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The Department of Politics at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences. Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of four years beginning first semester of 2015 and will carry the rank of Assistant Professor. The incumbent will teach the standard teaching load (currently 4.5 courses per year) in the general area of Middle East and North Africa Politics.

We seek a specialist who can offer a range of courses and conduct research in comparative and/or international politics dealing with MENA on topics such as resource challenges (food, water, and energy, desertification, development, and climate change); human rights (labor migration and exploitation, gender inequality, human trafficking, civil and political rights); government construction and reform (transitions, constitutionalism, rule-of-law, civil-military conflict); social movements (responses to poverty, ideological, ethnic, and religious mobilization); refugees and internally displaced populations; armed international conflict, terrorism, and conflict resolution efforts.

Strong candidates will be competent in at least one of the regional languages and have a strong record of research in and about the region. Among the qualifications required for appointment is the PhD degree (in hand or expected by first semester of academic year 2015). Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable. The incumbent will be expected to engage in sustained scholarly research and/or other creative work appropriate to the position and participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities, including academic advising and service on committees, such as the Middle East and North Africa Studies Committee.

Oberlin currently offers a minor in MENA Studies. The Department of Politics has twelve full-time faculty positions and approximately 100 junior and senior majors. Information about the Department can be found at our web site:

To be assured of consideration, a letter of application, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts, short writing sample, statements on teaching and research, evidence of teaching experience, and at least three recent letters of reference* should be sent by October 1, 2014.

Application materials received after that date may be considered until the position is filled. Electronic submission is preferred. Send to Or mail to Chris Howell, Acting Chair, Department of Politics, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, 44074. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience.

*By providing these letters you agree that we may contact your references.

Oberlin College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating an institutional environment free from discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, marital status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, age, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, family relationship to an employee of Oberlin College, and gender identity and expression.

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