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Position: Full-time appointment in Islamic Thought and Culture. The Department of Humanistic Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art invites applications for this full-time faculty position with a multi-year renewable contract in a non-tenure institution beginning August 1, 2017.

Job Description: The department seeks applicants for a full-time, continuing position in Islamic Thought and Culture with an emphasis on the lived complexities of Islam. Disciplinary approach and geographic specialization are open, but the successful candidate must be prepared to teach all historical periods of Islamic thought and culture at the survey level in addition to upper-division offerings in their area of specialization. The successful candidate must also be prepared to teach the department’s first-year requirement “Critical Inquiry,” a course emphasizing self-reflection and critical thinking through various modes of writing, reading, and visual response.  As the position is within a multidisciplinary department, the successful applicant must demonstrate conversancy across disciplines, and the ability to make their subject accessible to a broad audience of non-specialists.

An interest in teaching art students, and a lively research practice to support the institution’s educational mission, is essential. The position requires a Ph.D. in an appropriate social science or humanities discipline, including, but not limited to history, political science, religious studies, anthropology, cultural studies, and sociology but excluding art history, in hand by August 1, 2017.

The faculty position will teach 18 credits per year (3 courses per semester) at an art school nationally known for its dedication to teaching excellence, a rigorous liberal arts curriculum and the importance of the fine arts.  The candidate will be capable of teaching all levels of the undergraduate program, and have a broad understanding of new approaches to the study of Islamic Thought and Culture.     The interdisciplinary nature of the Department and College requires that faculty meaningfully contribute in a variety of areas that include: all aspects of departmental operations and institutional governance including advising, institutional and departmental committee service, and scheduled departmental and student activities during the school year. In addition to teaching, all full-time faculty are expected to pursue research and/or professional engagements that contribute to the educational mission of the department and college.

Requirements: PhD by August 1, 2017 Knowledge of at least one foreign language commonly spoken in the Islamic world (e.g. Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashto, Turkish etc.)     Minimum 1 year of full-time teaching experience (at the college-level beyond graduate assistantships is preferred)     Ability to teach courses to a multi-lingual, multi-cultural student body     Record of research or professional engagement commensurate with experience     Candidate must successfully complete a full background check     Valued, but not required:      3 years of full-time teaching experience (at the college-level beyond graduate assistantships is preferred)     Significant research and/or field work experience in the region of focus     Additional Information:  Salary:  Commensurate with experience and college policy; excellent benefits package.

Apply:  The College will review applications as received.  Although materials received before December 20, 2016 are best assured of receiving full consideration, the position will remain open until filled.  All inquiries, nominations and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.

Application Instructions:  Visit  You will be asked to login or create a login. Once you have logged in, please follow these instructions.  Instructions will also be posted in Slide­Room as you are applying.     Please Submit via Slideroom as a single multipage pdf document:      Cover Letter     Comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV) including the names and email addresses of at least three references     Please format PDF documents for screen resolution and viewing.  No physical media are requested nor will be returned.

About MICA: The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), founded in 1826, is consistently ranked in the very top tier of visual arts colleges in the nation and enrolls approximately 1,800 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students. MICA offers programs of study leading to the BFA, MA, MAT, and MFA degrees, as well as post-baccalaureate certificate programs and a full slate of credit and noncredit courses for adults, college-bound students, and children.  Located in the City of Baltimore, MICA is committed to an expanded understanding of the role of creative citizens in communities and unique approaches to cross-cultural, economic, and political contexts and partnerships. MICA accelerates the knowledge, skills, habits, and work of creative people who are self-reflexive, visionary, and entrepreneurial. MICA is recognized as an important cultural resource for the Baltimore/Washington region, sponsoring many public and community-based programs, including more than 100 exhibitions by students, faculty, and nationally and internationally known artists annually, as well artists’ residencies, film series, lectures, readings, and performances. Visit the College’s website at

As part of our ongoing efforts to create a more equitable and inclusive campus community, MICA is committed to diversifying its faculty and is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the equity and excellence of our academic community. People of color, people from underrepresented groups, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are highly encouraged to apply.

MICA is an equal opportunity employer. As an educational institution dedicated to individual development in the visual arts, MICA nurtures, supports, and celebrates diversity in all of its forms including aesthetic, cultural, and philosophical and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, socio-economic status, and marital status. This requires that the College develop and maintain a diverse community of trustees, administration, staff, faculty, and students; and that diversity is a fundamental philosophic value that informs the content of all of its programs and activities. MICA’s commitment to diversity prepares its graduates to excel professionally and assume leadership roles in a global context.

MICA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Human Resources at 410-225-2363.


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