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UC Berkeley, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), the Department of Near Eastern Studies (NES), the Department of Architecture (ARCH), and the Department of the History of Art, invite applications for a Sultan Post Doctoral Teaching Fellow / Visiting Assistant Professor in the area of History of Islamic Art, Architecture, and Urbanism. This is a shared position between the above units but the Sultan Post Doctoral Fellow will be based at the CMES, and one of these departments will serve as the home department for the teaching component of the position. (Individuals who hold the Assistant Professor title may be eligible for this position as Visiting Assistant Professors, otherwise the appointment will be at the lecturer rank.)

The appointment will be for one year with a possible extension for another year depending on funding and performance. The Sultan Post Doctoral Teaching Fellow is expected to teach 2-3 courses a year and advise students. The Ph.D. must have been completed by the end of the spring of 2012. Salary scale for the Sultan Post Doctoral Teaching Fellow is equivalent to the Assistant Professor Step I position at Berkeley ($50,000).

Endowed through a gift from the Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud Charity Foundation, the Sultan Program in Arab Studies supports teaching, research, and public outreach on topics related to the Arab and Muslim worlds with the overarching goal of furthering scholarship on this important region at UC Berkeley and beyond. The Sultan Program encompasses the social sciences, humanities, and professional fields, with a special emphasis from the following disciplines: anthropology, architecture, history, literature, sociology, and urban studies. The Sultan Program currently offers grants in the following categories: Post-Doctoral Fellowship; Graduate Fellowship; Undergraduate Scholarship; and Other Scholarly Initiatives. This position is part of the first component of the program.

We seek an outstanding interdisciplinary scholar with training in the history of Islamic art, architecture, and urbanism. Interest and expertise in early and modern Islamic visual expression is expected. Candidates must demonstrate commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and effective teaching. Teaching duties may include: an introductory undergraduate survey course of Islamic Art and Architecture (from 7th century to present) along with a graduate level seminar on Arab, Muslim, or Middle Eastern Urbanism, and possibly a third course in the scholar’s area of specialty. Teaching experience and a publication record are desirable.

Please send CV., dissertation abstract, letter of interest, one page curriculum proposal for each of the three courses described above, teaching evaluations, citizenship or resident status, and three letters of reference, to: Professor Nezar Al Sayyad, Chair, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California at Berkeley, 340 Stephens Hall #2314, Berkeley CA 94720-2314 (cmes@berkeley.edu). Deadline: January 20, 2012.

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