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Eastern Illinois University, the Department of History, invites applications for a tenure track assistant professorship in Modern Islam/Middle East History. The ideal candidate will be able to offer a range of general and specialized courses in the history of the region from North Africa to Iran from 1700 to the present. The candidate must have PhD completed by date of appointment and demonstrate a commitment to both undergraduate and graduate teaching and to a program of scholarly activity.
The Eastern Illinois University History Dept. comprises 20 full-time tenure-track faculty (Unit A) and about 5 adjunct or part-time faculty (Unit B). The undergraduate history major has various options but all include world history and upper division electives. We might reasonably expect a Modern Islam/Middle East candidate to develop and offer relevant undergraduate courses in his or her specialty. The M.A. in History at Eastern Illinois recently was designated “first choice” by the university’s Graduate School in recognition of graduate education excellence. Each year roughly 13 students enter our program-the majority admitted with full funding. Seminars are kept small-capped at nine students. We offer students three concentrations: U.S., European, and Modern World. Our alumni have flourished in a number of fields, many going for further graduate work. Recent program graduates are currently PhD candidates at Cornell, Illinois-Chicago, Maine, Purdue, and Western Michigan. The successful candidate for our Modern Islam/Middle East position will contribute to our Modern World concentration, offering seminars in topics both broad and narrow of his/her choosing, mentoring students, and directing research projects. Also, new faculty members can expect to work with a graduate research assistant assigned 10-12 hours a week. Undergraduate course development and research opportunities will be further explained as part of the application/interview process. For further information, visit: http://www.eiu.edu/~history.

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, graduate transcript and a brief writing sample to Newton Key, Chair, Modern Islamic/Middle East History, Department of History, Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Ave, Charleston IL 61920. The Department plans to meet with selected applicants at the 2012 AHA convention in Chicago. For information about the Department’s many research and teaching projects, see http://www.eiu.edu/~history. Eastern Illinois University is an equal opportunity/equal access /affirmative action employer committed to achieving a diverse community. Credential review begins November 01, 2011 and continues until the position is filled.

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