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The Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta invites applications for the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities (ECMC) Chair in Islamic Studies at the rank of Associate or Full Professor to commence July 1, 2012. The Chair will have a well-established record of world-class research in Islamic studies, and will play a key role in increasing knowledge of the diversity of Islamic traditions, cultures and interpretations, the history of Islam’s rich intellectual and cultural heritage, and the relationship of Islam and Muslim-majority societies with other societies and faiths. His or her focus may entail the cultural, historical, intellectual, political, religious and social aspects of Islam, singly or in combination. The Chair will be expected to develop a strong collaborative research program among researchers in various departments at the University of Alberta. As well, the Chair will be expected to combine research with instruction, graduate student supervision and public service. In particular, the Chair should play a prominent role as a public intellectual, and participate in the University’s ongoing and successful efforts to engage with Muslim communities in Edmonton, across Canada, and worldwide. Fluency in Arabic is essential.

The Chair will be appointed to a suitable department in the Faculty of Arts, dependent on disciplinary focus. Research period and specialization are open, but the Chair will be expected to teach courses that broadly cover the ideas and practices associated with Islam and Muslims worldwide. The Chair must have a completed Ph.D. in an appropriate field and have a strong scholarly international reputation and network. Hiring decisions for this position will be made on the basis of demonstrated research capabilities, teaching ability, the potential for interdisciplinary collaboration, and fit with departmental needs.

Established in 1908 as a board-governed, public institution, the University of Alberta has earned the reputation as being one of the best universities in Canada, based on our strength in teaching, research, and service. The University of Alberta serves over 38,000 students in more than 200 undergraduate programs and 170 graduate programs (www.ualberta.ca). The Faculty of Arts is the oldest and most diverse faculty on campus and one of the largest research and teaching centres in western Canada (www.arts.ualberta.ca). The University’s main campus is located in Edmonton, the vibrant, cosmopolitan capital of the province of Alberta. The Edmonton metropolitan area is the sixth largest in the country with a population of approximately one million (www.edmonton.ca). Edmonton is located only a few hours drive from Banff and Jasper National Parks, which offer skiing in winter and excellent hiking and sightseeing in summer.

Applications, including curriculum vitae, letters from three academic referees, and sample publications should be sent by mail to: Lesley Cormack, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Arts, 6-33 Humanities Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2E5 ( 780 492-4223; fax: 780492-7251; lesley.cormack@ualberta.ca).

Competition No.: A107315541

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons. Closing Date: December 31, 2011.

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