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California State University, Fresno invites applicants for the Roshan Professorship for Persian Language and Culture at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor starting in the Academic Year 2012-2013.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and lead the Persian Language and Culture Studies program; teach beginning, intermediate and advanced courses in Persian language and culture; contribute and provide leadership to the newly established interdisciplinary Middle East Studies program; develop and enhance appropriate curricular offerings; supervise and assist student research; conduct independent research; present public lectures; serve on department, college, and university committees; engage in community service and outreach; interact with faculty and students in related fields. This position is part of a University-wide cohort hiring initiative in the area of World Cultures and Globalization, and as such there are unique opportunities for the successful candidate to pursue integrative research efforts, collaborative projects, and shared program/course developments within this cohort. The successful candidate is also expected to have an area of expertise in one of the disciplines in the arts and humanities and will hold a tenure-track assignment in the relevant department. Area of expertise may include but is not limited to the arts, linguistics, art history, literature, comparative literature, philosophy, religious studies, ethnomusicology, cultural anthropology, or history. The successful candidate may be called upon to teach in a distance education mode and will be encouraged to develop web-enhanced or web-based instruction. Outcomes assessment and service learning are important components of the university curriculum. The successful candidate will be expected to work cooperatively with faculty and staff in the program, department, and college.

Candidates must be able to demonstrated excellence in teaching and research; strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and active participation in the life and development of the Persian Language and Culture and the Middle East Studies programs; and outreach to the community. A distinguished record of publication, research or creative accomplishments in the candidate’s area of expertise is desirable. Native or native-like fluency in Persian is required. Candidate should have an earned doctorate (PhD) in Iranian or Middle East Studies or in a related field in the arts and humanities.

California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations.

Our preferred candidate will have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds. The University is committed to promoting the success of all, and to reducing the barriers to success related to differences in areas such as race, ethnicity, culture, disability, and more. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and identify their strengths and experiences in this area. For additional information on the University’s commitment to diversity

Application Instructions: Complete an online application and attach 1) a letter of application which outlines your interests in teaching and research as well as your vision for the role and future of Persian Language and Culture program; 2) Curriculum Vita; 3) a representative publication to e-Recruit; and 4) supply a list of at least three referents names and contact information, these names should be different from your reference letters. The online application is available at In addition to the online application, send three letters of recommendation (dated within the last 12 months), official transcripts and any relevant materials that cannot be uploaded to the following address (please note that materials will not be returned): Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, Chair, California State University, Fresno; 5245 N. Backer Ave, PB96, Fresno CA 93740. The University can employ only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. Each new employee is required to present documentation verifying his/her identity and authorization to accept employment. To ensure the full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by November 04, 2011.

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