The History Department at the University of South Carolina invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in the history of the Islamic World. The department is particularly interested in candidates with an expertise in the history of North Africa and the Middle East. Regional subspecialty and time period is open. Along with evidence of a strong scholarly record, we encourage applicants to demonstrate how their research and teaching will enhance or expand the department’s existing thematic strengths. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in the history of North Africa and the Middle East, and in their topics and specific subregions of interest
Applicants should have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment, a strong research agenda, and classroom experience. Interested candidates should send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to: Chair, Islamic World History Search Committee, Department of History, 245 Gambrell Hall, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208. For full consideration, applications should be received by November 5, 2012.
The Department of History at the University of South Carolina is vibrant, with 500 undergraduate majors, more than fifty graduate students, and one of the oldest and most respected public history programs in the country. The National Research Council has recently ranked its PhD program in the top fifteen of American public universities. Known as one of the university’s “centers of excellence”, the Department of History offers a strong and diverse program for both undergraduate and graduate students. The faculty includes outstanding scholars in fields ranging from North America, Latin America, Europe, and the non-Western world.
The University of South Carolina’s main campus is located in the state capital, close to mountains and coast. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated the University of South Carolina as one of only 73 public and 32 private academic institutions with “very high research activity”. The Carnegie Foundation also lists USC as having strong community engagement. The University has over 29,500 students on the main campus (and over 44,500 students system-wide), more than 350 degree programs, and a nationally-ranked library system that includes one of the nation’s largest public film archives. Columbia, the capital of South Carolina, is the center of an increasingly sophisticated greater metropolitan area with a population over 750,000.
The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.