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The Ahmed Seddiqi Endowed Chair in Gulf and Middle Eastern Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

Application deadline:

December 10, 2021

The College of Arts and Sciences at American University of Sharjah invites applications for the Ahmed Seddiqi Chair in Gulf and Middle Eastern Studies, an endowed full-time faculty position in the Department of International Studies at the rank of Professor, beginning in Fall 2022. The Department of International Studies is interdisciplinary combining the fields of history, political science, sociology, anthropology and philosophy.

We seek an accomplished scholar and educator who has achieved distinction in their chosen field as evidenced by a sustained research and teaching record. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an internationally recognized research program; initiate collaborations among faculty, researchers and students; excel at teaching and mentoring students; offer a wide range of courses in Gulf and Middle Eastern Studies; and demonstrate leadership in service within the department and the university.

In addition to the normal salary and benefits package, the Ahmed Seddiqi Chair will receive a monthly stipend and additional funds to support research activities, hire student research assistants, and participate in regional and international conferences in the area of Gulf and Middle Eastern Studies.

Successful candidates will have a PhD in history, area studies, anthropology or archaeology with a research focus on the Gulf and/or Middle Eastern Studies; a strong record of scholarship with an active and ambitious research agenda; and a record of excellent teaching. The regular teaching load is 3-3. Course release is possible through competitively based Faculty Research Grant programs. All faculty members in the Department of International Studies are expected to contribute to a range of faculty- and student-oriented service activities that contribute to maintaining a vibrant interdisciplinary department.

As a university formed on the American model and with English as the language of instruction, American University of Sharjah gives priority to candidates who have substantial experience in American models of higher education.

Application materials must be uploaded as two files. One file should contain a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three references. A second file should contain a research statement, writing/publication sample, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Please apply online at .

American University of Sharjah is a not-for-profit, independent, coeducational institution of higher education formed on American models but thoroughly grounded in Arab culture. Located in University City, Sharjah, AUS offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs to about 5,000 students from approximately 90 nations. English is the language of instruction and the workplace.

AUS is among the top three universities with the highest percentage of international students according to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings (2021), reflecting a dynamic and cosmopolitan metro area that includes abundant opportunities for travel, entertainment, cultural experiences and natural beauty.

AUS is licensed and its programs are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Education’s Higher Education Affairs Division in the United Arab Emirates. AUS has been accredited in the United States of America by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA, Tel +1 215 662 5606) since June 2004.

You are welcome to contact Dr. Yuting Wang, Head of Department, at with any questions about the position.

The application deadline is December 10, 2021.


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