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The Department of History, Philosophy and the Social Sciences (HPSS) at Rhode Island School of Design invites applications for the position of assistant professor in Modern Middle Eastern history, starting in 2015-16 with the prospect for advancement.

The successful candidate will have an ability to cover a different region of Asia or Africa as well. Preference will be given to a flexible teacher/scholar who can offer a range of undergraduate courses including areas of secondary specialization. We would welcome a variety of these, including but not limited to: gender studies, secularism and religious movements, ethnicity and nationalism, diaspora studies, and historiography.

HPSS is a multi-disciplinary department located within the Liberal Arts Division of the Rhode Island School of Design. Our students are art and design majors who take a significant portion of their BFA requirements in the Liberal Arts. We seek candidates with teaching experience and a PhD in History or Middle East Studies in hand by September 2015. Full-time faculty at RISD teach six courses a year.

Please submit a C.V., cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy, and a list of proposed courses to RISD’s on-line employment  All applications require three letters of reference.  Reference writers should send their letters addressed to the search chair, Scott Cook,  In your cover letter, indicate whether you plan to attend the AHA in NYC as we intend to conduct a round of preliminary interviews there.  In your teaching philosophy please comment on how you attend to diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to a learning community.

Review of applications will begin in November and continue until the position is filled. Candidates who submit their materials by December 1st, 2014, will be assured full consideration.    

Rhode Island School of Design is an undergraduate and graduate college of art and design with approximately 2,400 graduate and undergraduate students.   RISD supports faculty professional practice with sabbaticals, pre­critical review   leave, conference funds, and professional development grants. For more information about RISD and to apply online, please visit    

Rhode Island School of Design recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, scholarship, professional practice, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.  

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