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The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, announces four tenure-track assistant professorships for a major new initiative on “The Mediterranean Perspective on Global History and Culture”. The cluster will bring together scholars from the arts, humanities, and social sciences who focus on the Mediterranean as a dynamic arena of cultural, religious, social, and political exchange. We seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to studying the Mediterranean as a region of transnational and transcultural histories relevant for understanding global relations today. Appointments will be made in each of four units: Frankel Center for Judaic Studies; History of Art; Romance Languages and Literatures; Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. See below for individual descriptions and application details.

Successful candidates will participate in Mediterranean-based curricula and programs both within their own departments and interdepartmentally, including a collaborative undergraduate course on interdisciplinary approaches to the Mediterranean. They will also take part in a monthly research seminar. Start date: September 2012. PhD (or professional M.Arch.) and evidence of scholarly achievement and teaching excellence required. Please send letter of application, cv, writing sample, statement of current and future research plans, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, evidence of teaching excellence (if available), and three letters of recommendation to the appropriate committee chair listed below. Candidates in Architecture should send the materials listed below. Some appointments may be made at the associate professor level. For more information on the Mediterranean cluster, see www.lsa.umich.edu/rll/mediterranean/. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer.

1. Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies’ search for a scholar of Sephardic Jewry (15th-19th centuries) is currently in process. The deadline has passed.

2. History of Art.

The Department of the History of Art seeks a scholar in the art and visual culture of the Mediterranean region. Rank: Assistant Professor; the appointment may also be made at the early Associate level. Historical and geographical focus open, from antiquity to early modernity. Possible research interests might include conquest, empires, and frontiers; the trans-regional movement of artists, crafted objects, and artistic technologies; diplomatic exchanges; collecting; urbanization and the production of visual art in port cities and centers of trade; visualizing the Mediterranean; visual modes and cultural hybridity. We are especially interested in candidates who share our departmental commitment to historically grounded scholarship, and whose work cuts across certain of the religious, national, and cultural divides that have shaped humanities scholarship in the Mediterranean region. Please submit application materials as email attachments to histartmediterranean@sharepoint.umich.eduluce@umich.edu. Deadline: November 7, 2011

3. Romance Languages and Literatures.

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures seeks a scholar of Mediterranean Studies. Assistant professorship, specialization open. Candidate should have a demonstrated commitment to studying the Mediterranean context of Romance cultures, languages and literary traditions. Specific research focus might include language, ethnicity and nationality; literatures and cultures of migration; European-Ottoman relations; colonial and post-colonial identities; translation and mercantile networks. Proficiency required in at least two Romance languages, or a Romance and another Mediterranean language. Please send application materials to: Cristina Moreiras-Menor, Chair, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan, 4108 Modern Languages Building, 812 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor MI 48109-1275. Deadline: November 11, 2011.

4. Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

The Taubman College seeks candidates who demonstrate exceptional scholarly/professional experience in the design/research of buildings and cities in the Mediterranean region. The successful applicant will have responsibilities associated with the studio design curriculum of the professional M.Arch. degree, and will contribute to M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies in the same area. Successful applicants need minimally to hold a professional degree in architecture; demonstrate both accomplishment and continued promise in architectural design; and possess a record of recognized creative or professional work. Please send a letter explaining interest in the position (outlining both teaching and research agendas); a cv; work samples (5-10 pages maximum); and names and contact information for three references. Electronic submissions (in Adobe pdf format) are preferred. Send to krossin@umich.edu) and indicate desired position and Job Posting number (58986) in the subject line. If applying by mail, send materials, indicating desired position and Job Posting number (58986) on the envelope, to: Architecture Program Faculty Search Committee, University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Boulevard, Ann Arbor MI 48109-2069. Deadline: November 15, 2011.

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