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Amherst College and Hampshire College invite applications for a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in Islamic Art and Architecture starting July 1, 2012. This Mellon-funded position supports exceptionally promising young scholars for three years of half-time teaching (one course each semester) and half-time research. Over three years, the fellow will teach six courses, four at Amherst College (the host campus) and two at Hampshire College. We seek candidates with any sub specialization who are also able to teach a broad survey of Islamic art and architecture. The fellow will be provided with research and teaching mentors at Amherst College and at Hampshire College.

Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,700 students and 200 faculty members. Hampshire College is an undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women with 1,500 students and 95 full-time faculty. Located about 80 miles west of Boston in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst and Hampshire participate with Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College Consortium.

The Fellow will fully participate in one of the nation’s most vibrant academic collaborations, with support from colleagues and library and research facilities at all five campuses, each located within 20 minutes drive of the others. The program is designed to provide fellows with valuable teaching experience and time to complete and publish their research prior to seeking full-time tenure-track positions. Fellows are encouraged to pursue their independent research programs vigorously and in association with a wide-ranging group of area Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African studies scholars who collaborate to organize faculty seminars and international symposia across the five campuses.

This postdoctoral fellowship is a full-time salaried appointment with excellent benefits and research support provided and is open only to recent Ph.D.s. A candidate must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by September 2012. Applicants should submit a two-page letter of application; a resume that includes teaching experience; graduate transcript(s) (unofficial); three letters of support (to be sent under separate cover by the recommenders); a published article or the opening or closing section of the dissertation; and two syllabi electronically to: Louise M. Beckett, Academic Coordinator, Department of Art and the History of Art, Amherst College ( Review of Applications will begin on March 15, 2012 and continue until the position is filled.

Amherst College and Hampshire College are equal opportunity employers and encourage women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply The Colleges are committed to enriching the educational experiences that they provide and their cultures through the diversity of their faculty, administration, and staff.

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