, literature, and culture. Native or near-native command of Modern Standard Arabic, English required. Prior teaching experience at the college level expected.

Located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, the College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university. Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation’s top universities for quality education.

Apply online at JOBS.COFC.EDU []. Submit: letter of application, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three reference providers who will submit letters of recommendation online. Official graduate transcripts will be required at a later stage and are required for hiring. Review of applications will begin May 15 and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. Lei Jin, search committee chair, at

The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.

Cornell University

Teaching Associate or Visiting Lecturer in Arabic Language

The Department of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University wishes to identify individuals interested in temporary full-time or part-time Teaching Associate or Visiting Lecturer positions to teach Arabic Language. The successful candidate will have professional teaching experience in higher education, and native or near-native proficiency in Arabic and English. Preference will be given to candidates with a B.A., M.A. or Ph.D. degree or foreign equivalent in the target language or linguistics, Foreign Language Education or a related field. Level of appointment (Teaching Associate/Visiting Lecturer) will be based upon academic credentials and prior teaching experience. Interested candidates should submit electronically to 1) a letter of application, 2) curriculum vitae in English, and 3) the names, addresses and phone numbers of two references. The deadline for applications is June 15, 2017. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Visa expedition funds are not available for this position. Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

CUNY - The Graduate Center

Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor - PhD Program in French

Performs teaching, research and guidance duties in area(s) of expertise. Shares responsibility for committee and department assignments including administrative, supervisory, and other functions.


The Graduate Center (GC) is the principal doctorate-granting institution of the City University of New York (CUNY). Offering more than thirty doctoral degrees from Anthropology to Urban Education, and fostering globally significant research in a wide variety of centers and institutes, the GC provides academic training in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The Graduate Center is also integral to the intellectual and cultural vitality of New York City. Through its extensive public programs, The Graduate Center hosts a wide range of events - lectures, conferences, book discussions, art exhibits, concerts, and dance and theater that enrich and inform.

The Ph.D. Program in French at GC seeks applicants for a faculty position in the Francophone area with strong interdisciplinary interests and practice. The candidate must be able to teach equally in French and in English and have taught and published in one or more areas of Francophone Studies. We seek a faculty member currently at mid-career level (from advanced Assistant Professor through recently promoted full Professor) with a substantial record of publication and recognition within the profession who will make a long-range commitment to our institution, and engage fully with teaching, mentoring and the supervision of dissertations. We welcome applicants with expertise in one or more additional fields across a range including but not limited to literary and cultural studies, aesthetics, anthropology, religion, history, sociology, and urban studies. This position will begin in the Fall 2018 semester.

For Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor:
Ph.D. degree in area(s) of experience or equivalent. Also required are the ability to teach successfully, demonstrated scholarship or achievement, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.

How to Apply:

1. Please apply using the link below: HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId= 16530&SiteId=1&PostingSeq=1

Click on "Apply Now" below which will bring you to the registration screen. If you are a new user, you must register to apply. If you already have a user ID, please use your existing ID to apply. Make sure to upload a detailed cover letter describing research and teaching experience, CV, and information for three (3) professional references (name, title, and organization).


2. Go to and search for Job ID 16530.

Emory University Libraries

Middle East and Islamic Studies Subject Librarian

The Emory Libraries seek an energetic, user-oriented, and collaborative professional to serve as Middle East and Islamic Studies Subject Librarian. Focused primarily on the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, the librarian will provide a full range of subject specific library services in collection development, cataloging, research consultation, and instruction.

Emory’s teaching and research in the Middle East occur mainly in the fields of language studies, Islamic studies, history, and literature. The Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian at Emory has responsibility for acquiring and cataloging materials about Islamic studies and the history and cultures of the Middle Eastern and North African countries. The successful candidate will have a passion for the teaching and research missions of the University, and understand the Libraries’ role in advancing those missions. This position offers opportunity for strategic and interdisciplinary approaches to the selection, teaching, discovery, and delivery of digital and print information resources.

Required Fields:
• ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent education and experience (subject expertise).
• Advanced degree in a relevant subject area.
• Fluency in Arabic, with reading knowledge of Persian.
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience with instruction, information literacy, and assessment of library services and resources.
• Strong interest in technology and tools for research and teaching.
• Strong understanding of the key issues and trends in instruction, collection development, and research, in the subject areas of Middle East and Islamic Studies.
• Knowledge of scholarly communication issues and trends within the relevant disciplines.
• Evidence of excellent communication, teaching, writing and analytical skills.
• Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population.
• Demonstrated willingness to respond to new opportunities with initiative, creative energy, and leadership.
• Evidence of active participation, involvement, or leadership in local, state, regional, national, or international professional or scholarly associations.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Library experience as a Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian.
• Cataloging experience.
• Reading knowledge of Persian.
• Practical knowledge of ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
• Experience working with ALMA, vendor sites such as YBP’s GOBI, libguides, LibAnswers, and other assessment tools.

Application Procedures:
Interested candidates should review the applications requirements and apply online at: 5449&areq=72531br

Applications may be submitted as Word or PDF attachments and must include:
1) Cover letter of application describing qualifications and experience;
2) Current resume/vita detailing education and relevant experience; and
3) On a separate document list the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of 3 professional references including a current or previous supervisor.

Candidates applying by July 17, 2017 will receive priority consideration. Review of applications will continue until position is successfully filled. Emory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities.

Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Professor in Qur'anic Studies

Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF), was founded in 2010 to continue fulfilling QF’s vision of unlocking human potential. HBKU is an emerging research University that acts as a catalyst for transformative change in Qatar and the region while having global impact.

The College of Islamic Studies (CIS) was established as a home for contemporary Islamic studies with the aim of becoming a hub for exceptional faculty and students who engage in meaningful dialogue about Islam and Muslims. It offers two dynamic graduate programs: an MA in Islamic studies and an MS in Islamic finance (with multiple specializations). Plans are also underway to offer PhD degrees in these two areas. The college houses several distinguished research centers and brings together scholars and thought leaders from around the world.

CIS is inviting applications for open ranks in the field of Islamic studies, and is seeking to immediately hire a professor in Qur’anic studies.

The ideal candidate must:

  • Have a relevant PhD degree from a globally recognized and reputable university.
  • Possess a strong teaching and research record.
  • Possess a strong command of both the Arabic and English languages.

All candidates are expected to contribute, through teaching, research and service, to HBKU becoming a world-class research university. They are expected to collaborate with other faculty members and students to create a vibrant university community.

HBKU offers an attractive compensation package that includes a tax-free salary and additional benefits such as furnished accommodation, annual paid leave, and medical insurance.

How to Apply
Candidates should submit their complete application (CV, cover letter, research statement, teaching statement and names of three references with their full contact information) by clicking here.

Application Deadline
Positions will be open until filled. Shortlisted candidates will be called for interviews.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply immediately as the successful candidate is expected to join by the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year.

Hamad Bin Khalifa University is an equal opportunity educator and employer. We are committed to maintaining culturally and academically diverse staff of the highest caliber.

Indiana University Arabic Flagship Program

Full-time Lecturer in Arabic

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, Bloomington, seeks applicants for a full-time lecturer in Arabic, beginning August 1, 2017. Responsibilities will include teaching three courses from beginning-to advanced-level Arabic per semester and actively participating in all the academic and cultural activities of the Arabic program.

The successful candidate must have a M.A. and will preferably have a Ph.D. in Arabic language, linguistics, applied linguistics, or a related field, and is expected to be competent in the use of instructional technology and communicative, standards-based teaching methodologies. The candidate must demonstrate native or near-native proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic, an Arabic dialect, and English.

Application materials, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, syllabi and three academic letters of reference should be submitted online at (PeopleAdmin POSTING URL). Inquires can be directed to Mr. Zac Muller, Indiana University, 355 North Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana 47405, or Applications received by July 7, 2017 are assured full consideration.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

London School of Economics and Political Science

Research Officer

Hours: Full-time, fixed term
Salary: Competitive and not less than £34,156 pa inclusive
Start Date: As soon as possible
Closing Date: 22 June 2017 (23.59 UK time)

The Middle East Centre (, in partnership with the Department of International Development, seeks to recruit a full-time Research Officer to work on the Middle East component of the DFID-funded Conflict Research Programme. The role involves conducting and disseminating original research on the region-wide drivers of conflict across the Middle East as well as assisting colleagues in planning and running research activities.

This appointment runs until the end of the inception phase of this project on 30 September. Should the inception phase be successful, funding will be available for the position for a further 3.5 years.

Candidates should have:

• PhD in Comparative Politics, International Sociology, International Relations or International Security of the Middle East

• High quality published research on the Middle East

• Knowledge of the international research community working on conflict in the Middle East

• Good knowledge of Arabic

About the Conflict Research Programme

The CRP is a £6.6 million, 4-year research grant from DFID won by LSE with the Department of International Development as the host department. It will address three central research questions in an effort to identify how the risk and impact of violent conflict can be more effectively reduced through development and governance interventions.

The CRP will research contexts in Africa and the Middle East in which state authority is contested and statebuilding projects are failing. The Iraq component of the research is led by Professor Toby Dodge, Director of the Middle East Centre, with research also conducted by Dr Zeynep Kaya, Research Fellow, Middle East Centre and Dr Christine van den Toorn, Director of the Institute of Regional and International Studies, The American University of Iraq Suleimani.

More information (


Middlebury College, Council on Middle East Studies

Assistant Director of the School in Jordan

Middlebury College is seeking an Assistant Director of the School in Jordan to work with U.S. college students at its site in Amman beginning in August 2017.

For a full description of the position and to apply, please visit:

National Chengchi University, Department of Turkish Language and Culture

Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor

The Department of Turkish Language and Culture at National Chengchi University invites applications for a position of professor, associate professor, or assistant professor.
Appointments are effective from February 1, 2018

1. Qualifications: Ph.D. in Turkish Turkology teaching or related fields. Applicants should be able to offer courses either in Turkish, English or Chinese.

2. Positions: Assistant professor, associate professor, and professor.

3. Specialization Fields:
Turkish-Chinese Interpretation, Cross-cultural studies, Turkish Language Teaching, Turkish Language and Literature, Turkish History and Culture.
Applicants who have strong passion in analytical writing and can take role in the dissertation committee are preferred.

4. Application Documents:
(1) One copy of Ph.D. diploma or certified documents.*
(2) One copy of Master's and Ph.D. transcript.* (Applicants who have already possessed teaching certifications are NOT required to attach this document.)
(3) Teaching certification. ( Applicants who have not possessed teaching certifications are NOT required to attach this document; as for applicants who possess teaching certifications, we need at least one copy of your reviewed publication that was published within the last five years.)
(4) CV (in detail)
(5) One copy of Ph.D thesis and selected publications that were published within the last five years.
(6) Please state the courses you would like to offer and a sample syllabus.
*(1) (2) The assessment and recognition of foreign academic credentials and related certifications should be verified by Taipei Representative Office in the country.
*All of the application documents above could be sent through e-mails. Each document file should be clearly named.

5. Mailing address:
Department of Turkish Language and Culture,
National Chengchi University,
No.64, Sec.2, Zhinan Rd.,Wenshan Dist., Taipei City 11605, Taiwan
Ms. Wen-Ling Kao
Tel: 886-2-2939 3091 ext. 62312
Fax: 886-2-2939 0434

All application materials should be postmarked no later than September 20 (Wednesday), 2017, 24:00(GMT+8)
Applicants who pass the document review (October 3, Tuesday) will be informed by email about the interview.

7. Second Phase Interview:
(1) Thesis or dissertation expression (20 minutes)
(2) Teaching demonstration in Turkish Listening and Oral Training (4)- Advanced Practice and Oral Interpretation/ Turkish Grammar and Written Translation (20 minutes); course contents are customized.
(3) Date: October 21 (Saturday) 9 AM to 4:30 PM.
Applicants who cannot attend the Second Phase Interview please do not apply for this position.


Princeton University

2017-18 Postdoc (or more senior researcher): Political economy of the Gulf and its relations with East Asia

The persistently low oil prices since late 2014 have led a number of Gulf Cooperation Council countries to engage in major economic reform programs as well as serious belt tightening with respect to public expenditure. The aim of these programs is to permanently lower fiscal obligations and to diversify their economies away from a heavy dependence on oil and gas revenues. Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 is the most serious example of such a renewed reform effort and it is worthy of careful study. Combined with these reforms the GCC countries have increased engagement with countries in East Asia, most notably China, which represent the most important future consumers of Middle Eastern energy resources. The economic models adopted by countries like China, and perhaps more importantly Singapore, have been noticed in the Gulf and there is a desire to reproduce some aspects of these. This has been especially the case in the smaller countries of the GCC, such as the United Arab Emirates, but now even Saudi Arabia wishes to follow suit. The Transregional Studies Institute at Princeton will be focusing in the academic years 2017-2018 on such questions of political economy as well as on the commercial and political ties between the Gulf and the rest of Asia across the Indian Ocean.

The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia invites applications for a postdoctoral or more senior researcher related to the theme of the Political Economy of the Gulf and its Relations with East Asia. Applicants can be from the disciplines of history, politics, economics and international relations. The appointment will be for the year, September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2018, with the possibility of renewal, subject to satisfactory performance and continued funding. Pending approval by the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Dean of the Faculty, the researcher will be expected to teach a one-semester undergraduate course, which may be open to graduate students. S/he will be required to hold on-campus office hours during the semester they are teaching. 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. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

To Apply

Interested applicants must apply online at and submit a current curriculum vitae, a research statement (maximum length 2 pages), a cover letter, and contact information for three references. The deadline for application is June 18, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Rhode Island School of Design

Assistant or Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Visual Culture

The Department of History of Art and Visual Culture invites applications for a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Visual Culture, with interests in art, design or diaspora studies, and/or comparative cultural studies to commence in September 2017. Candidates with additional interests in museum and curatorial studies are invited to apply.

Rhode Island School of Design recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, scholarship, professional practice, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

Professors teach courses on all levels, from first-year students to upper level undergraduate (BFA) and graduate candidates; classes are with students from multiple disciplines of art and design who may also choose to concentrate, or minor, in History of Art and Visual Culture. RISD offers opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with studio departments as well as with the Museum of Art at RISD. Access to the RISD Museum’s extraordinary collection provides students and faculty with unique opportunities for object-based research and teaching. Rank will be dependent on professional status and teaching experience.

Requirements include: a PhD in art history, conferred by September 2017; teaching experience beyond teaching assistantships; and evidence of scholarly publications including peer-reviewed journal articles, museum catalogues, and books. We seek candidates with significant research experience, demonstrated teaching expertise, and interest in working in an art and design educational context.

Our department embraces diverse critical perspectives, which will equip the next generation of artists and designers with the historical, analytical, and theoretical tools needed for navigating the complexities of our world. Rhode Island School of Design is an undergraduate and graduate college of art and design with approximately 2,400 graduate and undergraduate students.
RISD supports faculty professional practice with sabbaticals, pre-critical review leave, conference funds, and professional development grants. For more information about RISD and to apply online, please visit

Stanford University

Open Rank Faculty Position in Islamic Studies (tenure-track or tenured)

The Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor, a tenured Associate Professor or a tenured Full Professor faculty position in any area of Islamic Studies. The successful applicant must demonstrate substantial evidence of creativity and excellence in research and scholarship as well as a commitment to excellence in teaching and advising students at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

This is an open-rank search, with a preference for scholars at the level of associate or full professor.

For full consideration, applications must be received by September 15, 2017. The term of appointment would begin September 1, 2018 or as soon as practicable thereafter.

Applicants should submit a full curriculum vitae (including bibliography) with a cover letter outlining research and teaching interests through Interfolio via the following URL:

Assistant level and untenured applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference submitted through the same URL.

Please direct all enquiries concerning this position to:

Islamic Studies Search
Prof. Michael Penn, Committee Chair
Department of Religious Studies
450 Serra Mall, Building 70
Stanford, CA 94305-2165

or by email to:

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of, and applications from, women, members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

Stanford University

Associate Director of the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Mediterranean Studies Forum

Stanford University, Stanford Global Studies Division
Apply &detailed job post:

Reporting to both the Faculty Director and the SGS Executive Director, the Associate Director position provides leadership on programmatic, curricular, and administrative issues. The Associate Director works closely with the Faculty Director and affiliated faculty to facilitate and enhance the two units’ programming, curricular, and fundraising efforts. Key responsibilities include assisting the Faculty Director in strategic planning, academic and public outreach programming, financial management and annual budgeting, and relationship cultivation. Other key responsibilities include identifying and facilitating research opportunities for faculty and students, managing the Islamic Studies specialization for the Global Studies minor, developing and managing the programs’ communications strategy, and mentoring students and visiting scholars. The Associate Director manages the programs’ day-to-day operations in collaboration with a full-time Program Coordinator and student employees.

The ideal candidate should have extensive and direct administrative experience with emphasis on program development and management, budgeting, and staff supervision in an academic environment. S/he should have a demonstrated ability to facilitate interdisciplinary research, to build rapport with campus and off-campus audiences, and to lead student advising and public outreach efforts. Expert knowledge of the Muslim and Mediterranean cultures, relevant languages, and art networks are also desirable.

The Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Mediterranean Studies Forum (both part of the Stanford Global Studies Division) are academic hubs that foster academic events, research, and teaching related to Islamic Studies and Mediterranean Studies at Stanford University. The Abbasi Program’s mandate also includes deepening the public understanding of Islam and Muslim societies by organizing public lectures, artistic performances, exhibitions, film screenings, and K-12 outreach activities.

University of Oklahoma

Lecturer (PhD)/Instructor (MA) in Arabic

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at the University of Oklahoma seeks a highly qualified and diverse applicant pool for a full-time lecturer (PhD) / instructor (MA) position in Arabic to start August 16th, 2017 (arrival in Norman, Oklahoma by August 1st). For information about the department, please visit; the position will be housed within the Arabic Flagship Program at OU:

The successful candidate will be comfortable using the communicative method for language teaching and will be a team player in terms of collaborating on teaching methodologies, materials, and projects, carrying out service to the section and department, and participating in extra-curricular activities associated with the Arabic Flagship Program. The position is a five-year, renewable, 9-month faculty appointment and carries a teaching load of 24 credit hours per year (typically a 3:3 load which may include first through third-year courses). OU ( is a Carnegie R-1 comprehensive public research university. It is home to the international literary magazine World Literature Today, the South Central Modern Languages Association, the Fred Jones Museum of Art, and the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. The city of Norman is a vibrant university town that frequently appears in rankings for livability and affordability. Visit for more information.

Minimum requirements: Master’s degree in a related field at the time of appointment (e.g. Arabic language, linguistics, or applied linguistics) and familiarity with instructional technology and online resources. Applicants must have experience teaching Arabic as a foreign language at the college level as well as native or near-native proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic plus at least one dialect.

Preferred qualifications: Familiarity with content-based and domain-based instruction; ACTFL and/or ILR standards; experience with overseas programs, and assessment protocols. A Ph.D. is desirable but not required.

Instructions to apply:

Please provide us with the following materials in electronic format and have your letters of recommendation sent (electronically or hard-copy) under separate cover.

Required materials:

· A 1-2 page cover letter detailing how the candidate’s experience meets the job requirements and will enable her/him to excel in this role.

· a statement of teaching philosophy;

· curriculum vitae or resume;

· copies of transcripts for highest degree earned (PhD or MA);

· full sets of recent teaching evaluations;

· and three letters of recommendation under separate cover from former supervisors and/or professionals in the field

· All application materials should be sent with subject line “Arabic Application” via to Dr. Mohammad Al-Masri, Search Chair (; letters of recommendation should be sent under separate cover.

Please direct any questions about the position to Dr. Mohammad Al-Masri (, Director of the Arabic Flagship Program.

Review of complete applications will begin immediately and will continue and the position will remain open until filled. Interviews will be scheduled remotely. Women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution

University of Pennsylvania, Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

2018–2019 Post-Doctoral Fellowship:“Jewish Life in Modern Islamic Contexts”

Application Deadline: October 31, 2017

For more information, please visit:

About the Theme:

In 2018–2019, the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania devotes its fellowship to the study of Jews in modern Islamic contexts.

The fellowship will support scholarship on Jewish life, culture and thought as these have developed in modern times across North Africa, the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, and Central and South Asia. We will question the meaning of modernity beyond the more familiar European, American, and Israeli contexts and welcome research projects that address topics from the sixteenth century and later.

The goals for the year are to bridge linguistic, geographic, social, and methodological boundaries, to connect the study of the intellectual with the study of the everyday, and to encourage attention to new sources and approaches. We seek applications from a range of disciplinary orientations: history, textual study, anthropology, art history, media studies, and other fields that expand or redefine the parameters of the topic.

Eligible projects may focus on the complex relationships between Jews and their Muslims neighbors, or with members of various other non-Muslim or minority communities in the Islamic world. Also relevant is research that explores Jews’ participation in various forms of local, regional, national, colonial, and imperial forms of governance in modern North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, as well as projects focused on gender relations, economic behavior, cultural expression, religious life and scholarship as these developed across diverse Islamic contexts.


The Katz Center invites applications from scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts at all levels (Ph.D. must be in hand by August 2018).

Awards and Appointments:

Fellowships are awarded either for a full academic year or one semester (fall or spring). Stipend amounts are based on academic standing and financial need. Israeli scholars are eligible to apply for an Israel Institute fellowship that combines participation in our fellowship program with teaching at Penn.

Recipients will be notified by March 1, 2018.

About the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies:

The Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania is devoted to post-doctoral research on Jewish civilization in all its historical and cultural manifestations, and is a model for institutions of its kind. The Katz Center's distinguished scholars and superb library holdings, along with Penn's outstanding faculty in Judaic studies, have established the University of Pennsylvania as one of the world's major centers for the study of Jewish civilization.

For more information and questions, please visit:

or contact:
Elizabeth Martin, Fellowship Coordinator

University of Pennsylvania

Assistant Professor in Ottoman History (tenure-track)

Ottoman History: The Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Ottoman History. We welcome a range of scholarship in Ottoman history, including transnational and imperial perspectives as well as approaches that address the political, ethnic, and religious diversity of the Ottoman world. Specialists from any period in Ottoman history may apply. We expect that the successful candidate will be able to teach the broad sweep of the empire’s history. Receipt of the PhD is expected by the time of appointment.

Submit applications online at postings/1146. Please include letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample approximately 7500 words in length, and the contact information of three individuals who will provide letters of recommendation. Recommenders will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit letters to the website. If the writing sample is part of a dissertation or other major project, include an abstract explaining the sample’s relationship to the larger work. Review of applications will begin 15 September 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of History is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more diverse faculty (for more information see: diversityplan.html).

The University of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

University of Texas at Austin

Lecturer in Arabic

The Department of Middle Eastern Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a lecturer position in Arabic starting in fall 2017. This position is expected to teach Arabic language courses at all levels (including advanced content courses) for an average of twelve hours per week according to the needs of the program. This position is renewable annually; contingent upon budgetary funding and performance. Security sensitive position; background check conducted on applicant selected.

The successful candidate will be a native or near-native speaker of Arabic and will have an MA or PhD in teaching Arabic as a foreign language (TAFL) or a related field. Applicants should have at least three years’ university teaching experience and experience teaching in an intensive program integrating the teaching of both standard and spoken Arabic. The successful candidate should have experience in coordinating multiple sections of a course and supervising and training graduate teaching assistants.

Applicants should submit a brief cover letter indicating interest in the position, curriculum vitae, a list of three references, formal student evaluations, and statement of teaching philosophy. Please use the following link to apply,

This institution is using Interfolio's ByCommittee to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Vanderbilt University

Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Modern Hebrew Language

The Program in Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University invites applications for a full-time, Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in modern Hebrew language beginning the 2017-18 academic year. Responsibilities will include teaching 3 courses per semester, curriculum development, and active promotion of the Hebrew program. If hired at the Senior Lecturer level, the initial one-year contract may be renewable for up to a three-year renewable term, based on positive performance reviews.

Qualifications requested of candidates: Ph.D in a related field. Native or near-native fluency in Hebrew and English; demonstrated excellence in the teaching of Hebrew language and in the effective application of current technologies to foreign language learning; ability also to teach courses in a related field of Jewish Studies. Candidates with a background in second language acquisition will be given special consideration.

We will begin reviewing applications on April 1, and continue until the position is filled.

Send cover letter, C.V., 3 letters of recommendation, transcripts and teaching portfolio to: with the subject “LastName_ModernHebrew”

Vanderbilt University is committed to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of exceptional faculty. Women, minorities, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Vanderbilt University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

Washington and Lee University

Arabic Language and Literature Postdoctoral Fellowship

Deadline: 1 August 2017

Washington and Lee University invites applications for a five-month postdoctoral fellowship in Arabic language and literature, beginning 1 January 2018. This opportunity invites recent recipients of the Ph.D. to develop their research and teaching alongside faculty of the MESA (Middle East and South Asia) Teacher-Scholar Cohort. Applicants must have a Ph.D. by start of appointment. Area of sub-specialization open; Ph.D. in Arabic language or related fields (e.g. comparative literature or NELC) preferred. Comprehensive mastery and fluency in Modern Standard Arabic and a dialect required. The successful applicant will have demonstrated success in teaching in a North American or liberal arts context.

The postdoctoral fellow is expected to teach 1–2 courses in the winter 12-week term, and 1 course in the spring 4-week term. Up to 2 of these courses are expected to be new courses developed by the postdoctoral fellow to enrich the university curriculum and contribute to the diversity and excellence of the MESA Teacher-Scholar Cohort on campus. This is a temporary appointment.

Review of applications will begin 1 August 2017, and will continued until filled. Interviews will be conducted through Skype. The position will remain open until filled. To apply, applicants should send a cover letter, C.V., graduate transcript, a sample syllabus from a previously taught course, and teaching evaluations to Three reference letters should be directed by recommenders to the same address. Questions may be addresses to Professor Anthony Edwards, at

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all‐inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


Yale University, Council on Middle East Studies

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Islamic Art History

The Council on Middle East Studies (CMES) at the MacMillan Center invites applications for a post-doctoral position at Yale University for 2017-2018 academic year. Candidates must have research and teaching experience relevant to Islamic art and architecture (1500-2000).

The Post-Doctoral Associate will teach one course during the year, preferably in the Fall semester, convene the Middle East Studies Colloquium and assist the chair of the Council with programming. Post-doctoral Associates are expected to be in residence from August 2017 to May 2018, and take an active role in the activities of the Council on Middle East Studies.

Requirements include a viable research project and teaching an undergraduate seminar in the field of specialization. All applicants should have in-depth knowledge of at least one ME-related language and fluency in English; and must have completed the PhD by the time of appointment. Applicants should submit a cover letter, one-page description of research plans; a draft of a course syllabus and a title and brief summary of a second course; a CV; names and contact information of two references.

We will begin accepting applications immediately with review beginning on May 21, 2017 and continuing until the selections are final.

Yale University is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, and persons with disabilities are particularly encouraged.

All information from the applicant should be submitted electronically through Interfolio:

Please contact Whitney Doel by email,, for any questions related to the application process. You may visit the CMES website here:

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