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The Department of Near Eastern Studies (NES) at the University of Michigan invites applications for the James A. Bellamy Professorship in Pre-Modern Arabic Culture at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) or Associate Professor (with tenure) beginning September 1, 2018. This is a university-year (nine-month) appointment.


We seek to hire an innovative scholar with a specialization in law, theology, or philosophy, or any combination of those fields. Preference will be given to candidates working on questions of social history, gender and sexuality, or critical theory. For a department that prides itself on collaborations across disciplinary, chronological, and linguistic boundaries we seek a colleague who can complement existing faculty strengths in Middle Eastern Studies, history and literature in NES and at the University of Michigan.


Candidates must hold a Ph.D. at the time of the appointment, and have native or near-native proficiency in English and Arabic. It is expected that they will have experience in curriculum development and will be committed to maintaining and enhancing the long-standing excellence of Arabic Studies at the University. Candidates must produce evidence of substantial, innovative research in their fields of specialization. The successful candidate will offer undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of specialization, and be prepared to also teach content courses in Arabic. Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s training and experience.


Please submit a cover letter with a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, a statement of current and future research plans, evidence of teaching excellence, samples of syllabi and publications, and curriculum vitae. In addition, candidates should send three letters of recommendation.


Application materials must be submitted electronically. Please go to to apply.


To be assured consideration, applications must be received by October 15, 2017. The University of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University is supportive of the needs of dual career couples. All applications will be acknowledged.


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