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The Department of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in the history of the Middle East at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 16, 2023. We welcome research that focuses on any time period, although candidates should also be qualified to teach courses on the modern Middle East.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a major public research university, with a top-ranked History PhD program, and a Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES) that is a Department of Education designated National Resource Center. We are looking for candidates who can offer original scholarship, engaging undergraduate and graduate courses, and strong professional mentorship to our MA and PhD students.

The University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Faculty in the College create knowledge, address critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge, and prepare students for lives of impact in the state, nation, and world. To meet these objectives, the College embraces and values diversity and difference through hiring faculty candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.

PhD in history or closely related field is required; publication and teaching experience preferred. PhD is required at the time of application or by June 15, 2023, to be appointed as an Assistant Professor. Candidates whose PhD may be delayed but will complete all the PhD requirements within the first appointment year may be appointed at the rank of Instructor. After the PhD requirement is met, the appointment will be changed to Assistant Professor.   Salary competitive. Successful candidates are expected to teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, establish and maintain an active and independent research program, and provide service to the department, university, and profession.

To apply, create your candidate profile through  and upload your application materials: letter of application, CV, and statement of teaching philosophy. Applicants should also include a statement detailing how their teaching, service and/or scholarship has contributed to the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic field. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further Illinois’ and the College of LAS’ commitment to diversity.    Letters of reference will be requested after the initial screening. Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board will be considered.

To ensure full consideration, all required application materials must be submitted by November 1, 2022.

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The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

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