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“Consistent with the mission of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Middle East Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the socio-economic realities and politics of the region. The graduate program offers courses in Arabic language and literature, anthropology, economics, gender and women’s studies, history, law, political science and sociology with the purpose of introducing students to a variety of methodologies for studying the Middle East and acquire a better understanding of underlying policies affecting the region. The graduate program focuses on the period from the 18th century onwards and addresses issues of religion, ecology, history, economy, society, polity, gender, and culture. Given the geographical location of Cairo, the program as a whole concentrates on the Arab region. The program is intended for students who wish to pursue a variety of careers such as academia, diplomacy, other government service, work with NGOs, development, business, finance, journalism, public relations and cultural affairs” (AUC Academic Catalog 2014/2015).

The American University in Cairo/the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy is seeking to recruit a full time tenure track or professor of practice as director for the Middle East Studies Center (MESC). The ideal candidate should be qualified to lead the well-established center forward as an academic center of excellence within the changing region and worldwide. The director would also be expected to lead the evolution of a robust policy and research agenda of the center.


A PhD degree in a relevant field of study is preferred. For Professors of Practice, candidates should have well established experience in policy making and implementation. The candidate must show ability to contribute to teaching in the Middle East Studies program either by teaching existing courses or developing new ones. Topics that may be addressed at the center and are related topics throughout GAPP programs include: Regional Security and Conflict as well as Middle East politics.

Successful candidate should have a research record showing interest and contribution to the field of Middle East studies. He/she should prove the ability to lead the center in developing its programs in collaboration with relevant departments/units on and off campus.

A successful candidate should also have the ability to develop and implement a Middle East policy platform for MESC to effectively contribute and substantially affect the policy debate in and about the region. Previous leadership experience in a reputable academic or think tank organization is advantageous.

The candidate must be able to engage a well-established international and regional network of scholars and professionals that can be called upon to contribute to the Center’s activities, debates, symposia, workshops, etc. He/she must be able to fund raise for the center, internationally, regionally and locally working in close collaboration with the designated offices on campus. He/she should also be able to help in recruiting international students to the Center’s undergraduate and master’s programs.

Additional Information:

Deadline for applications is 15 January 2016

Application Instructions:

All applicants must submit the following documents via the online system:

a) a current CV; b) a letter of interest; c) a statement of teaching philosophy; d) a completed AUC Personnel Information Form (PIF); e) a list of professional publications; a copy of recently published articles or manuscripts in progress; and f) names of at least three referees familiar with your professional background listed on the resume to send directly to

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