Assistant professor position in Middle East Studies, UMass-Amherst

The Department of Judaic & Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, invites applications for a position in Middle Eastern Studies. The appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level, tenure track, beginning Fall 2015. Discipline and sub-discipline are open, though the following are areas that the Department seeks to develop: Ottoman and/or contemporary Turkish society, Iran, Islam and society, and gender issues in the Middle East and North Africa.  Competitive applicants will have high-level language proficiency relevant to their field and will demonstrate an innovative, engaging and rigorous research agenda. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a wide range of undergraduate courses on the Middle East and North Africa, including large introductory and upper-level courses. The ideal candidate will have a research agenda that engages the scholarship of department members working in Judaic studies and permits the development of courses that will bridge the Middle Eastern and Judaic Studies majors. The new hire will be expected to collaborate on academic initiatives for the study of the Middle East and North Africa at UMass and in the Five Colleges. A Ph.D. in a relevant field is required at the time of hire, September 1, 2015

Salary commensurate with qualifications.

To apply submit the following materials: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, two writing samples no greater than 40 pages in length(as PDF) and the names and e-mail contact information for three references to the link below:

Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of November 12, 2014, in order to ensure consideration.

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body.  The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.  Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities.  We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree.