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Review of applications from: 15 November 2017

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the American University of Beirut seeks to appoint a distinguished scholar to the newly established Altaf S. Al Sabah Visiting Chair in Women and Societal Development Studies to begin on August 15, 2018.


This Chair was made possible through a generous gift from Sheikha Al Sabah to AUB in May 2017, in honor of the late Sheikha Lulwa Nasser M. Al Sabah and Sheikha Shaikha Ali S. Al Sabah, with the aim of empowering women and promoting gender equity in the region. Among its objectives, the Chair is expected to lead efforts to strengthen AUB’s capacity in the field of women’s studies. Additionally, this Chair would also build and expand on the ongoing Women and Gender Studies (WGS) initiative that offers a multidisciplinary undergraduate minor in Women and Gender Studies.

The initial term of appointment is for one year, with a chance for renewal upon university approval. Applications are open to professors of all ranks, but preference will be given to applicants of senior standing. In addition to holding a PhD degree in Women and Gender Studies or closely-related disciplines, candidates must have a strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The primary responsibility of the successful candidate is to teach three courses (2/1): Introduction to Gender Studies, Theory and Method, and an elective, special topic course that concentrates on the Arab world. The latter course, preferably offered as a seminar, could focus on any subfield such as migration, peace, conflict studies, labor, and social movements. The candidate is also expected to make a substantial contribution to the WGS’s development and growth at AUB by designing and developing a vigorous interdisciplinary teaching curriculum.

Interested candidates should send a letter of application, a Curriculum Vita, a statement on teaching philosophy, two sample syllabi, and the names of three referees to

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

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