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Posting Number req4219
Department Ctr for Middle Eastern Studies
Department Website Link  
Medical Sub-Speciality
Location Main Campus
Address Tucson, AZ USA
Position Highlights The University of Arizona (UA) located in Tucson, Arizona seeks a qualified applicant for the position of Assistant Professor of Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, Tenure-Track. Candidates will be expected to have a PhD in Political Science or a closely related discipline. Exceptional ABD applicants nearing completion will also be considered. The position requires the ability to design and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Middle Eastern and North African Studies and in Political Science, and the ability to mentor students. This position is non-security sensitive and requires a name-based criminal background check.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities A new assistant professor (tenure-track) position in Human Rights in the Middle East and/or North Africa, broadly defined. We are interested in a broad range of approaches to the study of human rights in the Middle East and/or North Africa with an emphasis on comparative politics or international relations. Of interest are human rights issues related to economic and social rights, gender politics, environmental justice, sustainable development, health, humanitarianism, indigenous rights, and migrants and refugees. The successful candidate will be well qualified to engage in undergraduate and graduate teaching; have an active research agenda, with research in or centrally related to the Middle East and/or North Africa; have potential for externally supported research; and have an interest in participating in outreach activities. The teaching load is typically two courses per semester.   Proficiency in at least one Middle Eastern language is highly desirable (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish or a related language).

The appointed candidate will hold a joint position in the School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP) and the School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies (MENAS), both in the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). The exact percentage in each unit and tenure home will be determined at the close of the search, as appropriate for the appointed candidate.

About SGPP: The SGPP is one of the largest schools at the University of Arizona and is uniquely situated to serve as a model for public affairs education. SGPP is a multi-disciplinary school with a broad portfolio of innovative programs and degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This includes undergraduate degrees in criminal justice studies, law, political science, and public management and policy. At the graduate level, SGPP offers professional Master of Public Administration and Master of Public Policy programs, as well as the fully online Master of International Security Studies degree. SGPP is also home to a residential Ph.D. program that trains students across the fields of political science, public policy, public administration, and public management.

About Middle Eastern and North African Studies:  The UA features an extensive program in Middle Eastern and North African studies.  MENAS offers a BA, MA and PhD, a BA in Arabic, and includes an Arabic Flagship program.  Also in SBS are the American Institute for Maghrib Studies; Arizona Center for Judaic Studies; Arizona Center for Turkish Studies; and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, a Title VI US Department of Education-funded National Resource Center. SBS/MENAS faculty are also central to the Graduate College’s Roshan Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Persian and Iranian Studies, which offers both MA and a PhD degrees.

Interdisciplinarity at the UA and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences:  The UA offers a congenial environment for interdisciplinary teaching and research about human rights. Interest in human rights-related issues is informed by the UA’s location near the US border with Mexico.  SBS offers an online MA and graduate certificate in Human Rights Practice, as well as a fully online BA in Human Rights Practice and three additional graduate certificates in the field.  The Global Studies major includes an emphasis area in Human Rights, Migrations, and Social Movements.  Of related interest are additional programs in SBS such as the BA in Food Studies; the BA in Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law in the Department of Political Economy & Moral Science; and the School of Sociology’s Care, Health & Society BS major.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Interest in outreach efforts
Minimum Qualifications  

  • PhD in Political Science or a closely related discipline from an accredited institution
  • Experience teaching courses in both Middle Eastern and/or North African Studies and Political Science
  • Exceptional ABD applicants nearing completion will also be considered; Ph.D. is required for appointment as Assistant Professor
  • Teaching experience using a variety of teaching methods and/or curricular perspectives to respond to the needs of a diverse student body
  • Emerging scholarly reputation
Preferred Qualifications
  • Ph.D. by the time of appointment
  • Proficiency in at least one Middle Eastern Language (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, or a related language)
Rank Assistant Professor
Tenure Information Tenure-Eligible (TE)
FLSA Always Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job FTE 1.0
Work Calendar Academic
Job Category Faculty
Benefits Eligible Yes – Full Benefits
Rate of Pay DOE
Compensation Type salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Number of Vacancies  
Target Hire Date 8/15/2022
Expected End Date
Contact Information for Candidates Please contact Professor Anne H. Betteridge, Search Committee Chair, ( for more information.
Open Date 7/16/2021
Open Until Filled Yes
Documents Needed to Apply  Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Three Additional Documents
Special Instructions to Applicant A complete application packet will include five items: a CV; a Cover Letter; the candidate’s statement on research agenda (as Additional Document); the candidate’s statement on teaching pedagogy that includes details of the candidate’s experience using a variety of teaching methods and/or curricular perspectives to respond to the needs of a diverse student body (as Additional Document); and the names, titles, and email addresses of at least three references (as Additional Document).

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Prof. Anne H. Betteridge, Search Committee Chair, The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721.

Please note: You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references. Please upload your reference contact list under the “Additional Document” slot within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, your references may receive an automatic email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation. These letters of recommendation must be uploaded directly via the website by your reference provider. is not compatible with any “dossier aggregate” system (e.g., Interfolio, Intellimedia).

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