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Vacancy Announcement

Faculty Tenure-Track Position Starting August 2014

Interdisciplinary Position in Middle Eastern Studies

Job #7602


Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state


DESCRIPTION: Humboldt State University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences invites applications for an academic year tenure-track faculty position in Middle Eastern Studies, to be based in one of the following departments: Geography, History, or Politics.


RANK, SALARY AND BENEFITS: We seek to fill this position at the Assistant Professor level; however, rank and salary are dependent on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The current California State University Salary Schedule is available at:


Humboldt State University (HSU) provides an excellent benefits package for faculty. Information about benefits plans can be found at:


Professional Qualifications: A Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in Middle Eastern Studies or in Geography, History, or Political Science or related field with a specialization in the Middle East from an accredited college or university is preferred at the time of appointment. Applicants with considerable progress toward terminal degree completion by appointment date will be considered. Completion of the terminal degree is required prior to the start of the second probationary year.


The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:


  • Job-related experience with and/or commitment to interdisciplinary teaching;
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness, scholarly productivity, and demonstrated expertise in Middle East;
  • Commitment and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds;
  • Record of, or potential for, involving students in research and scholarly activity;
  • Potential for effective teaching or teaching experience using a variety of methodologies;
  • Interest and ability to teach a broad range of courses (major, general education, etc.); and
  • Willingness to participate in the development of online learning experiences.


At the time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. Evidence of degree(s) is required at time of hire.


Professional Duties: Candidates should be committed to teaching excellence and to building a strong research record. The successful candidate will be assigned to one of three academic departments (Geography, History, or Politics) that best fit his/her disciplinary focus. Instructional assignments will include general education and major-specific courses on the Middle East and will also include other courses in the successful candidate’s area of expertise. Instructional assignments will be consistent with the programmatic needs of HSU, the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and the home department and students.


The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are teaching; research, scholarship, and creative activity; and service to the University, profession, and to the community. These responsibilities include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.


General Information: The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) includes the departments of Anthropology; Art; Communication; Critical Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies; English; Geography; History; Journalism & Mass Communication; Music; Native American Studies; Philosophy; Politics; Religious Studies; Sociology; Theatre, Film & Dance; and World Languages & Cultures. More information about the College of Art, Humanities and Social Sciences can be found at: Additional information about the three academic departments the tenure-track position may be assigned to can be found at the following links:



Application: Qualified candidates should submit electronically the following materials:


  • Letter of application detailing teaching and research interests;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy;
  • Sample syllabi;
  • Summary of teaching evaluations (if available);
  • Sample of written work;
  • Application for Academic Employment:;
  • Graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient for initial review); and
  • Three letters of recommendation.


Submission of the application materials should be sent in PDF format to:


In letter of application, please refer to Job #7602.


Please direct any questions pertaining to this position to:


Suzanne Pasztor, Search Committee Chair

Humboldt State University

One Harpst Street

Arcata, California 95521-8299

Phone: (707) 826-3643



Application Deadline: This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than November 3, 2014. Early response is encouraged.


Finalists for this position are required to be fingerprinted through the Humboldt State University Police Department. Results of the fingerprint process must be received by the university prior to the candidate’s appointment. The cost of fingerprinting is borne by the university. California State University is in the process of revising its system-wide policy on Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect. All CSU employees who are hired on or after the effective date of the revised policy will be required to sign and submit a form prior to commencing CSU employment to acknowledge their reporting obligations. Employees will also be expected to complete a web-based training. Human Resources will inform the successful candidate when the new policy is issued and of reporting obligations.


Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.


Job #7602

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